In Loving Memory
Robert Stevenson

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Robert Stevenson
Passed away with loving
family by his side

on 1st January 2021.
Aged 95 years.

22/01/1925 – 01/01/2021
Dearly loved husband of Ethel (dec.).
Very much loved Dad of Susan, Barbara,
Noel, Helen and Bernadette.

 Loved father-in-law of
Ivan, Arthur, Cathy and Mark.

Cherished Pa of Elizabeth, Peter (dec), Nigel,
Michael, Jason, Rowan,
Leonie, Anthony, David,
Mark, Tayani, Kaylah and Lincoln and their partners.

Loved Pa to great grandchildren
Finnegan, Isla, Ruben, Evie, Harriet,
Willa, Parker,
Henry, Abe, Kailey.
Special companion of his loved dog Billy.

Sleep peacefully Dad.
Back in the arms of Mum
with all the love you gave us.
Forever in our hearts.

A Funeral Service to
celebrate the life of Robert
will be held at
David W Bull Cranbourne Funeral Home
6 Brunt Street, Cranbourne on
Thursday 7th January 2021
commencing at 1:30 p.m.
A private cremation will follow.

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to the family, please leave a message on the
“Leave a condolence” link located on this page.


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  1. Condolences to Bernadette & families , Rob was a true gentleman & a bloody funny character that touched & left lasting memories on everyone he came acrossed , hope all the family are doing the best they can in this difficult time , Rob what a great man & role model for all your family …. Rip Robbie

    Darren Hughes
    • Thank you for your message and support. What a true friend of the family you are. We are so glad that you appreciated Dad’s sense of humour and his quirky ways. He would have been humbled to have you take the time to remember him. We as a family have a lot to look up to with Dad as our role model.
      The Stevenson Family

  2. Dearest Susan, Barbara, Noel, Helen, Bernadette and Families, and of course Billy,

    Our deepest sympathy, prays & thoughts are with you all on the sad loss of Dad/Pa.

    A wonderful lifetime of memories are with you all and for me too. He was a joker as well as a strong and proud man.

    May he now Rest in Peace and re-unite with Mum Stevenson & Peter.

    Hats off to you Dad/Pa/Mr Stevenson R.I.P.

    All Our Love
    Josie, Ian, Jack & Levi

    Ian & Josie Burge
    • The family thank you for your genuine thoughts. We appreciate your condolences and we are very touched by your comments. Thank you for thinking of all the family and for remembering Dad for the good times.
      The Stevenson Family

      Barbara Bird
    • Thankyou for sharing in Dad’s life on so many occasions. Your were like another daughter in the family. Dad and Mum were always happy to have you around and watch your family grow. Thank you for all the friendly bantering that went on between you and Dad which helped to keep a sparkle in his eyes. We know that you will continue to be a support to Bernadette and her family too.
      The Stevenson Family

      Barbara Bird
  3. Sending thoughts, wishes and love to the Stevensons and extended families.

    Will always remember Robert as the most beautiful soul with the most wonderful personality and smile. Rest now Robert.

    Love Melissa, Paul, Tom & Ava. xxoo

    Melissa Savage
    • Thank you for supporting and attending to the needs of our family, Melissa. Dad had a special spot in his heart for Elizabeth’s friends. He knows that Elizabeth has a sincere and true network around her during tough times. I know that she appreciated you being there today as well. Thank you for all your kind words.
      The Stevenson Family

  4. My dear Dad
    I love you and will never forget the inspiration you were and your unconditional love.
    From a child to the woman I am. You were always there and I will cherish your love and the precious times we shared forever.
    God bless you Dad till we meet again xx

    Susan and Ivan Garvey
    • What a life span of memories we have. Our parents did shape us into the people we are today and as we know they have had quite a few years to mould us into the people we are. Dad knew how difficult life was for you at the moment. He knew your heart was being torn but right to the end he was worried about you and Ivan and keeping you both in his thoughts regardless of what he was going through. I feel that Dad knew that you were taking your courage and inspiration from him over this past 18 months. He knew that just sitting alongside you would help you with all that was being thrown your way. Remember to use your heart to stay with the Dad you love, to gain the support you need in the times ahead. Take care.

  5. I was out this morning for a walk and passed where it all began for you on the Oldtown road 95 years ago and all i could think was another one of that wonderful family gone but not forgotten, one of Ireland’s sons who went and made a great life for himself in Australia surrounded by a great loving family .RIP uncle Robert , Hopefully you have meet up with Mum again for a good old catch up

    Martin Fitzpatrick
    • What a beautiful image you portrayed to the family about Dad. He would have been chuffed to know that you took that stroll for him down Old Town Road once more. Ireland’s loss was indeed Australia’s gain, even though Ireland was never far away from Dad’s heart. We were indeed the privileged ones to have him for so long. May you and your family continue to share memories of Dad with all the extended family. The Stevenson Family

      Barbara Bird
  6. My heart is breaking Dad. I’ve cried bucket loads. I have not been strong like you. I am so sad but yet I am also at peace too, knowing that you had such a long and fulfilled life. Your pleasures were quite simple, your needs were but a few. If you were happy then we were too. You lived for your family, not just to receive love but to give love in abundance. You were my listener and my support. You were always so proud of me and my family. You were my Dad, who I just love so very much. Your daughter Barbara xxxxx

    After 44 years, I can recall so many of your antics when you sat in your chair stirring up the family with many a side way wink and a nod in my direction, dragging them all in hook line and sinker. Always the fisherman! Arthur Bird x

    Pa, you were adored by your precious grandsons, Nigel and Jason. They have so many memories that they can draw upon. They thank you for giving them your time always. They will miss you immensely. xx

    Barbara and Arthur Bird
  7. Dear pa,
    You have made so many happy memories for me to keep and never forget. You never failed to make me laugh. I love you with my whole heart and will miss you very much. You will always be in my prayers. Lots of love. Rest In Peace xx

    Kaylah Barrett x

    Kaylah barrett
    • Kaylah you made Pa laugh too on so many occasions. He appreciated all the times you dropped by and was so very proud of how you were growing up. He was always eager to hear about your running and whatever you were up to. Thank you for being a very special Grandchild in our family.

      Barbara Bird
  8. Dear Pa,
    I love you with all my heart, I have so many memories with you that I will never forget. I miss you so much but one day I will be able to see you again. “Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories”
    Rest In Peace Pa
    Lots of Love, Tayani xx

    Tayani Barrett
    • Pa told me the other day that you were growing up too fast. I think he wanted all his grandchildren to stay little. He found it incredible that you were up to getting behind the wheel as a learner. He remembered holding a little red head bundle in his arms as if it was yesterday. He would have watched with interest as you progressed through life. Pa knew you loved him and was always happy to see you each day. Thank you for being you!

      Barbara Bird
  9. Rob you will be sadly missed , i used to enjoy you humor and trying to fire you up but you always knew and went along with it ,will miss all the family events at your house, you are a very special person Rest in peace and look after your wife Love always Mark

    Mark Barrett (son Inlaw)
    • Mark you gave as good as you got. Yes you were always giving each other heaps and I am sure Dad enjoyed all this bantering. You have done so much for Dad, dropping by on your way home from work, doing a mountain of odd jobs at the drop of a hat and now you need to be there to support his baby daughter through her journey of grief. Please continue to help her to stay strong.
      The Stevenson Family

  10. My Pa.
    I’m going to miss you so much and all our visits to your house and All the funny times we have had. I’ll miss all the times that I tried to get me and poke me with the pins.
    You will always be in my heart forever I will never forget you
    Your the best it won’t be the same without you
    Love Lincoln

    • Lincoln we are going to miss Pa keeping his special eye out on you. He will always keep a watch over you especially as you move through your life. He could already see that you were growing up already. He loved to annoy and tease you. You were part of his day. You kept him interested in life. Pa would want you to always be the best you can be and to keep remembering him. He would have been so proud of you yesterday

  11. Dad. My Life is going to have one giant hole missing in it now. You were always there and had time for me. My kids loved you to bits and were so proud to have you as there Pa. You have taught me so much in life and gave me the best. You always kept me smiling and on my toes. You are the strongest, Loving, caring, stubborn man I know and was like that until the end. I was so lucky to have you as my Dad. Sleep Peacefully May all your pains go away. My heart is broken and my tears keep falling. Dad you will be forever missed.
    Your Baby Girl Bernadette xxxx

    • Bernadette you will always be Dad’s baby girl. Yes there is a big hole in your life now but Dad would want you to go on living and bounce back. He was always in awe of your energy so use this energy to develop more interests and to continue to nurture and love your family in the same way he gave you so much love. He is counting on you to keep the spud farmers in business. Know that even though your heart is breaking now, Dad’s memories and love is so much a part of you. He will never be far away.

  12. The Leek Stevenson’s send our love and thoughts to the Australia Stevenson’s at this sad time.
    It was a great joy for me to visit you all and meet uncle Robert a lovely man so like my dad I am so glad I met him.
    Think of the fun times
    Love Eileen Eric and all in Leek

    Eileen Bagshaw.
    • Dad so appreciated your visit and making connections with the family. It was amazing to hear and see the similarities in your Dad and ours even though they lived so far apart. We could definitely tell that they were brothers. Dad always enjoyed the updates he received through the family. What a blessing to have been given the opportunity to travel and meet us. We will continue to share memories- to laugh and cry together and then go on to make more memories. Thank you for thinking of us.
      The Stevenson’s

  13. Dear Susan, Barbara, Noel, Helen, Bernadette & Family.

    Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that we feel for the passing of your father and our life long friend.

    There are many memories we’ve shared of your fathers greatness, humour, and stories over the years, and though months or years went by, it always felt like time never passed when we met up again.

    It’s hard to lose someone who meant so much to all of us, and even harder that we can’t all be together to say goodbye. We want you to know we’re with you in spirit, now and in the days and weeks ahead.

    Those that depart from this Earth never truly leave, for they are still alive in our hearts, and through us, they live on. Remembering your wonderful father and wishing you comfort.

    Sending all our love.
    Albert, Noy, Lena & the McMurray Family

    The McMurray Family
    • Thank you for your condolences. The family enjoyed the catch ups we have had recently, even though they have been centred around sad times. I think the true meaning of being a friend is that you don’t have to see each other often to make connections. Sometimes they are just always there. How great it is that you could just pick up from where you left off. We were sorry that you were unable to be with us today in person but we know that your kind thoughts were always with us.
      The Stevenson Family

  14. To Bernadette, Mark, Tayani, Kaylah, Lincoln and the entire Stevenson family. I am so sad for you all and know how much your dad/pa meant to each of you.
    He can rest in peace now having had a wonderful life with all of you sharing so many beautiful memories. Cherish those forever xxxx we will be thinking of all on Thursday. Love and hugs

    Julie Boland
    • Thankyou for supporting Bernadette and her family during this sad time. A very special man left their life on earth, but will remain with them in their hearts. They will need friends like you to be there when they feel lost and sad. We appreciate your words of condolence.
      The Stevenson Family

  15. Our deepest condolences go out to Susan Barbara,Noel,Helen & Bernadette and all the family . Big Bob , you were such a loved and treasured friend to your old mate Jimmy I’m sure the both of you will up there together talking dogs and having a laugh together . So many lovely memories I have myself coming to stay on school holidays with you and Ethel ,you treated me like one of the family . You were an absolute inspiration and you never gave up. Time to rest those weary legs and be with your beautiful Ethel. Forever grateful for your friendship to dad.
    Judy McGuire & family

    Judy McGuire
    • We believe Dad , Jimmy and Mum will be dancing up in heaven having a good chin wag about old times. Yes it was time to rest the weary legs but as you know this is still not easy to come to terms with. Dad so valued his friendship with your Dad. True friends are very hard to come by. Your family as you say, were part of our family too. We were proud to be a witness to this friendship.
      The Stevenson Family

    • We believe Jimmy, Dad and Mum will be together having a great old chin wag about old times. As you say, it was time to rest the weary legs, however that doesn’t make it any easier to come to terms with, as you well know. Jimmy was a true friend of Dad’s. Your family was so much a part of ours. We were proud to be a part of this special friendship.
      The Stevenson Family

  16. To Noel, Kathy,Michael, Rowan, Leonie, Anthony and the extended Stevenson family.
    Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you at the sad passing of your father, father in law and Pa. May God place His loving arms around you and comfort you during this time knowing that He is now in God’s care. He will remain forever in your hearts.

    Kevin and Elly Lawlor
    • Thank you for your support to Noel, Cathy and their family and for thinking of all the Stevenson family at this time. We are so lucky to have the prayers of so many and to know that Dad touched the thoughts of so many. We all certainly need a hug from God right now. Our memories and love for our Dad will live on.
      The Stevenson Family

  17. With a heart that loved so much, with eyes that saw the best, with hands that held us all, your life was well lived.
    You were everyone’s Pa, a true gentleman and a family man.
    Thankyou for our yarns, laughs and cuddles we shared together, and for being a colourful thread in my own tapestry of life.
    To the Stevenson families here and afar, your Pa was one of lifes best.
    I will see you on your back pouch chair, I’ll see you in the roses, I’ll see you around a tea pot and bickies and I’ll see you through your families lives.
    Your Irish eyes are smiling…Good night beautiful man.

    Carole Taylor-Wenman
    • Thank you for your beautiful words about our Dad and Pa. Dad considered you to be a part of the extended family. He certainly loved his cuddles from you too and he enjoyed your smile and any attention you gave to him. He was keen to receive updates about your life and wished you well. Thank you for taking the time to put a smile on the family’s face with your genuine thoughts about Dad.
      The Stevenson Family

  18. Pa,
    How lucky we were to have you in our lives for so long, so many fond memories, such a character. My last grandparent, gone but not forgotten.

    Nigel Bird
    • Indeed how lucky you were to have grown up with such special grandparents! There was never a time that I visited Pa without him asking about how you were going. There is so much of Pa in you and I think Pa could see the similarities often. He knew that you were a hard worker just like himself. You are independent and strong. You only have to stop and reflect and listen with your heart and you will hear the wisdom of your pa. He would want you to continue to make a success of your life and to keep on having adventures as you use your hands to make and create. Remember all the good times and think of him often with love. xxx

  19. Dear Par
    I have no word to express how much you will be missed and how grateful i am to ever have met such wonderful man and gotten to know you. My love and deepest condolences go out to all his/my family around the world.
    Love you par xx

    • We too were privileged to have had you visit and spend time getting to know us. Dad had a lot of fun with you. He enjoyed hearing your stories and sharing his with you. We are the lucky ones, knowing that our family around the world still hold us in their memories. Dad was indeed so special to us all. Thank you for taking the time to think of your Aussie family during their time of sorrow.
      The Stevenson Family

  20. Deepest sympathies on the passing of uncle Robert.
    The photos of him are very much like my dad. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.
    With love from Margo. David’s eldest daughter in Bristol UK.

    Margo Andrews nee Stevenson.
    • We were indeed so lucky to have Dad with us for so long. I am sure his brothers all had similar characteristics and we are glad that you could pick up on these through the images. Thank you for your words of condolences and for taking the time to be with us through the on line streaming. Dad would have really appreciated the send off and thoughts. The Aussie Stevensons

  21. Deepest sympathy to all the stevenson family in Australia. Thinking of Happy memories back in Ireland when we was young. Robert’s service and pictures was lovely to see, very much like pa. Sending all our love, and thinking of you at this sad time Noel,Joan,Nicola and Daniel Stevenson

    • Thank you for continuing to share messages and for setting aside the time to celebrate Dad’s life with us on line. Dad was amazed that we could have these special links on line, so would have appreciated his family overseas tuning in. We were always interested to pick up on similarities with his family even after being apart for so long. Go on sharing the stories of the family with those around you as we too will continue to keep Dad safe in our hearts. The Aussie Stevensons

  22. Pa’s ears truely listened,
    his arms always held,
    his love was never ending.
    I am so fortunate to have had something that made saying goodbye so hard.
    He asked for so little but gave so much.
    I adored my pa. My special memories I hold will never be forgotten.
    Pa’s values have guided me in becoming the adult I have become. Pa is truely an Inspiration. He had so much love for family and others, he was committed to hard work, and had such determination in living with self pride.
    My next fruit cake bake will have an extra stir for you Pa.
    My children have been so privileged in having a great grandfather who had shown them what love is and what family means. They will miss his touch, his voice, his presence.
    Rest In Peace Pa.
    You will always be in our hearts.
    Never forgotten. Xxx
    Elizabeth, Nik, Finnegan, Isla and Evie. Xxxxx

    • How right you were with your words- his arms they always held and he really listened. He was always up for a cuddle from his family. What a way to remember Pa. You were more than a grand daughter. You were a carer, a bringer of talk, love and life in his home. You really were like another daughter in so many ways going above and beyond with nothing being too much trouble. Pa was so proud of all your achievements and was always interested in your life and that of your family. He has watched them grow with so much love and laughter and so looked forward to visits from you and your family. I am sure all the memories you all have of Pa will continue to be shared and laughed about together throughout your life.xx

  23. Dad/Pa/Old Pa, We are heartbroken to have lost you. You always made us laugh and have left us with cherished memories and many funny Pa stories. You are again with Mum in God’s loving arms. We love you!
    Noel, Cathy, Michael, Rowan, Leonie, Anthony, Sarah, Erin, Mikaila, Ruben, Harriet, Willa, Abe, Parker and Kailey.

    Noel Stevenson
    • Yes Dad enjoyed making everyone laugh, in particular he enjoyed laughing along with your family. He enjoyed the catch ups on the phone and in person and was always wanting to hear news of the family. He always had a smile on his face after a phone call and you put an extra step in his life when he knew any of you were coming down. We are so glad you were able to be with Dad before he died. He was so looking forward to you coming down. Not only did Dad appreciate you being there to jolly him up but the rest of us needed you there as well as we shared our heart ache. Pa would have been very cheesed off that you all couldn’t come down to the funeral to laugh and cry with all the family, due to the restrictions, but then he wouldn’t have wanted you to be put out either. I think he would have appreciated another jig or two at his funeral. This would definitely have made him smile or laugh again. I am sure you have many funny Pa stories that you will continue to share throughout your lives. We look forward to hearing them too. Mum and Dad are back together again ready to watch over us and continue to guide us through our lives. We were certainly very lucky to have had them as our parents. Love to you all xxxxx

  24. Thoughts and prayers are with of you and your dear family Barbara.
    As St. Augustine once said,
    ” Those we have loved and lost , are no longer where they were,
    but are always where we are.”
    He also wrote, “that our loved ones, now deceased, are much closer to us then we realise.
    I felt privileged to hear the words and sentiments you have shared of your loving father. I have some memories of the little house in Cranbourne and your loving parents, may they rest in peace together now, in God’s loving embrace.
    I would like to reconnect, however sadly, as I have lost your contact details I have not been able to express my sincere condolences. Take care dear friend. Elizabeth Overdyk.

    Tony and Liz Overdyk
    • Thank you so much Elizabeth for your thoughtful words and prayers. We are indeed feeling the loss of Dad but know that he led a good and long life and was always surrounded by the love of his family. We still have two of the roses, blue moon and a white rose, from your farm, from so very long ago , at a guess they must be 50 year old now still thriving in the garden. Dad kept them alive after mum died and was indeed very proud of them. It is comforting to hear the words of St. Augustine as I know that those we love are still so very close to us and never really leave us. Thank you for being a friend.

  25. Dad no words can say how I feel . Just know I was so proud to have you as our Dad. I’m so lost without you . Your turn to rest now with no more pain . One very strong proud man . Dad I will Always love you Helen xx

    Helen Smith
    • Dad was indeed so proud of you too Helen. You were very lucky to have developed a special relationship with Dad as you cared for him over the years. He relied on you so much, as did we all, to help see to his care. We can’t thank you enough for all that you did for Dad when we were unable to help. You were never far from Dad, be it by phone calls, visits, taking him places or whatever. You were always attentive to his needs, sacrificing your own on many occasions.He knew that you would always be there for him as he had your unconditional support. We all knew that it soon going to be time for Dad to close his eyes and rest. We knew the struggle he had to keep his pain away from our eyes. Yes he was a very proud and private man. You helped him to maintain his dignity and ensure that he could stay home right to the end. He would be eternally thankful to you for this. Stay strong and know that the whole family are feeling the loss of Dad too and together we will ensure Dad’s love for us will always live on in all we do.

  26. I could never have asked for a better Pa, you made me laugh more than anyone I have ever known and you meant the world to all of us and still do. Thank you for being you.

    Love you.

    Rowan Stevenson
    • A laugh Pa always got from you Rowan. You made him laugh as much as he made you laugh. He was so lucky to have grandchildren who loved him so much and who were always willing to put a smile on his face. Hold onto all the happy memories to pass onto the family.

  27. Pa,
    There is not a moment that goes by where I don’t miss you. Every memory we have is a positive one filled with joy and happiness. You made us laugh, you made us smile. I only wish you were able to meet Parker and Kailey as I know you would have loved them to bits and they you. We miss you so much Pa you are so amazing. We Love You Pa
    Anthony, Mikaila, Parker and Kailey xxxx

    Anthony Stevenson
    • Pa already knew your precious young family through photos and stories shared. He was indeed proud to see you growing into the family man so full of responsibility. Continue to laugh lots as you bring Pa’s laughter and humour into your family. Pa loved all his grandchildren and great grandchildren to bits.

  28. Pa,
    Words cannot say how much we miss you. You’ve left a massive hole in our lives, but we are so glad you are back with Nan who we know you love and missed so dearly.
    Thank you for demonstrating to me how to be an absolute gentleman and real family man.
    Henry loved going to see Pa and had a special bond with him.

    I love you so much Pa.
    Love David

    • Pa was always thrilled to see and hear about Henry. He loved watching you as a parent and seeing how you were teaching Henry so many things. He was in awe of what Henry could do. You were indeed lucky to have watched the relationship that Pa and Nanna had as you were growing up . They certainly have left lasting memories of how we too can be family people who love and care for one another. Keep sharing Pa’s stories as you continue moving through your life; keeping the love that both Pa and Nanna gave to you alive. Pa was so proud of you all.