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Born March 12, 1948
Died August 27, 2014



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John Guy

John Guy a boy from Leeds who chose Australia as his home but never forgot his roots. He was proud of his Yorkshire heritage and was true to it in every way, his stubborn streak was there till the very end, and his passing was completed his way.

John lived life the way he wanted to, to never be swayed by what everyone else was doing, in fact if it was the norm for others, John did the opposite. His work was everything to him and it is uncanny that, that should be the very thing that took his life so dramatically. He threw everything into his job always at the expensive of himself. He was an employer's dream worker being 100% dependable in everything he did, never complaining over pay or conditions, he just got on with it. He always aimed to be the best, and became a well known installer, building up a reputation in the industry as being the best installer around. Builders and customers used to say "If John is not available at the moment we will wait till he is", or "Could you send that lovely man with the English accent".

John and his wife Pam had 40 years together, obviously not always perfect, but they kept going and got into a comfortable routine with each other, each maintaining their own interests and respecting that they had different ambitions. John was so proud of what they achieved together and as individuals, telling Pam at the end to keep going and make all their shared dreams and her individual ones come true. Pam will go on always holding John in her heart, and staying strong as John would want her to. There was some very special moments between them towards the end and John passed knowing he was truly loved by his wife, lots of reflection on the good times and how for them it was love at first sight when they met in Bristol, England. Their Son Paul, who John adored, was born in Leeds, but the 3 of them came to Australia together when Paul was 5 with ambitions to make a better life and that certainly happened. Paul and his partner Mel gave them 5 beautiful grand children, who called John, thanks to Leigh (the first) 'Grampy'. Since his retirement he spent a lot of time with them together and individually, building a loving relationship with each of them, Mike even teaching 'Grampy' to play cords on the guitar. Brayden, being a lot like John with an artistic streak, often clashing, but there was always a lot of love between them. Jason and John had lots of special moments together, having their little chats, and competing on who would be first to get to the recliner chair. Aliza the little princess, always brought a smile to John with her cheeky smile and big brown eyes. Leigh and his 'Grampy' had many special times together, even getting on the front page of the local newspaper, when Leigh was a year old, feeding the ducks one New Year's Day with his 'Grampy'. Mel was very special to John and he was grateful to her for her kindness and support especially towards the end of his life, he had a special word for her during his final hours, we will never be sure other than 'thank you' what he was trying to say, but it was said with fondness and gratitude.

John had some very, very special friends from his past and his new life in Australia, he was a popular character and a good drinking buddy and generous friend. Paul and Barbara never stopped making him part of their life. Denis and Denise very special friends, with Denis managing to get here to spend some special last days with John. Eric, who with John built home extensions, lopped trees and built a truck, new experiences but taken on with gusto. Neil, Susan, Scott, Narelle, Huo and Jack his work colleagues were very dear to John and he was grateful to all of you for being part of his work life. Jim and Alan his more recently found friends, helped him get used to retirement, having their 'man chats' most days. Their families too became a significant part of John's days, with Alisa, Kelsie and Nick calling in after school, Sharon and Carol also stoping by for a drink. The friends he made through the Bundoora Soccer Club were also very dear to him, Tony, Cheryl, Fred, Zade, Odelia and their boys, made Sunday afternoon a special time for John, being able to watch the boys play, no matter what the outcome. Simon, Sam and Jack and Ella, John was so grateful for your visits, it was a delight for him to see Jack's face when the blue robot appeared, some very special moments.

We will always remember John as a very special husband, Dad, Grampy and friend who had an impact on all of us, sometimes known as the 'Grumpy old bugger' but always there for people he loved.





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