BARR, Esne Maud (née McDonald)

Born on May 29, 1932. Passed away on August 21, 2020.

Esne passed away peacefully at Great Otway Health, Laura Pengilley Wing, Apollo Bay, on August 21st, 2020, aged 88.

She was the much loved wife of Norman (dec). Loving mother to Robert, Anthony (dec) and Noel (dec), Patricia, Colleen (dec), Gregory, Josephine, Terence (dec) and Daniel. Cherished Mother in-law of Michael, Julie, Soraya, Jerome and Grand Mother in-law to Jordye and Trang.
She was blessed with many grandchildren – Madeleine, Callum, Lewis, Sianan, Emily, Joshua, Jacob, James, Anna, Grace and Lachlan. Great Grandmother to Evie Scout and Angus Jack. Known as Nanny to all those she welcomed into her family – Elizabeth, James, Cara, Michael, Alex, Da, Micky and many others.

Her life was well spent with her family as her world. She will be sadly missed.
Special thanks for the exemplary care she received whilst in LPW.

Funeral Notice

Service: Wednesday August 26, 2020

The Funeral of Mrs Esne Barr will be live-streamed on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 commencing at 1:30 p.m.

To view the live stream click here. 

To view the Order of Service, please click here. 


31 tributes Leave your tribute

  1. Remembering our long friendship, the times you ‘took us in to Chez Barr’, and the many adventures we had together over the years. Thank you Esne for your friendship and always making us feel like we were one of the family. Thank you also for being the ‘Mother in Law’ you were to my late brother Michael. You were such a strong person who put up with a lot pain but you are at peace now Esne. God Bless and love from Judith and Duncan (Hudson)

    Dr Judith Hudson August 23 2020 7:37 pm
  2. To Robert and all the Barr family. My sincere condolences.

    Mick Cocks August 24 2020 11:30 am
  3. Deepest sympathy to all the Barr family .Auntie Es will be sadly missed.We will remember all the good times spent at Grandmas at the weekend’s with everyone.Love to everyone.

    Barbara Scrivener. McDonald and families.xxxxxx August 24 2020 11:36 am
  4. Love and goodness are the 2 words I attribute to dear Esne.She watched over her flock with tenderness, compassion and pride.Her lovely smile is still in my memory of her. A life well lived.My thoughts are with all the Barr family at this time.

    Elaine Fraser August 24 2020 12:36 pm
  5. Deepest sympathy to all the Barr family. Auntie will be sadly missed. Sending my condolences to all, my love and thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
    Denise Trani. [McDonald] and all the family.

    Denise Trani [McDonald] August 24 2020 1:24 pm
  6. Although my relationship with Nanny was brief, it was also unforgettable for me. Nanny was the first family member of Robert’s I met in Australia. She was a kind mother. She was very friendly. I really appreciated the warm welcome and care of Nanny when I was in Melbourne. May you rest in peace. God always cares for such kind people as you. Yoyo Li – Chaingzhou, China

    Li Xiao Qin (Yoyo) August 24 2020 2:02 pm
  7. Deepest sympathy to the family of Esne my love and thoughts are with you all at this time. Beloved sister of Daniel [Paddy] sister in law of Thelma McDonald, loved aunt of Carol, Barbara, Denise, Michael and Peter and their respective families. Together again with all her family that has past before.
    Thelma McDonald and family.

    Thelma McDonald August 24 2020 3:18 pm
  8. We only met briefly, yet I was made welcome with a smile.
    My husband and I would like to offer our condolences to the whole family and we know that Esne will be sorely missed.
    A wealth of love and kindness has passed but will be remembered by those who knew her well.
    Requiescat In Pace.

    Lek Linden August 25 2020 12:24 am
  9. Deepest sympathies to my cousins and their families at this sad time.Aunty Esne will be sadly missed.She was always a fun loving Aunty and I will remember the lovely times we all had together at Grandmas and at Callow St.Love to you all.
    Rest in peace Aunty Es.
    Love Carolyn and David Kuchel and family.

    Carolyn Kuchel. August 25 2020 11:21 am
  10. To our dear Barr extended family

    Our loving thoughts are with you in this time of grief. Esne was such a lynchpin in a remarkably warm and inclusive family that took not just Liz and James into their heart and family via Josie but taught us all so much about the power of love, warmth and humanity. Esne will be sorely missed but rest assured that thirty years on from her initial embrace we are here to support you all in whatever way you need. We love you all

    Michael and Helen Nugent.

    Helen Nugent August 25 2020 4:01 pm
  11. Our hearts reach out to all the Barr’s who have embraced us as part of their extended family. Esne’s warmth and kindness were the lynchpin of the family for us via Josie. She loved Elizabeth and James as if they were her own. She gave them her values and grounded them in her warmth and generosity of spirit along with her humanity. Esne will be sorely missed by all of us. She will be in our hearts forever. RIP.

    Michael, Helen, Elizabeth, James, Jesse and Shawn.

    Helen Nugent August 26 2020 3:25 am
  12. My Condolences to the Barr Family. While we are all saddened by her passing, we should be comforted by the great many lives Es touched and the great contribution she made to the education of students in her community. She mentored me in my early days as a teacher and became a great friend. I was always welcomed into her household and have many great memories of days and nights at Kevin St. She was a pioneer in so many ways and made a real difference. May she rest in peace.

    Tom O'Connor August 26 2020 6:11 am
  13. Deepest sympathy to the whole Barr family. Ma Barr was a beautiful mother to Rob, Trish, Coleen, Greg, Terry and Josie Ma will missed by her grand kids and will be off to meet up with Norm ,Terry and Col. R.I.P. Ma Barr. Des and Leanne.

    Des Carroll August 26 2020 10:09 am
  14. Loved sister of Ilma Ringin, sister-in-law to Max (dec).
    Loved Aunty Es of Shayne and Lynne, Jenelle and Herb and families.
    Our love and thoughts to all the family.

    Many lifetime memories

    Ilma Ringin August 26 2020 12:41 pm
  15. Sending all our love, thoughts and care at this sad time. Beautiful memories of a beautiful lady. All our love Michelle and Shane.

    Michelle O'Brien. August 26 2020 12:59 pm
  16. From all the staff at Apollo Bay Child Care Services, our deepest sympathy to Josie and family. Nanny will be fondly remembered and gave our centre that touch of home when she visited. We are sorry that we cannot join you today but our thoughts are with you.

    Apollo Bay Child Care Services August 26 2020 1:16 pm
  17. deepest sympathy to the Barr family on the loss of its remarkable mum .Esne was a great friend and neighbour for so many years
    Lovely memories
    Rest in peace

    carmel and shaun August 26 2020 1:22 pm
  18. My deepest sympathies to Daniel and the entire Barr family. Daniel, you always spoke so fondly of your mother. My thoughts and sympathy are with you all at this time.

    Erin Jenkins August 26 2020 1:26 pm
  19. Our heart and prayers go out to Josie and family today. We are so sorry for your loss. Sending our love and thoughts.

    Marie & Isabella Sinclair August 26 2020 1:27 pm
  20. May you find comfort in the memories of times shared with your mum and grandma. May she shine amongst all of the other stars that left our Earth before her.
    XLiz K

    liz klimas August 26 2020 1:29 pm
  21. R.I.P Esne, deepest sympathy to Rob, Danny, Greg, Josie, Trish, Colleen & Terry. With love from Leanne & Des

    Des Carroll August 26 2020 1:52 pm
  22. We will always treasure the memories of our time together in Sunshine, especially our long walks and talks. We will miss Es very much as a dear friend. Our son Justin will also miss his Godmother and is saddened by her passing.
    Angela and Kelvin

    Angela and Kelvin Brasier August 26 2020 2:17 pm
  23. Such a beautiful farewell to dear Esne. A life of love and goodness… well lived.

    Elaine Fraset August 26 2020 2:38 pm
  24. Moving service reflective of a life well lived of a beautiful special person. Trish, your Mum was a unique busy involved lady who so loved and cherished her family. You have beautiful memories to enjoy. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time

    Jo Ballard August 26 2020 2:40 pm
  25. To the Barr Family,

    May your dear mother rest in the loving arms of our Lord.
    May you continue her legacy; ‘giving love and receiving love’.
    May you be comforted by His love and by knowing you too are much loved.
    The Lord Is Our Light, and Light For The Way.

    Our deepest condolences,
    Karen, Ange, Anna and the staff of St Catherine’s

    Karen Robertson August 26 2020 2:41 pm
  26. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time. A beautiful lady now sleeping peacefully.

    Diane Goodwin

    Diane Goodwin August 26 2020 2:41 pm
  27. Our deepest sympathies to the Barr family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Esne was always very welcoming to me – as she was to all others. I will miss you Mummy Barr.

    Phil, Eileen, Nellie and Mabel

    Phil Crosbie August 26 2020 2:48 pm
  28. Deepest sympathies to the Barr family. Nanny, thank you for always taking James and me in as one of your own. We love you so much.
    Elizabeth Nugent

    Elizabeth Nugent August 26 2020 2:48 pm
  29. Dearest Josie and family
    Sending you my love and prayers sorry for your loss
    I will treasure our talks of days of old from Sunshine.
    Josie I wanted you to know I am thinking of you
    Love Helen. Fox 💜

    Helen hanson August 26 2020 3:35 pm
  30. Dear Josie and family, so sorry to hear about the passing of Nanny. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time. She was a lovely person and will be sadly missed.
    Love Di, Glen and the kids xx

    Di Carter August 26 2020 6:24 pm
  31. Deepest sympathy to all my cousins and families. Fond memories of a great lady/Aunty….. our thoughts are with you all at such a sad time….love Peter and Kerry McDonald and family

    Peter McDonald September 2 2020 10:03 pm

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