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DOWLING Edmund TED 19th Feb 1925 - 16th July 2022

Chorister, Soldier,

Playwright and good mate. Father to Sean, Kieron and Michael.

Father in law to Angela, Linda, Rita.

Grandfather to Sasha, Honor, Chris,

Damien, Fiona, Louise, Emma.

Great grandfather to Ollie, Daisy, Sam Bai, Hayden, Seren, Siobhan, Tegan, Lanikai.

Long innings Pa.

Well done. We'll miss you.

Fondest love and great memories from all of us.

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  • DOWLING (Edmund):

    16th July 2022, marks a very sad day in the passing of a true gentleman and my very precious friend, Mr EDMUND DOWLING, affectionately know by many as "Ted" or "Teddy", born in 1925 and only 97 years young!

    Ted leaves behind his family and friends to which I send all my love and condolences too through this difficult and sad time.

    I feel so honoured, like many before me, to have spent many an occasion and evening over a glass of Cabernet and a home cooked meal together enjoying all the remarkable tales of his life journey including his earliest days where he was fascinated by the lure of drama and performance.

    He did well in creative activities, learning stagecraft and becoming a chorister at Westminster Cathedral.

    His family background encouraged this direction in his life. His grandfather was a theatre impresario, his mother a dancer and a cellist and his father a stage-door Johnny.

    His family established itself in Australia where Ted and his wife Betty became Australian citizens.

    Ted’s gifts for music, theatre and the army disciplines of hard work and leadership were not to be wasted.

    In the following years he was involved in the planning of orchestral and choral concerts around Perth.

    Then at last he brought his many skills and talents to Two Rocks where he undertook the “Blessing of the Fleet’ ceremony and developed the “Marine History Exhibition” revealing the historical past of the West Australian Coastline.

    For many years this was displayed in the “Little Mermaid Theatre” in Two Rocks but sadly has since been moved to Shark Bay.

    The “Little Mermaid Theatre” was Ted’s “Baby” and his energy and skills had been concentrated on its development, often under great difficulty of finding a suitable venue.

    The 2013 production of “The Hobbits” showed clearly that Ted’s theatrical life was still alive.

    It cleverly combines stage and screen techniques with the latter scenes being filmed in the National Yanchep Park.

    Following many other plays, in 2015 the production of “Oliver” was to be the last production of the “Mermaid Community Theatre Club” as Ted hung up his hat to enjoy the last of his years staying active and busy.

    His reward for his creativity in his owns words is

    “Fostering young people’s interest in the performing Arts and the applause they deserve on their First Night was so rewarding”.

    Bravo my friend!

    At 97 years young, Ted seems indefatigable as he warmly acknowledges the support he received from his wife Betty over the years before her sad death many years ago.

    He would often tell me how she would visit him often and that he always felt her presence close by.

    Now that is a beautiful never ending love story..

    The children of Yanchep and Two Rocks are very fortunate to have had someone so willing and eager to impart his expertise and joy in drama, music and dance.

    His enthusiasm was contagious.

    “He definitely is an unsung hero!”

    May you soar high in the arms of your beloved Betty now my dear friend and may you shine down upon us all with your smile and your beautiful heart.

    You will be forever remembered and cherished my darling "Teddy" God bless you and all the lives you touched..

    RIP forever and ever


    Kerrie France-Poole

    Forever in my heart as I leave you with our favourite poem that we would recite together by A.A. Milne...


    Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,

    Droops on the little hands little gold head.

    Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!

    Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

    God bless Mummy. I know that's right.

    Wasn't it fun in the bath to-night?

    The cold's so cold, and the hot's so hot.

    Oh! God bless Daddy - I quite forgot.

    If I open my fingers a little bit more,

    I can see Nanny's dressing-gown on the door.

    It's a beautiful blue, but it hasn't a hood.

    Oh! God bless Nanny and make her good.

    Mine has a hood, and I lie in bed,

    And pull the hood right over my head,

    And I shut my eyes, and I curl up small,

    And nobody knows that I'm there at all.

    Oh! Thank you, God, for a lovely day.

    And what was the other I had to say?

    I said "Bless Daddy," so what can it be?

    Oh! Now I remember it. God bless Me.

    Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,

    Droops on the little hands little gold head.

    Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!

    Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

    Saturday, 30 July 2022 Submitted online by Kerrie France-poole
  • DOWLING Edmund (Ted):

    Thoughts with family and friends.

    Wednesday, 27 July 2022 Submitted online by Anne-maria Colman