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Gary Johnstone on 7 August, 2018 at 1:23pm

I wrote this letter to Jackie on 17 May it turned out this was about 6 weeks before she passed away. Reading this letter to Jackie was one of the easiest/hardest/happiest/saddest things I've ever done. I re read it sometimes to remind myself of the promise I made her, and to keep myself on track in the daily struggle to keep it. Jackie was the single best, and most important thing in my life.....everything I did, I did with, for, or because of Jackie. I loved her, and I miss her.....she was simply nonpareil

Perhaps it's time I shared this letter with the whole world.

Dear Jackie,

How do you thank someone for a lifetime of happiness? I have no idea, but I’m gonna try.

My life changed when my Mum died…..I was only 7 as you know. I still lived in a house with my Dad, my brother and my sister but that’s all it felt like now, just a house. We moved a couple of times to new places but they were just houses too.

There was a brief period in Julian St when Dad had a live-in housekeeper. During that time, our house felt more like a home to me. There was always someone there to take care of me, it felt warm and safe and somewhere I wanted to be…….I liked feeling that way, a lot.

And then the housekeeper left.

Perhaps one of the things that drew me to you and makes me love you so much is how safe and warm you make me feel. It doesn’t matter where I am, what might be on my mind, or what troubles I’m facing, if you’re there with me I feel safe and warm, and loved. It doesn’t matter where I am, if you’re there too, it feels like home.

Since we were teenagers in love you’ve grown, developed and blossomed as a person so much………….I’m so proud of you, you should be too.

You’ve been the most wonderful girlfriend, wife, Mother, Grandmother and friend…….you are truly amazing.

For all the little or big things I’ve ever done that pissed you off or made you sad, I’m sorry, you didn’t deserve it……I should have known better, I should have done better.

If we do reach a point where I’m forced to continue the journey we started by myself I promise I’ll try and make you proud of me.

Your legacy is going to be the world’s happiest, most grateful and most contented husband, 3 children who have grown into strong, capable, decent and caring people who make us both so proud every single day, the 5 most beautiful and precious Grandchildren, a little sister who could not love a big sister more, a nephew who worships you and a long list of friends who love you dearly…that’s one hell of a resume Jack.

Our journey through life together has been awesome and fun. We’ve achieved so much together…….I think we’ve done ok for a couple of kids from Werribee.

If I was granted just one wish it would be for you to get well.
If I was granted one more wish it would be to go back to the start and do this all over again....I wouldn’t change a bloody thing.

Thank you for loving me, thank you for everything. I love you Jackie, always have, always’re still the one.

Your loving and grateful husband,


Gary Kay / Rosanne Kay on 5 July, 2017 at 7:48am

Goodnight dear Jackie, you were a shinning star and are sadly missed, will forever remember you Xx

Della Slosarczyk on 4 July, 2017 at 8:08pm

Such a lovely person, good night cousin....xx

Adam Johnstone on 4 July, 2017 at 5:50pm

A wise man said recently, the memory of ones’ life is not reflected in what they said, it’s what they did that really counts………that is what will ultimately be remembered!!
On the continuum line of selfish acts up to selfless acts, my mum did it right! In regards to what she did for her kids and therefore what Kate, Pete and I will remember…… mum did it right every time!!!

• Growing pains she massaged without complaint time and time again
• The quantity not necessarily quality of presents at Xmas, it was always about spoiling us!
• The late night game of cards she would stay up and play with us whenever we had mates over
• The unofficial adoption of our beloved cousin Les, just when he really needed it!
• The time we spent together at WCC… god I’m gonna miss that!!
• The ever reliable late night Jac taxi service……there’s plenty in the room today that were beneficiaries of that!
• The unequivocal support of a decision (new car, new house, renovation, OS trip…..the list goes on forever…..we were never alone)
• The fairness agreement imposed on us time and time again through the bank of mum
• The amazing decision to retire from work to dedicate herself to helping look after, love and support her grandkids
• The eggs on toast available every morning of the year……and the price tag……..a chat with our best friend!
• Even the assurance of the roll of my Coopers beer before she opened it, because she knew……..that’s the way I liked it!
• Her tendency to embellish the truth for the sake of a good story
• The unwavering willingness to help at the drop of a hat

We love the absolute crap out of you mum and we will miss you incredibly!!

But our mum will always be remembered…………because our mum did it right all the way to the end…………and we will honour her legacy, not by what we say but by what we do!!

You really were an angel in the shape of our mum.

Hume Family on 4 July, 2017 at 4:30pm

Our hearts go out to the Johnstone family. Jackie was truly a special person, who will be sadly missed. Taken too early from this life. Love ya Jack.

Da Humes

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