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HOBBS Jeremy

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HOBBS JEREMY Jeremy John Hobbs 22nd January 1958 - 14th July 2022

Beloved husband of Jenny Martin and father to Ben, Mia and Cecelia and father "outlaw" to Bella, Tim, and Leo. Greatly loved son of Marie and Michael and brother and brother in law to Julie, David, Peter, Mia, David, Kerstine, Sam and Nina. Uncle and great uncle to Hugo, Jackie, Mimi, Ben, Max, Luci, Joey, Coco, Isti, Oenone, Paris, Holden, Erin, Julius, Ginger, Audrey, Lilly, Sienna, Claudia, Nina and Emile.

Jeremy passed peacefully in Melbourne in Jenny's arms with his children around him on Thursday 14th July.

We proudly cherish Jeremy's extraordinary life. He dedicated himself to the causes of social, economic and climate justice throughout the world.

Jeremy possessed a colossal heart, humour and intellect. With his wonderful wife Jenny, he created a beautiful family and gave us Ben, Mia and Celie. We are so blessed to have known him, laughed with him and loved him. He was a gentle and modest man. He was also a magnificent musician. His loss to us is incalculable.

Rest in peace beautiful soul.

Jeremy's funeral will be held in Melbourne on 29th July at 75 Reid St in Fitzroy. There will be a memorial service in Perth at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club on Saturday 13th August at 2pm.

The family in Perth have requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Oxfam.

Published 19th Jul, 2022
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  • HOBBS (Jeremy):

    Dear Jeremy. He will be very sadly missed not only by family but also by friends and colleagues. To me, he was a kind friend and mentor in years gone by. The last time we spoke we laughed about how we had become ‘the older generation’’ but he was way too young to leave us. May he RIP.

    Friday, 5 August 2022 Submitted online by Gaye Hart
  • HOBBS (Jeremy):

    I will always remember Jeremy as an approachable and caring CEO and as founding member of Developmental as anything. His wonderful and superior musical talents were always shared with great humility and humour. He could play anything with strings, even the bolivian bass. He was down to earth with great leadership and vision. I am saddened by his passing and wish all his family the best in going forward without him. I will always think of him with great respect and fondness.

    Wednesday, 3 August 2022 Submitted online by David Brown
  • HOBBS (Jeremy):

    Jeremy was well loved in the Oxfam world. We worked together when I represented Oxfam Canada on the Trade Campaign in the oughts. I always appreciated his kindness, humour and wisdom. My thoughts are with you.

    Friday, 29 July 2022 Submitted online by Mark Fried
  • HOBBS (Jeremy):

    I was shocked and saddened to hear about your loss. Even though I haven't worked with him in many years, I was privileged to be able to learn first hand from Jeremy about what it actually means to be a leader.

    Jeremy was ED at Community Aid Abroad/Oxfam Australia when I started as an intern in about 1998. As a very fresh impressionable staff member, I took minutes in an Exec meeting and was just honoured to be in the presence of these amazing people around the table. They were debating something important, and I was busy typing away when Jeremy looked straight at me and said, "Well, what do you think?"

    Me? Is he asking me my opinion?? Who am I to have an opinion? But he insisted, and I tentatively told him.

    Then when he heard all the opinions, he said "This is what we are going to do, and this is why ..."

    But that was Jeremy. He valued everyone's opinions, whether it be the awe inspiring Indigenous leaders like Pat Dodson, or the shy little pink haired intern. He listened with intent, reflected, and then made up his own mind but explained the reasons behind decisions. I was incredibly lucky to seen leadership like that in action and over the years I have reflected on that first encounter with Jeremy.

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2022 Submitted online by Melinda Nicholls
  • HOBBS (Jeremy):

    Dear Jenny and family, I was very sad to hear about the passing of Jeremy. We worked together for many years when he was Executive Director at Oxfam International and he got to know many of my team. I always appreciated his warm and honest style. On a personal level he was always open to giving me advice, he is someone whom leaves a great legacy with his commitment to social justice. On behalf of all of my team at Accenture Development Partnerships we send you our thoughts and we will raise a glass to him next week to celebrate his life. Louise

    Sunday, 24 July 2022 Submitted online by Louise James
  • HOBBS JEREMY The world is poorer for having lost Jeremy - such compassion, warmth and humour all rolled into one. Our love and thoughts are with you Jen, Ben, Mia and Celie and all of the family. With much love from Betsy Bush, John Horley, Eloise and Vivienne

    Saturday, 23 July 2022 Published in The West Australian