TUNLEY, John Anthony

Born on August 1, 1942. Passed away September 2, 2021.

01.08.1942 – 02.09.2021
Beloved husband of Glenda.
Much loved father and father in law of Bronwyn and Darren, Max and Michelle.
Loving Pa of Jordan and Taleisha, Samuel, Madeline, and Lucas.

Safe in the arms of Jesus.

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Funeral Notice
The Funeral Service to celebrate the life of John Anthony Tunley will be held on Thursday September 9, 2021 at 1:00pm. The service will be livestreamed to view please click here.
  1. Deepest condolences to all the family.

    Josie Mack September 5, 2021
  2. John T always an influence on my life, a true Christian who spoke through his kind words and the way he conducted his life:
    John’s imprint on others through music, humour and testimony are his legacy to those he leaves behind, family, friends and daily contacts:
    It’s my privilege to know John and talk and see him again:

    Bernard & Samantha Lord September 5, 2021
  3. Uncle John, the kindest, sweetest man anyone could have the pleasure, the privilege of meeting. You always greeted everyone with a tender smile and an open heart. Your beautiful children are a testament to the man you were, bringing them up with unmatched integrity and love for others. I still remember Max and I playing Toto in your garage as a teen and you teaching me how to fly a glider at westafolds park. My fondest memory is staying with you and Aunt Glenda in Korumburra, watching the footy while you shared your heart and love for the Aborigines. I’m so proud to have been your nephew. The world has lost, but heaven has gained a beautiful soul.

    Toby Price September 5, 2021
  4. i only met john a few times but he was a good guy ,was lovely to be involved with his dads 100 birthday and he will be sadly missed by many.condolences to his family.now with ken /the guv/ and joyce

    ken cunningham/holvex. September 6, 2021
  5. John Tunley

    No finer man there was
    That it’s hard to imagine
    A world without him
    My teacher
    My mate
    My always there

    Our best friend
    The humorist
    The artist
    The Musician
    The confidant
    My listener

    The worship leader
    The example
    The sports lover
    The pilot
    The empathiser
    Our beyond friend

    The entertainer
    The handyman
    The finest man
    The giver
    The gifted
    Was JT

    The son
    The father
    The grandfather
    The devoted husband
    The Christian man
    The example

    He was our best ever friend
    The one who walked the extra mile
    It’s hard to imagine a world without him
    In our thoughts and in our lives
    But l know the love he gave us
    It will never die

    John and Virginia Lord

    John Lord September 6, 2021
  6. Well done good and faithful servant. One of the Lords precious men. Absent from the body present with the Lord. All our love to you Glenda and family.
    Cam and Carole Wakelin

    Carole Wakelin September 6, 2021
  7. John was a wonderful guy and will be greatly missed. I will never forget Christmas Eve 1985. I was in the spinal unit at the Austin Hospital recovering from my motor accident. About to go to bed, a nurse came to my room and said that I needed to go to the recreation area. When I arrived [being pushed in my wheelchair], there was John, standing with his guitar, with a bunch of the youth ready to sing some Christmas carols for me. God certainly used this to remind me that I was not forgotten. John, well done good and faithful servant! Condolences to Glenda and family.

    Rob Brown September 7, 2021
  8. John was an honourable fine Christian man, loved and respected by all. It was an honour to know him. Ray and Sandra Kilby

    Sandra kilby September 7, 2021
  9. Our deepest condolences to Glenda and all the family. We have the fondest memories of John and Glenda. He was much loved, respected and such a great example I believe to those who knew him. Praying Jesus peace, comfort and strength to Glenda and all the family in the days ahead. Much love Michael & Maureen Kelly

    Maureen Kelly September 7, 2021
  10. Dear Glenda and family,
    My deepest condolences to you all.
    John is now “just over the hilltop – in that bright land where we’ll never grow old.!
    Annette Sharman

    Annette Sharman September 7, 2021
  11. To Glenda and family we are saddened to hear of John passing, a wonderful man in every way. He will be sadly missed but he will be playing and singing praises to the King. Rest in peace John.

    Frances and Sam nobile September 7, 2021
  12. John was a wonderfully kind man who was always ready to help out. So sad to hear of his passing.

    Margot Parry September 7, 2021
  13. With love and sympathy to Glenda and family.
    We give thanks as we remember John, a gentle yet passionate follower of Jesus. Multi-talented and always full of hope as he made music to His Lord.
    Now safe in those Everlasting Arms.

    Heather and Ian Wilkinson Korumburra Baptist Church September 7, 2021
  14. My deepest condolences to Glenda and all the family I have some very special memories of John I especially treasure the times we had our prayer group he would share his stories and always had time to listen to ours he had a great love for God and I know he is rejoicing up in heaven. Will be sadly missed.

    Joan Nobile September 7, 2021
  15. Our dear friend John, words cannot express how much we will miss you. You are such a wonderful inspiration to all of us. You truly fought your good fight of faith and through your faith you received many wonderful healings in your life. Once again your faith has brought you healing, but this time not this side of the fence but the other side. Your love for Jesus continually shone through you right up to the day that Jesus took you home to be with him forever.
    Now that you are home we are sure that your heavenly mansion is perfectly tailored for you for your work that you have been called home for.
    We will miss you so much and look forward to when we meet again and hopefully our mansion will be right next door to yours.
    Many prayers have been and will be answered because of your personal intercessory prayers that you took personally to The Throne of The Kingdom of God. Goodbye dear friend. Love and God bless always

    John and Marion Cincotta

    John and Marion Cincotta September 7, 2021
  16. John was a great encourager to people of all ages in their walk with the Lord….We remember John and Glenda when they came to Korumburra and stayed in the caravan park for the weekends..then moved to the Burra….attending church and became actively involved in Southern Hills church life in many different areas and of course their special passion for aged care ministry.
    We were some of those influenced and encouraged by the generosity of John and Glenda’s encouragement and continual willingness to give of their time, wisdom and sharing of God’s truth and reality. Thank you.
    Now John is with His Lord. Glenda and family we pray God’s strength and comfirt in this season of loss. May your confidence be that you will one day be together with John and all the ither saints celebrating with great gusto around God’s throne.
    Love Blessings and Shalom
    Janet and Sam

    Janet and Sam Boyce September 8, 2021
  17. Our love to all the family who will miss John until the Great Day of reunion – the blessed hope. Precious Memories until that day. Denis and Gwen

    Denis Smith September 8, 2021
  18. John was an inspirational and Godly man whose life and service impacted so many. I am thankful for his mentorship in my life as a teenager. His guidance and passion for music ministry was an investment in my journey. So sad to hear of the loss of this faithful servant but heaven’s gain. Sending our love to Glenda, Bronwyn, Max and families. Keren and Charles Greenwood xxx

    Keren Greenwood September 8, 2021
  19. I will always remember uncle John as a kind gentle man who was a soul that made the world a better place. I am sending all my love to everyone. Sorry I can’t be with you on Thursday. Much love, Fiona 💕

    Fiona Tunley September 8, 2021
  20. Our condolences to the Tunley family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, as you celebrate the life of John. We had the pleasure of meeting him on a few occasions, and experienced his wisdom and warmth.
    With Love
    The Chapman’s

    Darren Chapman September 8, 2021
  21. On behalf of all of John’s Planetshakers church family we honour John’s life today. A true evangelist! An inspiration to many. Our love and prayers go out to Glenda and the family during this time. It’s an honour to lead the service today to honour his life and legacy that will continue. Love & Blessings

    Joe Vatucicila

    Joe Vatucicila September 9, 2021
  22. Uncle John, what an incredible Godly man! He has brought such joy and kindness into this world, with his wonderful musical talent , strong faith and love for people. Until we meet again. Lots of love from Kristy, Caleigh and LJ Xo

    Kristy Ellis September 9, 2021
  23. It was an honour to have know John. Strong in the Lord and the power of his might, he wore and used his armour well, fought strong and finished with Grace.
    I will always remember his gentle and joyful smile.
    I see unrestricted numbers of angels in your presence today as you celebrate and give thanks for this precious mans life.
    May Holy Spirit be your overwhelming comfort and peace in these days and all those to come.
    Much love
    Rachel and Mark Anderson

    Rachel Anderson September 9, 2021
  24. What an amazing man and what an amazing testimony left behind, a true man of God. Whenever you needed uplifting or encouragement, just talk to John. He could never speak a word wrong. He was a benefit to this world and an inspiration to many and we were blessed to be able to live next door to him.
    He will be deeply missed that’s for sure.
    Condolences to Glenda and the family

    Dragos, Rachel, Hannah, John and Mary Botoroga September 9, 2021
  25. Our heartfelt condolences and love to Glenda and family.

    We thank God for having known this beautiful man, John. His kindness and goodness was a shining light to all who had the privilege to meet him. His love and care for bringing joy to those in nursing homes with his music is a memory I will keep always. He gave the residents a glimpse of Christs love for them.

    Thank you John for the journey you traveled.
    Praise God you are home in our Fathers arms.

    Claire Boucher and family,
    And Heather Gardner

    Claire Boucher September 9, 2021
  26. All my love to Auntie Glenda, Bronwyn, Max and their families. God has promised to comfort those who mourn, He is close to the broken hearted and is with you all at this time. We know that uncle John has gone to be with Him. So may you be comforted in the understanding that you will see him again. God bless you all.

    Love Geoff, Monica and Ruth.

    Geoffrey Glover September 9, 2021
  27. We are so thankful to have had John as a dear friend, mentor, flying buddy , encourager , brother in Christ in our life these last 30+ years
    So many wonderful memories……….
    Our deepest sympathy
    Lots of Love to Glenda , Bronwyn , Max and families
    Tim and Janet McRae ❤️

    Tim and Janet McRae September 9, 2021
  28. John was a wonderful faithfilled companion on life’s journey for both me and Grace. You will be missed, dear friend. Rufus and Grace.

    Rufus Uulf September 9, 2021
  29. John you will be remembered, for your gentleness towards the hospitalized elderly,
    to whom, among many others, you brought joy through your tireless contributions
    of music, song and prayers.
    John, it has been a privilege to have known you.
    Bronwyn, Gino & Dion Tarzia

    Bronwyn Tarzia September 9, 2021
  30. Our Deepest Sympathy to Your Beautiful Family At this Sad time losing a Beautiful treasure on this earth.
    Heaven has gained a wonderful Soul for Eternity
    Love from
    Judy, Evan, Olivia And Maurice Lorbek xo

    Judy Lorbek September 9, 2021
  31. Love and condolences to all the family. One of God’s faithful servants. A lovely man, not too many like him. Our prayers that God will comfort you in your loss. Blessings Nola and Ian Borrie.

    Nola & Ian Borrie September 9, 2021
  32. John, it’s indeed a privilege to have known you. You had such a big heart and a gentle spirit. It’s been such a blessing to have served with you in church through music and prayer. You have inspired me with your life. I thank you and Glenda for your hospitality when I used to just turn up at your door with my little baby then. I really treasure those moments and I always will.

    Glenda, I know you have found comfort and peace with our God at this difficult time. I will continue to uphold you and the rest of the family in prayer. Hope we can catch up sometime.

    Celia Anderson September 9, 2021
  33. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have been so blessed to have known John and family , will forever cherish the moments together. May God give you the strength to journey through Baca and beyond , until we all meet together with the LORD.

    Cornelia and Terry Banks September 9, 2021
  34. Dear Tunley family, Love and prayers for you all in this time. John has a beautiful legacy with his family.

    Charles Crisapulli September 9, 2021
  35. Love and thoughts to all Tunley family at this time.

    John was an extraordinary man with an amazing ministry that impacted on myself and many others in our teenage years and beyond.

    No doubt singing with no limitations in heaven. Well done good and faithful servant.

    Kindest love to all

    Martin King (family friend and former Reservoir neighbour)

    Martin King September 9, 2021
  36. All my love to Aunty Glenda and the family on the passing of your beloved John. I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. This could not be a more apt quote of the life of Uncle John a faithful soldier for the Lord Jesus Christ.

    My greatest memory of Uncle John was years ago coming out of the rest room at a Planetshakers conference and I bumped in to him. He was surprised to see me there. Once I told him how the Lord changed my life around the joy on his face when he told me. Weekly he had been praying for me to come to the salvation of our dear Lord and Saviour.

    I will be forever grateful for his faith and kindness towards us. May you rest in and in the words of our dear Saviour. Well done my good and faithful servant enter ye into my rest.


    Nathan Land September 9, 2021
  37. John you were the beaming gospel with your smile willingness when I first met you in 1983 at Northside Christian Centre you motivated us all there. Always a cheer and a smiling face with your guitar you are able to light up many people young and old when you sing. Will miss you
    Chris and Anna Ari

    Chris Ari September 9, 2021
  38. Our heartfelt condolences to Glenda, Bromwyn, Darren, Samuel and Jordan and the extended family. May God strengthen you in this time.

    Lord of Sea and Earth and Air,
    Listen to the Pilot’s prayer—
    Send him wind that’s steady and strong,
    Grant that his engine sings the song
    Of flawless tone, by which he knows
    It shall not fail him where he goes;
    Landing, gliding, in curve, half-roll—
    Grant him, O Lord, a full control,
    That he may learn in heights of Heaven
    The rapture altitude has given,
    That he shall know the joy they feel
    Who ride Thy realms on Birds of Steel.

    Aggie & George

    Aggie & George Budahazy September 9, 2021
  39. We are truly Blessed to have John in our lIves John you brought so much Love , Joy, Laughter and the word of God to our Lives and to everyone that you met we will miss you Greatly. We will see you again in Heaven .
    Dear Glenda, Bronwyn, Max and Family we are thinking of you all and Love to you all. Di Paul & Chloe xoxo

    Di Paul Schubert September 9, 2021
  40. Dear Auntie Glenda, Bronwyn and Max,
    We’ve been thinking about you and give you our love during this time. We’ve watched Uncle John’s service live just now and your messages, stories and words would have made Uncle John smile and laugh!

    We’ll miss you John!

    Love from Simon, Sally, Mikayla and Kyal

    Simon and Sally Tunley September 9, 2021
  41. To a very dear friend, who taught me the unconditional love of God. You were one of a kind, a person who walked the walk. I can hear God saying “well done good and faithful servant! Welcome home!”
    Thank you for touching and changing my life.
    It was also such a pleasure to do ministry together. What a true honour to sing with you. All my love. Josie Mack

    Josie Mack September 9, 2021
  42. Love to you all.
    Beautiful service ,

    Debra Charles September 9, 2021
  43. Great memories of John that we remember from 1984 onwards. One of the first people we met an Northside and worked alongside as the new church in Bundoora was being built. We remember his joy and playful attitude all the time as well as his music.

    A great example to all and we enjoyed singing and playing with him too during hospital visits in the city.

    A legacy for his family who continue to serve the Lord with enthusiasm and courage.

    Richard and Christine Bryant September 9, 2021
  44. John, You were a talented musician, an astute craftsman, a person of humour and fun, a loyal family man and most of all a wonderful man of God.
    My love to Glenda and the family.

    Sandra Tunley September 9, 2021
  45. John you will be remembered, for your gentleness towards the hospitalized elderly,
    to whom, among many others, you brought joy through your tireless contributions
    of music, song and prayers.
    John, it has been a privilege to have known you.
    Our sympathy to Glenda and family.
    Bronwyn, Gino, Dion & Michelle Tarzia

    Bronwyn Tarzia September 9, 2021
  46. I adored uncle John when I was a little girl. I’ll never forget John’s singing voice – lovely to hear that recording of him at the beginning of the service. We used to go singing with John and Glenda at the aftercare hospital when we were kids. Grampy would come along and play the box, and Hannah would sing with the hymn book upside down. I really loved it!
    Lots of love to you Glenda, Max and Bronwyn. x

    Rose September 9, 2021
  47. To all the family, deepest sympathy for the loss of your father, friend, brother, brother in law, father in law, fellow Christian, (and anything else or anyone else I may have forgotten!!).
    Gone too soon -in our eyes, but God has his own perfecting timing. What an example and inspiration to us all – to love Jesus, love others, love life. What a great life he has lived! Yes, and what a legacy he has left behind. May God bless you all and give you peace, today and always! I will always remember John and his daughter Bronwyn up on stage at Yarra Plenty Christian Centre (now Planet Shakers I believe), singing praises and beautiful songs of worship during the services. I’m sure he is singing still. To all the family, may God bless you and keep you,always.🙏❤

    Anna Costa September 9, 2021
  48. It has been wonderful to share this time with you all as we have acknowledged & honoured our dear friends John & Glenda Tunley. We first met John & Glenda when they went to Brisbane. We enjoyed their friendship, anointed ministry, & encouragement. When we made the decision to live in Korumburra we attended the AOG church & could not believe that during the announcements John & Glenda Tunley’s home was given as the venue for the mid week prayer & bible study. We were privileged to renew our friendship. It will be our joy to cover Glenda & the family with our prayers during this challenging time.

    Richard & Thelma Kennedy September 9, 2021
  49. Such a genuine and kind person John was. Lovely memories we have of him. Our sincere condolences to all of the family. May God’s peace be with you.
    Ruth and Darren Griffiths

    Ruth and Darren Griffiths September 9, 2021
  50. We were blessed to have John and Glenda part of our church home group this year. John always brought so much joy, faith and wisdom to the group. We are inspired by his life of faith. A beautiful tribute today. Sending lots of love to Glenda. Mel and Dan Hunt

    Mel and Dan Hunt September 9, 2021
  51. So many thoughts, memories, youth camps, footy games we played, so much more. Was so good we got together some time back mate. Love to all your family. God is still good.

    Rex & Asta Sutherland September 10, 2021
  52. John and Glenda had a Divine imprint on my life and that of Eunice
    I remember playing piano at their wedding Later traveling with John and Laurie Callick to Tasmania … holidaying in Adelaide ….
    And when I was hit with an incomprehensible shock in our Family …. John had the ability to bring balance and reason into my/our traumatized lives … John’s Walk with God was dedicated cared servanthood and he never spoke ill of anyone … a voice that echoed his heart and a beautiful wife that mirrored his love for God and each other and their children

    Tony Hallo September 11, 2021
  53. So sad to hear of Johns passing . Sincere condolences to Glenda and family. Such a lovely man and a great friend and helper to Clare during her illness and time at Carinya. RIP 💐

    Jo Cash September 13, 2021