BOURKE, Leonie Mary Bernadette

Born on January 22, 1959. Passed away on December 15, 2021.

Our beloved Leonie passed away suddenly at home. Loving mother of Edward, Tristram, Ella and Ben. Mother in-law to Farah. Loved daughter of John and Patricia Bourke (both dec). Loved sister of Michael, Kieran (dec), Lisa and Patrick. Loved sister in-law of Michelle, Denise and Zu and Ian.

Greatly missed already.

Funeral Notice

Service: Tuesday January 4, 2022

The Funeral of Leonie Bourke will be held at Graton Gardens, 48 Roadknight Street, Birregurra, on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 commencing at 11.00 a.m.

In accordance with family wishes Leonie will be privately cremated.

To view the recording, click here.

31 tributes Leave your tribute

  1. You will be sadly missed. Paint beautiful pictures in the sky xx

    Jan nolan December 19 2021 11:49 am
  2. I love you forever mum,miss you soo much

    Tristram bourke December 19 2021 12:46 pm
  3. 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
    That’s all I can say at the moment 😢

    Farah December 19 2021 2:42 pm
  4. My plants got greener on Wednesday night, Ed felt you hugging him..your kids know you were here. Not only dearly missed but you are felt xoxo

    Farah December 19 2021 2:59 pm
  5. Sorry to hear of the passing of Leonie. I enjoyed working with her and our days at Mercy Place.
    Deepest sympathies to her family at this very sad time 💔

    BernadetteWalters December 19 2021 8:11 pm
  6. We will meet again and have that cup of coffee
    Loving friends Barry and Sherry

    Barry and Sherry Hayward December 19 2021 8:29 pm
  7. I will always remember my sister with great fondness.
    She had a wonderful empathy and love for all around her, an openness and acceptance of all .

    A forgiving soul.


    Pat Bourke December 19 2021 8:55 pm
  8. Love you forever Leonie, thank you for everything, always 💓

    Lilly Garner December 19 2021 8:55 pm

    Debby Cook December 19 2021 9:31 pm
  10. Mum, my heart is breaking that you’re gone. I’ve never known a person with more love in their heart than you. There was no amount of stress, challenge or obstacle that stood in your way. You’re heart too broke every day because you felt you could never find a way to keep us safe from this harsh world. Please know that I love you so much for that. No task was impossible when it came to us.

    Although some days were riddled with anxiety and pain, you were a fiercely loyal woman to your own. I used to always trust that you would tell me the truth. But you were a mother of real heart. That stone on the table is a stone. But if someone was on their death bed and they needed it to be an apple because that’s their last dying wish, you would tell them it’s a granny smith. And if that wouldn’t work, you would throw the stone out the widow and put your last apple on the table for them.

    A staunch believer in supporting the vulnerable, you spent most of your life working in disability and aged care. And recently working so hard to be an advocate for those who needed it. You would have been amazing at that job and I’m so proud that you propelled your way to such a pursuit.

    You’re my mum. My passionate, crazy, beautiful, sometimes troubled but vehemently true mum, and there is nothing I wouldn’t have done for you.

    I’ll see you soon and know that until then, we are safe and well. I know that’s what you would want right now.

    I will always love you x

    Do not weep for me for I have not gone.

    I am the wind that shakes the mighty Oak.

    I am the gentle rain that falls upon your face.

    I am the spring flower that pushes through the dark earth.

    I am the chuckling laughter of the mountain stream.

    Do not weep for me for I have not gone.

    I am the memory that dwells in the heart of those that knew me.

    I am the shadow that dances on the edge of your vision.

    I am the wild goose that flies south at Autumns call and I shall return at Summer rising.

    I am the stag on the wild hills way.

    I am just around the corner.

    Therefore, the wise weep not.

    But rejoice at the transformation of my Being.

    Edward Bourke-Lacey December 19 2021 10:54 pm
  11. I will always have those special memories of my dear sister-in-law Loenie in our hearts as a caring, loving, patient and funny aunt to my children Frank and Caitlin you were very special to them and me.She was always there when i was in need of you

    We love you and will miss you dearly Loenie.

    Zu Bourke
    December 19 2021 11:02pm

    Zu Bourke December 20 2021 12:06 am
  12. Leonie, a beautiful free spirit, your spirit is now free ❤️
    Sue Devorty

    Sue Devorty December 20 2021 4:37 am
  13. Leonie, that cheeky smile and contagious laughter echos in my mind. I am so saddened to have lost such a unique & loyal friend.
    Your generosity allowed a friendship between our sons Edward & James to grow that often we would comment how they were almost like brothers.
    For this and everything, too much to mention I thank you for your love and support over the years.
    Leonie I shall never forget you & will hold your memory in my heart forever.
    Thank You my wonderful friend
    Miss You
    Linda XXX

    Linda Brown December 20 2021 9:57 am
  14. Leonie approached everyone and all situations with kindness, warmth, compassion, and empathy. I can’t think of a more important quality for a person to have than that. She will be very much missed by all that knew her well, myself included.

    Nick Bourke December 20 2021 11:09 am
  15. Words cannot describe the sadness that I am feeling at the moment … my heart goes out to all friends and family. Leonie was a special soul , always full of love and laughter.. no matter how she was feeling she could still make a joke. I will miss you deeply my friend. Fly high 😢💔💔

    Tania Price December 20 2021 11:56 am
  16. My dearest friend, I don’t really know what I’m going to do with out you. Life just won’t be the same…no late night wines, endless cuppas and our amazing ability to be able to solve any problem, big or small. (Gosh were clever)
    “Pop the kettle on doll, I’ll be down in five….”
    Miss you forever. Love you always . ❤️ Cook

    Michelle cook December 20 2021 4:41 pm
  17. So sorry to hear this sad news. Happy memories of the Hughesdale days. Rest In Peace, Leonie.
    Jenny and Yanni and family

    Jenny and Yanni and family December 20 2021 8:39 pm
  18. Dearest ‘Meeomi’,
    It will hard to imagine Colac without you being about with your door always open , any time of the day , to drop in on and the next thing we know it’s late afternoon. You leaving is an enormous loss to everyone that crossed your path. A special friend of our family and a confidante and beautiful soul that my brother and I adored. Look over us special lady. Visit us often … for we will all remember you forever with fondness and love. Pass me the ciggies and I’ll pour us a wine . Cheers !darling heart. Coco and I will miss you always and forever. Pull the doona up and we will see you again one day. Love you. Yvette xx

    Yvette Yates December 21 2021 1:47 am
  19. Wherever a beautiful soul has been theres always a trail of beautiful leonie.will miss our mandi.

    Mandy Park December 21 2021 12:01 pm
  20. Ella xx

    I was so sorry to hear about your Mum. I know you really loved her and I know you will miss her enormously. So sad.
    I am thinking of you as you were always one of my favourites.
    If you ever feel like a chat my number is 0484720986.
    Otherwise, just know that I care xx
    Johnsy (Kathryn Johns)

    Kathryn Johns December 21 2021 8:32 pm
  21. From the good old days in Gellibrand when you would drop in for a cuppa with the kids on your way to the shops, to more recent times helping us clean up our messy house… your friendship and smile will never be forgotten!! A true spirit, a friend, family. You will always have a place in our hearts ❤️

    Kiryl December 22 2021 12:17 pm
  22. Beautiful Leonie,
    Can’t believe you’ve gone. Such a shock. I can still see you so clearly in my mind, hear your voice and laugh, always making jokes, and that mischievous grin.
    The early days in Gellibrand and Kawarren, nursing our babies, watching them grow. Dance classes and sleepovers. Wines and cuppas.
    My kids remember you so well. You made up the fabric of our lives here in the Otways.
    Thanks for the sharing.
    Fly free. Elle xxx

    Blessings and love to Ed, Ella, Tristram and Ben.

    Eloise Wood December 22 2021 8:09 pm
  23. Will always have a place for you in my heart Leonie.
    I will never forget you and you will be forever missed!
    Thank you for being the beautiful person you were xxx

    Love always, Eli xo

    Eli Cashion December 22 2021 9:33 pm
  24. Beautiful lady xx you will be dearly missed ❤️❤️

    Rebecca thackeray January 1 2022 9:56 pm
  25. One of the most beautiful souls to ever walk the earth. The World will be a sadder place without you in it. R.I.P Leonie 😔❤

    Tracey Newman January 2 2022 10:07 pm
  26. Love you Nones 😔❤️

    Kristy malone January 3 2022 2:36 pm
  27. I miss you. I imagine that will continue. Thank you for offering your heart to so many of us.

    Dannye Radakovich January 3 2022 6:49 pm
  28. Sorry to hear of Leonie’s passing. Thinking of all the Bourke family, especially Ella and Tristan at this time. Kind regards, Brian Crook.

    Brian Crook January 4 2022 2:07 pm
  29. Very sorry to hear of Leonie’s passing. Will always remember Leonie’s love and devotion to her children. My thoughts are with you Tristan and Ella. Mick McCrickard

    Mick McCrickard January 4 2022 3:58 pm
  30. Leonie you are one very special Mum with a heart of gold. I am so saddened and shocked at this news. Thankyou dear friend for all the good times that we shared over so many years. Memories that rush towards me now. All I can do is pray and keep thinking of you.

    Sue Butterworth January 4 2022 10:29 pm
  31. We have wonderful memories of our cousin Leonie
    Rest In Peace
    Love Maureen &Christine and families

    Maureen Rossi January 8 2022 1:58 pm

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