Born on July 24, 1982. Passed away May 28, 2020.

Passed away on Thursday May 28th, 2020. Son of Haydn (dec) and Leanne. Father of Cheyenne, Darian, Peyton and Bailey. Husband of Kim. Will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.

Such Is Life


Funeral Notice
Due to COVID19 restrictions the Funeral Service for Mr John Sawers will be a private Funeral, by invitation only.

A Service to celebrate John's life  will be live streamed from Latrobe Valley Funeral Services Chapel in Traralgon on TUESDAY (June 9, 2020) commencing at 10.30 am.

To view the live streaming, Click here

In lieu of flowers, online donations to Beyond Blue would be appreciated, to donate please visit Beyond
  1. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time. He will be greatly missed. A great mate who was there for many people. Will miss you John

    Kelli Eder June 2, 2020
  2. So sad to hear the news of your passing, we hope you now have the peace you have been chasing going miss seeing you and chats at plaza, rest easy
    Love Maree Mark Matt Megan

    Maree Lansdown June 3, 2020
  3. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. So sad to hear the news. Rest In Peace John. Love Rellie, Mike, Hannah, Harriet, and Lauren xxx

    Narelle Kolody June 4, 2020
  4. will miss seeing you mate, you were always up for a chat, oden adores you and got so excited when he seen you ,lots of memories we have never forgotten alwats in my heart r.i.p John run amuck up there
    Sending all my love and condolences to the family and loved ones

    Cassandra June 4, 2020
  5. Very sad to hear the news that John had passed away. Thinking of you all at this sad time
    With love from The Jacobson Family.

    Kerry Jacobson June 4, 2020
  6. My thoughts are with you guys at this sad time 💕 💕

    Lyn buhagiar June 4, 2020
  7. I still can’t believe your gone mate, I will miss your amazing smile. I send my love to your family and friends at this hard times please know you are not alone. ❤❤❤

    Amanda June 4, 2020
  8. Thinking of the family at this sad time RIP John.
    Marion&John Peart.

    Marion and John June 4, 2020
  9. You’ll be forever missed but never forgotten you had a heart of gold John Rest In Peace now
    Thinking of your family
    Nadine xo

    Nadine June 4, 2020
  10. Our sincere apologies to all John’s family and friends at this sad time R.I.P John.

    Erin & Kev

    Erin Gilfillan June 4, 2020
  11. So saddened by the loss of you mate. Sincerest condolences, love & hugs to your family. Fly high Johnboy…R.I.P
    Lisa Emmett

    Lisa Emmett June 4, 2020
  12. Rest easy mate! Thanks for all the laughs and the good times working at Ryan’s together! U will be truly missed xx

    Emily June 4, 2020
  13. So sorry Leanne and Family on the loss of you Son Brother and Dad
    Thinking of you all lots of love and hugs Darlene xxxx

    Darlene Doust June 4, 2020
  14. My friend John
    You were such a wonderful ,very caring and loyal friend
    You had a heart of gold full of so much love for everyone around you
    The Security world will never be the same without you in it
    Your at peace now in the arms of the Angels too keep watch on all of us
    You will be truly missed by everyone
    Lots of memories chats and good times to remember
    Till we meet again
    My heart goes out to Leanne, Belinda ,Haylee and families xo
    Love Narelle xo

    Narelle Dugan Smith June 4, 2020
  15. My friend John
    You were such a wonderful ,very caring and loyal friend
    You had a heart of gold full of so much love for everyone around you
    The Security world will never be the same without you in it
    Your at peace now in the arms of the Angels too keep watch on all of us
    You will be truly missed by everyone
    Lots of memories chats and good times to remember
    Till we meet again
    My heart goes out to Leanne, Belinda ,Haylee and families xo
    Love Narelle xo

    Narelle June 4, 2020
  16. Rip John, a great bloke ❤️

    Jason Bowman June 4, 2020
  17. Such a nice person who I thoroughly enjoyed growing up/going to school with. Thoughts go out to his family, especially his children! Rest In Peace mate.

    Justin Palmer June 4, 2020
  18. Thank you for always crackin’ a smile and checking in on us, you’ll be missed 💕 from all the girls at Goldmark Jewellers xx

    Gemma, Kelly, Sally, Caitlyn and Poppy June 4, 2020
  19. We Are So Saddened By John’s Death May He Find Eternal Peace .Wendy Tony Jemiah_Grace And Spencer-Jay

    Anthony Conway June 4, 2020
  20. Thinking of family and friends through this sad time 😔
    You will be sadly missed John, you were such a beautiful man with a heart of gold 🙏 if only you knew how loved you were,
    I hope your at peace, sending love and strength to all ❤️ Please if any of my friends are attending Sprinkle some rose petals and say my good byes!

    Jodie Bell June 4, 2020
  21. You were the sweetest, most kind hearted soul John. I will miss our chats and seeing your smiling face. I wish I could have helped more, but I really did try. Friends forever. You will never be forgotten. Lots of love Gia x

    Gia Lewis June 4, 2020
  22. Will miss ur gdays, and how’s the fam, so so sad ur gone, my condolences to all ur family, say gday to ur ol man, till we meet again mate, x

    Melissa macey June 4, 2020
  23. You will will be sadly missed mate, thoughts are with your family, friends and especially your children. Rest In Peace xx

    Vic Moloney June 4, 2020
  24. The great memories of playing footy with you such a great bloke rest easy mate condolences to the family at this hard time

    Stocky June 4, 2020
  25. May you have found your peace big fella, you’ve left us far to soon..
    sending much love to all the family through these sad times,.

    John boy you will be truly missed, and never forgotten, I’ll see you again someday me old mate…..

    Luke Forbes June 4, 2020
  26. you will be missed so much, such an amazing and sweet guy. rest in peace john xx

    alyssa palermo June 4, 2020
  27. May you find peace old mate. May your family feel surrounded by the love we are all sending their way and be comforted by their precious memories of a great man.

    Jane Rouget June 4, 2020
  28. Whenever my mum and myself would see you in the plaza you always had a smile and you were always friendly and caring we will miss seeing you there John. Condolences to John’s family.

    Cherie Stone June 4, 2020
  29. R.I.P John. You will be sadly missed by all who knew you. It’s been a privilege to have known you these last few years.

    Stephen June 4, 2020
  30. You will be truly missed mate the plaza won’t be the same again thoughts are with your family mate.

    RIP mate

    Matt June 5, 2020
  31. You will be missed by all. May you be at peace. Always brightening up people’s days. Thoughts to all friends and family.

    Rachel June 5, 2020
  32. RIP Big John. Fly high mate. He will be greatly missed.

    Katie G June 5, 2020
  33. Rip John what a wonderful guy gentle giant sympathy to all

    Vickie Mckenney June 5, 2020
  34. Condolences to John’s Wife, Kids, family and friends.
    I was lucky to call you mate,
    RIP Big fella and keep on smiling,
    Till next time 👍

    Griffo June 5, 2020
  35. I hope your mind and heart are at peace. You will be missed. My love to your family at this time xx I will be online to send you off x rest easy mate xx

    Kristy Lewis June 5, 2020
  36. Brother you are now at peace brother fly high this is not a good bye till we met again going to miss ya ol mate BIA

    Mick June 5, 2020
  37. Rest in paradise💕, condolences to friends and family xo

    Abby June 5, 2020
  38. Rest In Peace John… sorry your were hurting so much. I truly hope you have found some peace. Such a lovely guy… gone way too soon 😘

    Colleen Lee June 5, 2020
  39. You always were my favourite Security guard to see always having our little own joke with each other but god gained another angel fly high mate, I love you Man ❤️

    Lucas drash June 5, 2020
  40. Such a nice person who I thoroughly enjoyed growing up/going to school and now working in the the plaza too with and Thoughts go out to his family rest In peace mate.

    Andy Theissling June 5, 2020
  41. John, you were always such a good egg. Thank you for always looking out for my ragbag. We are both devastated by the loss of a beautiful man. Rest easy mate xxx

    Kim Gellatly June 5, 2020
  42. Rest in paradise💕you will be sadly missed had great memories of playing cricket with you mate condolences to friends and family in this difficult times

    Royboi June 5, 2020
  43. A real genuine bloke,
    One of the nicest I’ve ever met,
    You will be forever missed mate,
    Condolences to friends and family

    Ian June 5, 2020
  44. The Nambrok cricket club is saddened by the premature closing of your innings. Declared way too early. RIP team mate and club member.
    The President , committee and players wish to pass on our condolences to “big Johns” family.
    Retired but fondly remembered.

    Phil knowles June 5, 2020
  45. Mate words cannot describe the void you have left behind.

    One hell of a good bloke with time for anyone.

    Fly high mate.

    Gareth June 5, 2020
  46. Will be sadly missed, was great seeing you arround, having a chat here and there Rip John ♥️

    Joel Palermo June 5, 2020
  47. Brother you will be missed , worked with you from 2014 to 2018 as a security guard, Always supportive n Humble.
    RIP my friend.

    sid ilyas June 5, 2020
  48. So sad to hear this. Take care all of you and I will be thinking of you all, especially on Tuesday but beyond then too. Love Julie

    Julie mc June 5, 2020
  49. Spread your wings mate will miss our chats love ya mate xoxo love to all the family xoxo

    Isobel June 5, 2020
  50. Rest easy big fella will be missed dearly by everyone! You have touched so many hearts so sad to hear you go! Will definitely miss our chats and laughs! ❤️❤️

    Darcy June 5, 2020
  51. Thinking of all John family and friends at this sad time.
    Many memories made at backyard parties and you always looked out for your mates back in the ryans days too that will not be forgotten.
    RIP John

    Nads June 5, 2020
  52. Going to miss U John I am glad I got met u at work and looking after every one at Stockland

    Jamie June 6, 2020
  53. Prayers go out to your family John. Thanks for the laughs

    Tash Walker June 6, 2020
  54. RIP John , was nice seeing you around plaza and having a chat helping me achieve little things in life making me go along way , the appreciation is unexplainable rest easy , you will be sadly missed ❤️🕊

    Rylee Stockdale June 6, 2020
  55. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time. Last time I saw John he was helping out old lady at the shopping centre. That was John a gentle giant always willing to help out.

    Gone but forgotten. Rest in Peace John

    Ben Vincent June 6, 2020
  56. Rest in peace John
    My thoughts are with family & friends during this heartbreaking time

    Rebecca Osborne June 6, 2020
  57. rest easy john🥺 sending all my love n prayers to your family ❤️🕊

    shaini June 6, 2020
  58. Rest in peace John will send love your way

    Donald June 7, 2020
  59. On behalf of the Security team at Stockland Plaza we would like to express our deepest sympathy to Johns family and friends at this difficult time. John was a warm hearted and a kind friend to us all and was always light and jovial even in his darkest Of moments. John loved his kids and would always talk about his family who will miss him the most. We are all thankful for knowing the man, and will be missed by everyone he worked along side and by everyone who he had the pleasure of meeting. May he finally Rest In Peace

    Daniel Gibson June 7, 2020
  60. I really can’t believe that you are gone such a beautiful soul you had such a beautiful smile John I do wish that you could have realised how much you were loved RIP

    Bernice Webber June 7, 2020
  61. Although I know that no words can ease the loss you feel, just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Enjoyed our chats at Kindy drop off and at the centre.

    Bree Moss June 8, 2020
  62. John, I’m so sorry this world let you down. I can only hope your next adventure is filled with love and happiness. You will be missed by so many and the world has lost a great person. Rest easy mate xx

    Bec Domaille June 8, 2020
  63. My sincerest condolences to all the families of Leanne, Belinda, Haylee & especially John’s kids at this extremely heartbreaking time. You were apart of my life in some way or another since I was 5 years old John. I will never forget the crap we all got up to out in Toon Town! You have left us way too soon. You will be greatly missed but remembered fondly. You’re at peace now! R.I.P mate

    Sarah June 8, 2020
  64. I first met John in 1998 when he was a fresh faced 16 yr old . In the years following my wife and myself became great friends with the whole Sawers family , Leanne his mum , Haydn his dad and Belinda and Haylee his sisters . We consider them all as family . Even though we are living in Qld , we will be there in spirit at Johns funeral . John mate I wish we could of helped you in some better way as your personality was infectious and you are going to be missed by all who knew you … My deepest sympathies to all your family and children . RIP

    Paul McNaught June 8, 2020
  65. A gentle and kind soul, gone to soon.
    Rest in Peace

    Louise McKendry June 9, 2020
  66. Rest In Peace John. Our most sincere condolences to his family in this difficult time.
    Sending lots of love Ryan, Nurya and Danilo.

    Ryan June 9, 2020
  67. You are greatly missed by everyone. Fly high John xoxo Much love and prayers go out to Leanne, Belinda, Hailee and families xoxo

    Melynda Conway June 9, 2020
  68. RIP John, it was a pleasure knowing you and enjoyed the banter and friendship u gave. U will be truly missed by many of ur colleagues, friends and acquaintances. Now at peace

    Mark Handley June 9, 2020
  69. hard to believe u have gone Rest easy John xxoo

    carly ward June 9, 2020
  70. Rest easy mate.
    Will miss you heaps.
    Your smile, laughs and presence are lost, but memories aren’t.
    Fly high.

    Clinton Savage June 9, 2020
  71. Are thoughts ,love and memories are with you
    R.I.P. John

    Kerry Ann and Tiffany Parnell June 9, 2020
  72. Rest In Peace my dear friend you will be missed by so many people we will miss our chats at plaza and your advice on our car now you can rest

    Marcia Leigh and the family June 9, 2020
  73. John, May you Rest In Peace and enjoy your eternal life. You were always such a kind and friendly man. I had the pleasure of knowing you on so many levels and your smile will never be forgotten. I’m sorry you were in so much pain and everything just became too much. Your smile will be forever in my heart. Much love to your mum, sisters, your children and your extended family and friends are this sad time. Gone but never forgotten my friend xx

    Tanya June 9, 2020
  74. Saddening to hear of John’s passing. He was a nice and friendly young bloke to grow up with through the years at Traralgon Secondary College.
    Even when not at school, he always had a moment to walk over for a chat. Sincere condolences to his family and his children at this time, thinking of you all. Rest in Peace friend.

    Eimear McNelis June 9, 2020
  75. So saddened by your passing John, our family have beautiful memories of you growing up. Our family will miss your warm and beautiful smile. Rest In Peace x

    Carmen Healey June 9, 2020
  76. We have many funny 4wd trips and camping memories that will always give us a laugh.
    Rest In Peace now John.

    Sarah June 10, 2020
  77. Thank you John for your commitment and passion to make a difference, I know that there are many young people around that have benefit from a chat or bit of guidance from you. Your heart and love for others was evident at the Plaza whilst I was working there, most people knew you and waved or said hi.

    Thanks for your help in connecting me to the young people so that we could offer them some extra support.

    You will be missed by so many my love to your family and friends

    Sharon Schofield
    Youth Insearch

    Sharon Schofield June 12, 2020
  78. Thank you for all the great times we had, you will be truly appreciated and missed by all.

    R.I.P may you rest in peace now.

    Daughter of a friend September 5, 2020