Glebe, New South Wales


DENGATE, John Robert.1.10.1938 - 1.08.2013Late of Glebe Deeply missed by wife Roseann Dale, mother Kit 'Bare Legged Kate', sons Lachlan and Sean, Mandy and grandchildren Roisin and Cal, relatives and friends from his days teaching, singing and writing folk songs, busking, and running in...

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Hi there just dropping by to leave the link to the tribute page/collection I have set up for John, please drop by:

I just happen to have a few moments to my self to reflect on the family that is Dengate growing up in he early days with sean & Lachlan. all though our paths went separate ways I still remember the times we had at the bush music club. not to mention the spag bol that dale cooked for all. while the fleeting few traversed the coopers ale testing that I watched in ore with john, Ron & Declan they are & will always be with me. by the way Bill from Erskineville is still my fave

So saddened to hear of John's passing. He was a teacher, friend and mate; someone with an incredible artistic talent and his memory was phenomenal! I learnt so much from him and so dearly miss his wit, intelligence, warmth and humour. Thanks for making the world a better place John.

I was a friend of John's at Armidale University.
I would sit along side him and take copious notes and John would sketch the lecture !
What great times we had together ! I met him years later at Teachers Credit Union and he gave me his cd with his beautiful music on it .
He was a genius. I loved how Warren Fahey said he played the tin whistle in Sydney. I wished I had seen more of him but I thank God I knew him .
He and Eric Short were mates .Vale dear friend.

I am one of the 4 brothers taught by JD and he gave me my first taste of geography and cricket at Burnside and he was still happy to have a chat on friday afternoon and bowl a few very good leggies at you even though you were now in high school and I do love geography

John Dengate, busking at Central Station, May 12, 2012.

In our family of 5 kids, JD taught 4 of us, me the last. He was energetic, challenging and straight forward. He remains my dominant connection to Australian history and the Eureka spirit. I've enjoyed seeing him on the street, stopping for a chat, which after 40 years seems remarkable. I share that with no other teacher. Attached is a photo of him at Central, the last time I saw him. In essence, it is the simplest of things to stand on a street corner to sing and play. Not amplified, a voice...

Dearest John, you were such a good friend. I am saddened by your passing. You helped me change my self-image by your kind friendship, and you demonstrated what it was to be a truly kind and loving person. My life changed forever because of you. I will miss you my friend. Our last phone call was the day before you died. Now I know why you didn't return my later calls. Love you my friend xx

I'd like to acknowledge John Warner's words on the mudcat website: “grieve for this bard but mourn with pride, for we have known him.”

A more unlikely angel has yet to walk this earth but John Dengate was our angel and we mourn with great pride and immeasurable grief this remarkable soul we were privileged to call friend. God bless, dearest John but never good-bye. Lynnette and Richard, Waihi, NZ.