Obituraries

Death of David Gunn (b. Mar 31 1934, d. May 9 2017)

David’s family is documented on p. 231 of the Gunn Family Book.  An obituary was published in the Adelaide Advertiser and can be downloaded here.

Death of Mac Waters (b. Aug 16 1932, d. March 2 2016)

Death of Bernard Thompson (b. May 4 1928, d. Nov 23 2015)

Death of Mary Popplewell (1929 – 2015)

Mary Popplewell, Tim Gunn’s mother (p. 160 – 161 of the family book), passed away on Friday March 13, 2015 . More…

Death of Jane Elizabeth Gunn (20.4.1955 – 20.10.2013)

Jane Elizabeth  Gunn (born 20 April 1955), the daughter of Keith and Faye Gunn, died on 20 October 2013, after a long illness.

After leaving Blackwood High School,  Jane trained as an English teacher, but her strong humanitarian concerns led her to live for a time in countries as diverse as Greece (during the rule of the military junta) and the Philippines, where she was active in various (non-violent) liberation and feminist movements.

After returning to Australia,  Jane  resumed her teaching career and became an active member of the local Semaphore (SA) community, where she lived for many years  –  coincidentally just around the corner from a block of terrace houses built by her paternal great-grandfather Archibald Gray. She later became a teacher of English as a second language, and specialised in teaching and mentoring refugees from many troubled parts of the world, especially the Middle East.

Jane was diagnosed with cancer in the mid 2000s. She underwent several operations, and many bouts of radiotherapy, but  lived with relatively stable health until the last year or so of her life. She  and her partner Jan visited many parts of the world, living in France for some time, as well as indulging in their love of the outdoors. However her health began to deteriorate in 2012, and she eventually died as a result of many secondary tumours.

Jane will be lovingly remembered by all her family and friends, for her quiet strength and commitment to justice for her  fellow human beings. She will be missed by her mother Faye & brother Peter, and especially by her partner Jan and her daughter Phoebe Gunn.

Death of Betty Gunn (p. 315 of Family Book)

Death of Bobby Gunn (p. 317 of Family Book)

Death of Margaret Dennis (p. 190 – 191 of Family Book)

Death of Murray Hill (p. 240 – 245 of Family Book)

Death of Murray Hill (revised p. 245 of Family Book)

3 thoughts on “Obituraries

  1. 05/01/2015
    My brother George and I usually had a Christmas phone call from Murray and speaking to each other today expressed our concern that we hadn’t heard from him. I brought up the ozgunn website and was very saddened to find out that Murray had died earlier in last year.

    Murray last spent a few days with my family on his ‘mighty’ trip to visit Scotland in his van and to visit York Railway Museum. A very happy visit with him but George and I will best remember him from our childhood, before he married Barbara, and the fun he used to bring to our lives when he visited – I still have a pendant he sent me after one such visit. Have you ever tried to tie tartan bows on two adult and 12 wriggling baby hamsters? Murray had been left in charge of us! Murray will be sadly missed and I send our condolences to all who knew him. Catherine.

  2. Dear Barbara and family.
    I am so sorry to hear about Murray’s death, we send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I had a feeling something was wrong when we didn’t get his usual Christmas phone call.
    I must have been about eight years old when Murray came to stay with my parents and have fond memories of that time,he always brought back a present for me and my sister when he was away at sea. I remember him working in my dads garage and making me an Aboriginal spear and spending time teaching me how to throw it .I remember Mum telling me they used to go round to the local cinema occasionally and Murray’s laugh was so loud everybody turned round an stared at them . I didn’t meet Murray again until about 2008 when I drove him around various parts of Glasgow that he wanted to see and and take pictures of.
    I know he covered many miles on that trip and we enjoyed spending time with him so knowing that he made everyone smile will be of comfort to you and your family.

    Love
    Margaret and George Dunnet.

  3. Disappointed that the death of my sister Jane GUNN (daughter of Faye & Keith) has not been noted on the website, although you were advised of this at the time (she died 20 October 2013).

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