John William STEPHENS

Passed away peacefully at home on 15th September 2021, aged 71 years.
Devoted husband of Doreen.
Loving father of Adam and Rebecca, Bruce and Jill.
Adored Poppy of Annie, Liam, Josh, Keira, and Noah.

“Goodbye my darling.”

“God has you in His keeping,
we have you in our hearts.”

Funeral Notice


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A private service will be held. To view John's webcast please click on the above link on TUESDAY (28th September) at 2.00pm.


  1. Dear Doreen,I read of John’s passing in recent North Central News,Please accept my Sympathy on behalf of The Smith Family, happy memories of John and yourself as Granny”s neighbours in St.Arnaud.I live in Geelong now. Contact 0459416974.

    Carolyn Smith October 12 2021
  2. Doreen and family,
    Thinking of you at this sad time. Remembering the happier times in Wangaratta.

    Carolyn and Warren Anker.

    Carolyn Anker September 29 2021
  3. With deepest sympathy to dooreen and family on the loss of John and thanking dooreen and John for all the loving help you both gave to our precious daughter Michelle over the years may he rest in peace with Jesus’s 1 of nature s gentlemen , very kind regards Annette , And colin B ird

    Annette bird September 28 2021
  4. So sorry to hear of the loss of John. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. X 🌹

    Trish Egan September 28 2021
  5. Sending love and hugs to Doreen and all your family. We will all miss John greatly at Bellbrae Uniting. He was always a pearl of wisdom and so kind and patient with everyone.

    Maxine and Noel Flakemore September 28 2021
  6. Dear Doreen, Adam, Bruce and families,
    Our deepest sympathies on the very sad passing of our beloved John. Many a joyous memory have been made with him. From playing cubbies and having fires in St Arnaud, to swimming in the beach and digging big holes in the sand. Water fights will never be the same. All of our love,
    Kristy, Shaun, Isabelle, Grace, Hannah and Thomas.

    Kristy Organ September 28 2021
  7. Dear Doreen, Adam and Bruce and families,
    Prayers for you all today as you say good bye and remember the time that you all spent with a wonderful man. May the love and special memories that we send you all help in the days ahead. Lots of love and God’s peace
    Lynne Rankin xx

    Lynne Rankin September 28 2021
  8. John, Adam and I always loved your help in our building projects and I take with me those special memories of you being there through long days and wanting to be hands on even when exhausted. Always on for a story and always made the time very enjoyable and memorable.
    You will be missed…
    Thoughts with Doreen
    and Stephens Family.

    Brett Ricchini September 28 2021
  9. My deepest sympathy’s to you and your family Doreen

    Anne Michael September 27 2021
  10. Dear Doreen, John was a true friend and confidant of life’s experiences. He will be missed greatly for his long night conversations with his sharing
    of life’s joys and challenges. He was a great example of fortitude through his long illness. I shall miss those conversations at that magnificent hospital , many thanks to those understanding nursing staff. I missed the final visits thanks to this time of lockdown we are in.
    and look forward till we meet again, Bruce (Rev)

    Bruce and Heather Monro September 25 2021
  11. Dear Doreen and family
    So sad for the huge loss of John.
    Friend, Mentor and Mate.
    Thinking of you all at this time.
    Memories last forever xxx
    Jenny Brown, Ben and Anthony xxx

    Jenny Brown September 24 2021
  12. Dear Doreen, my heart goes out to you , how blessed you were to have john as your husband and best friend in life . I also was blessed to have had john as my caring friend alongside with yourself too . My condolences to the rest of your family too.

    Michelle turner September 24 2021
  13. Belmont Uniting Evening Fellowship send their deepest sympathies to fellow member Doreen Stephens on the passing of her much loved husband John and to Adam and Bruce and families on the loss of their father and grandfather. Peace be with you all.

    JULIE FERGUSON September 23 2021
  14. Doreen, sorry to hear of John’s passing. Thinking of you. Carol

    Carol Tuder September 22 2021
  15. To dear Doreen,Adam,Bruce and families,
    Sending our deepest condolences to you all upon the passing of your precious John.We will always rememberer wonderful times together at the GSMC.
    Love always Bern and Hil Jenner,Carolyn Herrick and Harry and Marilyn Hood.

    Hilary Jenner September 21 2021
  16. Dear Doreen, Adam, Bruce and families
    Our deepest sympathy to you all, please feel our arms around you at this sad time and our loving prayers are with you now and into the future.
    John was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who loved his Lord
    Love always Julie and Ray Ferguson and families

    JULIE FERGUSON September 20 2021
  17. Our sympathy to Doreen and family
    John was a good friend and a kind caring person we miss his smile and pleasant nature and his long conversations
    our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Nola & Colin

    Nola Leigh September 20 2021
  18. Dear Doreen, We’re remembering our times with you and John, and send you and your family love, praying that you’ll know His comfort and care in your great loss.

    Jill and David Feldman September 18 2021
  19. Dear Doreen, my thoughts and sympathy are with you and your family at this very sad time.
    With love, Lesley x

    Lesley Heritage September 18 2021