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John Harris (Jack) Laidler

17-10-1927 - 30-08-2014

Funeral Details

Thursday 4th September 2014 at St Raphaels Catholic Church, 17 Hardy St, W Preston, VIC

Jack passed away peacefully after a short illness in St Vicncent's Hospital, Melbourne in his 87th year.


Loving husband of Betty


Loved Dad of Terry and John, Peter, Michael and Maureen, Richard and Atsuko.

Loving Pa of Mick and Teegan, Bren and Jo, Mark and Jane, Andrew and Jackie, Josh, James, Jessica, Gareth and Jade, Jeremy and Amber.

Great Grandpa of Jett, Kai and Sonny

Loved brother-in-law of Ern and Shirl and their families.

Loved uncle of Glenice Murphy and Frances Toscano.


Peace has come. R.I.P.


"A good man dies, and the sorrow we must feel is tempered by the love we shared"


Phil & Liz O'Donnell

September 16th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

To Betty, Terry, Peter, Michael, Richie and that bloody wonderful Laidler clan. Life upset our plans to be with you to farewell Jack - as it tends to do. Just sending big hugs to Betty and the boys as they celebrate the generous and never dull life of Jogging Jack. I have had the pleasure of many smiles and laughs since I first connected with the Laidlers as two young, naïve and altruistic lads "entered Werribee" in 1969. Life has changed so much since then but the memories are good. I suppose, in good Aussie sporting style,I should raise a glass of beer for Jack, but I'll wait and share a top-shelf shiraz with you, Terry! Congratulations on your loving words of farewell for your Dad. As we all know so well, the pain of losing someone so intimately linked to our lives is not easy. Stay well and happy. Liz & Phil

Michael & Merryn Ralph

September 8th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Dear Terry, We just heard your sad news on Father's Day. Please accept our condolences. Kind regards, Michael & Merryn

Ross Weber & Kate Burridge

September 6th, 2014 at 11:05 am

Dear Terry - so sorry to hear the news of your Dad. Sorry too we can't be there today. Thinking of you and your family. Lots of love from us all. Xxxxx

Dr Ritzuko Kakuma

September 6th, 2014 at 11:04 am

Dearest Terry, I am so sorry to hear about your father. Unfortunately I am unable to attend the funeral today (despite my efforts to rearrange my schedule) but my thoughts will very much be with you and your family. If there is anything I can do to support you, I hope you know that I am here for you. Lots of love, Ritz

John Sheehan

September 6th, 2014 at 11:03 am

Terry, my sympathy on the loss of your dad (Jogger Jack.) Kind regards. John Sheehan.

Sue Ball

September 6th, 2014 at 11:02 am

Hi to all the Laidlers. Sorry I didn't say hello to you all today at the Church but needed to get back to work. It was a lovely service and I'm sure Jogger would have been very proud of all his family. I hope Betty is not too lonely now. Look forward to catching up at some time. Thinking of you both, Terry & Johnny, and may the Tigers help ease the pain. Xxx

Jane Schou Clarke

September 6th, 2014 at 10:59 am

Dearest TJ: So wanted to be with you all today but Max got himself into a bit of a medical mess……but he did get up on time to be ready for Jack……as he always did for your father…. Hope you, family and dear Betty are fine … or if not fine, at least hanging on in there, as indeed is John xxxx

Fr Tom Doyle

September 6th, 2014 at 10:57 am

Dear Terry,I was hoping to get to Jack’s funeral. But unable to get out of previous commitment. Please accept my sympathies etc. I remember him visiting the Ozanam House chaplains residence. Take Care Regards to all the family. Tom Doyle

Peter & Ruth Little

September 6th, 2014 at 10:56 am

Dear Betty, Terry and family I did not hear the sad news about Jack until I arrived in Bali and contacted John Batterbee. Please accept my condolences and pass them on to the rest of the family. We have lost a great character. I have sent the news to Ruth who is still in Vietnam on Rotary work. She will be back in Melbourne Friday. Love and Sympathy Peter

Shirley, Angela &Terry OCallaghan, Jack & Pauline

September 4th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Condolences to the Laidler Family. Sad to hear of "Jogging Jacks" passing. He was a lucky man to have so much love around him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Anne Murphy

September 4th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Great memories of St Raph's and the footy club. A towering figure in those communities. Love to Betty.

Harry & Patricia Papadopoulos

September 4th, 2014 at 5:55 am

Terry/Peter, I was saddened to hear about the passing of Jack. I didn't really get a lot of time with him but what I did was fun and cherished. Patricia and I express to you and the whole family our heartfelt condolences. We shall pray for his rest and your comfort. If there is anything we can do to help, please don't hesitate to let us know. Unfortunately we cannot make the funeral but hope to catch up in due course and again offer our condolences in person. Love from the Papadopoulos clan.

Jane and Max

September 3rd, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Travel well Jack. Betty and your family will be in good hands. It's called family and the two of you created a great one.

Bob and Peg Wilkinson

September 3rd, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Good friend of Bob and Peg. Our thoughts go to Betty and family.

Tom & Harold Martin

September 3rd, 2014 at 2:35 pm (edited)

Our sympathy to Betty and family. Good memories of you, Jogger. Rest easy.

Carlton Cricket Club

September 3rd, 2014 at 2:34 pm

The President, committee and members of the Carlton Cricket Club mourn the passing of Jack. Jack was a Life Member, former committee member and great servant and supporter of the Club. Our thoughts are with Jack's family at this sad time.

Marg Hill

September 3rd, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Warmest sympathy on the death of your Dad. Will be with you in spirit tomorrow as you make your farewell - I'm sure it will be a fine occasion!

Judy Dixon

September 3rd, 2014 at 10:14 am

Hi Terry, I still miss my mother so much after 20 years. I think this will be a hard time for you. My condolences and love to you and alol the family. Judy

David Carland

September 3rd, 2014 at 12:02 am

Sorry to hear about the passing of Jogger Jack. Great character. Hope Betty and all the boys are coping OK. Must catch up again.

Arthur Kapaufs

September 2nd, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Together with ALL the Gods in Bali we pray for the spirit of your father and his journey beyond. Selamat Jalan Jack. Pak Arthur, Nyoman, Ketut, Putomarie,Anastasya and Angel in the morning.

Des Connelly

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:50 am

My sympathy on Jack's death, Betty, Terry, Peter, Michael and Richard. Please accept my condolences - I may have an opportunity to repeat them personally on Thursday. Your Dad has left a great legacy so your sorrow at this time is rightly complemented by gratitude and pride. Sincerely Des Connelly

Michael Hawton & Simone Wallington

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:45 am

Hi Terry - sorry to hear about Jack - our thoughts and prayers are with him - you and your family. I'll be with you in spirit on Thursday. Blessed be Jack. Love from us all - Mich Simone and D and Iz.

Ron Moore

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:43 am

Terry: I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. It has been such a long time since last we met but my memories though few now are so very fond. He sure was a great character in every sense. And it is good that he went to his maker peacefully. Please accept Megan's and my condolences, to you, your Mum and your brothers. All the very best. Take care. Ron

Max Robinson

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:41 am

So sad to hear about Jack. I liked him enormously. Hope Betty, Terry and all the family are OK ... Love, Max.

Dr Eric Salter

September 2nd, 2014 at 10:43 am

I didn't know Jack, but I can tell you of one wonderful legacy he has left us in his son Terry, whom I have had the privilege of knowing for over 30 years. Every one of us leaves behind so much of ourselves and I have glimpsed just one of those treasures. How many more must he have left behind which will be spoken of and remembered by the many others in his life. Vale Jack, thank you for the gift you gave me in Terry's friendship.

Damien Brennan

September 2nd, 2014 at 10:01 am

Terry & Mick Please accept Linda and my condolences at Jack's passing and remember me to Betty. I well remember the warm welcome to your home some 40 years ago, Terry, and Jack's genial presence. We are thinking of you at this time.

Maureen Butterworth

September 1st, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Jack, Terrence Laidler. I remember Jack from my time as the Civil Engineering Contracts Officer with the Ministry of Housing. We belonged to that auspicious group who liked to partake of a refreshing ale at the Francis. On behalf of my mother Rita Hegarty who passed in 2010 and myself please give my best wishes to Betty. Mum and Betty were old basketball mates, Betty from Sth Melbourne and mum from Nth Fitzroy. Together they used to do the annual pilgrimage to the Catholic Old Girls Basketball dinner, when you lived in Reservoir. Apart from the obvious, I hope she is keeping in good health. You can console yourself by knowing that Jack is now surrounded by extraordinary love and enlightenment and is very happy.

Michael Preston

September 1st, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I had the pleasure of knowing Jack, Betty and the boys for many years. From the 'occasional ale' to some great stories, Jack was there to give advice, and supervision, especially with the 'House out the Back'. I am not too sure how many trips Jack made to buy more nails, but we used each and every one of them. RIP Jack, it has been a pleasure to have known you and to have been a part of growing up with your great sons and your wonderful lady, Betty.

Mark Finn

September 1st, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Condolences to the family Best regards, Mark Finn

Tim Hayes

September 1st, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Sincere condolences to Betty, Terry, Peter, Michael & Richard and their families. Tim and the Hayes Family (formerly of East Coburg)

Roger, Anne, Michelle and Kevin Rassool

September 1st, 2014 at 1:52 pm

So sorry to receive the news of your Dad's passing, Terry. Please pass on our sincere condolences to your family from us and the Music Group at St Carthage's. Rog and Anne

Enrico, Rita and Patrizia Constantinti

September 1st, 2014 at 1:08 pm

HI Terry sorry to hear about your dad. Tthinking of you all our love

Andrew Scown

September 1st, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Raising a glass to Jack & wishing him well on the journey - a good man who enjoyed life & living & now lives on in his family for sure - moreso sending warm thoughts to you, Mum & bros

Tony Keenan

September 1st, 2014 at 12:28 pm

So sorry to hear that. I am sure you will celebrate his life well. In my thoughts

André Haermeyer

September 1st, 2014 at 12:26 pm

My deepest sympathies, Terry, and to your family. We all know that our parents will leave us at sometime, and try to prepare ourselves, yet no matter how long they live and how prepared we think we are, there is always that painful sense of loss. It is important that we hang on to what they left behind - the values, the understanding and the inspiration they gave us, and the memories of the love and wonderful time they shared with us.

De and John Ayers

September 1st, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Dear Betty, Terry, Michael, Peter, Richie and your families: Our thoughts are with you all at this time. Much love from us both.

Chris White and Dave Burke

September 1st, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Sorry to hear the news, but pleased it happened peacefull and without too much pain. I know you were prepared but it still hard to lose your husband and dad. Thinking of you all.

Peter Frost

September 1st, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Very sad news, Terry. My sincere condolences to the family. Will speak when you're back. Peter

Russell Futcher

September 1st, 2014 at 12:05 pm

My condolences, Terry, to you, your Mum and the family. Hard to digest no matter the circumstances. Love to your family. Russ

Damien Clifford

September 1st, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Thoughts with you all. Jack was a great bloke. Hope to catch up soon. Damien.

Jan Tully

September 1st, 2014 at 11:50 am

Jack, we never met. But because I have been fortunate to meet and work with Terry I have been blessed by some of your legacy to the world. Thank you for that gift in my life.

Pamela Chambers

August 31st, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Terry my thoughts are with you and your family. Take care. I hope all find comfort from your happy memories Love, Pamela Chambers

Robyn Watson

August 31st, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Thinking of you, Terry, and all your family at the time of your loss of such a loved dad, husband and grandfather. Love Robbie xxx

Lynne jones

August 31st, 2014 at 4:33 pm (edited)

Uncle jack you will be dearly missed auntie bet my condolences to you an the rest of the family love lynne jones xxxxx

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