RUYG – John Michael  🍃

Born on January 26, 1968. Passed away September 20, 2020.

Passed away on Sunday 20th of September 2020, aged 52 years


Husband, Daddy, Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Nephew, Friend, Mentor, Boss, Mate. The most loving, gentle and kind soul to grace our lives has started his next journey.


Eternally grateful to have spent half my life loved by and loving this incredible man. Eternally grateful that I’ll continue to see him every day in Josie’s thoughtfulness and Bowie’s sweetness. Eternally grateful that his last words to me were “I love you”.


But oh, what we would have given for another twenty one years with him.


With hearts shattered into infinite pieces, Renee, Josie and Bowie

Funeral Notice
Due to Covid19 restrictions the funeral service for Mr John Ruyg is a private service by invitation only.

A service to celebrate John’s life will be live streamed on Wednesday September 30th, 2020 at

To view the live stream, click here.
  1. Renee, Josie & Bowie,

    Our words are few
    Our thoughts are deep
    Wonderful memories are ours to keep

    Gwenda, Gavin, Liam & H Smith

    Gwenda, Gavin, Liam & H Smith September 22, 2020
  2. Fly with the angels John.
    You were an amazing friend at work and an amazing hubby and Dad.
    Lee Wilson

    Leila Wilson September 22, 2020
  3. Always had a cheeky smile
    Always had a hug for a friend
    Always listened and was there for anyone
    Just a gentle soul and so honest
    I will miss you and my heartfelt thoughts
    Are with the family, Renee and Bowie
    And Josie. So sad …

    Kerrie kenter September 22, 2020
  4. our Sorrow is deep for the loss of Gentleman John
    Forever in our memories and heart

    Jenny and Kevin Evenden September 23, 2020
  5. Will be remembered as a loving and dedicated family man, generous communtiy member and all-round nice guy.

    Our thoughts are with Renee, Josie, Bowie and extended family

    The Hagley family September 23, 2020
  6. Such a true man thanks mate Eca

    Eric Whiting September 23, 2020
  7. We are lucky to have so many fond memories of a warm gentle caring person who was not only our work colleague but a friend, The last time we caught up for lunch will always remain a special memory. We’re going to miss his beautiful smile, comforting hugs and cheeky laugh.

    Our thoughts are with Renee, Josie and Bowie who have lost this beautiful man from their lives way too soon.

    May he rest in peace.

    Sue & Tessa xx

    Sue Bonacci & Tessa Prestipino September 23, 2020
  8. Words fail to express my sorrow for your loss.
    My thoughts
    Are with the family, Renee, Bowie
    And Josie. ⚘

    Tracy MacCubbin September 23, 2020
  9. To Renee and the Ruyg family, Thinking of you at this time. I remember John fondly from our primary school days at St Alipius.
    Helen Ryan

    Helen Ryan September 24, 2020
  10. John was such a kind and generous man, and he undoubtedly left a lasting impression on others. It was an honour to have known John and on behalf of Traralgon South Primary School, we will do everything we possibly can to support Renee, Josie & Bowie, both now and in the coming years.

    Joel Blythman September 24, 2020
  11. My heart is heavy for you all. No words can help but know I am thinking of you and your extended family.

    Karyn Birkett September 24, 2020
  12. To Renee, Josie and Bowie. My heart is so heavy for you all. Words can’t help much but know I am thinking of you and your extended family.

    Karyn Birkett September 24, 2020
  13. Dear Renee, Josie, Bowie, Ida and all John’s family, our thanks for knowing John, and our thoughts and sorrow are for you in this time,
    Michael and Shelley

    Michael Ruyg September 24, 2020
  14. Dearest Renee, Josie and Bowie. How our hearts are breaking for you. John was a rare gem. Always smiling, kind and welcoming. We have many fond memories of John. There are no words to adequately express the loss of such a wonderful man, or to ease your comfort during this immensely heartbreaking time. Please take some comfort in your cherished memories of your beloved husband and Daddy. The world has lost one of the best. We love you all so very much. Sleep peacefully John xoxo

    Coulthard Family September 24, 2020
  15. Deepest sympathy to Renee and family. John was a work colleague who will be sadly missed.
    Nick and Rosa Francolino

    Nick & Rosa Francolino September 24, 2020
  16. Thoughts are with Renee, Josie and Bowie, sad to hear of your loss of John, he was a lovely friendly man. RiP John

    Julie & Cliff Orvad September 25, 2020
  17. A great man with a heart of gold who will be sorely missed by so many. Condolences to Renee, Josie and Bowie and family and may fond memories be with you always.
    Russell Northe

    Russell Northe September 27, 2020
  18. Our heartfelt condolences to John’s family. We valued his gardening advice but more than that, we valued John’s genuine friendliness towards his fellow man.

    Jacqui and John Onley September 27, 2020
  19. Thank you John for making it possible!
    I was in Australia with Simon Valente for half a year in 1996. John gave us a home during that time.
    I am so grateful for these wonderful memories! Natalie Blume, Bonn, Germany

    Natalie Blume September 28, 2020
  20. Goodbye my friend….

    Sleep well with your fathers….

    I thought I had the time to say goodbye, but in the twinkling of an eye
    It was October and already allover
    I’m not gonna tell a lie, it’s been a while Since I’ve cried
    while I’ve been sober
    All the beauty of your life, 2 glowing kids, that spunky wife
    And the news that you would not be getting older.

    Good Bye my friend, Sleep well with your fathers
    I hope to see you again, not in this world but another
    I hope to see you again, not in this world but the other….

    Now I have to lift my eyes, to see you face up in the sky
    A shining start like all the others
    I’m honored you took so much time, even now I can’t help but smile
    As I remember all the places, we discovered….

    Good Bye my friend, Sleep well with your fathers
    I hope to see you again, not in this world but another
    I hope to see you again, not in this world but the other….

    To those of you who wonder why you chose this time to up and die….
    Has no one ever told you?
    He was always in control, everything he touched just turned to gold
    Including what will now unfold before you…

    Good Bye my friend, Sleep well with your fathers
    I hope to see you again, not in this world but another
    I hope to see you again, not in this world but the other….

    Were you and I will have the time, and both grow up as brothers,
    We’ll both grow up as brothers

    I hope to see you again, not in this world but another
    I hope to see you again, not in this world but the other….

    Simon September 28, 2020
  21. Our love and thoughts are with Renee, Josie, Bowie, Ida and all of the Ruyg families on the very sad passing of John., a much loved friend, we have so many special memories that we will cherish forever.
    Mark & Lisa Boak and family

    Mark & Lisa September 28, 2020
  22. Goodbye John, I feel so lucky to have shared some favourite things with you – trees, food and pies. I’ll miss our tree talk and I was very proud to know you as an arborist and as a friend. Forever my tree guru. We’ll miss you and our thoughts will always be of you and your family.

    Brendon Clark September 29, 2020
  23. Huge Smile, Huge Heart, Huge Presence, Huge Belly Laugh, Huge Hugs

    John never had a bad word to say about anybody and saw the positive in everyone.

    Great Arborist and a very dear friend


    David Peake September 29, 2020
  24. Going to miss you big fella. All the conversations about trees that you where so passionate about. You inspired me and put me on the right path in the world of arboriculture. Truly great man that I felt privileged to know and will be very sadly missed. My thoughts are with your family at this time. Rest in Peace mate.

    Cameron McGregor September 30, 2020
  25. Dear Renee, Josie, Bowie and your families, I am so sad for you all for your loss of John. I met John back in our teens through my sister Kirstin and was always the most caring, fun and friendly guy… John was especially kind to me when I was sick back then which I have never forgotten. He was a wonderful lifelong friend to Kirstin. My thoughts are with you today and John will be missed by us all…Anna Grayson

    Anna Grayson September 30, 2020
  26. Ruygy Rest In Peace. You will not be forgotten.

    Dave Urie September 30, 2020
  27. Dear Renee, Josie and Bowie

    There are no words other than what a wonderful man John was.

    Sending you all our love, Melanie & Vaughan x

    Melanie Bryant September 30, 2020
  28. Good bye to one of the greatest influences in my life gonna miss you Doc

    Adam henke September 30, 2020
  29. Ruygie, you were a great work colleague and a fantastic human being. I treasure the time and conversations we had together at Latrobe City. ( the odd commiseration about the Hammers ‘recent performance )

    You’re a champ, and I know that wherever you are now you will be enjoying your Pie and Big M with a cheeky grin and twinkle in your eye.
    Love you mate, goodbye for now…

    Graeme Fletcher September 30, 2020
  30. Gonna miss ya big fella you were a inspiration in our lifes and happy to be part of yours mate
    Tim October 1, 2020