In Loving Memory
Peter George James

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A Funeral service for
Peter will be held at
David W Bull Pakenham Funeral Home,
190 Princes Highway, Pakenham on
Thursday 1st October 2020
commencing at 2.30 pm.
A private cremation will follow.
Invite only due to the
current Government restrictions
maximum of 10 may attend.

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which is scheduled to commence at
2.30 p.m. on Thursday 1st October 2020.

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  1. I cried when I learned about Peter James passing although I know that he has just gone home to be with the Lord. I had the privilege of being touched by his kindness and friendliness . I’ll never forget his smile, warmth and calmness. Till we meet again Peter. Who would have thought that the last time I said goodbye to you during our last service would be the last. It’s sad but it made me realised more how short life is.

    Cohen family
  2. Dear Jane, we are so very sad to learn of the sudden passing of Peter. We only knew him for a short while, but it was truly a pleasure to spend time with you both. Deepest sympathy, Jo and Chris Newport

    Jo Newport
  3. My Deepest condolences during this time. Peter was an amazing human and gave so much to others. Sending so much love to Jane and The family. Was very blessed to have known him.

    Sarah Smith
  4. Thanki you Peter for your love and care for over 30 yearsManyhappy memories andt time spent with the Antique Fair Deepest sympathy to you Jane.Sending you lots of love

  5. Heartfelt condolences to Jane, Sarah and Nick.

    Peter was always so kind and generous, and his loss is really sad. I’m thankful that I got to know him, and I will always be thankful for how he took Nev under his wing.

    Love to Jane, from your (adoptive) daughter.


    Amy Brown
  6. Sad to hear the sudden passing of Peter. A loving kind generous man.A true gentleman.I will miss our cricket chats.Paul and Paulien.

    Paul Raymond Clark
  7. 15 yrs wasn’t long enough for me. That’s how long I have known Peter. Enjoyed his wit, been swept up in his passion for prayer and the Kingdom of God, Inspired by his servants heart, challenged by his words of wisdom and in love with his love for his wife and children. Now wth his beloved Lord and Saviour. But missed terribly. Deb P

    Deb Porter
  8. My deepest condolences to Jane and family.
    I was so sad to hear of the passing of Peter, he was an outstanding man. I’m glad I had the opportunity to know him and will be ever grateful for that.
    It was an absolute pleasure when I randomly caught up with Peter and Jane recently at the Polish Bakery.
    I’m glad he will be at peace with his Heavenly Father. My thoughts and prayers are with Jane.

    Michelle Bourke
  9. Very sad to hear this news. Peter was a true gentleman and a mighty prayer warrior. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers for God’s presence, peace and comfort for all the family.

    Genevieve Shallard
  10. We are so sad to hear of Pete’s sudden passing. We will remember Pete as a faithful servant, gentleman and friend. We take comfort in knowing heaven is throwing a party to welcome him home. Our love and blessings go to Jane. May God give you strength.

    David & Janelle Tompson
  11. So so sorry for your loss Nick. My sincere condolences ,in what must be a very hard time for you and your family , your father was a very nice man

    maxwell babic
  12. My head and my heart are full of sadness at the news of Peters passing, yet my spirit still rejoices for the life Peter led and the legacy he leaves behind. It has been a great privilege to walk and pray along side Peter over the last few years a man that I look up to and admire. His humility, love
    and heartfelt desire to see unity within the churches of Cardinia is inspiring. A true kingdom man. My prayers and thoughts are with Jane and the family at this time.

    Simon Beard
  13. Peter, your contribution as a work colleague, mentor and friend is immeasurable. You live on in the hearts and memories of all you had contact with. Condolences to Jane, Sarah and Nick

    Malcolm Fisher
  14. It was with shock I learnt Peter had passed and then followed prayer for comfort for Jane. I saw them both having such powerful unity. Peter was such a man of influence. He carried authority with love. He was such a great role model to my Nic as a boy. Peter & Jane were part of the gift of community, which bought healing to both Nic & myself. Our lives were so positively impacted by our time at Cardinia Christian Church, where we first met Peter and Jane and many wonderful others. I know Peter is with Jesus in great health and joy. My warmest cuddles and prayers are for you Jane. Thank you for sharing your life and Peters with us and always pointing us to Jesus. It is soooooo powerfully appreciated. All our love Janneke & Nicholas ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

    Janneke King & Nicholas Coles
  15. Pete was and continues to be a tremendous role model to many. Someone we certainly have looked up to for the past 5 years or so. Iain remembers the first coffee. A champion for the cause of God’s immense mercy, love and grace to be made known in every household in the Cardinia Shire. Though, I’m sure, not perfect, he was a rare breed that actually practiced what they preached. We prayed and prayed for healing, and now he is totally well in the arms of his Saviour. Deepest sympathy and love to Jane and the rest of the family here and abroad.

    Iain & Sonia McGill
  16. Dear Jane, it was a great privilege to minister with your husband at healing rooms. He was man of wisdom, compassion and authority. He was a great leader and always believed in the unity of God’s church for the kingdom to advance. May God raise more prayer warriors and leaders like Peter in Pakenham & Cardnia to carry the legacy Peter left behind. May the good Lord comfort you and your children with His peace and love.

    Prabi D
  17. Such sad and shocking news. Peter was one of nature’s true gentleman and will be sadly missed. Our very deepest sympathies to Jane, Sarah, Nick and families. Cathie & Paul Lyons

    Cathie Lyons
  18. One of the true gentlemen, an elder statesman in the workplace, highly regarded throughout the industry and by all his work colleagues. It has been a privilege to have known him as a friend and brother. Love and condolences to Jane and the family.

    Bryn and Bronya Williams
  19. I was very sad to hear of the passing of Peter. Peter was a highly respected colleague. Our thoughts and condolences go to Jane and his family at this sad time. Tony Spring

    Tony Spring
  20. So very sad to lose such a great man. His faith was an inspiration. But I remember from more than 50 years ago all those Cambridge soccer and cricket matches: days in the rain and the sun. God bless the boy from Sussex By The Sea. My deepest sympathies to all in their loss.

    Peter Noll
  21. Dear Jane
    So sad and shocked to hear of Peter’s passing. Although we have not seen him for some time, he was a good friend and we so enjoyed and appreciated the company of both of you. We have fond memories of your Christmas in July events and dropping in when we were neighbours. Our deepest sympathies. Vivienne & Andrew

    Vivienne Helps
  22. My deepest sympathies to Jane and family on the passing of Peter. I knew him to be a warm, welcoming man with a kind heart for individuals around him. Peter will be greatly missed here now that he’s walking in the most magnificent garden.

    Anita Tyson
  23. So sorry to hear that Peter James had passed away, but great to know that he is now with the Lord who he served so faithfully. He was a real man of God who worked tirelessly through the churches of Cardinia in making the Gospel known. It was a real joy to share with him in reaching children with the message of God’s love through Christion Education in the schools.

    Clive Stebbins
  24. What fond memories going back to the foundations of the property in Upper Pakenham through the years of open house, warm fellowship, long lunches, a shared faith and always thoughtful conversation. Jane, we grieve and weep with you at Peter’s passing but know he’s with his Saviour and rejoice that we’ll see him again. Sincere sympathy to Jane and the family, we’ll miss him.

    Ian and Cris Mitchell
  25. To the Family of Peter James
    I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Peter.
    In my dealings with him he always behaved honourably and was a gentleman to a fault

    Lindsey Hogg
  26. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. I enjoyed working with Peter, he was caring and helpful, guiding me at Ausplas and driving me to the hospital when my grandmother passed. That’s the kind of person Peter was and I will never forget his kindness . My condolences to Jane, Sarah and Nick you are in my thoughts

  27. We were deeply saddened by the passing of our very dear friend Peter. He was one of the best and a true friend indeed
    We helped each other and we talked
    We advised each other and we shared
    We reminisced and we even argued
    We sat together and enjoyed a meal and a glass of wine
    True Friendship We will miss him a great deal

    Martyn & Heather Edwards
  28. I remember Peter as a truly unique Godly man who loved the Word of God and lived it to the fullest. I will miss Peter like all of us will From Francisca

    Francisca Humme
  29. So shocked to hear of Peter’s unexpected passing. Although we only caught up a few times since Peter’s departure from work he would be spoken of regularly and fondly by his colleagues and was held in high regard by his peers. My sincere condolences are offered to his family.

    Les Latimer

    Les Latimer
  30. Jane and family,
    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Peter passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Such a lovely man taken way too soon.
    Love Anthony, Fiona, Rick and Mitchell xxxx

    Fiona & Anthony
  31. I was very shocked to hear of Peter passing
    Peter was truly a man of God who walked and served the Lord.
    Thank you Peter for caring by making calls to see if was I doing ok and offer to pray for me.
    My condolences to Jane Sarah & Nick
    Rest in peace peter in the present of the Lord our maker.
    You will be missed.
    Joyce Buttie

    Joyce Buttie
  32. Sherinda visited Mum at her aged care home in Fitzroy North today and she said she would like to send you the following message:

    “Dear Jane,

    I send you my condolences. Peter was a lovely friend and I had many good times with him and you.”

    We would like to acknowledge the care and support you have given Mum over the years and thank you both for that. I personally would like to add that I enjoyed Peter’s company. He was a highly intelligent man who always made time to connect on the occassions we met in Pakenham. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Shane and Sherinda.

    Gwenda Smith
  33. Peter… what a guy!
    His heart for the community, dedication to prayer and exceptional gift of hospitality (with Jane by his side) were always an inspiration. So grateful to have shared some of this journey together.
    Heaven’s olive groves and orchards are about to get even better.

    Sending our love to you Jane & family.
    Love Tim, Stace & fam Xox

    Tim & Stacey
  34. We are blessed to have known Peter.

    He had such a great heart for the kids and we were very fortunate to have him share his love for God to our kids. We are very grateful that we had the pleasure of knowing Peter and working with him through Kingdom Kids. He was always a terrific mentor and we will always treasure the time he took to bless those around him.

    .We are thinking of Jane and his family at this time.

    The Ling Family
  35. Dear Jane, Sarah and Nick, our loving thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss, may it be a time to share many happy memories of Peter and his service for the Lord. May God give you his peace, love from Mark & Marian Walker ⚘⚘⚘

    Mark & Marian Walker
  36. Dear Jane, Sarah and Nick,
    My thoughts are with you today as you say good bye to Peter. It would be hard to find a man kinder than him.
    Keep happy memories in your heart and know he is in heaven now.
    With love,
    Sarah Liarakos and family.

    Sarah Liarakos
  37. So sad Peter that Jesus and you thought it was time to leave us, happy for but you are greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to Jane, Sarah and Nick.

    Judy & Karina Green
  38. Deepest sympathy to Jane, Sarah, Nick and family. I didn’t know Peter well but he was always a true gentleman when we did meet. Thinking of you all at this truly sad time.

    Peter Vucic
  39. Peter came across my path at a NDOF prayer meeting where he introduced the Combined Prayer Meeting. Peters example and influence through CPM within Cardinia community but specifically Pakenham touched my heart deeply. His desire to see unity amongst the churches inspired me. His legacy and passing away is the seed for revival.

    Trisha Ellis
  40. It was such a pleasure to know Peter as a friend and co-worker in the Lord’s vineyard whilst we were fundraising for 4C’s. Love to jane and all who remember him with fondness.

    Theo and kath Reimert
  41. So sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. Such a gentleman, with a beautiful heart and razor sharp wit! Much love to Jane and his family
    Love from the DeMaria Tribe

    Tracey Demaria
  42. Peter was a faithful brother and friend in Christ. He had a great heart for people and his community; a man of prayer, faith and servanthood. We pray for comfort for Jane and Peter’s family. We know that he is with Jesus and we have confidence that we will meet again.

    Rik & Chandi Kroone
  43. Very sorrow to hear of Peter’s passing. I know he is with the Lord as he was a man of strong faith, but sad I have lost a good friend.
    Sorrow that Jane and family have lost a husband and father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Jim Josie & Claire … Claire sends you a big hug Jane 🙂

    Jim Wilson
  44. Deepest sympathy to the James family.
    Nick, your old man Pete was always kind and welcoming. We are sorry for your loss mate and we are thinking of you.
    May Pete rest easy.

    Mannaert Family
  45. Passing on my condolences to Jane and the family.
    I give thanks to God for Peter and for his love for the Kingdom of God. He was an inspiration and a catalyst for unity, prayer, and evangelism across the Cardinia Shire. We have been blessed by his presence and his passion for the Lord Jesus and for people to come to know him. Although saddened to hear of his death, I know that we will see each other again, rejoicing in the presence of the risen Lord Jesus.

    Nathan Hedt
  46. Peter came into our lives when he met Jane. He was a wonderful brother in law to me and Uncle to my 3 kids. He was an incredibly positive influence on us all and he will be greatly missed. My heart aches for his family and in particular for Jane who has lost her soul mate and partner in crime.

    Kathy Batten
  47. Our deepest condolences to Jane and the family. I personally only knew Peter for a short time and sadly never had the opportunity to know him well, however I saw his heart for God and people reflected in chats that I had with him. These condolences and his celebration service is very honouring of him and shows the calibre of man that he was. He is now with the Lord and at peace.
    Mike & Dianne Albert and the SECC Church family.

    Mike Albert
  48. Just wanted to share a memory of when I went one time to stay with Peter and Jane. They took me out to dinner to a French restaurant where they used take some dear friends June and Andrej… and introduced me to escargot. I was extremely thankful for the garlic sauce…, but it was something Peter never let me forget… often ribbing me about eating snails. His love and validation of people and sense of humour will be sorely missed x x

    Kathy Batten
  49. Peters influence extended like the ripples from a disturbance in water.
    Always gracious, humble and generous yet with a resolve of purpose to achieve.
    He was a great reflection of the light of his life from which many benefitted.
    Will be long remembered and sadly missed.
    Ron & Stella Hurren

    Ron & Stella Hurren
  50. My sincere condolences to Jane and family. I didn’t know Peter long and only worked with him briefly at the 4Cs, but he surely made an impression. True man of God. Rest In Peace Peter, you are home now.

  51. We will always be thankful for the special memories we’ve had with you both. Weddings, woodfired pizzas, chasing flying cardboard around your garden in gale force winds, and even weeding those blackberries. Sending all our love to you Janey. Always, Claire & Stephen xx

    Claire Leach
  52. Our condolences to our lovely Jane and family, praying for you all at this time.
    Peter was and always will be our inspiration, with a heart full of gold towards everyone he knew. A man of great faith in Jesus. We will never forget how he would pray over Olivia everyday, especially Sunday mornings he would sit next to her hold her hand and say ” Hey Liv its Uncle Pete here, how are you today” she always gave him a massive smile and had a chat with him, even if Olivia was sound asleep he would still hold her hand and pray, Olivia loved you soooo much. The vision Peter had of Olivia dancing we will keep believing, will happen. We are all going to miss you so much. Now he rests with our amazing Jesus.

    Nudge, Kelly, Olivia, Leah and Holly
  53. To dear Jane, Sarah and Nick,
    Thinking of you all at this time and have wonderful memories of a fantastic friend.
    God Bless and love from Fiona and Mary.

    Mary Brown
  54. I have waited until after Peter’s funeral Service online today to publish my thoughts and condolences for him. My wife and I were up at 5am. U.K. time today to join the service. It was lovely to hear of Peter’s past achievements and the depth of his involvement with the church. And a big pat on the back to Jane for standing up so well and recounting their wonderful and fun days together.

    My early relationship with Peter was back in the early 1960’s when we both played cricket in the U.K. for Brighton & Hove Cricket Club and another very old club formed in 1870 called Brighton Brunswick C.C. Peter loved his cricket and was a good number 4/5 bat and spin bowler. I was an opening fast bowler who batted at 7/8. Our friendship ended when he emigrated to Australia but was renewed again when I was appointed Secretary of Brighton Brunswick C.C. and sent regular match reports to members past and present including Peter.

    Over recent years Peter and I met whenever he visited the U.K. We played golf together with his brother and my other friends, and my wife Sandie and I had lunch with him last year. Our friendship was cemented further when Sandie and I visited Australia in 2017 with the intention to watch Australia play England on Boxing Day at the MCG. On learning of our intention to visit Australia Peter immediately invited us to spend Christmas with him and his wife Jane and we had the pleasure of also meeting their friends whom he invited for drinks on Christmas Eve.

    Not only did Peter organise brilliant seating tickets for us at the MCG but he also spent the day with us. The only disappointment for me was Australia won the toss and elected to bat and only lost one wicket on the day! My wife was deeply upset when seeking a comfort-break she found on her return that Australia lost their only wicket to fall that day! As Jane commented at the funeral today, Peter was a great prankster and he kept pulling my wife’s leg by repeatably insisting she retire and suggesting she was obviously a good omen for England taking more wickets!

    Jane and Peter went out of their way to make Sandie and me welcome over the festive period and entertained us royally at their Christmas dinner. I remember well Sandie helping Peter to make the stuffing for the turkey! Either suet is not a regular addition to making stuffing in Australia or Peter and Jane had never made it before!! But we all laughed at the result of the breadcrumbs, parsley and thyme all held together by some of their own home-grown olive oil and whipped eggs! It certainly did not detract from the enjoyable dinner that followed.

    More revelations were revealed over the next couple of days as they took us on a tour of their smallholding garden and introduced us to the wealth of vegetables, fruit, and especially the Olive trees they grew for oil. Looking after all the ground and plants was clearly a major task. They also took us out to visits to walks which they enjoyed together.

    I had no inkling of Peter’s religious beliefs until we sat down to that Christmas dinner and he said Grace. Afterwards, his involvement as a lay-preacher and love of the church became more evident in our discussions. And on our departure, he asked Sandie and I to take a seat in their lounge and if we would object to him saying a prayer for us. Standing behind us, he laid his hands on us both and in beautifully created words he said a prayer for each of us. In my case this included a prayer for the healing of severe pains in my left knee. Peter’s sincere belief in God and his love for mankind deeply disturbed me and he has made me reflect ever since on my own religious beliefs. Especially, as my knee has not been anywhere near as problematic as it was before we visited Australia!

    I was expecting to meet up with Peter and renew our rivalries on the golf course in 2021 when he again visited the U.K. and his family over here. But I was shaken to receive his email in August informing me he had contracted MDS and was now receiving weekly blood transfusions. He was starting on a blind trial drug that day and in conjunction with other injections he said it would take a few months to see any effect. He said the treatment was good and coupled with prayers he had hope.

    He was still a keen follower of Brighton & Hove Albion which is now a Premier League football club and we regularly exchanged comments on their results. It was then an even greater shock after I had sent him my latest update on 21 September to receive an email from Jane next day informing me Peter had sadly died over the weekend.

    Peter will be deeply missed by all who knew him and were involved with him in the church and in his religious beliefs. I shall certainly miss his company and the enjoyable email exchanges we had every 3/4 months.

    Rest in peace my dear friend. I shall miss your company and friendship dearly.

    Bob & Sandie Sansom
  55. Our love and condolences to Jane and family.
    Peter was a wonderful Sunday School Teacher to Anna – who particularly loved being in the Nativity Play.
    Both Peter and Jane were an amazing support at 4C’s and I particularly loved Peter’s heartfelt Devotions and beautiful prayers and wisdom in the Healing Rooms, along with all of the incredible Christmas Cakes and baked goods and Cooking Classes from Jane.
    I will always remember Peter as a lovely Godly gentleman who I will very much look forward to meeting up with again.
    God Bless you.
    Love Kirsten, Josiah, Caleb and Anna Hampson

    Kirsten Hampson
  56. In loving memory of Peter; a loving father figure, and pastor. My heart goes out to Jane and her family. Thinking about them always. May the love of God be with you all during this time. RIP Peter, and see you in Eternity.

    Karina Green
  57. Our thoughts to Jane and Peters family. A beautiful soft hearted man that encouraged and helped my family with his kind words and generousity. Will be missed.
    Sue Lewis

    Sue Lewis