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ASTILL, William Gilbert OAM

11/11/1925 - 2/5/2021

Free from pain now and reunited with wife Betty, daughter Robyn, parents Edward & Caroline (Maher) Astill and siblings Dorothy Holding, Edith Lavell, Frances Boyd, Alfred Astill, Gladys Murrell, Marjorie Lanigan and Stanley Astill.

Loving husband of Betty (dec.)

Adored father & father-in-law of Suzanne & Graeme Jones, Robyn (dec.), John & Linda Astill

and Jennifer & Doug Kay.


Treasured ‘Papa’ to Roxanne Jones, Bryce Jones & Ruth, Vaughn Jones & Van, Aaron Kay & Kristy, Liam Kay & Renee and Haelen Kay & Bernadette.


Great grandfather of Shakira Breheny (dec.), Aiden Jones, Karissa Jones, Jack Breheny (dec.), Megan Jones, Chett Kay, Zavier Kay, Bodhi Kay, Connor Kay and Logan Kay.


Sincere thanks to all the staff at Sale Gardens Community Care (Opal) for their caring support of Bill over the past 28 months.  Bill often told us that he was “living in the best place”.


He touched the lives of many.

Forever in our hearts.


ASTILL, William Gilbert OAM

As I said at your 90th Birthday, I have admiration for your humility and your resilience.  Perhaps some of that came with age, but much of it came with character.  I’m very proud of my grandfather.  Rest peacefully Papa, your favourite/only grand-daughter sends a dozen yo-yo biscuits and a quality double-scotch with you on your way. 

Much love, Roxanne.


Date listed: 5/5/2021

Publication: Herald Sun