In Loving Memory
Geoffrey Alan Cousins


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Palliative Care South East

Geoffrey Alan Cousins (Gandalf)
Surrounded by his loving family,
Geoff passed away peacefully at home
Sunday 15th August 2021,
aged 73 years.
After an 18 month struggle,
bravely battling his terminal illness. 

Husband of Helen
Father of Emma, Adele, Paul
Stepfather of Ange and Wayne.
Father-in-law of Dirk, Warwick, Sara, James and Karen.
Grandpa of Caitlin, Lani, Alfred, Julian and Elise
Poppa of Grace, Tom, Kane, Will and Toby
Brother of Neil (dec) Ian (dec)
David, Sue and Malcom.

A Private Service will be held
Thursday 19th August 2021.

A Celebration of a Life well lived
will be held
at a date to be determined,
all will be welcome
to attend and share
stories with Geoff’s family and friends.

A donation to Palliative Care South East
for those wishing to make a donation
would be sincerely appreciated.

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to the family, please leave a message on the
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  1. TO Helen and family and Geoff’s family, sending you all the love on this very sad occasion. Geoff was a gentleman and a quirky funny guy who it was a privilege to have known. RiP Geoff. Regards Robyn and Norm Mclean

    ROBYN Mclachlan
  2. Our deepest condolences to Aunt Duck and family. Thank you Geoff for loving aunt Duck like you did. You have left a huge hole in her heart but I’m sure you will be next to her guiding her along the way. You are a great man and we have some great memories to hold on to. Thinking of you all Kelly and Barry xoxo

    Kelly & Barry Bennett
  3. Geoff and Helen the perfect couple. It’s always amazed me how active and energetic Geoff was. He’s always smiling face and positive outlook certainly was an inspiration to myself. I regret that we all didn’t catch up more.Geoff, you will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Thank you for all your guidance and help over the years. Love Sandy xxxx

    Sandra Bettink-Sandell
  4. We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Geoff following a long illness. Heartfelt condolences & deepest sympathy to all Geoff’s family & friends. Much loved & deeply missed Father, father-Inlaw, Brother & Grandfather & great friend. Celebrate the “Life He Lived & Loved”. Forever in your hearts! Love Lynne Noel & Family ❤

    Lynne & Noel Fry
  5. It’s hard to imagine the Cranbourne Training Complex without our dear friend Geoff. He’s been a constant for more years that I can remember and has dedicated over 30 as Club secretary. A great Character with a meticulous nature who will be sadly missed by all. Thanks for the memories Geoff. RIP dear friend. Condolences to Helen and Family – Trainers Club

    Robbie Griffiths
  6. To Helen,sending you lots of love on the passing of your loving husband, you will have lots of wonderful memories that you both made together. Deepest sympathy to you and the family.RIP Geoff. Maureen,Mick and family.

    Mauren McLean
  7. Hey Grandpa,
    I’ll always remember your laugh and your energetic personality. Loved it when you brought your binoculars down to the Rip Curl Pro so we could watch Mick and Steph up close. I’ll remember you forever and always. Love Lani

    Lani Dukker
  8. Grandpa Always so cheeky, always made me laugh, always so kind, and a true blue hero to the end. As a child I absolutely adored you, and felt so honoured every time you asked me to help you with the horses. I will forever remember all those mornings following you around like a little minion, carrying a sack of hay for you. Now that I’m older I aspire to be like you, live life to the fullest as you did, and carry on your extraordinary legacy. When I got my first phone you were the first person I texted and the first person to text me back. I will never forget sitting next to you on the chairlift at the snow, and seeing you whip out a never ending supply of chocolates from the inside of your jacket for me. I will never forget racing you on pool ponies, the crazy tan lines on your calves from the boots and fluffy socks you never seemed to take off, or singing amazing grace at the top of our lungs on the deck so that all the neighbors could here. I will never forget how proud you were of me when I got my first job, or how much you truely cared about every little thing in my life. I love you so so much Grandpa. Rest easy. Till we meet again. Love Caitlin ❤️

    Caitlin Dukker
  9. Geoffrey, you were a shining light in our day when you rode past the Tower every morning.
    The conversations we had on those early mornings I will remember immensely!
    Your smile and your banter will be very sadly missed at the Training Centre.
    A mate gone too soon. Deppest Sympathy to Helen & family

    Stephen Hamilton Track Work Coordintor
  10. What a devastating loss of a truly beautiful man. Thank you for always making me me feel so welcome in your home Geoff, as a kid your door was always open as Em came home with three friends in tow and that certainly didn’t change as we all grew up and became adults, had families of our own. You were always smiling, kind, generous and keen for a chat. Your loss unimaginable to your loving wife Helen, gorgeous kids Emma, Adele and Paul, grandchildren, family and friends. You were so loved by so many. RIP Geoff. I promise I will stay close to Em and support her through this terrible time. Love Barb Platt

    Barb Platt
  11. Sending huge hugs and support to Adele, Em & Paul and all the Cousins family. So many great memories I will remember you by Geoff. Those trips in the horse truck will never fade! I feel blessed to have known such a wonderful man! Rest In Peace

    Jacqui Laforet
  12. So devastating to hear of your passing, Geoff.
    May you Rest In Peace.
    Dearest Em and girls are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sending you and your dear families our love and support.
    Anna, Luke and Dylan ❤️

    Anna Logan
  13. Geoffrey’s passing has left a deep vacuum in your life and we mourn with you. Please accept our deepest sympathy Marg Lucas and family

    Marg Scarlett
  14. Our deepest sympathy to Helen, and family, Geoffrey was one amazing man, he will be greatly missed. RIP, Geoff Regards Sue, and Graeme.

    Susan and Graeme Rickards.
  15. Deepest condolences to Aunt Duck and family. Geoff will be sadly missed. Thinking of you all and sending lots of love Deb, Andy, Ben and Molly O’Brien

    Debbie and Andrew O’Brien
  16. Thinking of you Aunt Duck and all of your family throughout this tough time. Geoff will be greatly missed and will be so proud of you as he watches over. Lots of Love Shae and Daniel xx

    Shae and Daniel
  17. To you all our deepest sympathies on the loss to Geoff from your lives. He is at peace and will be with you always. Much love to your all.

    Patricia Gray and the Newble and Arland families
  18. Dearest Em and family,

    we are sending you all our love today and strength over the next months. Lots of love always, Denise and the

    Denise Collinson
  19. To Helen, Emma, Adele, Paul & families.
    Deepest sympathy for your loss. Thinking of you all at this sad time.
    Love Di, Ziggy and Family xo

    Dianne & Ziggy Mnich
  20. Reading these heartfelt messages and seeing these beautiful photos of Geoff bring a tear to my eye but equally a smile to my face. The memories shared, condolences sent, the outpouring of love on display, reminds us that although Geoff has moved on to greener “pastures” (pardon the pun, but I’m sure he’d appreciate it!) he will never be forgotten and will continue to live on in the hearts of the people who love him most. Today as you say goodbye to your dad, husband, grandpa, brother and friend, take joy and comfort in remembering the good times shared with a man who, I’m sure with his unique approach to life, has provided many funny stories for you all to reminisce about over the past few days. I have many memories of seeing Geoff head off to feed his horses … or more likely – return on his pushy after we’d awoken from many a late night sleepover at his house, (unless of course, we hadn’t been to sleep yet – equally possible!) Always returning with a massive smile that truly lit up his face and expressed little doubt that he was doing what he loved most. I’d always marvel at his dedication to his horses, but looking back maybe it was the escape he needed from all of Adele and Emma’s girlfriends camped out in the sunken lounge of his Houlder Avenue home. From allowing us to have Halloween parties, to starring in our media studies productions, Geoff was always a good sport. And sometimes in return, we’d have to play along too when he’d offer to drop us off at a high school disco – there’s nothing quite like getting cleaned up, dressed up and then walking out the back of a dirty horse trailer in heels for the whole school to see! A grand entrance in Geoff’s mind no doubt, but the very last time he’d ever get that gig … maybe cheekily by design?

    To Geoff – you’re now free from pain to ride off over the rainbow bridge and into the sunset on one of your beloved horses. It’s been a pleasure to have known you. May you rest in peace.

    To Adele, Emma, Paul, Helen and families, may the difficult days ahead be tempered with fond memories and laughter amid the tears. And may you take some comfort in knowing many people have you in their thoughts and hearts from near and afar. Sending you strength, love and virtual hugs. Take care guys.

    Jennine Dodd & family xxx
  21. So said to hear of Jefferries passing He will be remembered as part of the riding group in Moorabbin as we were growing up He always gave us a laugh and was one of the girls He grew into a real gentleman and will be remembered as such Condolences to his immediate and extended family

    Lennie Porritt
  22. Thinking of you all today as we remember Poppa for the lovely man he was. Cherish times spent and celebrate his life. All our love and prayers. Karen, Wayne and Toby xx

    Karen Pitt
  23. Some of my earliest memories are of racing meets. I missed many days of school, most gleefully to be able to experience this family tradition. We went to places like Traralgon, Sale, and Stony Creek. It has always been exciting to see the results of a good performance on the track, and the joy and excitement this brought not just Geoff, but our whole family when one of his horses had a win.
    A party would not be replete without a speech from Uncle Geoff, and I will miss his toasts, with full of kind and generous words and his trademark sense of humour.

    It wasn’t till later in my life, with time under my belt as a paramedic myself that I have had a better understanding of the sheer energy and dedication it must have taken Geoff, not just to raise Emma, Adele, and Paul, but to go to his very demanding job, then train and care for his horses and go back and do it all again. How he ever had time to tend such a productive vegetable garden amongst all of this I still do not know.
    It is this energy and dedication that is evident in the beautiful family he has raised, and along the way – the very special people that have become connected with the life he has lived, such as his partner Helen.

    My sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and racing community around my Uncle Geoff who are mourning this loss.

    Frances Stringer,
    Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory.

    Frances Stringer
  24. Helen and Family
    I only knew Geoff as an AMBO and he was as you see him in the photos. That smile was real and it reflected the man that he was. I always found him to be genuine, passionate and fair in all his dealings with the many people he had to deal with every day.
    His smile will always linger in our minds.
    RIP Geoff

    Mike McManus
  25. My sincerest condolences to Helen, Emma, Adele, Paul and family. Keeping you all in our thoughts, wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you celebrate the life of Geoff.
    With deepest sympathy and lots of love at this sad time, Troy and Janine Gent xxx

    Troy and Janine Gent
  26. Sending all my love to all the special people in Geoff’s life. Xxx
    Thank you for always saying yes to us girls when we asked for sleepovers at very short notice.
    Later in life it was always nice to run into Geoff at the shops. No matter how busy he was he always found the time to stop and say hi, have a chat and take an interest in our lives especially if we needed a tip for the spring carnival.
    Geoff will be missed by not only his nearest and dearest but also by the people that have had the chance to know Geoff throughout his life. Xxx

    Nicole Jagoe
  27. To Adele, Em, Paul and your beautiful families. Sending you all my love and biggest hugs, so many memories, from the ‘penny farthing’ your Dad would ride, to being dropped in Frankston for a night out in the horse truck. Remembering his face watching us girls walk down that ramp (no subtle entrance!).
    He made an impact on so many people and he will be forever missed.
    Thinking of you everyday xx

    Tracey Dalgleish
  28. Dear Geoff,
    I am so sorry you needed to leave this world and your beautiful family too soon. You were a kind, cheerful man with a wicked sense of humour that kept us all SO amused (and your kids a little on edge!) One of my memories was the time when we were 15 years old and boarded the Berwick blue light disco bus on a Saturday night, trying to be cool and grownup. Next thing everyone is laughing and saying who is that guy banging on the bus window. Of course it was you, looking for Adele, needing to tell her one last thing! She sheepishly walks to the front of the bus to have a short conversation with you and then slinks back to her seat with a bright red face, while you wave the bus of teenagers goodbye! I’m not sure what you needed to say was that important and there is certainly a chance you did it only for a laugh, which absolutely worked for the bus of teenagers… not so sure Del felt the same!
    Thank you for dragging us around to horse races, family events and everything else we asked of you. You will be missed greatly by all who knew you xo

    To Del, Em and Paul, my heart breaks for you all. I am thinking of you and here for you all as always. Love Megs, Waz & family xo

    Megan Brearley
  29. Deepest Sympathies to Adele, Emma, Paul and families. Sending all our love, thoughts and prayers.
    Your Dad touched the lives of so many with his kind and caring nature he will be sadly missed.
    The memories will never fade
    Thinking of you all xoxo
    Jayne, Ben and family

    Jayne DaRose
  30. So sorry to hear of the passing of such a great person. To Helen, Emma, Adele, Paul, Dirk, Warwick and families, I pass on my sincere condolences. I remember him as a very dedicated and loving father, and a person who loved his horses and their welfare. I remember one day at Cranbourne when one of the horses was racing, he saddled her up and put the jockey on board, then went and drove the ambulance following the race, then back in time to unsaddle her – yes it was a work day. I miss him in Cranbourne in the shopping precinct calling out my name at the top of his voice even if right next to me, then having a catch up chat. Many happy memories. A great person taken far too early.

    Kerril Burns