James MacLeod's Blog

Celebrating Father Gerard Dowling’s 45 Years on Air

Congratulations to our great friend Father Gerard Dowling OAM DE as he celebrates the huge milestone of reaching 45 years on air! Father Dowling hosts a regular spot on the RSN 927 AM every Sunday ...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Father's Day 2018

  Father’s Day is certainly a different occasion for me today because my father died in 1998.  In fact Father’s Day 1998 was the last occasion that we had gathered as an entire family, m...
By James MacLeod
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Valda Twaddle Trust Awards 2017

In 2006 I received a telephone call from Perry Westons Lawyers regarding funds that were bequeathed to me.  I made an appointment to attend their offices and in doing so I learnt that Valda Tw...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Monday, March 26, 2018

Funerals Are Too Important To Leave To Just Anyone

As Managing Director of Australia’s largest owned family funeral company, Tobin Brothers Funerals, I would like to make the following comments on the widely reported alleged coffin swapping by Hart...
By James Macleod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Life Celebration of Daniel Harkins

On 18th June 2017, Daniel John Edward Harkins was returning from Bairnsdale after a race meeting when he stopped to assist a car that had run off the road between Sale and Rosedale, he was tra...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Monday, July 10, 2017

It’s your funeral, an investigation of death care in the Funeral Industry in Australia Comment

  As Managing Director of Tobin Brothers I’d like to make the following comments on a recently released paper “It’s your funeral, an investigation of death care in the Funeral Industry...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Coping at Christmas

Christmas in many ways is about change. As a child growing up, our Christmas meant an early rise and our pilgrimage would begin to my mother’s home town Willuara at the foothills of the Grampians,...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Previous Posts

Mother's Day Can Be A Very Difficult Day

Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for us all to give thanks to the unique individuals, often affectionately known as Mum, Mother or Ma, who have cared for each and every one of us. Equally, ...

How Would You Like To Be Celebrated?

In recent months Tobin Brothers Funerals, with the assistance of Creative Director Robin Geradts-Gill from RGG Creative, produced four new TV ads that posed the question ‘How would you like to be c...

Tobin Brothers Support : Gach Nyuon

On Sunday 20th September, Tobin Brothers Funerals were pleased to announce that Gach Nyuon was the 2015 winner of the Tobin Brothers Young Multicultural Player of the Year award. Gach was...

Funeral Insurance Pitfalls

This week I read an article on news.com.au which highlights the recent report from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) regarding Funeral Insurance. The report states that “i...

Tribute to Peter Banfield

Introduction: James MacLeod's recreational pursuits are playing cricket, golf, horse racing, and the Blackburn Football Club of which he is the immediate Past President. In this blog post, J...

Celebrating Transparency, Celebrating Lives

When I was appointed Managing Director of Tobin Brothers Funerals in February 2011, I had many things on my ‘to do’ list. One of my main priorities was to take the transparency of Tobin Brothers F...

A Wish Before I Die : The Peter Gourlay Story

During late May and early June I couldn’t help but be touched by the story 3AW’s Neil Mitchell ran on four-year-old Peter Gourlay. Peter was suffering from terminal cancer and had stolen the heart...