Tributes to Father John Carnie CSsR

 
Tributes to Father John Carnie CSsR
Friday, 7 October 2011, 10:54 AM

Fr John CarnieOur beloved Chaplain Fr John Carnie died yesterday in the intensive care unit of the Epworth Hospital from complications following a number of surgical procedures to remove cancers from his body.

Thank you for your interest in Fr. John and our community during this time.

Redemptorists tribute to Fr. John Carnie C.Ss.R

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by Patrick Chard - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:41 AM
 
Rest in peace Father. May you be up there with the angels and saints where you belong. Its sad you're gone but you suffer no more. Forever in our hearts
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by Brayden Sier - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:50 AM
 
Rest in peace Father. May you be up there with the angels and saints where you belong. Its sad you're gone but you suffer no more. Rest in peace Father John
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by Thomas Barker - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:00 AM
 
Rest in Peace Father John. You will be greatly missed throughout the Marcellin Community. May you spend you're time in heaven with God.

Rest in Peace.
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by Christopher Freeman - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:25 PM
 
Rest In Peace Father John, you were a truly loved person in the Marcellin community, and will forever be missed by all.
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by Anthony Florio - Friday, 12 August 2011, 9:04 AM
 
Our father John will be dearly missed by all the Marcellin students

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by Julian Toppi - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:56 AM
 
thank you father for what you have done to the Marcellin community and you will be dearly missed
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by Jack Fisher - Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 5:03 PM
 
God bless you Fr John. You will be dearly missed
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:07 AM
 

There will be no tears in Heaven, but there will be a great flood on Earth.

Rest in Peace Father John. Thankyou and God bless

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by Addison Wood - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:09 AM
 

Rest in peace father john, your legacy will be carried on for generations. A truely irreplaceable part of the marcellin community.

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:38 PM
 
A tribute to a wonderful man who touched so many lives.  I only have had the privilege of meeting Father John this year as a new Year 7 parent and was drawn to his wit immediately.  I am only sorry that we never got to spend more years with him. You were an inspirational man and will be sorely missed I am sure by the wonderful Marcellin community. Our big loss and heaven's huge gain. RIP.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 3:26 PM
 
May you Rest in Peace Fr John - I was so looking forward for my two boys bumping into you in the halls of the school - just 3 more years and you would have greeted them like you did me with your signature peacefule smile, nod and greeting: "Good Moaning young man....." How I enjoyed the time we spent with each other - at school, and even socially after I graduated. You were to so many and man of faith, a father-figure and a friend. You touched the lives of so many of us and extended out your friendhsip to our families too. Most of all - you honoured me by allowing me to serve you at the weekly Friday School Mass; in guiding me to prepare and present the homilies. In your own gentle and humble way you have stregthened my faith, my education and the entire Marcellin community. May Jesus, our great High Priest, greet you at the gates of heaven and reward you for your beautiful and inspiring priestly life. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Elie Ayoub (class of 1993).
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by Dylan Facci - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 3:44 PM
 
R.I.P Father John, you're in a better place now and will be missed by the whole Marcellin community.
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by Joshua Colaci - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 4:14 PM
 

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by Joshua Kilmartin - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 7:19 PM
 
R.I.P Father John. You will be remembered by the Marcellin community forever
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 9:22 PM
 

You will dearly be missed by everyone of the Marcellin community. Thank you for being there for us when we needed you. Rest in Peace Father John, the true shining light in everyone of us. You will always be in our hearts.

Tony Tang (Class of 1998)

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by Lachlan Mikic - Friday, 12 August 2011, 11:02 AM
 
rest in peace father you are greatly missed, your legacy will stay with us. may you be with god. :-)
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Friday, 12 August 2011, 11:09 AM
 
Father John, you were a kind and gentle man who welcomed everyone into the Marcellin community.  The way in which the boys have reacted to your passing shows the depth of love and respect they had for you and the special part that you played in their lives. May you Rest in Peace Father John.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Friday, 12 August 2011, 12:48 PM
 
Hi Father, you represented to me everything that was great about Marcellin College, and why I will always hold my head up high and be proud to say I am a Marcellin old boy.
Rest in peace. The Jones Family.
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by Benjamin Eva - Friday, 12 August 2011, 5:58 PM
 
Dearest Father John, you were truly amazing man whose presence left an imprint on all who met him. You were one of the kindest, most giving, loving, caring and irreplaceable human beings any of us have met. 
You were the only person I have ever met to be so close to perfection. I often tried to search for any flaws that surely must have existed in the amazingly perfect man that stood before. 
Each time that you shared with me stays with me now, and will never be taken away.
If I am ever half the man that you were in life I will incredibly happy.
It is a shame that you will not be there at my valedictory, wedding and children's baptisms, but it has been an absolute honour to have known you.

I hope that you are now in the place you deserve to be, sitting under the wing of God in Heaven. May you rest in peace Father, and forever bless your spirit upon Marcellin College.

Rest In Peace Father John. 
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Saturday, 13 August 2011, 10:07 AM
 

Padre, you where my minister, friend, colleague and mentor for 14 years, I will miss you and will be forever grateful for having you touch my life and guide my journey, may God welcome you with open arms and bless you.

Michael Callanan

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by Jamie Pappas - Sunday, 14 August 2011, 5:12 PM
 
FR JOHN,

YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, NO ONE COULD EVER REPLACE YOU.
REST IN PEACE
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by Joseph Inserra - Monday, 15 August 2011, 5:38 PM
 
Rest in peace Father John you will be missed. We will always keep you in our memories,you will always be loved!
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by Callen Ryan - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:48 AM
 
I have only being here for a very short time but Father John was already the most important person at school. He came around to every classroom of the year 7s and and gave us confession. He ran the mass and came to our pastorals on our birthdays.
He was a great Priest and and a great man.
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by Luca Gennai - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:48 AM
 
Rest in Peace Father John, you will be missed greatly throughout Marcellin College,
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by Dean Valmorbida - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:48 AM
 
Thank you Father we love you you will be missed

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by Ben Larosa - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:51 AM
 
Rest in peace father! you will be truly missed
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:51 AM
 
You are great man and you will always be remembered as an amazing person we love you and hope your making them laugh in heaven <3
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by Lachlan Rush - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:51 AM
 
R.I.P Fr John and thank you for what you did for Marcellin you will be greatly missed.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:53 AM
 
Rest in Peace Father John, a respected and loved member of the Marcellin community. A man that was respected by all and the most respected man have i have ever met at Marcellin.
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by Max DiCiccio - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:52 AM
 
Thank you for what you have done, you will be greatly missed. R.I.P.
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by Thomas Dennis - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:54 AM
 
Thankyou Fr John for making this year so enjoyable. Everyone here at Marcellin is so grateful for what you have done for this school. You will be missed by everyone in the Marcellin community. R.I.P
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by Lukas Sujster - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:54 AM
 
Father John,
You were a great priest for Marcellin College. We will all miss you.
You are gone but not forgotten.
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by Connor Hehir - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:55 AM
 
Farther may you rest in peace , you are now with the people you preached for years on end at this school where you will be truly missed. by all the Marcellin Community.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:56 AM
 
You touched so many lives, and the whole world is better for it. Wherever you are now, I know it's where you deserve to be and I know you'll be happy.

Thank you, for everything.
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by Max Nolan - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:28 PM
 
Father John, the ultimate role model of the Marcellin community.
You will be sorely missed by us all.
R.I.P
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by Andrew Donnoli - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:57 AM
 
father john you were a great man and will always be remembered as one we will all miss you dearly.
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by Harrison Jones - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:58 AM
 
Father john you always had a smile on your face and always made me laugh your a top bloke and everyone at marcellin misses you dearly i know you will be making them laugh in heaven, your a saint <3
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by Joel Cecala - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:02 AM
 
Rest Easy Father John.
You will be truly missed
Thankyou for everything
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by Sean O'Connell - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:59 AM
 
Rest in peace Father John, you were a extremely loved man and the most respected member of the Marcellin community. You were always good at making people laugh and you will be missed. Rest in peace
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by Matthew Hamblin - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:06 AM
 
Father John you were a great man with a strong mind and a kind soul. You will be dearly missed throughout the college. You were an inspiration to all in your life. Your reputation will live on throughout the college. I will dearly miss you. Rest In Peace.
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by Nicholas Badrock - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:02 AM
 
R.I.P Father John, you have done Marcellin College proud!
 
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by Jacob Bolzonello - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:03 AM
 
Your spirit will remain at the college for all the days and all the nights to guide students and teachers as they embark on a new journey. From Baxter and Bolzonello
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by James Baxter - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:09 AM
 
The sacred, spiritual, respectful and solemn atmosphere that was displayed during the morning reflection truly portrayed the influence that Father John had on this school.
Your care, attitude and passion will be missed by not just the Marcellin community, but everyone you have ever encountered.
You will live on in our hearts. Love Bolzonello and Baxter
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:08 AM
 
Father John you were a very special man. You touched our lives and enriched us with your charm, engaging conversation, your wicked sense of humour and your love of 'The Blue Boys'.  A big loss to us and all who knew him especially the Marcellin community.  In our hearts and prayers. Much love Josh, Rebecca, Ada and Ivan Bozin.  
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by Robert DiRoberto - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:05 AM
 
Father, you were the heart and soul of Marcellin College, you touched so many of our hearts with your warm gestures and kind words. Father John, you will never be forgotten. Thank you. rest in peace. with love- Robert Di Roberto & Jack Hook
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by Andrew Saykali - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:09 AM
 
father John was the best priest that had ever lived. i loved his humor and there is no one that could ever replace father John. R.I.P father. remembered but never forgotten.
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by James Adams - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:10 AM
 
A sad day for the Marcellin and Marist community. It is obvious everyone is mourning the loss of this great man through their silence and prayer this morning and through social media last night.

Rest In Peace.
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by Curtis Butt - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:14 AM
 
Father John,
R.I.P. Thank you for everything you gave this school, we wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for you. Everyone at this school is deeply sorrowed, that means we all cared for you and the same you did for us. And just remember we will all meet again sometime up there with God.

God bless

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by Matthew Harman - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:11 AM
 
Father John you were a great man and will be missed by everyone. R.I.P.
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by Mathew Davoli - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:13 AM
 

Rest in peace Father John, you will be missed greatly by the Marcellin community, thank you for everything you have done!

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by Joshua Jarman - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:13 AM
 
You really were the most caring, funny and loving person I have ever had the privilege to meet. Rest In Peace Father John.
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by Jarrod Martins - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:14 AM
 
thanks, fr john for being with us
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:19 AM
 
Father John was not only a priest but our families best friend.  I remember him coming to dinners, birthdays, christenings and being a momumental part at my wedding.  In his very own words, he would say "I am so happy to get the contract".  He was always at the head of our table and will always be.  He would patiently listen to my dads tales of Romeoletto and always have the most beautiful smile & giggle.  A true saint in my family and my eyes.  Always in our hearts The Ciuffetelli's & Kowalewski's
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by Simon Pham - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:17 AM
 
thank you for every thing you have done at Marcellin you will always be in our heartssmiley.gifsad.gif
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by James Giannoukos - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:17 AM
 
Father John, you will be dearly missed by everyone in the Marcellin community. Even though I have not got to know you as well as some other students and staff, I know what a great person and inspiration you are to everyone. May you rest in peace in heaven.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:18 AM
 

Rest in Peace Father John…. Truly, a great man....

Mark Ranazzo and Family

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by Mitchell Taggart - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:19 AM
 
Rest in peace father! you were a great man and you will be missed by all
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by Daniel Gray - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:20 AM
 
Rest in peace Father John, you will be dearly missed by the Marcellin community. You have been a great inspiration to us all.
Ed Doyle
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by Edward Doyle - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:22 AM
 

Fr. John. You are my favourite Australian. You thought me the true values of this country. You taught me humility. You are modern day Marcellin with your care for young people. It is only now that we see how wide your arms spread over our Community, as you always did your work so quietly. I will miss you so much, but will try keep your spirit alive in my actions each day. Every memory with you makes me smile and gives me a true sense of belonging. Rest in Peace. Ed Doyle


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by Lachlan Marett - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:28 AM
 
Father John,
You will be missed dearly through-out the whole Marcellin community. May God Bless you!
-Locky Marett
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:53 PM
 
I didn't know you for long but the times i did meet you you were a caring, loving man and a great priest with amny great values.thank you for showing me so many great values.
you will always be loved and remembered by all of the Marcellin community.

R.I.P.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:28 AM
 

RIP Father John - a wonderfully warm human being who made each and every Marcellin boy (and their parents) feel special in his presence, and showed them christianity in action every day - sadly missed. Helen and Darrell Cain

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:25 AM
 
Rest in Peace Fr John. Our family met you for the first time late last year and we were truly inspired by your passion and commitment to both the school and the greater Marcellin Community. We will miss you. 
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by Benjamin Li - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:26 AM
 
Rest in Peace Father John, a great man who did so much for the Marcellin community. You will never be forgotten.
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by Michael Italia - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:30 AM
 
father John, simply irreplaceable, you will be dearly missed by the Marcellin community, may you rest in peace.
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by Jordan Evdokimou - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:30 AM
 
R.I.P Father John you are a wonderful man and will be missed by all.
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by Patrick Green - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:52 AM
 
Fr John, you will be sadly missed. You have been such a wonderful man for our boys, staff, families and community to look up to. A great role model and a tower of spiritual strength for our boys past and present. This community is grateful for all you have given us.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:55 AM
 

Vale Fr. John. You were an outstanding and transcendent person. It is a true tribute to you the number of people you reached, truly the backbone of an entire community. You will be sadly missed but always remembered with great fondness. Enjoy Heaven, where every day will bring a new 18th or 21st Birthday Party for you to "gatecrash". Adrian Ooi

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:00 PM
 
R.I.P. Father John. Never met a bloke as genuine as you. always able to be positive and share a joke with everyone. You have worked with God & Jesus all your life and now you are able to be with them for eternity.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:11 PM
 
Words cannot express our sorrow as we realize the unimaginable news is true. You are the heart and soul of our school community and we will miss you dearly. We feel saddest for those who had yet to meet and know you, Father John. For all those future students who will never experience your loving warmth, amazing sense of humour and words of encouragement, we will ensure your memory lives on.
Thank you for everything...we will never forget you.
R.I.P
Tony and Anna Cardamone
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:26 PM
 
Today we have lost a great man and an embodiment of the values that Marcellin College seeks to instill in its community. What will never be lost is the contribution Father John made in the lives of so many people during his life. Thank you for being an inspiration through your love, care and goodwill to all people. Rest in peace Father John.

Joe-Anthony Rotella
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:31 PM
 
We are truly blessed to have had the pleasure of knowing the sensational Father John. His words and amazingly kind gestures will forever remain in our fond memories of him. Thank you for your guidance and your support throughout the years Father John.
Jamie Genis, Jason & Adrian and Family. 
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:39 PM
 
Thank you so much Father John for the time and effort you put into making Marcellin what it is today. You were the perfect role model and I always enjoyed our regular chats. Thank you for the great words of advice and encouragement you gave to me over my 6 years at Marcellin. You were such a great mentor, chaplain and friend who will be dearly missed. You will always be remembered as the spirit of Marcellin College. RIP Father John. Patrick Burn
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:42 PM
 
Rest in peace Father John. You were a vital part of many peoples lives. Spiritually guiding them to become a better person.

If everyone in the Marcellin community can take just one piece of advice from you and apply that every day it would be a fitting tribute. As a community we were privileged to have such a decent, caring, loving and happy figure in our lives every day.

As an old boy you miss the small daily conversations and you miss seeing him wander around the school talking about Upper Templestowe and Far Kew. He would constantly threaten to crash numerous 18th and 21st birthdays, when in reality that would have been a great present.

My deepest condolences are with his family, friends and also the teachers of Marcellin college who work tirelessly beside him every day.
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by Gian-Antonio Galioto - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:42 PM
 
Rest in Peace Father John, you were a man who i was able to tell anything to, you were more than just a school Priest, you were a friend to all of the Marcellin Community. We all know you will be looking down upon us and keeping us safe.
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by Matthew Cocco - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:42 PM
 
R.I.P Father John Marcellin will not be the same with out you. You will always be remembered.
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by Giuliano DiIorio - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:48 PM
 
father john was a great caring loving man no one can ever replace you R.I.P.

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by Harry-James Malos - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:49 PM
 
Father John, I will never forget how you could make anyone smile, no matter there mood. Your a true inspiration and will be sadly missed. Rest in Peace Father.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:50 PM
 

Forever in our hearts.

Father John, a hero to all of us fellas new and old at Marcellin College.

May your soul have eternal peace as you rest.

Goodbye my friend.

Chris Szilagyi.

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by Luke Joyce - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:53 PM
 
Father John,
You have done so much for Marcellin College,
You may be gone but you will be forever in our hearts.
No one will ever be able to replace you.
R.I.P Father John.
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by Callum Brown - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:56 PM
 
thanks for being such a valuable member of the marcellin community.
i only new you for 6 months but i can tell you were loved by everyone.
we all hope that you can rest in peace. rest in piece father.
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by Christopher McInerney - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:53 PM
 
R.I.P Father John. You were the heart and soul of Marcellin College. You will be missed dearly by Marcellin College.
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by Thomas Saunders - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:56 PM
 
Dear Father John, 
you were in our hearts and in our minds. Marcellin college will never be the same with out you.

may you rest in peace.

Thomas Saunders. 
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by Dean Valmorbida - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:55 PM
 
Father John you have done so much to the school here at Marcellin College we all love you heaps.

We hope that you R.I.P because you deserve it so much you will be missed from the college.

We alll love you so much thank you for all you have done at the School Marcellin College wont be the same without you. 

R.I.P Father John

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by Matthew Harman - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:56 PM
 
Father John you were a great man and will never be forgotten. You made such a valuable contribution to the Marcellin College community. R.I.P Father John.
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by Lachlan Giddens - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:58 PM
 
Rest In Peace Father, You will be dearly missed by everyone at Marcellin College and beyond.
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by Bobby Kearns - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:59 PM
 
Father John will be missed through out the Marcellin community and know one could ever replace you as a priest   :-(     R.I.P  fr. John
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Rest in Peace
by Caleb Johns - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:01 PM
 
R.I.P Father John, you were a great guy to talk to. You were funny guy and a great chaplain. :) No One Could ever replace you as a chaplain.

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by Thomas Dennis - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 12:59 PM
 
Dear Fr John,
You may be gone but you are not forgotten. You have done so much for the Marcellin Community and we re so grateful for what you have done. I have only known you for 6 months and i am so grateful for what you have done.
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by Declan O'Sullivan - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:00 PM
 
you will be missed
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:00 PM
 

To our much loved Fr. John, you have been part of our family for the best part of 25 years. We loved you and respected you immensely. We will treasure the beautiful memories of Sunday dinners, birthdays, weddings and baptisms (the last one only 5 months ago)you shared with us. God only takes the very best and He has called the very best back home. May you enjoy eternal rest with the Lord. Our prayers and thoughts are with Fr. John's family and the Marcellin Community.  The Bellissimo family.

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by Thomas Bassett-Smith - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:18 PM
 
Father John you will be missed by the whole Marcellin family and this place will never be the same without you! Tom Bassett-Smith and Brandon Jones
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by Luca Zarik - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:28 PM
 

Father John you are a great man. You respected all of us, even if you only knew us for a couple of months. At marcellin College we are all praying for you. Your wisdom is withing us forever.

Rest in peace Father.

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:31 PM
 
Thank you Father John for the spiritual guidance you have given the boys at Marcellin College over many years. Just knowing that you were there was a comfort and joy to our school community. You will be sadly missed. God Bless you.  Michelangeli Family.
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by Stephen Cain - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:32 PM
 
Rest in Peace Father John, you were the heartbeat of our college and you're legacy will never be forgotten. As I go through my life, I hope to carry the positivity, humility and kindheartedness which you demonstrated on a daily basis.
Thanks for everything.
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by Emmett Jenkins - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:34 PM
 
Dear Fr John,
You are the nicest person that I have met in my life.
Whenever I see you you would say hello and now I will miss that
From Emmett Jenkins


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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:37 PM
 
God Bless You Father, Thank you for everything you did for our family and friends over the 25 years we knew you. You will never be forgotten by us. You loved many and many loved you. - the Paron Family
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:37 PM
 

This is a tribute for a special man who was a great chaplain for Marcellin College.

He always had a kind word or a cheeky comment and such a love and interest in all the boys , past and present.

You will be missed.

Anita and Michael Bernardini and family.

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:50 PM
 
To dear Father John as I read through each Tribute it makes me think only of what impact you had on each individual whether part or not part of the Marcellin Community.The unconditional love you expelled from within was uplifting it had no boundaries. As a past student of Marcellin I would like to take the opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you've done,you will always be in our hearts and I am certain your legacy will go on. You were an inspiration to all and always managed to make the saddest of people smile with your humor. Very unachievable for most but somehow for you a natural occurrence. You will definitely be missed and I am sure that the greatest lessons of life that you have taught each and every person that had the privilege of knowing you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace our dear friend.

BY Claudio Inchincoli
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 1:52 PM
 

RIP Father John, Gone but never forgotten.  A honour to know you.

Jay & Lee Allen

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by Corey Sterck - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:03 PM
 
Father John, you're the greatest man I've ever known. You were the Heart and Soul of Marcellin College and the Marcellin Community. I've managed to learn many things from you in the short amount of time I've actually known you. I thank you for everything, the casual "Hello" as you would walk by, they literally made my day.
Corey
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by Dimitrios Hooke - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:05 PM
 
You will be missed dearly Fr. John. You were a great man who could always put a smile on any person's face!

R.I.P.
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by Cameron Simpson - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:08 PM
 
We will all miss you Father John, R.I.P
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by Damien Colabattista - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:08 PM
 
Rest in peace Father John. You where a massive part of Marcellin and a great man. you will be missed.
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by Sean Hibberd - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:10 PM
 
Father, you were loyal to Marcellin college. No one will ever replace you. Rest in peace, you will be missed by the whole community
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by Jordon Perillo - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:13 PM
 
Rest in peace father, you have been a great contributor to the Marcellin community and will be greatly missed
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:18 PM
 

Rest in Heaven John where you will well and truly have your place amongst the finest.  We will miss your fun filled ways and drop ins for dinner. Thank you for adding 'meaning' to our lives!

James Ciuffetelli & Family

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by Dominic Richardson - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:23 PM
 
You were and will always be one of the best guys that I have ever met, I consider myself so lucky for all the chats that we've had other the years and I'm going to those immensely. Rest In Peace Father
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by Andrew Menegas - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:34 PM
 
Rest in Peace Father. It has been a great privilege to know you, your the heart and soul of Marcellin and your loss has changed us. You will be sadly missed, thank you for the memories. May you be blessed.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:34 PM
 

I am only going to add our family's sentiments to the legion already gathered honouring this extraordinary gentlman.  We were and are honoured to have had his guidance for our boys.  May your life efforts bring just rewards.

Rest In Peace.

Bastiani family

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:36 PM
 
Father John,

May you Rest In Peace.
You did so much for all of us while at Marcellin, once we left school and in the community.
You always made us smile and you guided us through life. You have touched so many people throughout the years. Thank you for being part of my life and my parents.
You will be missed immensely.

The Ciro Family
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by Christopher Schieven - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:36 PM
 

Lots and lots of wonderful memories you have left us with, making this world ever so beautiful. Likewise, not forgetting the guidance you have also shared with us, making us who we are today. An ever-lasting memory of you in return, would definitely be the best gift that we could ever dedicate to you. Rest In Peace, Father John. 

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by James Aussems - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:39 PM
 
Father John. You were a true inspiration to everyone involved at Marcellin college. It my have been the boys, the teachers or even the lunch mums but you always made everyone smile and feel really good. You will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace.
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by Oliver Berizzi - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:43 PM
 
Father John you were a great man and will be missed by everyone. R.I.P.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:44 PM
 
Fr John was always a strong and positive role model to the Marcellin community and he will be sorely missed. He could be described as nothing less than a good man and we, Marcellin College's students and alumni, are better men thanks to his example.

Our condolences go out to all those whose lives he touched at this difficult time.

Sincerely, the Lazarus family (classes of 1994 and 2004).
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by Lea Waszkinel - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 2:53 PM
 

Someone wrote   'A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove .......but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.'       Father John, know that the world is different because you were important to so many, both young and old, whilst all the time being a humble and caring man.  Peace to you Father John.

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 3:18 PM
 
Vale Fr. John. You will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered. You are a great man and respected by all, and such a great friend of the Marcellin community both past and present. You'll hold a special place in my memories as the one who celebrated my wedding ceremony. Andrew Spaulding (class of 2000)

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by Mike Jackson - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 3:38 PM
 
What you gave to the students, staff and parents at Marcellin could never be measured, Father John. May God bless you always.

MJ
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 3:41 PM
 

Fr John - You were a very dear friend to me and so many students both past and present at Marcellin College.  Your humour, gentleness, warmth, compassion and kindness was a tremendous gift which you always presented on every occasion during my time at Marcellin. 

Your smile and friendhip will forever live in my heart.  I feel blessed to have met you and to have shared many laughs and stories with you.  Marcellin College has lost a GREAT man, a GREAT priest, a GREAT human being. 

Keep smiling Fr John - you're at peace now. 

God Bless

Ed Weekes 

 

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by Anthony Radatti - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 3:47 PM
 
Father rest in peace, you are a great man and the best priest i have had.
Marcellin college will never for get you, your going to always be remembered
have a great time up in heaven with god
love Anthony Radatti
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by Lawrence Dipierdomenico - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 4:03 PM
 
Father rest in peace hope you are now up there with the angels and god you will be missed by past and present of the marcelln communty
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by Joshua Colaci - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 4:17 PM
 

A man of true faith, true loyalty, true friendship, true leadership and true love. The man who left the deepest footprint on HIS Marcellin Community. Your body may have given up, but your spirit still lives on. Rest In Peace Fr. John, Love from the Colaci Family. xoxo

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by Jackie Chan - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 4:18 PM
 
RIP Father John. Death is but your next great adventure. sad.gif
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by Jack Mullane - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 4:20 PM
 
R.I.P Father John
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by Lucas Mallamace - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 4:21 PM
 
R.I.P Father John 
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by Patrick Howe - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 4:33 PM
 
R.I.P Father John
You are the nicest person anyone could meet
you went out of your own way to help others in need
we will never forget you and you will always be in our hearts
We all love you and we will keep praying for you
R.I.P
Patrick Howe
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 4:43 PM
 
Rest In Peace Father John....thank you for all the love and dedication you showed to the Marcellin community and especially to the boys. Jesus is so lucky to have you with Him.
from the Doherty-Juracic family
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by John Dimattina - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 4:43 PM
 
rest in peace father john. you are a legend and always will be.
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by Maroun Moussa - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 4:43 PM
 
Rest In Peace Father John, No one can ever replace you and you will always be in our hearts forever.
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by Damian Conte - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 5:07 PM
 
R.I.P Father John. You were a great part of the Marcellin family. You will be missed but never forgotten.
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by Karen Kearney - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 5:09 PM
 
Father John. A wonderful man who will be greatly missed. RIP.
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by Samuel Borghesi - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 5:10 PM
 
Rest in Peace Father John, Marcellin College won't be the same without your presence, you will be extremely mist for all your care and love.
God Bless
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 5:19 PM
 

Fr. John Carne offered unconditional kindness, gentle guidance, humility and witty humour from the first time I met him as a year 8 student at Marcellin until our last lunch together a few weeks ago. He epitomised the virtues of his faith and the wisdom of a great sage. He was a much loved friend and trusted confidant to me, my wife and our children. You have left us with wonderful memories and an example of an inspirational human being. R.I.P.

Martin Boult (Class of 1989)

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by Luke Grasso - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 5:20 PM
 
Rest In Peace Father John.
You will always be remembered for the things that you did for Marcellin and the whole community.
There will never be anyone like you.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 5:26 PM
 

We had the privilege of having Father John marry us and baptising our children at Marcellin and we will be forever grateful for him having such a significant part in these occasions.  A true gentleman, a beautiful man, and one that will be very sadly missed by so many. RIP Father John

David & Nicole Harman

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 5:50 PM
 

No one person symbolised everything that's great about Marcellin more than Father John, an icon of the school and the community.

I'm not sure anyone could admit to attending as many 21st's as Father John, a true gentleman.

You will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to meet you.

Adam Power

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by Julian D'Amore - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 5:51 PM
 
Father John, i was honored to met you, we're extremely kind and funny. And i will never forget you. R.I.P <3
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 6:04 PM
 

It seems surreal to say farewell to such a wonderful man who has been such a constant presence through so many years of my family’s life. I feel honoured to have been in his company, to have learned from him, to have laughed with him and be inspired by him. He will be missed.

Thank you Fr John, R.I.P.

Louise Nelson (nee Comer).

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 6:07 PM
 

The sun shone feebly through the winter gray clouds

There was no warmth

The breeze blew gently through the trees and grass

There was no scent

The football was marked in front of the goals

There were no cheers

The gardeners clipped and pruned

There was no crunch

There was silence

A reverence

A tear

The boys gathered in groups

Heads down

Hands in pockets

Hushed voices

There was much sadness

The boys sat in the chapel

There was much respect

There was a blanket of mist

There was much love

There was friendship and support

There was Father John.

R.I.P.

- Dunnachie Family

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by Riley Evans - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 6:16 PM
 
Father John You were one in a million and there will be no one else like you. You were a great man and will be dearly missed. we will never forget you. :-( 
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by Zac Tolley - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 6:29 PM
 
You will be missed R.I.P Father John
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by Dylan Colaci - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 6:31 PM
 
Fr. John, you were the brother to us all, you were a father to us all and you were a best friend to us all. You will be missed with all the care, love, passion, strength, courage, wisdom that you gave to us and God has sent you to the place that suits you most. You were loved where ever you went, you touched so many hearts, and blessed many as well, we have all learnt so much from you and we will keep learning under your name. Fr. John, forever remembered, Love Dylan Colaci
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 6:51 PM
 
Fr John we were blessed to have you in our lives, you are truly an angel.  I will miss your smile and your jokes while passing through tuckshop. We will forever hold you in our hearts and may you now rest in peace.  Love Marchesani family
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by Andrew Pipopoulos - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 6:58 PM
 
We will miss you everyday Farther John and may you find eternal happiness in heaven. Rest in peace Farther John.
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by Jack Blake - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 6:56 PM
 
You meant so much to us all, rest in peace, and i wish everyone luck trying to find a venue to hold the amount of people that will come to celebrate you life.

rest in peace Father John, we will miss you
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 7:01 PM
 
Our family is blessed to have known you through 2 generations at Marcellin & we will fondly remember your kind ways. "You who have loved him on earth will continue to love him in heaven" .RIP Fr. John.

Danny, Silvia, Damian & Elisa Mascitti
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by Luke Marchesani - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 7:00 PM
 

Fr John you were a terrific and inspirational man to be around, you would always lighten up everyone's day whether it was from a joke or a chat.  You were so very proud of your boys and took great care in us all.  No other person could do what you did for us. God Bless our Father John and take good care of him.  You will be so sadly missed around the Marcellin community. 

Luke Marchesani

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by Nives Nibali - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 7:27 PM
 
For whatever I was and whatever I am and whatever I believed, you blessed me anyway. Thank you for your presence and for your acceptance and for your example of what is good in man.

Aiden, class of 2010

Fr John, I will remember you in the cryptic clues and will miss your "Good morning m'lady".
RIP for it is peace that you gifted us all. - Nives

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by Ricky Wait - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 7:51 PM
 
Fr John 
You will be sadly missed at Marcellin College. 
Thank you for the good advice, the funny moments 
and also great masses. You are truly irreplaceable. 
From Ricky Wait 7.9
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 7:54 PM
 
A special man, with a warm heart, welcoming and encouraging.
We were blessed to have you in our lives
You have gone but will never be forgotten.

Capobianco Family
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by Glenn Donahoo - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 8:38 PM
 
Everyone will miss you Father and the school will never be the same without you.
R.I.P Father John
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by Regan McCormack - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 8:40 PM
 
Father John everything about you will be missed by all who were privileged enough to know you,
 
May you Rest In Peace with God.

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by Aidan McCormack - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 8:49 PM
 
Dear Father John,
I remember the first time I met him he was so understanding of my opinion and what I had to say.
He listened really well making connections with almost everything I had to say for example where I live and he was so gentle. 
i think that is a very good quality to have, when I told him the date of my birthday he told he he was gonna come and crash my 18th and we both laughed. 
he's cheeky little jokes he used to throw in will never be forgotten like my pastrol teacher said.

R.I.P Fr John you will be sadly missed by everyone within the Marcellin college community.sad.gif
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 8:54 PM
 
You forged an unbreakable bond between all of us
Your door was never closed and you always had time to listen
You were our leader, our father and our friend
You guided us through our journey
When there was hardship you picked us up
When there was darkness you brought us light
You have touched so many of our lives with your kindness and compassion and your spirit shall live on with every generation that will wear the eagle on a maroon blazer
Rest in Peace my friend.....

Shaun Cullen
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by Nicholas Watty - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 9:07 PM
 
Father, you are easily the most respected man I've ever been lucky enough to meet. The news of your passing has devastated the entire Marcellin Community. I've never seen the school so somber. All day boys were reflecting the shocking news... R.I.P
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by David Stewart - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 9:18 PM
 
Father John,
for 25 years you have truly shaped this Marcellin Community. your actions of humbleness and kindness will always be remembered. Thanks for coming to my birthday, ill never forget. 
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 9:20 PM
 
We thank you for being such a wonderful example of kindness, wit and friendship to our family. We held you in high regard and valued your friendship. You will be missed. Love The Comer family.
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by Joshua Hughes - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 9:22 PM
 
R.I.P Father John, the dedication and love you had for us as a school and community was amazing and will never be replaced. You were a great man and I can't imagine the house masses being the same without you. Rest in peace
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by Marc Agosta - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 9:31 PM
 
The friendliest man I will ever meet. I will miss greeting him throughout the corridors.
This man deserves the chapel to be named after him for all he has done for the school.

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by Zavier Cocchiara - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:07 PM
 
Father John,
You were a happy and merry soul who will be deeply missed around Marcellin.
Rest in Peace
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by Daniel Renzaho - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:41 PM
 
Father John once said while he was giving me my reconciliation " I usually crash the Marcellin boys' 18th birthday parties but since you're a year younger than most of your class when they are 18 you will be 17 so' I can't crash your 18th". That is the only time I really got to talk one-on-one with Father John, but I remember his happy spirit and jolly attitude and I appreciate that he spent time getting to know each of us. We will miss you, Father John, but you will never leave us.
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by Adamo Gerosolimo - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:24 PM
 
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To a generous, warm spirited man - Father John,
Memories of your true love and friendship are treasures which we will carry forever.
Thank you for taking the time to care.

Gerosolimo Boys Mario & Adamo (Yr 12 & Yr 7)
and family

R.I.P.


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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:29 PM
 
You are a true legend in life and in death. An inspiration to everyone who knew you and your memory will live on. RIP

Brendan Marks - Class of 2002.
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by Jack Stammers - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:31 PM
 

To my best mate, the greatest Chaplin, my mentor and the most inspiring person I know.
Father, we have shared a lot of times together over the past six years. Your presence within the Marcellin grounds will never be lost. You truly are, and forever will be, the heartbeat of Marcellin College. Being part of Thursday Mass as a choir member and special minister will always remain close to my heart. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I love you.

P.S I'll be sure to never order the 'chicken parma' and always drink 'lemon-lime-and-bitters' in your honour.
- Jack Stammers, Year 12

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by Marcus Hopkins - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 10:52 PM
 
Marcellin would not have been the same without you, i cant believe i will not get to see you anymore passing through the yard. Although you will no longer be able to crash my 18th next year i know you will be there in an even bigger presence.
Thanks for everything Father.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:08 PM
 

You remained a poignant influence in my life during and well after Marcellin Days. You were a significant supporter during life’s turbulent periods and equally there to share life’s joyful moments. Your influence in who I am has been significant and I will always hold that closely throughout my years. You were one of a kind and your positive impact on many was truly remarkable. I will miss you my friend, our great conversations, our laughs and your amazing positive nature.

Matt Edwards (Class 1990)

 

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by Alex Sever - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:08 PM
 
Father john may you rest in peace. You are the most selfless person i know, coming and seeing just about every student in the whole school individually for reconciliation and just a friendly chat. you show so much respect and compassion for anyone whether you know them well or not. its been just amazing having you as the school Chaplain over my years at Marcellin. You will be missed but also remembered for your truly appreciated work at the college. we have you in our prayers.
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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:14 PM
 

This is what the Lord asks of you; only this,

To act justly, to love tenderly,

And to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

Monique Waring

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 11:41 PM
 

Father John, the life lessons, morals and values you taught us will always live on within us.

The Mansour Brothers

Phillip, Peter, Michael.

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Friday, 12 August 2011, 12:08 AM
 

Father John was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was a true master of his craft, a clever wit, a kind heart, a rascal, and a wordsmith. He was open and accepting to all ages, ideals, and beliefs. His loss will be felt, and his presence missed.

Tom Stammers Class of 2006


Rest in Peace Father John. Thank you for your friendship, your guidance, your happy disposition. You will be greatly missed, scooting thru the grounds of Marcellin. Our family is blessed to have known you.
Larry and Beverley Stammers

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by Visitor to Marcellin College - Friday, 12 August 2011, 12:49 AM
 
Thank you Father John for being there in the good times and the bad.Its always good to have a funny, caring individual there in times of celebrations like birthdays and having a laugh but you were Always there for me throughout my not so good times as well.

You were there to remind me of the true human spirit throughout the time my mother was ill and you were like a true friend and mentor to help me deal with the death of my father. For that I will always be thankful. Say Hi to him for me.

We Love you father John. Rest Peacefully.

M.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Friday, 12 August 2011, 1:58 AM
 

Father John you were a man of integrity, respect and true devotion. Your spirit at Marcellin will live on forever and the past and present people of the Marist and in particular the Marcellin community will never forget the endless amount of work you put into making each and every individual you connected with a better person. Thank you Father God bless and in the words of you the great man you are "GO EAGS!". I love you father.....Matthew Beayni

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Friday, 12 August 2011, 8:49 AM
 
Dear Father, from the moment I first met you, I knew you were a very special man! Thank you for being such a big part of our lives. Thank you for looking after our boys. God Bless You.  RIP  Fiorela, Frank, Ben & Sebastian Scotta
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Patrick Black - Friday, 12 August 2011, 9:25 AM
 
RIP Father John thanks for the great memories
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Dyson Russell - Friday, 12 August 2011, 9:25 AM
 
Father John, you are an amazing human being. The impact you have had on everyone is immeasurable and it will never be forgotten. You were apart of us all and always will be. In death you delivered yet another invaluable message - that life is precious, but even more precious is the people that make your life what it is. R.I.P
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Friday, 12 August 2011, 9:34 AM
 
R.I.P father john you will be missed by all of Marcellin college & you were the greatest man i have ever met.

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Dimitrios Papadimitriou - Friday, 12 August 2011, 9:39 AM
 
To a generous, warm spirited man - Father John,
Memories of your true love and friendship are treasures which we will carry forever.
Thank you for taking the time to care.
Rest in Peace

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Jack Curran - Friday, 12 August 2011, 9:41 AM
 
Rest In Peace father John. The Marcellin Community Was Blessed to have been in your presence for the amazing 26 years we had you. Marcellin will continue to grow but we will never forget the Saint you were.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Marc DeGregorio - Friday, 12 August 2011, 9:42 AM
 
R.I.P Father John, you were the most warm hearted and happiest man i've ever had the privlidge of meeting. You will be missed my many, rest easy father john.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Alexander Makridis - Friday, 12 August 2011, 10:05 AM
 
Father John was truly one of the great leaders at Marcellin College and we will all miss you. The most irreplaceable person at the College.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Alexander Hodder - Friday, 12 August 2011, 10:11 AM
 
Fr John you were such a great man and when i met you it seemed like you would never die you were just so energetic and it just wasn't going to happen and it's hit hit us like like a bomb. we will miss Frsleepy.gif


From Alexander Hodder
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Jake Byrne - Friday, 12 August 2011, 10:12 AM
 
Farther John you are a modern day prophet, you always were positive and every memory i have of you puts a smile on my face. You will be missed
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Thomas Colabattista - Friday, 12 August 2011, 12:40 PM
 
Father John, a great man with a powerful personality, you will be missed greatly by the whole Marcellin College community... Rest in peace
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Adrian Del-Re - Friday, 12 August 2011, 2:09 PM
 
The College was blessed with the vibrant spirit of Father John, but he hasn't died. His soul simply wanted to move closer to God. Rest in peace Father John.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Friday, 12 August 2011, 2:46 PM
 

To my dear friend Father John!

You are an inspiration to us all, a true leader of Marcellin College! For me Father...well lets just say you have been the closest thing I have ever had to a Grandpa! You always managed to be there when I needed you most, in both good and bad times! Your great sense of humour always put a smile on my face...it still does!!! Your willingness and devotion to every single person in the Marcellin Community, even if that meant crashing 18ths, is something I will always look upon in admiration. When ever i play football on the Bray Oval, I'll always look over to the wing where you sat week in week out supporting us play football, and I know deep down that you will still be sitting there!! These are just few of the fond memories I will have of you for the rest of my life, memories from within my heart!

You really are the heart and soul of Marcellin College, your heart really does beat true for the marone and the blue!

You have always carried me father, from year 7 to 12, till even now! You have given everything you have into the Marcellin College Community, you have left your legacy for us to follow in your footsteps, today I stand proudly in life with 'Virtute Ad Altissima'! You have achieved so much, and now you can finally rest in peace with your God and other passed loved ones of the Marcellin Community!

You will always be in my thoughts and prayers, I'm goin to really miss you, so much! I love ya mate!

Tim Blanch Class '10

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Friday, 12 August 2011, 3:12 PM
 
Dear Father John Thanks for all the care and compassion you showed all the boys ,parents
and staff of Marcellin college. Your Happy face will be missed around the school grounds.
but your presents will be forever felt . Safe Journey R.I.P.
Mario (old boy),Luke(20100,Julian and Sandra Picco

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Friday, 12 August 2011, 3:19 PM
 
Father John was a remarkable gentle person who always saw the good in 'his boys'. I remember his quiet words of advice to a concerned mum about her Yr 9 son:'Don't worry, he is just lost at the moment but we will get him back on track'. His humour, wit, passion and gentleness will be missed by all. Although he has left a huge void at Marcellin College, he has certainly left many wonderful memories. Janet, Anthony, Steven and Brendan Kilkenny.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Liam Arandt - Friday, 12 August 2011, 4:58 PM
 
Father John was always an inspiration to everyone in the marcellin community, i would always stop if i saw him to ask how he is. Everyone in the community will miss him dearly. R.I.P Father John Carnie :-(
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Patrick Shannon - Friday, 12 August 2011, 6:00 PM
 
Dear Father John,

You are the most caring and loving man I have ever known and you will always be remembered in the Marcellin community. Rest in Peace.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Friday, 12 August 2011, 10:01 PM
 

Fr John; A true inspiration, a mentor, a friend. Thank you for all the times we shared together over my past 6 years at Marcellin, in particular my last year. It was a real privilege to have had the opportunity to share with you your 80th Birthday and your Golden Jubilee year. The many chats we had in the corridor, your sense of humour, Thursday masses, and times that you came over for dinner will be a few of many moments shared with you, that will stay with me forever. You were a great man, and someone I could truly call my friend. I will never forget you and your generosity. I will strive to be more like you every day in my actions and words, and your legacy will long live on at Marcellin and in your Redemptorist community for the years to come. You are now with God in heaven, a most worthy reward for a man who gave his entire life giving. Goodbye for now good friend, and may you rest in peace.

Matthew Lane (Class of 2010)

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Liam Ryan - Friday, 12 August 2011, 10:34 PM
 

Father John,

Through selflessness and love you had an impact on us all that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace father.

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Asta Ho - Saturday, 13 August 2011, 8:46 AM
 
Dear Father John, you didn't just preach the Gospel as you lived out the Gospel everyday. Through you we could see the love of Jesus Christ. You made me feel special every time I greeted you in the morning. Thank you and I miss you so much. Asta Ho
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Jamie McIlroy - Saturday, 13 August 2011, 9:48 PM
 

Dear Fr John,

Marcellin College will not be the same without you. May your love and spirit burn bright in all of us that you touched so that we may pass on the spirit of faith to generations of Marcellin boys and families yet to go through the gates of Marcellin College. Peace and love Jamie McIlroy

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Sunday, 14 August 2011, 12:33 AM
 
Dear Fr John,

It was both an honour and a privilege to have had you in our lives. You were an inspiration to all who met you, and we are so proud to be able to call you our friend. May God bless you in your new home in Heaven. Rest in Peace.

Love from the Lane Family
(Kevin, Lorraine, Matthew, Stephanie, Christopher & Michael)
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by William Kent - Sunday, 14 August 2011, 9:46 PM
 

Dear Father John,

It was truly an honour to have known you. You were one-of-a-kind and the true heart and soul of Marcellin College. In my eyes, you stand right next to Marcellin Champagnat as a role model for me and I will never forget you.

Thank-you for all the happy memories: the reconciliation talks, the 'good-mornings', the laughter/classic jokes, the guidance, the support, the friendship, the 'crashing' of my 18th and most of all your blessings.

May you Rest in Peace in Heaven and continue to watch over Marcellin and keep its strong heart and soul alive.

Good-bye Father John, and true friend.
Will Kent (Class of 2011)

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Sunday, 14 August 2011, 9:51 PM
 
Fr John, your happy face and genuine concern for all will be sadly missed. Thank you for guiding our boys on their journey.
From the Kent Family (Annette, Phil, Matthew, Mitchell and William)
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Sean Dauer - Sunday, 14 August 2011, 9:54 PM
 
Dear Father John, you were a very special person, who was able to engage with adults, children, teachers, and parents with warmth and kindness and a wonderful sense of humour.  You will be greatly missed.   Dauer family
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Joel Fruci - Sunday, 14 August 2011, 10:18 PM
 
Rest in Peace Fr. John. Truly great and humble man, you will be missed but not forgotten.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Sunday, 14 August 2011, 10:32 PM
 
Rest,you have worked hard.

Sleep, but keep on eye open looking over us.

Pray, that the beautiful Marcellin boys you leave behind will continue to uphold all the wonderful gospel values you have instilled in them over the years...

How deeply you will be missed but not ever forgotten, Fr John...

Molinari family
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Monday, 15 August 2011, 12:23 PM
 

A life of love.  A beautiful man.  A sad day. Many happy memories.

Chris Brodrick (someone whose life John helped build)

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Benjamin McEntee - Monday, 15 August 2011, 1:34 PM
 
?????Fr John, Now that says alot, when you hear his name all I hear is his kindness and wisdom. He was there for all of us, now we are here for him. R.I.P Father John. You will never be forgotten.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Anura Wickramasinghe - Monday, 15 August 2011, 2:22 PM
 
Father John, you were a wonderful person and true gentleman in every sense and will be missed immensely by Marcellin community.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Gabriel Dinatale - Monday, 15 August 2011, 3:03 PM
 
Rest in Peace Father John. I will always remember the 8 years of memories we shared. We will all miss you.


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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Monday, 15 August 2011, 3:12 PM
 
May the angels share the heavens with you Father John.  You certainly left some very fond memories and instilled a beautiful presence in our boys with your wit, gentleness and the ability to make each boy feel special.  Rest in peace.  Jo-Anne Morgan
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Monday, 15 August 2011, 3:25 PM
 
The passing of Father John has left us in sorrow,he had the ability to communicate with all people of all ages,he has taken another unknown path to which his role will never be the same again.
His charisma and energy will never be forgotten. Condolences to all of you.
A.Celotto & Family

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Monday, 15 August 2011, 4:24 PM
 

Rest in peace Father, you were truly a great man,

Dom  Carson

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Brendan O'Carroll - Monday, 15 August 2011, 4:40 PM
 
Rest in Peace Father John, you will be missed by many, but you will always be in our hearts.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Paul Scopelliti - Monday, 15 August 2011, 6:11 PM
 
R.I.P Father John, You will be missed by the Marcellin Community
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Monday, 15 August 2011, 6:52 PM
 

Father John,

The amount of joy, care and laughter you gave everyone day after day throughout the years will remain with us. The Marcellin community lost a much loved and valued friend on August 10th, I hope heavens ready for your type of party Father.

Rest in Peace.

Matthew Celotto (Class of 2006)

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 12:45 AM
 
Fr John, thank you for being around for my boys. Just being there, has made a difference. In 25 years of "being around" you have gathered a community of people spanning generations. You connected these people with your love and now in community we grieve.  We are missing you not "being around". We missed you today, at the Past & Present Mother Lunch, where you would greet and charm every single one of the "Girls".  Thank you to those, who shared their very special memories of Fr John at the Rosary, they brought tears & smiles - possibly the mix Fr John would have really enjoyed. (While his stories are around he will not be far away). May God welcome Fr John and renew him after his tireless work. God Bless Fr John's community at this sad time. Anne & Chris Dimattina
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 1:41 PM
 
Father John you were a great friend and support to so many people and a huge part of our lives. You will be greatly missed, Simon, Rachel, Joseph & Oliver Dimattina.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 7:09 PM
 
Father John, you were an inspiration to all of us. I'll never forget your wonderful sense of humour and the support that you gave me throughout my years at Marcellin. I'll miss you. R.I.P.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 8:38 PM
 
Father John,

You were one of the biggest influences in the most volatile time of my life.

Marcellin College and the greater world will not be the same ever again.

Your mission extended far beyond the gates on Marcellin College and the outpouring support since your passing has shown this.

Not only did we lose a great priest, we lost a mate and a modern day saint.

Rest in Peace Father.

"He will raise you up on Eagles wings, bear you on the breath of dawn..."


Tom Chard (Class of 2004, AUJBR)
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Visitor to Marcellin College - Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 11:49 PM
 

Dearest Father John,

You were to so many a very special friend. I was very lucky to be one of those many. I am thankful for the 10 years of friendship we shared, and while I will cherish those 10 years, I wish it could have been longer. I will miss you dearly and you have left a gaping hole in so many people's lives, not least my own.

The example you set in everyday life of having unconditional love, friendship and a genuine care and interest in people is something all should strive to achieve. I hope I can model my actions on those that you carried out so easily. The Marcellin College community will be the poorer for you absence, but heaven will most certainly be the richer. Knowing this is what we should celebrate.

Rest in Peace my dear friend in the knowledge that you have carried out your duty of service to God to the highest quality. I'm looking forward to one day in the future when we can meet up once again.

With Love Always,

Daniel Brookes

Class of 2005 

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Michael Czermak - Wednesday, 17 August 2011, 12:45 PM
 

Father, dont let go, we dont know what we have until its gone.

Rest In Peace

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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Christopher Lane - Wednesday, 17 August 2011, 8:18 PM
 
Rest in Peace Father John. We will never forget the enthusiasm and jokes that you said to make people laugh and be happy. You were a great man that made everyone feel welcome no matter what and Marcellin College will miss you forever. You will never be forgotten.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Jack Totino - Wednesday, 17 August 2011, 9:36 PM
 
Father John we are truly grateful for all of the things that you have done for The Community and the Marcellin Students... We will dearly miss you.
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Matthew Kenna - Saturday, 20 August 2011, 10:08 AM
 
Father John you will be missed by everyone at Marcellin R.I.P sad.gifsad.gifsad.gifsad.gifsad.gif
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Re: Tributes to Father John
by Marcus Fetherston - Monday, 22 August 2011, 9:43 PM
 
rest in peace father, our prayers are truly with you.
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A tribute to Father John Carnie, by his brother, Malcolm Carnie
by Mark Murphy - Thursday, 29 September 2011, 9:16 AM
 

Our time on earth is like a flash of light compared to eternity.


A tribute to Father John Carnie, by his brother, Malcolm Carnie.

Our family moved to Benalla in 1938 so that Dad could enjoy a warmer climate in the hope that his poor health would improve.
 
Learning to ride a bike resulted in a clash of John’s head against the fence, causing much blood and panic, but he did survive! When he was 8 years old he developed appendicitis that turned into peritonitis which in those days was usually fatal. Fortunately he was rushed to Wangaratta just in time for his life-saving operation. Ironically, at that time, the part-time ambulance officer was also the part-time undertaker, and people wondered about the potential conflict of interest that this may cause!

After finishing primary school at St. Joseph’s in Benalla, progression to High School was the next move. On reaching the age of 16, it was then the norm to leave school and gain employment to supplement the family income. Accordingly John gained a position at the Post Office and with that, a certain amount of independence.

At home, there was the cow to be milked, wood to chop and chooks to be fed, but John was never there! But, credit where credit is due, he was always home at meal time. Dad always referred to him as “the star boarder”!

We must have had an amicable brotherly relationship, as the only time I can remember remonstrating with him is when I had him in a headlock after he had just kicked the crutches out from underneath our younger sister, Margaret.

John was always interested in the parliamentary broadcasts on the radio, with his head against the speaker and a stack of Hansards (parliamentary notes) by his side.

In the early 1950’s, Fathers Scanlon and Murtagh gave a mission in Benalla, which I well remember, and which left a deep impression on John.  One day the next year, I went into the kitchen, and was confronted by clothing, sheeting, and much sewing on of labels. I said to Mum “What on earth is going on?” and she replied “Your brother is going away to join the Redemptorists”, and that was the first I knew of it. Because of his level of education, there was naturally some hesitation in accepting his application. However, a very luminating reference from the local Monsignor convinced the priests to give him a go, and the rest is history!  John finished his schooling in Galong and gained Honours in his final year as well as being Head Prefect of the students. He was then able to come home for Christmas that year and again worked at the Post Office for a short time.

His Profession at Pennant Hills was an exciting time, but we would not be seeing him again for about 2 years. After that, he transferred to the Monastery at Ballarat and we were able to occasionally visit him there – although we were to go no further than the front parlour!  On the great day of his Ordination we relatives gathered to celebrate the momentous occasion with him. Father John was not able to attend our wedding later in that year, but we made Ballarat the first stop of our honeymoon and there he said a special private Mass just for us. One of his first Missions was just out from Wagga Wagga and we were able to spend a few days there. Father John then went to New Zealand and was Rector at the Christchurch monastery, returning home in the late 60’s when Dad became seriously ill and eventually passed away.

In the early 70’s, Father John and Father Crow gave a mission in the Warrnambool area. My wife Patricia took the children out to Koroit to hear the priests, and came back ecstatic, saying Father John’s sermon on death was the most reassuring she had ever heard. Shortly after, he went in for minor surgery, but the surgeon found lumps where they shouldn’t have been and this led to a diagnosis of early Hodgkin’s disease which required radiation treatment. This was successful, but was to, I believe, tell on him in the most recent time.

After Dad died Fr. John went up to Mum at Benalla as often as he could until she could no longer look after herself and came down to Melbourne to a care facility, in 2001, after being widowed for some 30 years. However she was frail by then and passed on later that year, aged 94.

Fr. John was then able to visit us more in Geelong, having the use of the Brothers’ house at Ocean Grove.  We enjoyed many family occasions together, including Christmas, for many years.

It was a great turn of events when Fr. John was offered the Chaplaincy at Marcellin College. This enabled him to turn missionary work into a very special cause. He thoroughly enjoyed every minute of his 25 years there, and it gave him a real purpose in life.

He told us the story of a Year 7 boy, who, finishing the interview, Fr. John (in his late 50’s at the time) said “I know all about you; what do you know about me?” The boy replied “You’re the old priest who looks after the chapel”. This was not good for the dear priest’s ego!

We were also told of the international soccer player at whose wedding Fr. John was celebrant. One of the boys asked Fr. John when this was to be, but he was unable to say due to confidentiality. However, on the evening of the rehearsal, with the groom aware,  Fr. John contacted the boy’s father and said “if you happen to be taking little Will for a walk and happen to be going past such and such a church at 6 o’clock you may like to pop in for a visit.” The groom, worded up, beckoned the boy over, gave his autograph, and had a few words with him, before the boy left the church without his feet touching the ground!

In late June this year, Fr, John told us he was having problems and needed to undergo an operation that could take 6 hours. This took place on the 14th of July and was more serious than first thought. We rang him afterwards on the Friday and he was very distressed. On the Saturday we were told that he was transferred to Intensive Care and was not expected to live. He lingered on but for most of the time was not conscious and mercifully passed away in the afternoon of August 10.

“Come o faithful servant and sit at the place I have reserved for you”
Deo Gratias.