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July 11, 2017
Johnny's Race Run and Won
by Andrea Jane

Some viewed Johnny as a has been but as he himself retorted,
Its better to be a has been than a never was and that was how he sported.
Unlike many others, his career spanned just shy of three decades,
But it was his love of the Sport of Kings that was well and truly conveyed.

1957 saw John seated on his mount, whip cracking in the air,
As he rode Solight to win the Grand Annual, with a silent prayer.
He won the Grand National Steeplechase in 1973,
When down the stretch came Deakin Street, firmly in the lead.

One thing cannot be disputed, he loved the thrill of the chase,
And remained forever hopeful of bringing home the race.
Whether riding a mudlark, stayer or a swooper, he did with heart and soul,
And rode to the best of his ability, until he reached his goal.

To say that Johnny had an illustrious career would be an understatement,
With some 1604 rides, 231 winners and 225 second placings, he was far from complacent.
As with jockeys before him, the broken bones were too numerous to mention,
However Johnny seized each race with gusto and revelled in the attention.

Johnnys favourite place was trackside, with the horses or the hounds,
Irrespective of his location, his generosity (and humour) knew no bounds.
He was first to lend a helping hand to strangers and old friends,
And would offer his last penny without thought of dividends.

And so it was that these fond memories gave him pause for reflection,
His stories were oft repeated at the May Races, with great affection.
Johnny always made the time to converse with young and old,
And it was when the beer was flowing that many stories would unfold.

Some say that to make it to eighty-five was a darn good innings,
And I hope Dear Johnny, has moved on, to collect upon his winnings.
The gradual sink into an eternal sleep was waiting just around the corner,
And now we find ourselves reflecting on the past like any other mourner.

Wishing that we had more time to say (and do) things left unspoken,
Hoping he would return again instead of leaving us heartbroken.
And so it is, that we bid farewell to a man (father/grandfather) sorely missed,
And look forward to a day when we may reminisce.

Rest in peace, Johnny Neil Williams


July 11, 2017
Johnny's Race Run and Won
by Andrea Jane

Some viewed Johnny as a has been' but as he himself retorted,
It's better to be a has been' than a never was' and that was how he sported.

Unlike many others, his career spanned just shy of three decades,
But it was his love of the Sport of Kings that was well and truly conveyed.

1957 saw John seated on his mount, whip cracking in the air,
As he rode Solight to win the Grand Annual, with a silent prayer.

He won the Grand National Steeplechase in 1973,
When down the stretch came Deakin Street, firmly in the lead.

One thing cannot be disputed, he loved the thrill of the chase,
And remained forever hopeful of bringing home the race.

Whether riding a mudlark, stayer or a swooper, he did with heart and soul,
And rode to the best of his ability, until he reached his goal.

To say that Johnny had an illustrious career would be an understatement,
With some 1604 rides, 231 winners and 225 second placings, he was far from complacent.

As with jockeys before him, the broken bones were too numerous to mention,
However Johnny seized each race with gusto and revelled in the attention.

Johnny's favourite place was trackside, with the horses or the hounds,
Irrespective of his location, his generosity (and humour) knew no bounds.

He was first to lend a helping hand to strangers and old friends,
And would offer his last penny without thought of dividends.

And so it was that these fond memories gave him pause for reflection,
His stories were oft repeated at the May Races, with great affection.

Johnny always made the time to converse with young and old,
And it was when the beer was flowing that many stories would unfold.

Some say that to make it to eighty-five' was a darn good innings,
And I hope Dear Johnny, has moved on, to collect upon his winnings.

The gradual sink into an eternal sleep was waiting just around the corner,
And now we find ourselves reflecting on the past like any other mourner.

Wishing that we had more time to say (and do) things left unspoken,
Hoping he would return again instead of leaving us heartbroken.

And so it is, that we bid farewell to a man (father/grandfather) sorely missed,
And look forward to a day when we may reminisce.

Rest in peace, Johnny Neil Williams
June 13, 2017
Deepest Sympathy to Betty and family, A true gentleman and a dear family friend.. forever loved and remembered..RIP Johnny.. Kerryn Bant Ryan and Family
June 9, 2017
WILLIAMS John Neil Passed away peacefully on June 8th, 2017 at Warrnambool. Aged 85 years Loved father of Knoelle, Susan, Joanne, David and their families.