TOWNSEND, Jeffrey “Jeff”

Born on August 15, 1962. Passed away on July 23, 2022.

Loved son of Ivor and Beatrice “Betty” (both dec).
Brother of Graham (dec), Phil and Hazel.
Friend to many and will be missed greatly by his sudden passing.
Rejoicing with the Lord.

Funeral Notice

Service: Tuesday August 2, 2022

The Funeral of Mr. Jeffrey Townsend will be held in the Chapel at Wesley Place, 15 Skene Street, Colac on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 commencing at 1p.m.
In accordance with family wishes, a private burial will be held.

For those who are unable to attend, click here to view the live-stream.

19 tributes Leave your tribute

  1. Dear Jeff,
    It was lovely to meet you at a Christian writer’s conference many years ago. Your happy smile tells a wonderful story of God’s grace in your life! Your friendliness and warmth has been enjoyed by all who know you, including me. I celebrate a life lived for God’s glory and thank God for you. We your many friends are so sad at your sudden passing. But we are also glad because know you are rejoicing in God’s nearer presence. Enjoy the fruits of a life well lived and enjoy heaven’s joys. We will see you on the other shore. Thank you for your friendship! Until we meet again.

    Anusha Atukorala July 29 2022 9:59 am
  2. Hey Jeff, we met when I was quite young. You were the host of my brother’s birthday at Mcdonalds you gave me a plastic ring. For some odd reason I kept it. Many years I was became acquainted with you again. One day when you were at my place you spotted the plastic ring and asked where I got it. Our mouths dropped as we realised that it was given to me by Jeff. Two years later a real ring was presented to me with a bottle of Midori. Of course I said Yes we were a great team and loved each other very very much. Our 15 or 16 years together were valuable we were best mates. Jeff, you died too early, you will be sadly missed. Hey Jeff if there is doggie heaven say hello to our little Jakey Pops. Much love to you and I’ll see you again when God decides too. Xo

    Natalie Jaye-Thomas July 29 2022 3:00 pm
  3. How to sum up this man’s life? He loved more things, and loved them more intensely, than probably anybody I ever knew. (Music, theatre, travel, theology, cooking, family history, current affairs, etc).. He was entertaining, engaged and engaging, kind, loving, and supportive. He had that fairly rare attribute of making you feel, when you were talking to him, like you were the one person in this world that he was wanting to see. Never had a bad word to say about anyone. A noble life, well lived. Now rejoicing with his Lord and Saviour. You are already greatly missed, dear friend.

    Marilyn Wentworth July 29 2022 5:20 pm
  4. Jeff was so kind to me when I was a teenager back in the 80s. He took me and my friends to the Amy Grant concert. Such a decent, caring and generous man.

    Carolyn Anslow July 29 2022 5:48 pm
  5. Dear Jeff, we have known each other since we were teenagers, you were a wonderful Christian man and now the road you have traveled has led you to glory to be with your God.
    All who met you loved you.
    Safe journey my friend till we meet again.
    Love to you and your family and friends. xxx

    Julie Farrington July 29 2022 7:00 pm
  6. It was a pleasure to have known Jeff when he came into our milk bar as a regular customer, leading to a friend on Facebook. Kind and gentle man, always smiling. He was very talented as an actor and was proud of his team players. You made me feel welcomed and comfortable while having good laughs and chats.
    Shocked and sadden by his untimely death. Condolences to his Loved ones.

    Carmen and Tony Dancer

    carmen monica boon July 29 2022 7:09 pm
  7. Jeff is our lovely cousin. I am Gordon married to Sharon (daughters Jessica and Dayna) living in Worcester uk.We were thrilled to entertain Jeff at our home when he came to the UK.
    We just want to pay tribute to a man who valued all his family and reatives but most of all was a man of Christian faith.As a christian he has gone home to be with Jesus Christ and one day we will certainly meet again.So sadness at his loss is our joy also. Praise the Lord.

    Gordon Townsend July 30 2022 2:14 am
  8. Such a gentle, kind person that I had the pleasure of reconnecting with a few years ago. He will be greatly missed as he touched so many peoples hearts.
    My condolences to his family, rest in peace my friend. Sue.

    Susan Jensen August 2 2022 12:03 am
  9. Dear Jeff. Such a lovely gentle character.
    His visit to our home in North Wales was memorable. So sorry we will miss a proposed visit. However, he is in the glory of heaven with his precious Saviour along with those already there. We will be with him eternally. May that be the the expected hope of all who love him in the joy of full salvation.
    May God bless all the family.
    With love and greetings in our Saviour.
    From cousin Paul and wife Jennifer.

    Paul Townsend August 2 2022 8:13 am
  10. Jeff came into our lives as a seven year old when we first arrived in Australia.
    In his words, ‘he was charged with looking after the new boy’ our son Chris.
    I took care of Jeff after school throughout primary school.
    Jeff has been a big presence in our family for all these years.
    Will love and miss you always Jeff.. RIP
    Hazel and Denis Fawkes

    Hazel and Denis Fawkes August 2 2022 10:08 am
  11. I have known you since I was only 4 years old and you were 3. My life is so much the more richer for having you in my world. You will be sadly missed by so many but ohh how blessed are we to have known you. Karen Peach

    Karen Peach August 2 2022 10:19 am
  12. What a man and a very fine man. Such a beautiful friend. Miss you mate.

    Roslyn and Rodney Bedford August 2 2022 11:06 am
  13. My condolences to all of Jeff’s loved ones. Jeff is one of the kindest people I have ever known. The warmth of the love of Jesus radiated in all of his actions and words. See you soon, big beautiful man.

    Dave Duffus August 2 2022 11:11 am
  14. Hard to believe you’re gone! First met you at Corio Christian Centre when I was 18, Jenny knew you before that. You came to visit us in Townsville many years ago and we have followed your adventures on social media always with fond memories and a smile. Now you are enjoying being with your Jesus. Till we see each other again… condolences to all your family.
    Trevor (& Jenny) Phillips

    Trevor Phillips August 2 2022 1:00 pm
  15. I met you when I started going along to Corio Christian Centre after my family moved from the UK. Immediately you made me feel welcomed in with your warmth and cheerful personality. I’ll always be grateful for the friendship we shared, for long conversations that went late into the night, and for always being there to listen. One day you asked Haydn and I if we would be on the front cover of your first book Smugglers Den. So we agreed and little did we know that we’d be tied up on chairs in your garage with you leaning over us in a threatening pose for the photo which ended up being on the original front cover😂😂. I am so thankful to have had you in my life and always will be. You were genuine, encouraging and caring from the first day I met you. You came to our home a few months ago and it was just like old times( little did I know that this would be our last catch up). I know you are in a better place now but I’ll still miss you lots. Safe now in the arms of Jesus ❤️ Sending you big bear hugs in heaven Sue Curtis

    Sue Curtis August 2 2022 2:02 pm
  16. It was a privilege to view on line the funeral of Jeff Townsend.
    We had known the Townsend family through Church fellowship many
    years ago but have lost contact since Betty went home to be with the Lord.
    It was a blessing and encouragement to hear of God’s love working out in Jeff’s life –
    and know his life touched others. Jeff loved Drama and music and he did that well.
    Thank you Phillip for organising the service and all who took part.
    We extend our love and Condolences to family and friends.
    Jean and Graeme Bentley.

    MR and Mrs Graeme Bentley August 3 2022 11:47 am
  17. We are Jeff’s cousins from the UK, Bob (and Jan), Denise (and Danny) and Maureen (and Janos). Jeff was a lovely guy. He came to stay with us for a day or so a few years ago, and we gave hime a whistle stop tour of London. he was always very polite and cheerful. It is a great loss for all of his family and many friends.

    Robert Stinton August 4 2022 2:13 am
  18. We hold such fond memories of Jeff from our young adult days. Youth For Christ was the meeting spot. Rollerway, Daniel’s Den. Jeff and the Fawkes brothers with their band together. Jeff bought my Cortina as his first car; he was way too tall! His head touched the roof. I can still see him driving it. 😂 Thankful for the time we shared with this then lovely young man. We lost touch many years ago but it’s lovely to hear he continued on as a warm, kind, and caring man that brought love and warmth to many. Condolences to his family and close friends Kathy & Mark Osborne

    Mark & Kathryn Osborne August 4 2022 12:16 pm
  19. Jeff was an amazing man with many talents, and I will always cherish the many long discussions I had with him. I was always amazed at the connections we had in common, but was even more amazed at the connections Jeff had and what he had achieved in his lifetime.
    His life bringing approach to people, his willingness to try anything, and his incredible love for Jesus, will be greatly missed.
    Jeff you are an incredible man and we will meet again one day my dear friend.
    Andrew & Sonya

    Andrew Wratten August 8 2022 4:16 pm

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