Lawrence "Laurie" Franklin Stanford TABERNER

Passed away peacefully at St John of God hospital Warrnambool on October 14, 2021

Aged 84 years

Dearly loved husband of Sheila

Loving father of Luke, Paul, Richard and their partners, a proud grandfather of his 9 grandchildren

Sheila and family wish to express their thanks and appreciation to Dr Phil Hall and the wonderful staff at St John of God hospital for the care and attention provided to Laurie and the family

Private Funeral due to attendance restrictions

Funeral Notice


  1. To Sheila and family sosorryabout the passing of Laurie he will be greatly missed he always made everyone laugh with his jokes

    Carla and Bruno Rabottini and family October 22, 2021
  2. A Group one Publicanand bloke . Sadly missed by the Brien family and his SA friends at the Alberton

    Peter Brien October 21, 2021
  3. Deepest condolences Paul, Kylie and all your family on the loss of your wonderful father Laurie. He embodied the great Aussie spirit. RIP Laurie.

    Alex and Nicola Commins October 20, 2021
  4. To Dear Sheila and family,our thoughts are with you all. Very good memories of my time spent working at the Bool. All our love Mary,Bernie Whelan and Family

    Mary Whelan October 20, 2021
  5. To Sheila and all the boys , really sad to hear about lauries passing , great memories , a devoted family man and dads best friend , Rip Bear

    Paul james October 20, 2021
  6. Deepest condolences to Shiela, Luke, Paul,Richard and all the grandkids . I would not be alone in saying that Laurie was always one of the St Kevin’s boys favourite Fathers.Not only supporting his own lads but encouraging others and sharing his vast wisdom on the finer skills that all made us collectively better . Laurie’s stories were world class , he will be sorely missed Regards Fish

    Peter Whiting October 19, 2021
  7. A great big personality and a big heart as well . Held court and will be missed by many . Love and deepest sympathy to Sheila , Luke , Paul, Kylie ,Richard and family .

    Jill Taberner October 19, 2021
  8. A long time supporter of the Caulfield Cricket club and our Ashes touring party. Sincere condolences to all the family from all past and present members at the Caulfield Cricket Club

    Caulfield Cricket Club October 19, 2021
  9. Sincere condolences to the Taberner family on the loss of a true gentleman. Laurie always treated me kindly and with respect…a terrific man.

    Rod Hill

    Rod Hill October 19, 2021
  10. A great supporter to Caulfield Cricket Club. A very funny man and a great Ashes Tourist shared many Reds with the Bear on Tour.
    Condolences to Sheila ,Paul and there families.
    David and Karun McNamara

    David L McNamara October 19, 2021
  11. To Sheila, Paul,Luke,Richie and extended family. We are deeply saddened to learn of Laurie’s passing. Always great company and wonderful mentor to many at the Middle Park Cricket Club.Many nicknames and stories told.A memorial reunion is a must when able.
    Will be sadly missed.

    Dring Family October 19, 2021
  12. My deepest condolences for the passing of a truly great man who has , with Sheila, raised such a beautiful family. Best Wishes Agga.

    Tony Ryan October 19, 2021
  13. To Sheila,Luke,Paul,Richie and all the extended family please accept our most sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy on the recent passing of ” Sir Lawrence “. Laurie you were one of a kind. Renowned storyteller, quick wit, outstanding ashes tourist and the Prince of Public and. In the words of the late Darkie Edwards you were a ” Splendid Chap ” Rest in Peace The Sheehan Family.

    Jack Sheehan October 19, 2021
  14. To Sheila, Luke, Paul, Richie and the extended Taberner family, Please accept my most sincere condolences and deepest sympathy on the recent passing of your husband, father and grandfather Laurie.

    Bear, you were a mentor, confidant and great friend, over many years… I am eternally grateful to you, for introducing me to the Middle Park Cricket Club which has been the catalyst of an enduring friendship with you, your sons, your family and other Middle Park Cricket Club members over more that 45 years.

    You are a legend “ Bear “ and you will be sadly missed but never forgotten…

    Rest In Peace…. Laurie

    Paul McNamara & Family 🙏🥲

    Paul McNamara October 18, 2021
  15. To Dear Sheila, Luke, Paul, Richard and families. Our deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of Laurie. A true character who will be sorely missed. Now at rest.
    Much love Stacey, Natalie and Ryan McNamara.

    Stacey, Natalie and Ryan McNamara October 18, 2021
  16. To Dear Sheila, Luke, Paul, Richard and families. Our deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of Laurie. A true character who will be sorely missed. Now at rest.
    Much love Stacey, Natalie and Ryan McNamara.

    Stacey Mcnamara October 18, 2021
  17. Much loved by Alex (dec) Marg (dec) and all the James clan. A very generous, entertaining character; the Bear had a “one off” way with words. So many great memories. Sincere condolences to Sheila, Luke, Paul, Richard and their families.

    Greg and Jane James October 18, 2021
  18. The best

    Gary Murray October 18, 2021
  19. To Sheila Luke,Paul,Richard and family thinking of you at this sad time the world is richer place for everyone who had the pleasure of knowing the bear he was a great boss and mate we had a lot of laughs RIP Great Man Fred the Corvette

    Fred Griffin October 18, 2021
  20. Laurie was a great friend. As a travelling companion he was always entertaining with a unique range of ‘bon mots’ and rhyming slangs.
    Our condolences to Sheila and the extended family.

    Colin and Pat Beaton October 18, 2021
  21. Sad to hear of the passing of ” The Bear”, a huge influence on my path in the hotel business, with so many funny times. I was in awe of Laurie and his ability to entertain. So much better for having known him. My thoughts are with Sheila and the family at this time.The Walrus

    Rod Blatchford October 18, 2021
  22. I wanted to send my deepest condolences, as I was very saddened to hear of Laurie’s passing. I am from Adelaide, but met Laurie through Brian Robertson, Brian Lugar and Daryl Thiele, and he was always so very hospitable, inviting me to stay at The Rising Sun over the Christmas break, and even in your home on one occasion, and so I did my best to make him feel at home in Adelaide when he would visit for the test match.

    Steve Daff October 18, 2021
  23. Dear Sheila and family, I was deeply saddened to hear of Laurie’s passing. He had such a big personality and we all enjoyed his company so much. He has been a fantastic friend to our family and especially my father Eugene. Please accept our deepest condolences. Jane, Bruce, Thomas and Bridget Pingo

    Jane Pingo October 17, 2021
  24. Fond Memories of working for Shelia and Laurie at the Hotel Warrnambool back in the late 80 s . Laurie used to send me downstairs to functions in the Ozone Room (Private functions) . Came home from overseas and Laurie employed me again. Lovely family man and good employer. Sending Love to all the family .

    Geraldine and Peter Melican October 16, 2021
  25. A very witty fellow who could hold the floor was our esteemed Sir Lawrence. Many pleasurable sessions were had at the cricket and on Ashes Tours.

    Condolences to Sheila, Paul and the family.

    “Tiger” Bain

    Paul Bain October 16, 2021
  26. Our sympathies over the loss of Laurie. Love Greg, Brigid, Walter and Megan Taberner xx

    Megan Taberner October 16, 2021
  27. A true gentleman of the Hospitality and Hotel industry…one of the great Publicans ever with 100% attention to customers and service.

    Condolences to the Taberner family.

    Bob Briggs October 16, 2021
  28. Deepest sympathies to Paul and Kylie and the extended family from those of us at Killester College.In our thoughts and prayers.

    LORETO CANNON October 15, 2021