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Mother's Day 2019

Mother’s Day is one of the most marvellous days of the year.   Sadly it took me a long time to realise that and since 1997 which was the last Mother’s Day I celebrated with my dear Mum, M...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Official Statement from the Managing Director of Tobin Brothers Funerals

It has been brought to our attention that in recent days, an individual claiming to be an employee of Tobin Brothers has been making numerous highly racist remarks across social media and the wider...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director Tobin Brothers Funerals
Monday, March 18, 2019

Black Saturday Fires 10 Years On

Ten years on and this is the first time we have shared reflections on Tobin Brothers involvement in the Black Saturday fires and their aftermath. The 7th of February is my wife Louise’s birthday.&...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Christmas Message 2018

  Christmas is a wonderful occasion...but equally it can be a very tough day for many in the community. To everyone who is so very much looking forward to Christmas, I wish you a wonderful d...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Coping at Christmas 2018

If you have experienced loss the whole festive season can be extremely challenging.   Time and time again people have said to us they wish they could go to bed at the end of November and wake...
By James MacLeod
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Celebrating Father Gerard Dowling’s 45 Years on Air

Congratulations to our great friend Father Gerard Dowling OAM DE as he celebrates the huge milestone of reaching 45 years on air! Father Dowling hosts a regular spot on the RSN 927 AM every Sunday ...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Father's Day 2018

  Father’s Day is certainly a different occasion for me today because my father died in 1998.  In fact Father’s Day 1998 was the last occasion that we had gathered as an entire family, m...
By James MacLeod
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Previous Posts

Valda Twaddle Trust Awards 2017

In 2006 I received a telephone call from Perry Westons Lawyers regarding funds that were bequeathed to me.  I made an appointment to attend their offices and in doing so I learnt that Valda Tw...

Funerals Are Too Important To Leave To Just Anyone

As Managing Director of Australia’s largest owned family funeral company, Tobin Brothers Funerals, I would like to make the following comments on the widely reported alleged coffin swapping by Hart...

The Life Celebration of Daniel Harkins

On 18th June 2017, Daniel John Edward Harkins was returning from Bairnsdale after a race meeting when he stopped to assist a car that had run off the road between Sale and Rosedale, he was tra...

It’s your funeral, an investigation of death care in the Funeral Industry in Australia Comment

  As Managing Director of Tobin Brothers I’d like to make the following comments on a recently released paper “It’s your funeral, an investigation of death care in the Funeral Industry...

Coping at Christmas

Christmas in many ways is about change. As a child growing up, our Christmas meant an early rise and our pilgrimage would begin to my mother’s home town Willuara at the foothills of the Grampians,...

Mother's Day Can Be A Very Difficult Day

Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for us all to give thanks to the unique individuals, often affectionately known as Mum, Mother or Ma, who have cared for each and every one of us. Equally, ...

How Would You Like To Be Celebrated?

In recent months Tobin Brothers Funerals, with the assistance of Creative Director Robin Geradts-Gill from RGG Creative, produced four new TV ads that posed the question ‘How would you like to be c...