In Loving Memory
John Barlee


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John Barlee
Passed away peacefully on
22nd February 2022, aged 87 years.
Dearly beloved husband of Pat.
Much loved father of Allan and Sue.
Father-in-law of Sally and Geoff.
Grandfather of Mark and Alice, Steven,
Ellie, Jack, Patrick and Sarah;
Meg and Mat, Emma and Dave.
Great Grandfather of Ivy and Arthur,
Baylin, Declan, Mackenzie and Ahren, William;
Ivy and Mae, Hudson and Flynn.

A life well lived, passionate and hard working throughout.
Now is the time to rest peacefully, until we meet again.

A Funeral Service to
Celebrate the life of
 John Barlee will be held at
David W Bull Pakenham Funeral Home
190 Princes Highway Pakenham on
Wednesday 2nd March 2022
commencing at 10:30 a.m.
A private cremation will follow.

Should you wish to send your personal condolences
to the family, please leave a message on the
“Leave a condolence” link located on this page.

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  1. Dear Sue and family, sending our love at this very sad time. A father is a treasured being, a person who nutures, protects, loves unconditionally, teachers, encourages and who can be relied on to give the best hugs ever! Remember all the times your dad gave you those hugs, he will stay in your heart forever ❤️❤️

    Jenny and Jeff Lowther
  2. The most amazing man. All the time and support for any rider parent and horse young or old. John knew nearly everyone by name and always had something to say to them. Sadly missed and fondly remembered. 20 plus years riding he was a face we could all rely on xxx

    Irma lamanna
  3. Dearest auntie Pat,
    So sorry to read of uncle john’s passing. So many childhood memories of mine feature you and uncle John and whiteside road….so many years ago.
    Deepest sympathy to you, Allan and Sue….

    Dianne wilson
    • John gave so much to Tooradin Estate – build such rider and horse friendly cross country fences at both ends of the property, constructed a dressage arena with his drainage magic, did tireless hours for Tooradin PC, Tooradin Horse Trials Committee and SMZ events (including 3 State Champs). We will miss you and your expertise immensely. Thank you for teaching us so much and keeping us all safe in our eventing + endeavours. Sending lots of love and support to Pat and the family as they remember all Johns amazing achievements. ⭐️

      Sally Francis
      • Hi Sally,

        I do heartily agree with your condolences, John gave soooo much to us all xx

        Aimi (nee Turner) and myself and Bryan (deceased) were so grateful to John and of course to you and your generous use of the Tooradin grounds…, memories to last a lifetime xx

        Lynne Orford
  4. So sorry to hear of the passing of such a true gentleman and horseman. John was a fixture at events in our SMZ zone throughout Abbey’s pony club days and he was so knowledgeable and a true legend. Condolences to the family.

    Abbey and Melissa Mamers
  5. Such a gentleman xx
    Many years of laughter and fun had with you John during our Pony Club days…, hopefully you will now catch up with Bryan, Rob and Roger along with sooo many others that have known and loved you RIP

    Lynne Orford
  6. I am unsure if I am able to get time off work due to the shortage of staff to be present at Johns Funeral.
    I just want you to let you know I will miss John – he taught me so much about the zone and was an amazing individual.
    He was a true gentleman and we will miss him. My love to you Pat & Sue thankyou for your support whilst John took up
    the reins as Zone President.

    Elizabeth Bathman
  7. Our Sincere Condolences to the Barlee Family at this very sad time. Our memories of John & Pat , ( And what a Team, ) Working together, being Farming, Feed their cattle & horses, Fencing & Haymaking etc..— John ,carting Drum-fuels & Beer on his “”Legionary”” Bedford truck & trailer, and always on time. (To have John Barlee in your team — you knew you had the best.) JOHN you were a true friend and mentor to many. To Pat , Allan & Sue and Families our thoughts are for You. Regards Ted & Phyllis. xx

    Ted & Phyllis Bould
  8. To Pat Alan and Sue Sorry to learn of John’s passing, we were friend’s and neighbour’s before starting school the same day and were at High school together John was a good scholar, and when he left to start working for his father he never stopped learning from a hard master.All he did was the right way always ready to help, never too much trouble as a neighbour he often did things for our family and lend us things we never had.He was a hard worker and we are all the poorer for his loss ,but he has earnt his rest and we share in your sorry.Alex and Dorothy

  9. Sue, Pat and family. So sorry to hear about the sad passing of your dad. He always had a smile. Condolences to you all.

    Marg and Neil Callenberg
  10. Our sincere sympathy to Pat Allan Sue and families on the sad passing of John. John and Pat were a great team working together with their cattle on the farm. Treasure the happy memories they will stay in your hearts forever
    Rob & Carol Porter & family xxxx

    Carol & Rob Porter & family
  11. To Pat and Sue, It is never easy to find the words to express our feelings when there are no words that can fully capture the depth of what we’re feeling. I hope you can find comfort in the memories and celebration of John’s life. The World was a better place with John in it and he will be missed by many. You have my deepest condolences as you grieve this passing.

    Carl Payne
  12. So many precious memories of such a special man. From climbing on your truck when young, to a dance at my deb ball, to talking Toyotas with my boys and your fav silverside, but most precious is being blessed to have you as my surrogate “Poppy John” and that you always took a moment to have a chat.
    Sending love and hugs to Nanny Pat, Alan, Sue and all the family.

    Di Price
  13. Our sincere condolences for John’s passing. He has left an amazing legacy , nonetheleast setting a standard to which we can all aspire to reach with his dignity, commitment and quiet humour.

    lisa hocking
  14. Pony Club Victoria sends their deepest condolences to John’s family and friends on behalf of our members, clubs and zones. John’s volunteerism was beyond measure. A lovely man who always had the best interests of riders safety at the fore. A great mentor to many and a true friend to all that had the pleasure of knowing him. John, you will be dearly missed.

    Pony Club Victoria
  15. John will always be remembered as a true gentleman, mentor and great friend to our family. His dedication to the horsing community, at all levels was outstanding and his influence willl never be forgotten or equalled.
    We had many happy years working alongside John both at Pony Club and EV
    Our love and thought are Pat and family.

    Barry and Sue Ford

    Susan Ford
  16. Sincere condolences to Sue and Geoff, on the loss of your Dad. RIP John. Sending much love to you both, your Mum and extended family. Kerry and Rob

    Kerry and Rob Clarke
  17. Deepest condolences to the Barlee family
    A much respected gentleman willing to help and pass on his knowledge. Will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Dad (Ron) often spoke of John and i know they will be chin wagging with a cup of tea together again
    Kindest regards
    Geoff and Libby Aulich and family.

    Geoff Aulich
  18. So sorry for your loss Pat my thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time, John was such a lovely gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him

    Sylvia Parker
  19. It was a wonderful service and a fitting send-off yesterday for John. Having known John for some 22 years through our involvement with Mentone Pony Club, my family and I are very saddened by his death. We, and the Mentone PC community warmly and gratefully acknowledge John’s extensive and generous contribution not just to local clubs but to the Pony Club movement as a whole. I will miss his smile, his help with cross country co-ordination, and his reassuring voice over the two-way radio at comps, always knowing what to do if something went wrong! Paul and I will miss our chats and his advice on all sorts of things, from raising daughters to fixing tractors to building safe but challenging cross country courses. You worked hard JB, now you may rest content. Our condolences to Pat and all his family. From Wendy, Paul, Sophie and Bec Savage.

    Wendy Savage
  20. Dear Pat and Sue, on behalf of Dandenong Ranges Pony Club, deepest sympathy to you and family. John’s hard work, dedication and knowledge was truly an inspiration. He was always available for help and advice to us over many years. Personally I feel truly honoured to have been able to work with him over the last few years, and the way he worked so hard to make sure things were set up right for competition day was a huge inspiration to me personally.
    It always felt like John would be around forever.
    We will miss that cheeky smile and being told what to do at JB Horse trials this month.
    There will never be another John Barlee.
    Rest in Peace mate.

    Peter Wilhelm