Celebrity Deaths — Stars We Lost In 2014

Celebrity Deaths — Stars We Lost In 2014

Celebrity deaths may not affect us in our day-to-day lives, but they can still be quite upsetting.  In 2014 we lost some of the brightest minds and most courageous hearts. A collection of comedians, sporting super heroes, film greats, inspiring authors, actors and actresses that lit up the screen, and an excellent former Prime Minister. We pay them tribute in this post.


Phillip Hughes

n tragically taken just recently. A man loved by his team members and the cricketing community. He will be missed by many.


Robin Williams

Beloved by the world. A man that brought so much happiness onto the stage and screen. Much loved by the whole family, Robin Williams passed away prematurely in August.


Maya Angelou

Poet, author and civil rights leader Maya Angelou passed away on May 28. She was 86 years old.


Lauren Bacall

The Hollywood screen siren passed away in August at the age of 89 and was best known for her trademark gaze, dubbed "The Look."


Charlotte Dawson

Television personality and former model, Charlotte Dawson sadly passed away earlier this year at the age of 47. Well-known on the Australian fashion scene, aussie women will recognise her name from editor positions at Women’s Day, New Idea and from the fashion segments of Good Morning Australia and Today.


Richard Attenborough

Another family favourite, Richard Attenborough was known for much-loved films such as Miracle on 24th Street and Jurassic Park.


Harold Ramis

Fans of National Lampoon’s Animal House, Ghostbusters and The Office have Harold Ramis to thank for hours of entertainment.


Eli Wallach

A true character, Eli Wallach passed away after 98 years and almost as many years acting.


Philip Seymour Hoffman

Another one taken too soon at just 46, Philip Seymour Hoffman was loved on screen by people of all ages. He is most recently recognised from The Hunger Games franchise.


Shirley Temple

The cutie with the blonde ringlets that made generations of families smile. “You've got to S-M-I-L-E To be H-A-Double-P-Y”.


Joan Rivers

Always the one to jump comedy that was not always politically correct, Joan Rivers was a comedienne that has truly left her mark.


Tommy Ramone

The last surviving member of cult classic and punk band the Ramones passed away this year at 65.


Mike Nichols

Remember the movie classics The Graduate and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? You have this man to thank and cherish.


Ian Craig

Passing away at the age of 79, cricketer Ian Craig still holds the record for being the youngest Australian to make a first-class double century, gain Test selection and captain his country.


Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager was the photographer known for making women feel comfortable enough to bare-all in her pin-up photography. She was also responsible for photography Betty Page in the 50’s.


Steve Dodd

Indigenous Australian actor Steve Dodd passed away at the age of 86 with a career consisting of seven decades of Australian film and six years serving in the Australian Army during the Korean War.


Alex Way

An Australian rules footballer from the early days who played with Carlton in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1940s.


Jackie Fairweather

Australian world champion triathlete and long-distance runner, Jackie Fairweather passed away at just 46. She was awarded Australian Triathlete of the Year (1993 & 1996), Australian Sportswoman of the Year (1996) and inducted into the Triathlon Australia Hall of Fame (2012).


Rik Mayall

Star performer and co-writer of The Young Ones, Rik Mayall passed away at 56 earlier this year.


Oscar de la Renta

A great from the fashion world, Oscar de la Renta counted the first ladies of the U.S, socialites and Hollywood stars as his clients for four decades


Gough Whitlam

Australia's 21st prime minister and a titan of the Australian Labor Party, Edward Gough Whitlam, died in October aged 98. Mr Whitlam leaves a legacy of unprecedented and unmatched change in Australian politics.


We said goodbye to some truly inspirational people in 2014. It is sad to see them go, though we know they will live on through history as people who shaped and helped nurture our world.


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My family and friends were very happy with every aspect of the preparation and celebration of the end of my wife. When I knew the end was near I spoke to Yvonne who explained to me what would happen and this was done with delicacy and tact. When the end came Yvonne came to our house and explained every aspect of what would happen. We explained what we wanted for Margaret's farewell and nothing was too much trouble for Yvonne to explain or discuss. On the day of the funeral everything went like clockwork and all my relatives and friends told me how impressed they were. So thank you to Yvonne for being celebrant and MC at the farewell and thank you to all the Lady Anne team. If I were asked to score the service my family received  it would be ten out of ten.
Dick Hodge
I would like to thank you and the whole team at Lady Anne Funerals for making mums funeral the perfect goodbye. The funeral was everything and so much more than mum wanted. Nothing seemed to be too hard and that made my time far simpler than i had expected. 
The whole day was perfect and we noticed with love all the special touches from the bookmarks to the candle to the display screen with Iris's. Thank you so much. Your team felt like part of the family rather than people doing a job.
That i believe is what sets Lady Anne apart.
I cant thank you enough.

I want to send a heartfelt 'thank you’ to you both, and your team, for your compassion and your assistance in taking meticulous care of Dad and arranging such a beautiful end of life service for him. Within a matter of only a few days, which included a weekend, you were able to organise the perfect service tailored to our requests.

Not only did you organise the attendance of the RSL representative, you also went to considerable trouble to download the music and videos we had chosen, in a format that could be utilised in the service.We greatly appreciated your guidance too with organising the order of service and arranging a printed copy of the tributes for one of our friends who was deaf.

Thank you Yvonne for doing a magnificent job as the celebrant. We greatly appreciated you reading our tributes to Maurie on the family’s behalf. Thank you too for reading the poem, 'The Dash’ so beautifully.

It was comforting for our family and friends to come together in a more intimate setting, which your chapel provides. The light refreshments, which followed the service, were ideal, allowing the family to stay on and share their memories.

Dad quite often had high expectations of the way things should be done, bless him, so I was particularly mindful of doing him proud with this last expression of our love for him and a tribute to his long and meaningful life. We achieved this, with your help, and I know he would have been deeply touched and honoured. Thank you for you for all you did.


"I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your amazing team. I couldn’t have asked for things to go any better. Everything was perfect. And your ladies were beautiful. Your Yvonne is amazing. She is patient, compassionate, caring and delivers perfection in all the elements of the proceedings. She has been an absolute Gem.

Once again thank you so very much. I would highly recommend anyone to use your company if they want a perfect funeral service. 5 star service. 5 star outcome.

There were multiple compliments on the service, on your ladies and on the care from the attendees. I’m more than happy for you to post this on any media platform as a compliment and tribute to your company.

Thank you."

Anne Leslie
“I just wanted to send you our sincerest thanks for everything you and your incredible team did for us in making the most perfect day, celebration and farewell of our beautiful Harper.

I have given a lot of thought to your business and the industry and I think it is perhaps the most important business for families to get it right when it comes to planning a funeral which may be sudden or may be a long time in the making. Either way, when one is faced with the unfortunate situation of needing to arrange a funeral, only then do you realise the importance of getting it right.

We experienced first hand the polar opposites the industry offers. It is not just about the cars, the booklets, the music and all the things that make up the day - its about the service, the care and most importantly it’s about the people.

From our very first conversation we could sense your genuine care to our situation and your attention to detail was obvious - this was very different to the previous conversations we had with others we had been referred to. Those other companies wanted to commence meetings with the paperwork side of things upfront which is a very confronting thing to do just days after losing your loved one - and when one of the others that I am referencing couldn’t even refernece our daughters name as our meeting started - we were horrified of how poor the service of care could be.

This is where you and your team shine. After feeling very lost in our search to secure the perfect funeral director to create the perfect day, my wife all of a sudden recalled you standing out the front of your office each morning watering the surrounding gardens to ensure a beautiful front of house. Well, I can assure you, it is not just the front of house that is beautiful - its the entire package that is beautiful.

Your manner, your direction and your expertise is evident from the get go. Nothing is too hard for you or your amazing team. The personal care made us feel like we were the only funeral you were working with at the time, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The finer detail, such as driving past our house so our daughter could go past our house one last time, then leaving the most beautiful flowers on our doorstep, to bumping into us at the Church because you were just doing your own research to make sure the day was seamless. This combined with your recommendations from every aspect as everything was very foreign to us, you were able to guide us to achieve the most beautiful farewell.

The day itself was simply perfect. Not once did we have a concern. The car was shining, your team dressed beautifully, cold water provided for us, directions for our guests, directions for us. Everyone commented on how amazing the day was and how incredibly your team were. Seamless is the only word I can use. It doesn’t stop here.

Your personal care and guidance then allowed us a more intimate farewell the following day (we are so grateful for for this recommendation and possibly would have missed this special day if you had suggested it was the best idea). Again, you and your team made us feel like you had nowhere else to be, and no one else to help. Just us. The setting was beautiful, the celebrant (that you arrange and recommend) is a delightful, your team make this day even more special than the last.

This is something we never want to go through again but there will be so many others, that like us, have no idea where to start to look for the right funeral director for their own special day. All I can say is that I hope that they appoint Lady Anne Funerals. We learnt a lot quickly and it is again a business many do not ever consider needing but without question one of the most important businesses to select the right person and the right team.

I welcome any of your future potential clients to contact me if they wish to discuss our experience with the amazing Lady Anne team. We thank you for giving our beautiful baby the most incredible farewell that was exactly how we imagined it, you just made it happen.”

Lee Dowdall

“We wish to thank you for having helped us put together a beautiful farewell for our mother, one which she would have been delighted with.

It was a difficult day and it would have been worse without your synchronised, seamless and consistent presence as well as attention to detail.

We value your candour as the people you are and the very sensitive manner in which you conducted the service.

Thanking you from the bottom of our hearts,

The Pastore Family
Karen has supported my Mum and me through the most difficult week of our lives as we not only planned a funeral, but interred my Dad to his new home. I will be forever grateful to Karen for her ongoing support, guidance, kindness, empathy and friendship over the last week. Karen has now become part of our extended circle of close family friends.
Daughter of the late Sveta Dordevich
Lady Anne Funerals has the compassion, understanding and empathy that many of the larger funeral homes do not possess. My aunts funeral was dignified and classy everything she deserved. I would highly recommend Lady Anne (and have) as they go above and beyond.
Joanne Marks
I am overwhelmed with the feedback on how beautiful it all was from all who attended. You and the other ladies were wonderful, looked so elegant, and made the day so very special for all who loved Paul.
Barbara Sommerville Enright
Karen and her staff treated us with the utmost respect we could not have been in better hands during this difficult time. My mum had organised her funeral with a prepaid funeral plan which she had purchased from Karen almost ten years ago this also made this upsetting time much easier to deal with and she got all the things that she wished for.
Malcolm Ellis
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Lady Anne Funerals for a beautiful service yesterday for my aunt Dot. All who attended commented on how lovely the service was & the professionalism of all the staff. Thanks again very much for helping making a sad day one of celebration of Dot’s life.
Judith Neville

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