Funeral Tribute

Aubrey Douglas Tonkin




Dr Aubrey Douglas Tonkin

Originally from Adelaide South Australia and late of Sandgate.  Aubrey passed away peacefully in The Redcliffe Hospital on Saturday 3rd December 2022.  At the time of his passing Aubrey was 95 years of age.

Aubrey is survived by his 6 children, Stephanie and partner Peter Driscoll, Geraldine, Gabrielle, Cecily, Bernard and partner Louise Cook-Tonkin, and Thomas. He was Paa or Grandpa to his 4 grandchildren, Briony, Hannah, Mayer and Rainer.  He is also survived by his wife Jillian Downes and was fond of her children Jerome and Melani and their spouses and children.

The family appreciates the consideration of the Doctors, Nurses and support staff of Redcliffe Hospital.   Aubrey lived for the past 7 years or so at Regis Sandgate (formerly The Masons Home).  It was important to him to be cared for in the familiar environment of Sandgate. He appreciated the kindness of staff at Regis.

Aubrey’s family and friends are invited to attend his celebration of life service on Monday 12 December 2022 commencing at 12 noon, to be held in the chapel of the Pinnaroo Cemetery and Crematorium, 285 Graham Rd, Bridgeman Downs Queensland 4035 (Within the grounds of the Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery). After the service Aubrey will be interred with Marguerite in the Lawn cemetery.

A wake will be held at the old family home at 22 Wolsey Street Sandgate from 3pm.

The family requests that rather than give flowers, you make a donation to a charity of your choice in memory of Aubrey.


Pinnaroo Cemetery Chapel


Monday 12th December 2022


12:00 pm


285 Graham Road Bridgeman Downs



Messages from Friends & Family

Sorry to hear the passing of your father. We went through many childhood/teenage things together and now we share the loss of both parents in common. Personally, I found dad’s passing to be a significant moment in my life journey. Grieving is complicated and healing of wounds is a process, but know that my heart breaks for each of you. God is close to the broken hearted. Love and blessings Kathy
Kathy Nix
Aubrey was a gracious and attentive husband to Jillian Downes, since their marriage in 1998. Saved from a life of loneliness in their senior years, (both lost their respective spouses years before) they enjoyed life, love and companionship for more than 15 years! Aside from travel, they shared their time with family and friends in Brisbane and Sydney.For Melani, Jerome and their families, Aubrey was a precious Male Elder and “Pa” to our young children; other elders had since passed away many years before. Wonderful to have him as a part of our lives: a thoughtful listener, wise counsellor and enthusiastic companion in our celebrations. He was often there at our family celebrations and he took a keen interest in our stories and activities. Also we have had the pleasure to know some of the children and their families (Stephanie, Geraldine, Gabrielle, Cecily, Bernard and Thomas) from the life he shared with his wife Marguerite.
Jerome Mcteigue
To Tom and the Tonkin family, sending much sympathy on the passing of Aubrey at this time. Wishing you love and peace in your sorrow. Stefanie xx
Stefanie Carnevale
My husband Phil and I stayed with Aubrey in the family home some years ago when we holidayed in Queensland. I remember he shouted us to a great meal of fish and chips at his favourite local cafe on the waterfront at Sandgate. The cafe was very popular but we managed to get a table and we enjoyed the sea view in the falling dusk, with lights twinkling on the peninsula in the distance. It was really lovely.
Bev Tonkin

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