Born on April 24, 1940. Passed away April 19, 2020.

Passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at home on April 19, 2020 Aged 79 Years.  Loved and loving husband of Jill.

A loving and caring husband, father, poppy & friend.

Deepest sympathies to all the family.


Funeral Notice
A Service to celebrate the life of Mr David Watkins will be live streamed from the Salvation Army Citadel  in Traralgon on THURSDAY (April 23, 2020) from 11.00 am.

To view the live streaming click here

  1. You were the greatest Dad and Poppy a daughter could ask for. I am so lost without you. Thank you for raising me to be the person I am today. I love you so much.

    Bronwynn Watkins April 20, 2020
  2. We will all miss your quirky little jokes that always put a smile on everyone’s face.
    You were an amazing poppy, and Dad. Bron always spoke so highly of you. I promise I will look after your girls for you. ❤️

    Tiara April 20, 2020
  3. Thank you David for your love and support to my family and I at the times when we needed it. Glad to have been able to call you friend. Love to all the family.

    Barbara Dannock April 20, 2020
  4. Grandad, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for being you. Heaven has truly gained an angel. Xoxo

    Shala, Ben, Aiya-Rose and April April 20, 2020
  5. God bless my friend we will miss you

    Joe Genua April 20, 2020
  6. With love to you all at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless. With love from Grandma, Uncle Cliff and all the Woodall ‘s and families in the UK xx

    Mandy and Cliff ff Woodall April 20, 2020
  7. My dearest Dad,
    You were mine first and we shared a special bond
    I will miss our daily “Good Mornings” shared photos and your strange sense of humour
    You meant so much to me and you will be with me always
    You brought music to my life and will always be grateful for that
    You gave me a voice to sing and a love for The Lord
    You will always be dear to me and in my memories and my heart
    I will never forget the bond we shared
    Rest In Peace with The Lord now Daddy and suffer pain no more
    Your beloved First Born Daughter; Joybelle ❤️

    Joy Scully April 20, 2020
  8. Goodnight and god bless your my dear uncle David, you truly were an amazing man, and will truly be missed by all your family here in England

    Jacqui April 20, 2020
  9. Thank you David for your friendship over the years. I will miss you.

    Pamela April 20, 2020
  10. My dearest Poppy, the lord Jesus finally called you home. You’ll forever be my best friend. You watched over me on earth and now you watch over us in heaven. A true guardian angel.

    We love you x

    Hollie-Mae, Kyle and Thatcher-Rose April 20, 2020
  11. Poppy,

    From your cheeky smile to your endless conversations. The memories we got to make will be forever cherished. Thankyou for being a bright light we could all depend on and for being the best Pop I could ask for. Rest easy angel, we love you.


    Zhoie and Michael April 20, 2020
  12. There are so many things we will miss, but will never forget about you especially your sense of humour. You were an amazing dad and will be dearly missed but never forgotten

    Heavan has gained a special angel that will watch over all of us

    Nathan, Tanya and Nate xoxoxo April 20, 2020
  13. To my awesome father, coach, teacher.

    From our motorbike trips and conversations, our ups and our downs, to our amazing musicianship together I can’t explain how much more I could go and say.
    You were and are still my loving and caring father, who I will always cherish and love each and every day still like you are still here with us.

    I will miss you so so much and always love you for you and who you are. I will miss playing in a band or just playing music with just the two of us, will miss your cheeky laughs and your absolute funny humour.

    It’s so sad to hear that you have passed away but don’t think you will be forgotten because there is no way that will happen. You had a huge effect on so many people’s lives and that’s what made you do important and special to so many people.

    As a son and student I say rest in peace my loving father and sencee.

    RIP Dad no Kore pain and suffering no more.

    Love ya heaps your boy Nathan

    Nathan watkins April 20, 2020
  14. Dad you were my World and you never judged me you always loved me unconditionally You brought me up with a love of Music and also of Brass Bands I loved the times that when we were together we would play our Instruments in the Salvation Army Brass Bands. Singing in the Songsters and at home sing our duets from time to time. You never let me forget about belonging to the Salvation Army and reminding me that God Loved Us All. I’ll miss our video chats together and seeing your smiles upon face. You always made jokes that constantly went over my head. When I needed you most in my life as a child at the age of 9 you were there for me this I thank you very much. Mac was proud to be your Son Inlaw and I’m so happy you got to meet him. Goodbye Dad until we see you again someday we will never forget you love Gay and Mac xxx

    Gay Bridgewater April 20, 2020
  15. God bless my cousin, may you rest in peace, god took another angel, we will never forget you dave, love from pam maurice and the rest of your family in the uk xx

    Pamela walpole April 21, 2020
  16. I want to say thankyou for being there for David and I, for being the dad that we didn’t have, the only dad that mattered to us, for never treating us any different to your own
    For being a wonderful poppy to our children
    And for loving our mum
    You will be greatly missed and we love you very much
    Rest In Peace now dad
    Forever in our hearts and memories 💚💚 thankyou for everything 💚💚 — with Dave Woolven.

    Lisa Reece April 21, 2020
  17. Dad I just want to say thankyou for loving David and I as your own , for being the only dad we ever knew
    We miss you so much
    Thankyou for being a loving husband to mum
    We love you so very much
    Rest In Peace dad
    Fly high I love you xxxxxx

    Lisa Reece April 21, 2020
  18. To my Best friend , father figure & my brother in Christ you have walked the life as Gods servant serving so many how you touched the lives of those who knew you, as for me you were my everything we laughef we cried & laughed again we cheered each other up, how I wished I could of waved a maguc wand to take away your pain but it wasnt to be God has finally calked you home saying Well done my good & faithful servant enter into my rest. I will never forget you Dave rest in peace all my love Janet

    Janet Rooke April 22, 2020
  19. Dave we never met you but have heard many lovely things about you from your son Nathan who speaks so highly of you. You have left Nathan with so many lovey memories 💙
    We send our love and condolences to all your family
    Jill and Clive Upton 🌿

    Jill and Clive Upton April 22, 2020
  20. Going miss you miss you Dave, you will always be in our hearts.
    Move on without pain. You warmed so many hearts. God bless you xx.

    Shaun McCoy April 23, 2020
  21. God bless you cousin Dave another angel gained RIP love cousin christine and family xxx

    Christine burchett April 23, 2020
  22. To Jill, Bron, Dan and Family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of David, my heart goes out to all of you at this time.
    I got to know and meet David and Jill at Leongatha Salavation Army, he was a lovely man, he will be sorely missed
    Love Dale, Leanne, Haylea and Makayka

    Leanne April 23, 2020