BRETT, Donald John
16/10/1942 – 22/09/2020
Passed away peacefully at Bill Crawford Lodge, Ballarat.
Loving husband and best mate to Kirk.
Father to Cathie, Darren and Jamie. Father in law to Gary, Elizabeth and Cath.
Grandpa to Daniel, Jayde, Brett, Brianna and Maddy; Thomas, Charlie and Hayden; William and Sophie.
Rest in Peace Donny
Funeral NoticePrivate service
Don's service will be livestreamed on TUESDAY (September 29) at 11.30am.
A copy of the order of service is available to download here.
8 tributes Leave your tribute
We never met yet I feel that I knew You Don. Always happy always cheery on the phone and I shall miss that lovely Aussie voice in saying “G’Day Jim” everytime you rang. Great to have had the pleasure of knowing you and all that remains to say is Sleep well Old Friend Sleep well.
With Love from Jim Wright and Family in the U.K.
Donald you were so much a part of our family for many years and and always there to support us, especially when when dad was sick with Parkinsons. Don’t know how the farm would have survived without you. Will be sadly missed by the Daly family. Rest in peace. John and Maree and Neil, Tim and Chris
So many delightful memories of Don. He was so much fun and so generous with his tomatoes, which I loved! Sending love to Sheila and everyone.
I love my uncle,
As a youngster Daz and I had so much fun at the farm, wether is was being chased by a cranky roster, playing in grandpas old wreck or wizzing down the ramp out of the wash room.
Uncle Don was always late in but always had time for us.
As we grew we had more interaction, we were taught to drive the HQ, tractors and the bikes.
I wasnt very capable I crashed the Honda 70 into a post and then the same weekend hit a post with the HQ and bent the bumper, the advice given was more practice.
Years later I left school and had time on my hand prior to starting my first job, somehow mum and Don must have been talking or maybe a favour was asked, anyway I ended up at Lara carrying bags of grain loading containers. I will never forget the determination and strength I saw there from Don, he showed me how to carry and load, and when the levels were to high he would put me on the sower, and he would carry the bags.
These memories will never be erased, fingers in rabbit traps, plump tomatoes, toast at night will be remember for ever
Thinking of you all today, and joining in from afar. Wish we could have been there. Thinking of all the great times we had.
I have great memories of working for Don in the late 1960s, baling hay on Kendall’s with a blue Fordson Major, driving an old Bedford truck and a tractor with the chaser bin during harvest on Grills’, and moving Don’s orange Chamberlain tractor over to Derrinallum. Less good memories of getting the air cooled engine going on his square baler at the start of the season. He enjoyed life and growing his contracting business,, and I remember his pleasure in the new family Falcon station wagon with all extras, that he reckoned he did over 100 mph in one day past Daley’s on the granite sand surface of Barr’s Rd. He was a good and fair boss and a lot of fun.
To my dear friend, you are now at peace. My thoughts and prayers with Shiela, Darren, Cathy and Jamie and your families. All my love, Fran.
Our deepest condolences to the Brett families on the passing of Don. From Mario & Helen Cito and family.