LAMPEL – Dr. Chris

Born on December 12, 1939. Passed away June 7, 2020.

Passed away peacefully at the Narracan Gardens on the 7th of June 2020 aged 80.
Husband of Sue (Dec).
Loved father of Nicholas and Sophie.
Grandpa Chris to Audrey, Grace, and Edwin.
‘Always look on the bright side of life.’

Please do not send flowers.

Keeping in line with the contribution of Dr Chris to the Moe-Newborough community, the Lampel Family are in the process of discussions with the local Rotary Club and other stakeholders to explore memorial opportunities aligned with his (and Sue’s) passion for health, education and the arts.

Further development of the Haunted Hills Road property as a gathering place for healing is one such possibility that Nicholas and Sophie support.

Let us stay connected through these trying times. Together we can add to Chris’s legacy in a meaningful and worthy way that continues to benefit the local community.

Please consider how you can help others rather than send flowers. You know Dr Chris would prefer you give a donation to the RSPCA.

Funeral Notice
Due to COVID19 restrictions the Funeral Service for
Dr. Chris Lampel will be a private Funeral, by invitation only.
A Service to celebrate Chris’s life will be live streamed from
Latrobe Valley Funeral Services Chapel, Moe, on Thursday (18th June 2020) commencing at 1.00 pm.
To view the live streaming, click here.
  1. Deepest sympathy to Dr Chris’s family. I have many fond memories to hold of your dear dad. My thoughts are with you all. Sue Wirz and family

    Sue Wirz June 9, 2020
  2. Our entire family will always be so grateful to Chris for his loving care of our son and brother Steven right up to his last day. Thank you Chris. We have never forgotten you. With deepest sympathy for your struggle, now over – and your loss to the community. Regards the Peel Family, Newborough.

    Susan Peel June 9, 2020
  3. I will always have the fondest of memories of Chris growing up as a neighbor to the Lampel’s in Haunted Hills. Those were great times. Chris made a tremendous impact on the local community with his years of service in the medical field and as a community leader. You will be missed. My thoughts are with Nick and Sophie and their families.

    Seamus Cale June 10, 2020
  4. Growing up on Haunted Hills Road, Chris was a 2nd Dad to Seamus and I. So many memories of mud days, paddock bombs, year 10 work experience and Chris trying to educate us on soccer … the list is endless. Local legend. Our thoughts go out to Sophie and Nick and their families.

    Naomi Dunn (Cale) June 10, 2020
  5. Chris touched so many lives in a positive way. A genuine family doctor in the true sense of the word. Ahead of his time in end of life care for his patients and so supportive of grieving families. Fond memories of working with him at the Moe Hospital and his excellent support of us as patients. Much love to his children. You have every right to be proud of your dad.

    Ann and David Taylor June 11, 2020
  6. Thanks for saving me, especially on the day I told you to go away. I did become a nurse and you were right….having M.S is an asset, both for my patients and for myself.

    Jacki Laszczyk June 11, 2020
  7. Sophie, Nicholas and family,

    My deepest condolences on the passing of Chris.
    He was a fine mentor, exemplary Practitioner,
    and loyal and endearing friend. Never have I met
    a person with so much latent creativity- and a very
    rare combination of logic and heart. I’m quite sure
    I seldom will again.
    He will be as missed as he was revered- and I’m thinking
    of you all at this time.

    Kate Baillie and family June 12, 2020
  8. As student nurses we were all scared of chris but he was a great teacher and gave us responsibilities and for that I have always been grateful. He was a GP to many of my family members and was always there when we needed him. Fondest memories RIP x

    Sue Griggs (Beck) June 12, 2020
  9. As part of the medical community I knew Chris through my parents Harry and Bev Player and later on professionally as I worked with Chris in the operating Theatre at Moe. Chris was a person who cared for all around him, and was dedicated to his job.
    Rest In Peace Chris

    Toss Cook née Player

    Toss Cook June 12, 2020
  10. Doctors change lives for the good and Dr Chris was one of them
    I would like to express my gratitude for his relentless work in the Health Care System
    I worked as a Nurse at Moe Hospital and Dr Chris and I were part of a Committee who helped educate nursing staff for a few years
    Dr Chris cared for my Mum and Dad , I’m so appreciative
    My condolences to his family
    Jenny Donaldson

    Jenny Donaldson June 12, 2020
  11. Chris was a great Dr, husband, father and friend and I loved working with him and Sue at Moe hospital. Hope Sue had one of her amazing meals ready for you. Thanks for all your care over many years at Moe. RIP Chris, condolences to your family. Love Heather Lavell xx

    Heather Lavell June 12, 2020
  12. Condolences to the all the family. So sad to hear of this. I worked at the Moe Hospital, starting soon after it opened and until it closed and have fond memories of Chris and his foibles. I specially remember him coming in to do ward rounds in his running shorts, sweating profusely all over the patient’ medical notes!! I also remember proudly him bringing in his angiogram photos! He was such a character and a great loss! Close to one of the last of the great GP’s I had the pleasure to work with in Moe hospital.

    Annette Blythman June 12, 2020
  13. Chris, Sue, Nick and Sophie were a massive part of my teen years. Living across the road I would go over every day to enjoy their company. Chris was on call a lot but when he wasn’t we would all enjoy time outside, playing a game of soccer with Nick or going for walks in the bush with Topsie. He even taught me to drive a tractor! He was my second Dad and Sue was my second Mum and I loved being their babysitter. I have so many wonderful memories of many years spent with the Lampels and think of them often.
    He was a great asset to the community and one of the better family doctors around. He will be very sadly missed but is now resting in paradise with dear Sue.
    All of my love to Nick and Sophie. Would love to give you both a hug one day. XOX

    Sue Coppock (née Pugsley) June 12, 2020
  14. Dr Chris was such a wonderful and caring family
    Doctor. Deepest sympathy to his family.
    May he Rest In Peace.
    Val Wakker.

    Val Wakker June 12, 2020
  15. Rest In Peace Chris, a man that done so much for so many Rest In Peace my friend

    Ernie Corry June 12, 2020
  16. Fond memories of your father and his always positive approach – coupled with a wit and sense of humor that I only came to appreciate a lot later in life.

    He as was your welcoming man – and let’s not forget your mother – to a bunch of teenage misfits back then and that left a lasting impression. Our thoughts with Nick & Sophie and all immediate family & friends.

    Paul & Josie (Jones)

    Paul JONES June 12, 2020
  17. Condolences to Chris’ family. I worked at the wonderful Moe hospital and my very first student nurse shift I met Dr Lampel.. in his shiny green shorts and running gear!Chris was a wonderful GP who always did extra special things for people. He was a palliative care specialist before it was recognised.He had so much interest in many areas,. He is now at peace

    Sonya Hanratty June 12, 2020
  18. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr Chris and my deepest condolences to his family. Chris was very kind to me when I worked as a physiotherapist at Gippsland Physio Group. I first rang Chris to ask advice about a patient’s medication. Ever since then, he took me under his wing and would regularly drop into clinic for a chat (and to ask for donations for the Rotary Club!). He was such a wonderful presence in the Moe community and he will be missed.
    RIP Dr Chris, love from your green-eyed girl xx

    Elissa Dabkowski (nee Muir) June 12, 2020
  19. Dear Sophie & Nick. We have such fond memories of your Dad. What a lovely person to have had the pleasure of having in our lives growing up. He was always interested, cared in a meaningful way and was a great consistent and valued presence in our lives. He was before his time and for us never seemed like one of the ‘oldies’ . Much love we will remember him with great fondness. The Cooney kids xxx

    Emma Cooney June 12, 2020
  20. I have been at a loss for hours since getting the news of Chris’s passing. There are a number of reasons some of us get to have two Fathers in our lives. Not a day goes by in which I am not grateful for the time I had with Rotary in Australia as an Exchange Student with your family. Chris and Sue have had perhaps the most profound impact on my life’s path than anyone else I have ever known. Seeing Chris again in 2005 was a blessing, and one that was long overdue. All of the work I do around the world to improve the health and well being of others and in Australia to improve the quality of life for those with spinal cord injuries is driven by the gratitude I feel every day for the world your family opened up for me.

    Bruckner Chase June 13, 2020
  21. Chris Lampel was a great part of our family’s life with looking after my parents during their later years and also being a part of my life whilst working at the Hospital and being part of the Australian Rural Health Research Institute family! I will always miss his greeting as he came into my office of “What’s the Gossip!”

    May Chris now RIP and sincere condolences go out to both his children and grandchildren!

    Lorraine Thatcher

    Lorraine Thatcher June 14, 2020
  22. Chris Lampel was a wonderful mentor, colleague and friend who touched the lives of many people in the Moe-Newborough district. He will be remembered fondly for his contributions to health, education and the arts.

    Roger Strasser June 15, 2020
  23. The members of the Rotary Club of Moe are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Chris Lampel, an esteemed past member and Paul Harris Fellow.
    Sincere condolences are extended to his children, Sophie and Nicholas.
    Rest in Peace.

    Di Harrison on behalf of the Rotary Club of Moe June 15, 2020
  24. A truly wonderful man – full of charisma and bon vivre – a unique character so caring and funny. Knowing you for over 34 years has been an honour. Many fond memories of our times as colleagues in our hometown of Moe where you have left a legacy as one of the most remembered Doctors in the area. RIP Chris. Deepest condolences to your family.

    Jin Kee June 16, 2020
  25. My thoughts are with you both, Nicholas and Sophie.

    Beau Atkinson June 16, 2020
  26. Chris and I were close friends during Grammar School days and then University in the UK from the 1950s onwards. There was a group of us here including Mo, Ron, Nick and Dick. And we used to,play cards every Friday night

    Chris and I used to hitchhike round the UK and on the continent too. There are photos of us at Lands End and by the roadside in France.

    Drinking lots of beer was a favourite pastime at weekends with the,whole crew up in the pubs of Hampsread, London.

    We had some wonderful times and Chris will always have a place im my heart as well as all his mates from way back then. Great timed. Great guy.

    David Harmer June 18, 2020
  27. Deepest sympathy to all Chris’s family . His contribution to the Moe area was huge and diverse over many years . He truly was one of a kind and will be remembered fondly long into the future.

    Kate Noakes June 18, 2020
  28. Most sincere sympathy to Sophie and Nicholas on the loss of your dad.
    Chris was a great friend and a man with a good sense of humour and a very enquiring mind.
    His contributions to the local community were much appreciated and will be missed.
    Vale Chris.
    Bill Darmody

    Bill Darmody June 18, 2020
  29. Our Deepest sympathy,
    to Nicholas and Sophie our thoughts are with you.
    Rav & Rene
    June 2020

    Bartholomeusz June 18, 2020
  30. RIP Chis from David Brant ex-Moe Apex.

    David Brant June 18, 2020
  31. Deepest sympathy to Dr Chris’ family from the family of the late John Leckey. John and Chris were close friends and we will always remember and appreciate Chris’ care of John during his final days.

    Nella Bacon June 18, 2020
  32. Condolences to Sophie and Nicholas. Chris was a lovely neighbour, a great doctor, and he even turned up as a referee in some of the soccer matches I played in. A gently spoken, lovely man. RIP.

    Peter Pugsley June 18, 2020
  33. Dear Sophie and Nick and families

    Our sincere condolences on the passing of Christian
    And our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
    Lots of love
    Tania & David
    Natasha & Marina

    Tania Perry June 18, 2020
  34. Nephew Oscar,

    Uncle Christian was always witty and fun and took time to give me the full tour of Moe when I first visited Australia. I have memories of all the Lampel’s visiting London and the Isle of Wight when I was a child and his generosity sense of fun. When we last saw him it was to show of our first born who was apparently “not too ugly” with a wry smile. He will be missed both sides of the pond.

    With Love from

    Oscar, Alex, Arthur & Joanie

    Oscar Lawrence June 19, 2020
  35. Lots of wonderful memories of Chris. Our joint family Christmases a particular highlight. Our Mums’ cooking, lots of laughter and the great drug company presents from your Dad. Pleased to report the Viagra desk lamp is still going strong.

    Sorry we couldn’t be there on the day , the service was so fitting, and Wayne and I very much enjoyed watching & hearing all the stories.

    He’ll be missed x

    Mel Birks June 20, 2020
  36. I met Christian ,Otto and Mme Lampel in Rome when my father and Otto were imvolved in a mysterious deal with the Vatican in 1962.I was 16. Unholy Business is title of my fictionalised account,just published.I never saw them again but never forgot them.Strange that we moved to Southern Hemisphere, also that Sophie has written a sympathies to you all,,would enjoy to meet one day.

    Nora West (Evans) b.1946 April 5, 2022
  37. A friend in need is forever a friend we need.
    So many friends you have..
    Always good for a laugh Chris.
    Past fellow member Moe Apex Haunted Hills Rd 11-13

    Joe Basten April 4, 2024