DOWLING – Colin (Spence)

Born on June 13, 1956. Passed away August 25, 2020.

Passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle, surrounded by his loving family. Loved and loving husband of Lynne. Adored father and father-in-law of Matt and Kylie, Kate and Tim, Jimmy and Lisa. Adoring Pop of Tyler, Tully, Issy, Sonny, Elly and Paddy.

Our Precious Man At Rest





Funeral Notice
Due to COVID19 restrictions, the Funeral Service of Mr Colin Dowling will be a private funeral by invitation only. A service to celebrate Colin’s life will be live streamed from Latrobe Valley Funeral Services Chapel in Traralgon on TUESDAY (September 1, 2020) commencing at 11.00am.

To view the Live stream, Click here.
  1. Such a top bloke! Great memories Spence….. from the best beer battered fresh whiting to our whitsunday sailing holiday. Treasured memories are ours to keep forever. Sending our love to Lynne, Matt, Kate, James and families. It was a privilege to know know and love you. Xxx

    Deb and Steve Soutar August 26, 2020
  2. Our condolences to all the family our thoughts are with you at this time. Love Aunty Susan, Lisa, Paul, Brett Cooper & Oliver. Qld.

    SUSAN FLANIGAN August 27, 2020
  3. To Dear Lynne and family. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Spence. He was such a great bloke. I have many fond memories that go way back to primary school. The many hunting trips where our camp sites were side by side. He was always a bloke that you could always rely on. He will be truly missed.
    Condolences to you Lynne and your family.

    Condolences also to his brothers George, Dan, John and their families.

    From Ron and Jenny Crozier

    Ron Crozier August 27, 2020
  4. A great guy with a heart of gold. My deepest condolences to the Dowling family.

    Daniel Buhagiar August 27, 2020
  5. Dear Lynne, Matt, Kate, Jimmy & families our hearts & thoughts are with you all, with the sad loss of your wonderful husband, father & pop.
    Love the McWalters family

    McWalters August 28, 2020
  6. To Lynne Matt Kate Jimmy and families deepest condolences on the passing of Spence . He fought hard to stay with you all. Many fond memories of a top bloke love Ruth and Trevor Clarke

    Ruth Clarke August 28, 2020
  7. We are extremely saddened by Spence passing..Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
    Barbe , Brian and family

    Barbara Kilday August 28, 2020
  8. Our love and condolences to Lynne, Matt and Kylie, Kate and Tim, Jimmy and Lisa, Isabel, Sonny, Elly, Tyler, Tully and Paddy. Special thoughts to Dan, John and George. Spence was a fantastic man with a wonderful sense of humour. One of the very best. He will be sadly missed by our family. Love from Carol and Paul Darby. xxx

    Carol Darby August 28, 2020
  9. My deepest condolences to you Kate and your family. I didn’t know your dad but he must of been on of the best judging on how beautiful you are Kate Love to you and thinking of your family xx

    Lesley Heystraten August 29, 2020
  10. Dear Lynne,Matt, Kate,Jimmy
    George, Dan, Johnny and families, we are thinking of you
    All, sending our love
    Dave,Tracey,, jess and Troy xxx

    Tracey and David Love August 29, 2020
  11. Saddened by your passing one of the good guys, precious memories held close to my heart.
    May you be in peace now.
    Our thoughts are to the Dowling and extended family with love.

    Cheryl and Jackson Family August 29, 2020
  12. To Lynne, Matt, Kate, Jimmy and families,
    So saddened to hear the passing of Spence,
    A true gentleman, one of a kind.
    Spence will be truely missed.

    Our thoughts are with George & Marilyn, Danny & Judy, John & Libby and their families.

    Gayle, Ilana, Owen & Justin, Kosakiewicz.

    Gayle Kosakiewicz August 29, 2020
  13. To Lynne and family, so sorry for your loss thinking of you at this sad time
    Dawn x

    Dawn Whitehead August 29, 2020
  14. Condolences to you Lyn and your family on the sad passing of Spence, he will be remembered always 💔💕

    Chris Stevens

    Christine Stevens August 29, 2020
  15. Thinking of all the Dowling family at this extremely sad time. Spence was a great man who will be sorely missed!

    Sending our love Adrian, Michelle, Jack & Blake Sharp xx

    Adrian and Michelle Sharp August 29, 2020
  16. To Lynne, Matt, Kate & Jimmy.

    My sincere condolences on the loss of an amazing man.
    We were so blessed to have him in our lives.

    All my love

    Jessie Symons August 29, 2020
  17. Thinking of you all at this sad time love from Arnold and Colleen Bond

    Arnold and Colleen Bond August 29, 2020
  18. Such a sad loss to the whole family. Spence was a great bloke with a heart of gold, willing to help out at any time. He has gone way too soon after putting up a really courageous fight. He will live in the hearts of many.
    Sincere condolences to Lynn, Matt &Kylie, Kate and Tim, Jimmy & Lisa, their children and the extended family.
    Karyn & Gary, Hamish & Jen, Nathaniel, Lachy & Kara, Sam & James and families.

    Karyn and Gary Burslem August 29, 2020
  19. Our condolences are with you Lynne and family at this difficult time. Life can be so unfair.
    Cherish those memories.
    Love from Sue and Craig xx

    Sue Gosling August 29, 2020
  20. Will always remember you Spencer. Standing around the oven having a cuppa at Roger Street. Big loss for us all.
    Heartfelt condolences to Lynn, Matty ,, Katie , Jimmy. And families .
    Love always

    Leonie Morris August 29, 2020
  21. Dear Kate, Tim and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the difficult time. Love Brett, Lisa, Oliver & Cooper. Xo

    Lisa Godlee August 30, 2020
  22. JTo the ever beautiful Lynne, and her wonderful family, Matt, Kate, Jimmy their partners and those adorable grandchildren. Our heart felt thought’s are with you all at this very sad time. No need to tell you guys what a great bloke Spence was because you now better than any of us. As time heals remember Spence will be watching you every day, in memories, he never went away, he hears you when you’re laughing, he watches you as you sleep, he wraps you in his arms to calm you as you weep, he sees you wish your days away begging to have him home, so he sends you signs to let you know you are not alone. So live your life, in time laugh again, enjoy yourself, be free. Then he will know with every breath you take your taking one for him. All our love 💓 Kevin, Sheryll, Fiona, Alyce, Nathan, Lucas, Mitchell and baby Ariya

    Sheryll Smith August 30, 2020
  23. To Lynne, Matt, Kate, Jimmy and families.
    Sending our deepest condolences on the passing of Spence. A true gentleman who will be missed by all.

    Lee Clarke and family.

    Lee Clarke August 30, 2020
  24. Lyne , Matt, Kate, & Jimmy, our love and thoughts are with you all, Such a sad time for many, Such good memory’s of a great family man.
    Regards Rob & Roseanne Benson & Family

    Rob Benson August 30, 2020
  25. Dear Lynne, Matt, Kate, Jimmy and families, sending our heartfelt condolences at this devastating time. Spence was one of a kind. An absolute character and will be truly missed. All our love,
    Nath, Kitty and Florence X

    Kitty Black August 31, 2020
  26. Our thoughts are with Lynne and family , such a nice person ,good husband ,father ,grandfather ,community member and an all around great bloke

    Rick and Jenny Staiit August 31, 2020
  27. Condolences to Lynne, Matt , Kate and families, Spence was a tireless worker and volunteer , he was a gentleman and loved his family, i will never forget the times we worked side by side at the YFNC , we shared many laughs and beers ,
    Will be sadly missed

    Deano , Viv & Eamon Suares

    Dean Suares August 31, 2020
  28. Dear Kate & Tim, Isabel, Sonny, Elly & Family
    We are deeply sorry to hear your sad news and our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. May your treasured memories help comfort you.
    Love and hugs
    Uncle Giovanni & Aunty Judy xoxo

    Giovanni Barbieri August 31, 2020
  29. Dear Kate and all her family.
    If you take after your Dad, Kate, he must have been a wonderful man!
    Thinking of you all at this difficult time
    Annette Blythman

    Annette Blythman August 31, 2020
  30. Dear Lynne, Matt, Kate, Jimmy & families, sending you all our heartfelt condolences & deepest sympathy at this very sad & difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.
    Love the Bonacci family

    Julie Bonacci August 31, 2020
  31. Thoughts are with the Dowling family. People like Spence are the heart and soul of local football clubs. Always part of the Cougar family.

    Guss Lambden August 31, 2020
  32. Our deepest condolences to Lynne, Matt, Kate, James and families. Thinking of you at this sad time.
    Eleanor and Terry Robinson

    ELEANOR ROBINSON August 31, 2020
  33. Our deepest condolences to Lynne, Matt & Kylie, Kate & Tim, Jimmy & Lisa, Tyler, Tully, Issy, Sonny, Elly & Paddy. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Spence will be remembered fondly by all of us as a one in a million man who bought joy and laughter to many.
    Lots of love, Mark, Stacey, Emmy & Mali Andrew

    Mark & Stacey Andrew August 31, 2020
  34. To Lynne,Matt,Kate Jimmy and families,our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    Fond memories of the times spent at the Morwell Tigers Junior Football Club.
    Colin you will be sadly missed.

    Dorothy And Ray Stanlake August 31, 2020
  35. To Lynne & Family Sending you Love and Hugs
    RIP Col

    From Jenny & Norm Symons

    Jenny Symons August 31, 2020
  36. To Dear Lynne, Matt, Kate, Jimmy and families.
    We are saddened to hear of the passing of dear Spence.
    Our condolences to you , and to George,Dan and John.

    From Peter and Annie Black

    Condolences to you all, and to George, Dan and John

    Peter and Annie Black

    Peter & Annie Black August 31, 2020
  37. Dear Lynne, sincere condolences to you, your beautiful kids, their partners and your grand children. Take strength from each other, share and cherish each memory and know that Spence lives on in each of you, in your hearts, your thoughts and the people you are. Thinking of you all, love Leanne and Joff xxx

    Leanne Bennett August 31, 2020
  38. To lyn, Matty, Kate and jimmy,
    Such a good man, fond memories of Spence on the roof, taught meself and many others the trade of rooftiling,
    Highly respected everywhere and will be sadly missed by all,
    You were a good man Spence.
    J Millsy and family

    James Mills August 31, 2020
  39. Dear Lynne, Matt, Kate, Jimmy and families, we are saddened to hear of the passing of dear Spence. Our condolences to you and also to George, Dan and John.

    From Peter and Annie Black

    Annie Black August 31, 2020
  40. Dear Lynne Matt Kate Jimmy & Families
    Sending you all love, strength and heartfelt
    thoughts during this difficult and sad time.
    Spence was a wonderful person and he will
    be truly missed by us all.
    Love Chris & Lenny xx

    Chris Scurrah August 31, 2020
  41. Dear Kate, Matt, Jimmy, and family, so sorry for your loss, what a great bloke Spence was, while playing at Yinnar, was always up for some banter and a chat in the club rooms or at the bar. I know you guys will give him a great send off my condolences to you all and your family. Thinking of you all.

    Ash Roscoe August 31, 2020
  42. Well Old fella.
    a thousand words could not even discribe the loss , that lynne, Matty,Kate,and Jimma must be feeling as you brought the most wonderful children into this world!
    Katey! Princess Mary would not even be your Big toe!
    Jimma your a cool Cat!
    Matty D your the most honest truest Man, to wonder this Earth!!
    Lynne thankyou so much for being so lovely and kind xx

    Spencer Im totaly lost for words on how much you truly meant to me.
    those last 3 words you said to me, will be in my Heart forever!
    I love you too Mate!
    Your free now to join the Universe! and be any Bird you wish to be, of course a Wedgetail Eagle comes to mind lol..
    Have a Brew with Nan and Uncle Terry for me xx

    Yours Sincerly and with love.

    Colin Morris

    COLIN MORRIS September 1, 2020
  43. Lynne, Matt, Kate, & Jimmy and families, our love and thoughts are with you all,
    Michael, Nat, Audy and Gracie Black.

    Michael Black September 1, 2020
  44. Spence, your passing has left a hole in the hearts of everyone who was lucky enough to know you. Such a great man & an absolute honour to have known. You will be sadly missed but remembered fondly.
    Sending our love & condolences to Lynne, Matt, Kate, Jimmy, George, Dan, John & families.
    Love Lincoln & Marnie Herbert.xx

    Lincoln & Marnie Herbert September 1, 2020
  45. Lynne, Matt, Kate, Jim and your families you are in our thoughts and hearts today as you farewell your beloved Spence, Dad and Pop . Spence was such a wonderful ,warm friendly gentleman and a treasured cousin ! We know your lives will not be the same without his cheeky smile but he will always be loved and remembered by all that had the pleasure of knowing him . XXXX

    Phil and Narelle George September 1, 2020
  46. Dear Jimmy, Lease and Paddy and the Dowling family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your father and dearest Pop. Our heartfelt thoughts are with you all at this most sad and difficult time.
    Thinking of your family and sending you lots of love and support for today.
    Love Pat, Jess and Tommy McNulty xx

    McNulty Family September 1, 2020
  47. To dear Lynne and Family, we are so sorry that you have lost such a beautiful man, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him
    All our love Wayne, Jennie ,Chris and Kellie Harris

    Jennie Harris September 1, 2020
  48. Like his father, a true gentleman and all round great bloke. 🎣 Ned and Itchy.

    Nerida Quigley September 1, 2020
  49. The Yinnar Bowls Club would like to pass on our sincerest condolences to the Dowing Family on the passing of one of our longest sponsors- Spence. He was a truly generous man and our Club has really appreciated his support over the years

    Jennie Harris September 1, 2020
  50. Dear Lynne, Matty, Kate, Jimmy & families
    So sorry for your loss. Spence was a great man , respected by respected by all and will be sorely missed,
    Sending our thoughts & love,
    Guy, Natalie & Family

    Guy Cheffers September 1, 2020
  51. To all the Dowling family our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Col certainly gave it his best shot. He will be greatly missed by many. David, Floretta, Will and Avis McInnes

    David McInnes September 1, 2020
  52. With a a heavy heart we join the beautiful family of Spence to farewell him from our earthly presence..
    Spence you showed strength and courage to stay with those you loved so dearly
    Your she’ll be right mate attitude and love of family, your sense of humour and kindness to others will always be remembered
    You and Lynne together have raised the most wonderful children and your legacy will live on forever.
    It was a pleasure to have known you

    Our sincere sympathy, Love and support always to the Dowling family
    Pete and Sandy Rennie

    Sandra Rennie September 1, 2020
  53. Mr D, you always knew how to put a smile on everyone’s face, with your great sense of humour and awesome stories. I loved how you would always say ‘Hey Brookeo’ when I walked in the door and will forever cherish memories of our boat trips at lakes and our much loved visits to the shell museum! To Mrs D, Matt, Kate, Jimmy and families I can’t imagine how much you are going to miss him. I know he will be watching over you all, so proud of the amazing legacy he has left behind. Sending you all much love and hugs at this difficult time. Xx

    To my special friend Kate, you loved your Dad so much and he loved you right back even more. The bond you had with your dad was extra special and will live on in your heart forever xx big hugs always

    Brooke, Burkey, Judd, Evie and Lottie September 1, 2020
  54. My condolence s to llnne and all extended families

    Bep and Micheal Kennedy

    beo September 1, 2020
  55. Dear Lynne, Matt, Kate, Jim and families – my deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of Spencer. Such a fine man who created a beautiful family. Love to you all.

    Patrick Kilday September 1, 2020
  56. Condolences to a very close and loving family. We have fond memories of him around the YFC and left a great legacy in his children and grand children.

    Steve and Lisa Van Rooy September 1, 2020
  57. Rip spence u were one of a kind they don’t come any better than you mate. Much love to Lynn matty Kate and Jim and rest of dowling family

    Jason yates September 1, 2020
  58. Dear Lynne, Kate and the whole family. All I know about Spence is what you have shared with me over the years and from that I have learned that he was a top bloke. Sending you all my deepest sympathy at this sad time. May your dear hubby, dad, granddad Rest In Peace xx

    Debra Bednarski September 1, 2020
  59. To Lynne and family
    It was a pleasure knowing Spence. Like so many others there are lots of memorable stories to tell but undoubtedly my life was made fuller by his generosity and Lynne’s friendship .
    My favourite fisherman

    Chris Bremner September 1, 2020
  60. Sincere condolences to Lynne and family on the sad passing of Colin. Will be sadly missed

    Jenny Rutherford

    Jenny Rutherford September 1, 2020
  61. Sending love and our thoughts to lynne and family and fond memories of a great neighbour and wonderful husband and father. Jacqui baldwin

    Jacqui baldwin September 1, 2020
  62. Deepest sympathy to Lyn ,Matt, Kate, Jimmy and families.on the sad loss of Spence. He was a wonderful kind man with a great sense of humour.
    The pleasure was all mine Spence
    Cheers Colby

    Graeme Colbert September 1, 2020
  63. To Lynn and family sad loss to my best friend Colin may he rest in peace .
    Many good memories of the times spent at the shack fishing and hunting .
    He was very good to everyone and will be remembered and indured .
    Willy kosakiewicz .

    William kosakiewicz September 1, 2020
  64. Dear Lynne, Kate, Matt, Jimmy and families,

    Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Spence was such a great bloke and will be sadly missed.

    From Sonia, Sandra & Phillip Williams

    Sonia Williams September 1, 2020
  65. Dear Lynne Matt Kate Jimmy & families our deepest sympathy on the passing of Col . Our thoughts are with you and family at this very sad time .

    Col Robyn Medew & family .

    C R medew September 1, 2020
  66. To Dear Lynne, George, Dan, John & family. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Sending all of our love. Mick & Kaylene Unitt.

    Kaylene Unitt September 2, 2020
  67. To Lynne and family. George, Dan John and families. So many memories. What a sad loss .my thoughts are with you all.

    Liz Rule and family. Xx

    Liz Rule September 4, 2020
  68. To Lynne and family, our heartfelt condolences to you all.

    Rob and Sue Vesty

    Sue Vesty September 5, 2020
  69. Thinking of you all – wishing you comfort at this sad time.

    Annelies September 6, 2020