John Douglas Elliott
John Douglas Elliott was the eldest son in a lively family of eight children, a role he fulfilled with warmth and humour throughout his life. After finishing school, he moved out of the family home in Ferntree Gully and at age 22, he married Olga and settled into their lifelong home in Chadstone. Their marriage was a long and loving one. Together, they had four children, shared many joyful memories and plenty of lively debate around the family dinner table. Although John’s priority was always to his family, his work life was evidence of his commitment to principals of social justice and environmental education. He happily fulfilled roles as a Bank Teller and Community Welfare Officer, and later moved to the Department of Primary Industries. John enjoyed a wide variety of hobbies including fishing, music, painting, cooking and photography. He had an eye for a bargain, loved to tinker with anything with moving parts and was a reliable ‘Mr Fix-it’. After his retirement, he volunteered his expertise as a policy writer for a small international aid agency. He enjoyed spending time with his children, three grandchildren, family and friends.
John was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in 2012, but was fortunate to respond well to chemotherapy treatment. This gave him an additional three years to create treasured memories with his loved ones, before his death in June 2015.
The Elliott family wish to acknowledge the dedicated and compassionate services provided by the Monash Oncology team and Eastern Palliative Care during John’s illness. John was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, whose sage advice, sense of humour and intelligent conversation will be sorely missed.