In Loving Memory
Riley James Gaunt


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Family and friends
are warmly invited to
celebrate the life of

in the Lakeview Room
at Cardinia Cultural Centre,
40 Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham
on Monday 4th December 2023
commencing at 11:00 a.m.
A burial will follow
at the Bunyip Cemetery,
Bunyip-Tonimbuk Road, Bunyip.

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  1. My deepest condolences to you I only worked with Riley for a short period of time at PRM he always made me laugh. I couldn’t believe he had his pilot license at such a young age. Truly was a legend going to be missed very much at work xx

    Kylie Harley
  2. I am kakae ,Riley, work mate, so shock by the sad news, he’s a kind young man ,always smiling and talking to everyone, . he calls me Rail Prince ,all the time ,even on the work radio. Riley, am going to miss you my little bro.
    sending my condolences to Riley’s family ad this time on sadness, my prayer for comfort and peace at this time of sorrow.
    RIP my Brother..

    Kakae Pakoa
  3. My deepest condolences to the family of Riley.
    So sad to hear the sad news of Riley, so young, great young man.
    From Don RMS RIP.

    Don Micallwfd
  4. My heartfelt condolences to Riley’s family at this sad and heartbreaking loss of a truly beautiful and wonderful young man’ he will be sorely missed by all of us here in the PRM rail family’ and will never be forgotten as a true rail brother to us all’ RIP Riley
    Till we meet again ❤️❤️❤️

    Barry O’Sullivan (Baz)
  5. I didn’t know Riley very well. The times we spoke he was warm and had the energy of someone who wanted to know about you and saw me as equal, humble, he left behind the status of hi-rail operator behind him. He inspired me in the short time we knew eachother. I wish his family the very best. I am broken for you guys seeing the beautiful soul he had and the effect he had on me in such a short time.

    Alex Hynes
  6. Sending our deepest condolences to the family of young Riley. After knowing your old man for a long time – we only met recently while working on a job. What an outstanding, polite and hard working young man you were. Your family can be so proud of the man you were. Thinking of you all at this hard time. RIP Riley ❤️ from the hobbs crew xx

    Lucas Hobbs
  7. Hi James, we are all saddened at the news of Riley’s passing. That’s not the natural order of things and our thoughts are with you at this time. My condolences mate.

    Murray Powell
  8. MY deepest condolences to you all ..

    Riley – thank you for loving my niece Brookie ! You will always be a part of our family and the way you would visit my parents ( Brookie Nonna and nonno) is truely special.

    May you fly high and I can hear you say she be right mate ! Sending love to your family and friends and my beautiful niece B ❤️

  9. Riley what a beautiful soul. Such a warm, caring, funny and absolute delight. Our hearts go out to your family and our niece Brookey who absolutely loved and adored you and always will. We all did, you were family. You will be so missed. Forever in all our hearts. Sharon and Damon ❤️️

    Sharon and Damon Kennedy
    • Dear James, Michelle & Casey,
      We are so sad to hear of the loss of your beloved son and brother Riley. We mourn with you.
      Praying that you will have strength, comfort, peace and that you’ll know how loved you all are.
      Our deepest condolences.
      Michael, Rachel, Josh and Ethan

      Michael & Rachel Alejandrino
  10. I was lucky to meet both these young fellas not so long ago, what a couple of fantastic young blokes, gone way to soon – deepest sympathy to respective families – Perko

    Gary Perkins
  11. Condolences to the Gaunt family on the tragic passing of Riley, one of our former Air Force cadets.
    He was a keen shooter, passionate about aviation and flying and loved get out in the bush with his peers. Taken far too soon.

    Former Cadets & Staff of 403 Squadron Beaconsfield - Australian Air Force Cadets
  12. My deepest condolences to the gaunt family.

    Riley, you’ve been part of my family’s life for quite a few years now. You’ve been the light and love of my cousins life. you brought so much love into our family and joy upon us. You were not just a friend, you were family – you were one of us, and you will forever be one of us too. Thank you for being you. Thank you for everything. May you rest in eternal peace

    • My most deepest condolences to Michelle, James & Casey and all the family. I had the pleasure of growing up with Riley throughout our childhood. We went to the same kindergarten & schools. He was such a kind & funny person, his smile was infectious. Always playing footy together at lunchtimes. I have so many fond memories with him. R.I.P Riley ♥️

      Breena Hansen
  13. To the family of Riley sending you my deepest condolences at this sad time of Riley’s passing so sad such a bright young man.
    RIP. Riley
    Phil Mazza. RMS

    Phillip Mazza
  14. Riley you were one of the first mates I made at 403 and you always had a good laugh with me. You helped me out with some of my career choices and my first flying lesson. It’s hard to believe just last week we were talking about how amazing it would be to sit at the controls of 1400HP in the cockpit.

    Thank you for being a good friend,
    May God rest your soul in peace.

    Luke Gould
  15. My sincere condolences to the whole family and extended family. My heart is so broken for you all. Sending you all so much love and strength. Xxx

    Kerrie Van Der Heyden
  16. I didn’t get to meet Riley but I knew his dad and the way James spoke about him l knew he was an amazing young man. James told me that his dream was to become a pilot and he achieved that at a very young age.
    His family was so proud of him so he
    will be truly missed.
    My deepest condolences to his family and all his friends.
    Graham LaPeyre (Whitey)

    Graham LaPeyre
  17. Dear Michelle, James and Casey,
    Thinking of you all as you face this unthinkable journey.
    Sending much love as you prepare to send your much loved Riley on his way..
    Praying for God’s unfailing love and peace to comfort you and hold you. ❤

    Claire Gardner
  18. Dear James, Michelle, and Casey,

    As you bid farewell to Riley, our hearts ache alongside yours. Riley’s remarkable achievements at such a young age are deeply felt, and his loss weighs heavily on us all. Sending love and strength your way. We’ll miss seeing his growth and hearing about his accomplishments.
    With heartfelt sympathy,

    From the Sydney Padmans

    David, Jane, Jesse, Cooper and Eliza
  19. I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Riley. It’s truly devastating to lose someone so young with their whole life ahead of them. Riley was a great Operator, full of life and happiness, such a nice, wonderful, polite young man who will be very sadly missed by all who knew him at RMS. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time. May his memory be a source of comfort and strength as you navigate this unimaginable grief. Wishing you peace and healing in the days and weeks ahead.

    Joanna Lazarenko (RMS)
  20. Riley buddy,

    You were taken from us and we will never be the same.

    We are all so proud of how you went about life. Your enthusiasm for living every moment to its full and your respect to all those who you came across in life was more than any parent could ever hope for.
    Every time we had the joy of spending time with you buddy, it warmed our hearts to see all the qualities of your mum and dad and your own jokester attributes. All of which had grown within you over the years developing you into the beautiful young man you were.

    Your departure has broken the hearts of all your cousins. As one of the oldest cousins they all looked up to you as the great role model you were. Like us they feel robbed not to be able to see you flourish in life. They will always remember you making them all laugh and the true friend you were to them all.

    While your life was far too short, and you were robbed of the full life you deserved, you will always have a place in our hearts forever.

    To my beautiful sister Michelle, Jimmy and Casey, words can never heal your broken hearts.
    Please know as a family we will always be there to walk with you in the healing times ahead. We will forever carry the love that we were blessed to have for Riley and will always remember him as the absolute champion young man he was.

    Always loving you,
    Uncle Mick, Aunty Chris, Tye, Bailee & Milah

    Michael Cahill
  21. My most deepest condolences to Michelle, James & Casey and all the family. I had the pleasure of growing up with Riley throughout our childhood. We went to the same kindergarten & schools. He was such a kind & funny person, his smile was infectious. Always playing footy together at lunchtimes.
    Sending my love to you all during this difficult time ♥️

  22. Dear James and Michelle,

    Thinking of you today as you remember your beautiful son Riley. Our hearts are filled with sadness for a life gone too soon. Riley had so much life to give . A wonderful son !
    God bless! Gab and Tim Richardson

    Gab Richardson
  23. Dearest James, Michelle and Casey,
    On behalf of all at Cooking 4 Kids, we pass on our deepest condolences to you.
    Riley will be remembered as the energetic, positive, kind and friendly soul that embraced life and left trail of positivity wherever he went.
    – Meg, the C4K team and students xx

    Meg White
  24. Our deepest condolences to Riley’s family and friends. We were blessed to know Riley through his primary school years. So sorry for your loss. RIP Riley

    Lisa Baxter
  25. Dear Sparra, Michelle and Casey,
    Thinking of you at this very sad and tragic time.
    May the memories you have of Riley give you comfort and help you get through each day as time goes on.
    Sending much love and lots of hugs to you all, love skitz/Possum, Cindy and Matilda xxxooo

    Cindy Hogan
  26. Deepest condolences to the Gaunt family, Riley your smile, attitude and willingness to help anyone was why you settled in straight away with us all, a true legend a great friend a great bloke in all. You will be truly missed mate. Was an absolute pleasure working with you even for just a short time. RIP Bro

    Robert Edmonds
  27. Deepest condolences on the loss of Riley, so young and full of life! My heart goes out to Riley’s family and friends, the news we received of Riley’s passing was heartbreaking, PRM was lucky to have Riley as part of our rail family, he will be missed, Rest easy buddy

    Nikita Knight
  28. A ray of sunshine, heart and soul. A gift to all who knew him. We were blessed you were part of my family Riley – know you will always be part of our family, no matter how high you fly my sweet boy. Love you, ‘Zia’ Anna <3

    Anna Speranza