Born Belgium on October 28, 1962

Passed away suddenly at home in Warrnambool on May 26, 2020

Aged 57 years

Beloved partner of Marion.

Cherished father of Jack.

Dear friend and former husband of Nettie.

Forever in our memories and dearly missed

Private funeral

Funeral Notice



  1. Veel te laat , nog maar onlangs ben ik te weten gekomen van jouw plotse dood…Axel …je was mijn kameraad tijdens onze jeugdjaren in Duitsland in de BSD (tussen jaren 60 en beginjaren 80…ik zal je missen maat (het ga je goed)
    Deepest condolences to his beloved families in Australia & Belgium/Germany.

    Much too late, only recently I found out about your sudden death…Axel…you were my comrade during our childhood years in Germany in the BSD (between 60s and early 80s…I will miss you mate (good luck)
    Deepest condolences to his beloved families in Australia & Belgium/Germany.

    Marc Corvers February 7, 2023
  2. He was an esteemed colleague, IT guru and general nice person. Wishing sincerest condolences to Marion, Jack and all of Axel’s family and friends.

    Debbie Csordas June 17, 2020
  3. Heaven must have welcomed this most beautiful soul,my sincerest condoleances to his belovend ones

    Geert De Roose June 14, 2020
  4. Innige en oprechte deelneming, het gaat je goed daarboven.

    Stefan van Nijmweegen June 12, 2020
  5. Axel was always there when I needed help at work with IT issues. I will miss Axel at work, he always had a friendly smile, and the first to say good morning how are you Maree.
    Axel will be sadly missed. My condolence to Marion and Axel’s family .

    Maree Pegg June 11, 2020
  6. Axel was in the late 80’s early 90’s a colleague at KB air force base. I always wondered what became of him after his emigration to Australia. and now very shocked to read he passed away . My sincerest condolences. Axel Blue Skies

    Luc Dab June 11, 2020
  7. Sleep softly my noble friend

    Carl Carremans June 10, 2020
  8. Sending deepest sympathy to Marion, Jack and all of Axel’s loved ones. I will always remember his interesting stories and dry humour and he is very much missed by the Customer Service Team at Brophy.

    Carly Maher June 10, 2020
  9. Dear Marion, Jack, Nettie and all of Axel’s Family & Friends,
    From when our families first met at Karate, Axel was always kind, inclusive and wanting to help. He always had time to talk, and time to help, with patience and his big heart. THANKS AXEL. Thanks for encouraging me when I returned to cycling after 25 years! The ‘gathering momentum downhill’ joke was always funny. I will miss you. My deepest condolences.

    Rashmita Samrai June 10, 2020
  10. Axel was special in many ways, not only was he a giver and a sharer, he way kind, measured and the eternal optomist. In more recent years we did not see each other that much, but when we did re-connect, we just picked up where we had left off. As migrants to Australia we shared a common mindset. Dear Axel, my friend and confidant your uniqness will be truely missed. Our Iove and prayers go out to Marion, Jack, Netti, family and friends.

    Raj Samrai June 10, 2020
  11. The beautiful memories will always remain. Axel was a special guy!
    We cherish the times we spent together with the friends from the accademy. Our deepest condolences to Jack, Marion, Nettie and all of Axel’s family and friends.

    Geert & Mireille
    Zonhoven (Belgium)

    Geert Deckers June 10, 2020
  12. Dear Marion,
    Dear Jack,
    Dear Nettie,
    Hereby our sincere condolences on the death of axel.
    Although we didn’t see Axel that much in recent years, he was often in our mind and conversations. We remember him as a fine friend and good husband and father.
    Each year we were looking forward to his “new year letter”. A letter in “his own style” with news from down under.
    It’s sad that he’s leaving us so young. The many good memories of him make his loss a little bit more bearable. Even though we’re going to miss him.
    For all of you very much strength in the next days and months !
    Jean and Moniek Caymax-Gielen
    Beunisstraat 2 bus 8
    3670 Oudsbergen

    Jean en Moniek Caymax-Gielen June 10, 2020
  13. Axel was one of my first friends when I came to Warrnambool 5 years ago and our love for bike riding took us on many adventures around the local area and as far as South Australia! We shared in many good conversations, coffees, meals and support of local causes together. My friendship with Axel always forced me to look at myself and I am grateful for that. I will deeply miss Axel and my thoughts are with Marion, Jack and his extended family.

    Olivia Edwinsmith June 9, 2020
  14. My sincere condolences . Rest in Peace dear colleague

    Benny Lemmens June 9, 2020
  15. We’ll meet again. Don’t know where, don’t know when. But I am sure we will meet again some sunny day ! May the force be with you mate !! My deepest concolences to all your family and friends ! Your roommate in the NCO building 10th wing BAF.

    jos copermans June 9, 2020
  16. My sincere condolences to Axel’s family and friends.
    The memories of Axel will remain, he was a remarkable person, a sharp mind, enthusiastic, ready to help and always in for an adventure.

    John Festjens June 9, 2020
  17. Dear Marion, Jack and Axel’s family. Axel was a truly great fellow; a really positive and friendly individual, it was always a great pleasure to socialise with him on and off the bike. Our heart felt sadness for your loss. The Rafferty Family.

    Stephen June 9, 2020
  18. Axel, your thorough route planning will be missed! Your support and bike knowledge will be sorely missed out on the road! The banter about bikes at work will also be missed but the memories cherished! Ride On Axelerator! Much love to family from Mia and Brett x

    Mia and Brett Easton June 9, 2020
  19. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.

    From one veteran to another. I will certainly miss seeing you around Brophy. My deepest condolences to Marion, Jack and all of Axel’s family and friends.

    James Mepham June 9, 2020
  20. Heel veel sterkte aan familie en vrienden. Theo ex barkeeper 23SQN

    Theo Janssen June 9, 2020
  21. I can’t write anything now, just remembering you in the army, in the air as our pilot en together in my workshop. Wonderfull times

    Marc Paredis June 9, 2020
  22. Dear family, in the early 80’s I spent about three years with Axel during our studies at the Belgian Air Force Technical Training School. He was a very nice and friendly guy. After splitting up we lost contact. Sincere condolences to you all.

    Guy Vandersteen June 9, 2020
  23. innige deelneming aan de familie

    Erik Brouwers June 9, 2020
  24. My sincerest condolences to Marion, Jack, family, friends.

    Freddy, colleague of Axel in the military school of Saffraanberg and in the 10 Air Wing in Kleine Brogel.

    Freddy Delarbre June 9, 2020
  25. Deeply condolences to the family. From a former colleague at the BAF

    Jacobs Jean-Marie June 9, 2020
  26. My sincere and deepest condolences to Axel’s family and friends in Australia.
    As commander in Kleine Brogel AFB I had the pleasure of working with Axel as an ver skillful F-16 aircraft electrician.
    Blue skies Axel.

    Ron van Neste June 9, 2020
  27. I will remember you as a very good friend and colleague. Rest in pease dear Friend

    Walter Haest June 9, 2020
  28. Jack, Nettie & Marion

    We and our family members in Belgium sympathize with you, the Goddyn family, his friends and colleagues.
    Both my parents and my in-laws knew Axel well during his youth and later in the Air Force.
    We will always remember him thanks to all the fun moments we had together.

    “Saying goodbye is difficult,
    knowing that words are not enough.
    Each of us could write our own story
    about what you were and will be for us.

    Words are not enough
    to describe the person you were.
    We lived with you, we appreciated you
    who you were.
    We will miss you, dear friend ”

    Our sincere condolences with the loss of your loved one.

    Stay strong during this difficult time.

    André & Hilde.
    Tildonk (Belgium)

    André Mateusen June 8, 2020
  29. Our sincerest condolences to Marion, Jack and his beloved ones. We haven’t seen Axel for more than 20 years but got in contact again 3 years ago, unfortunately we never made it up to Warrnambool which we regret.
    We found some nice pictures from Axel during our colleague time in Belgium, ready to share. Kind regards from Singapore, Danny and Fried’l.

    Danny Van Kersschaver June 8, 2020
  30. We knew Axel for many years, from his time teaching IT at SW TAFE to his recent role with Brophy. We will remember him with great fondness as a man of curiosity and intelligence, who could turn his hand to make, fix or grow nearly anything; kindness – he would stop to help anyone in need and a quick and quirky sense of humour that always made you smile. RIP Axel, we will miss you. Our deepest sympathies to Marion, Jack and Nettie.

    Leeona and Robert Duynhoven June 5, 2020
  31. It’s been a pleasure to have known you all these years Axel, going to miss out “catch ups” when ever work duties were called upon, always had time for a coffee and a mint! Condolences to Marion, Jack and Axel’s family.

    Ross Bull June 4, 2020
  32. Axel made a great contribution to Brophy and he will be very much missed around the place. Not just because of his IT support but also his great sense of humour and wit. Sometimes you were never sure what would come out next, like at the Movember fund raiser several years ago, but that helped make him more special for me. Terrific memories and will be sadly missed. All the best to Marion and his family.

    Ian Cairns June 3, 2020
  33. To Dear Axel’s family I wanted to express my deep condolence to you. I worked with Axl and se had many conversations on the state of homelessness and how we could help the clients of Brophy. Axel clearly cared a great deal and expressed this in the ideas he had for reform. I will miss his humour, his compassion and his friendship. Best to Marion, Jack and all his family.

    sylvie Rogers June 3, 2020
  34. You will be missed on the Wangoon circuit. A kind and gentle soul.

    Annette Wolff June 3, 2020
  35. It is with great sadness to think I will not see Axel out riding. We have shared many great yarns both on the bike and at his house. A gentle caring man always ready to help new riders and support our fundraising efforts. Sadly missed and thoughts go out to his family Maion and many friends.

    Mark Powell June 2, 2020
  36. Axel was a unique individual who will be missed for his tireless efforts to contribute to the community through fundraising and bike riding for charitable causes. I will fondly remember him for his IT support/help & wicked sense of humour whilst I worked at Brophy.
    Deepest condolences to Marion, Jack & their extended families at this sad time.

    Louisa Radley June 2, 2020
  37. Great memories of a fantastic Man.
    It’s been a pleasure to know Axel.
    His friendship and counsel in times of need have been of great support.
    My thoughts and love are now with Marion, Jack and extended family and friends. Love to all.

    Peter Cooper June 2, 2020