Gwen Callen


A Service to Celebrate the Life of Gwen Callen will be held at Nelson Brothers on Friday 1st May 2020 at 2:30pm.

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  1. We Lucas girls remember Gwen with much love. Gwen worked in our baker shop for Dad and when he was away mainly at the races Gwen would yoke up Tommy and deliver the bread around the town. Gwen also got the job of taking us kids to the dentist as it was Mum,s pet hate. Always a smile and kind work . Sorry I am so late with this note but just heard Gwen has gone to a better place .Rest in Peace Dear Gwen.

  2. Aunty Gwen, your house certainly had revolving doors. I was lucky enough to be one of the “temporary residents” . I love the bagpipes and as a kid enjoyed travelling around with Mum and Dad to the Highland Gatherings and listening to you play in the band. I still have 3 of the shortbread tins with the photo of Melbourne Ladies Pipe Band. Reunited now with your parents and siblings. Love to Ray, Lesley and families.
    Barb xxxx

  3. Aunty Gwen I always loved visiting you and Uncle Wally in Footscray, letting me get up early to watch the cartoons that we didn’t get in Pyramid, feeding the magpies, Uncle Wally would always let me have a can of his Tab in the back fridge and yes your creamed rice and your bikkie tin but wasn’t a fan of the sago!. My big city visits were always very memorable, and then later staying with Lesley and Pudge.

    The last of the family.
    Much love to you Ray, Lesley and families

    Alanna, Jeff, Ella and Cooper

  4. What an incredible woman you were Aunty Gwen. I learnt so much about you just watching this service, that now i wish i had known more about you. I often mention you while i’m driving the taxi. I’m so proud of everything that you did, and I always loved your fearlessness! Coming down to stay at your house with Mum, I loved that you knew your way and I didnt have to get out the Melways when we went anywhere! My Mum Judy loved you so much, and so much of her history is now gone with you….as my mum wanted x I take comfort knowing that you are with Uncle Wally and Mum again. You truly were our families matriarch.

    Lesley, Bree, Logan and Hope your eulogies were heart stirring and spot on! I have no doubt that Aunty Gwen would have been so proud of you all. My thoughts are with you all today xx

    With Love Heather xx

  5. Deepest sympathy and condolences to a wonderful strong woman.

    Rest In Peace Gwen.

    Many fond memories of our time together at Melbourne Ladies Pipe Band from the 70’s.

    Vale Gwen


  6. Aunt Gwen I have so many fond memories of my childhood & listening to you playing the pipes 🙂 love you Aunty Gwen

  7. Dearest Auntie Gwen
    You were always a much loved and supportive friend to Margaret. You were always considered her best mate, the person she weathered so many storms and hardships with.
    You both supported each other through so many difficult times.
    Your devotion and unconditional love towards each other was inspirational.
    I looked up to both of you as female role models. The sort of women I aspire to be.
    You are now both together beyond this world, two beautiful Angels who will live in our hearts forevermore
    All my love to you all at this difficult time

  8. Many memories as a child listening to you on the pipes. Condolences from Denise West (Mcleod)

    • Lovely to hear from you . You were my guardian taking me to school at Footscray Girls. Thank you for your kind thoughts

  9. Dearest Gwen, Thank you for caring and looking after us, I realize more as I get older what a positive effect you had on my life. It makes me smile to think you are at peace, you will be remembered, to all of your family and friends our sincerest condolences, Pat Ros and Sonya

    • Thank you for the beautiful flowers looking forward to some travel and a visit , love to see you

  10. Rest In Peace Gwen.
    We will always treasure the special Moments and laughs we have shared together over the years.
    When we think of you we will always have a smile on my face.
    Fly with the Angels 💕
    Lots of love Maria, Dennis and family xox

  11. A lady who was always ready to have a laugh, and was always there for her family. When Gwen was still a very young woman she was put in the position of having to look after her sister who was terminally ill as well an infant niece because her brother in law was incapable of doing this at the time. Gwen always, always referred to me by what I call a ‘technical name and when used usually meant I was in some of trouble’ of Lynnette and it was only after her 80th did she start calling by Lynn, both she and Graeme had a love of the bagpipes passing on this love to other family members. I remember family gatherings in the Christmas school holidays at Pyramid Hill and her absolute horror one year when she found out that my Sister was driving both Raymond and I around in Grandpa Rae’s Holden in the paddocks I am sure that people up town could hear her telling my sister off. It would have been wonderful if Gwen had written either a book or an essay about her life, not only would it have been interesting and funny, I am sure that we could all have learnt a lot. Vale Gwen.

    • Believe it or not Mum has written it that’s where some of the service came from, the rest when I invited her to lunch about 15 years ago then told her I wanted to write her eulogy. Best thing I ever did you realise as you get older that there’s lots you don’t know. My plan is to put what she wrote into a small book. Watch this space

  12. Gwen you were a supportive and loving mother inlaw and freind who always made time for me and your loving grandchildren Samatha and James. RIP lovely lady. All our love Manelle, Sam and James xxx💕💕

  13. Aunty Gwen, heaven gained another Angel.
    We shared a common interest, you with your Pipe Bands and me as a Marching Girl though we never saw each other do our beloved interests. I know you loved it when i wore a uniform that had Tartan in it.
    I will forerver grateful for you helping me with photos of Grandma so i could make a photo canvas for mum for her 60th birthday.
    I wish you could have met my little man Xavier.
    Thank you for being apart of my life, i have so many memories including you shocking a lady at Nanny Pads funeral when you said you were my Great Aunty as you have never looked your age to me you always looked 20 years younger.
    I will miss you.
    Lesley, Pudge and Family we send you lots of love, hugs and healing loving energy.
    Lots of love Moneka, Leigh and Xavier. Xo 💖💙💚💜


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