24 September 2021

Vale John Elliott

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John Elliott.

A larger than life figure who left an indelible mark on Australia’s corporate, political and sporting life.

John was a larrikin who never left you in doubt as to what he thought and where he stood.

It was endearing and reflected his passion for life.

As President of the Victorian Liberal Party he was deeply committed to its values, philosophy and good government.

As President of the Carlton Football Club for two decades he demanded success and achieved success, with premierships in 1987 and 1995.

The image of John surrounded by the players singing the club song after a win, is etched in this young man’s mind.

It was heartwarming to see his love of family and in particular the relationship he enjoyed with his son Tom, most recently as radio co‑hosts. Their banter was legendary. It may have been father and son, but to this listener it sounded like the closest of friends.

John will be greatly missed and leaves behind a wonderful family.

I extend my deepest condolences to Amanda, Joanne, his children Tom, Caroline, Edward and Alexandra and their families.