James Scott TANNER

4/09/1942 – 29/12/2020

Died peacefully with all his family, at home, on the farm.

Dearly loved husband of Merryl.

Loved Dad of Claire, Jamie, Andrew and John.

Loving father-in-law of John M, Kathryn, and Tracy.

Grandpa James of Elise and Tara; Bradley, Jake, Ryan, and Alice; Sophie, Will and Sarah.

Loved son of Rev Scott and Esme Tanner.

Loved brother of David and Claire (all dec); and their families.

A family man shaped by faith and Church.

He enjoyed giving to others, friendships, and the outdoor farm life.

“Cherished memories of good times and fun together”

Family and friends of JAMES are invited to attend a Thanksgiving Service at

St Andrews Uniting Church, Shaw Street, Mortlake,

on MONDAY (January 4) commencing at 1.30pm.

The service can be viewed on screen in the Church Hall.

Prior private burial
Tributes and condolences can be offered on
the ‘Funeral Notices’ section
The Service recording will be available from 9.00am. on Tuesday (January 5)

it can be viewed on the ‘Streaming’ section at



James Tanner
James Tanner

Funeral Notice

ServiceJanuary 5, 2021 - 1:30 pmShaw Street Mortlake , VIC Venue: St Andrews Uniting Church


  1. Dear Merrly and family
    Such a lovely man lost
    My deepest, sincerest condolences
    Regards Heather (your old postie),John and Heath (sat papers)

    Heather McDowell January 20, 2021
  2. dear Meryl , so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. we remember with love our great times at Armadale uniting church when we were country kids all at sea in the BIG Melbourne world;How wonderfully you included us in choir and one act plays, pizza after evening church etc.Sympathy to all your family.

    evelyn boyd nee Hall & Margaret Hall January 9, 2021
  3. James. What a terrific bloke and an even more terrific gentleman; kind, calm, quick witted. Always a sure bet for a laugh and just as reliable for little gems of wisdom. I’ll always fondly remember camping up on the Murray with many golden memories. Sorry I couldn’t make it on Monday, but my thoughts are with the Tanners and extended family. Here’s to a remarkable man.

    Nigel Wearne

    Nigel Wearne January 6, 2021
  4. Dear Merryl,
    Thinking of you at this sad time. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Karen Jeffs, Shane Scally January 5, 2021
  5. A loving uncle who always made us feel welcome and loved.
    We have cherished memories of Uncle James’s jokes, playing cards, rides to the dairy and sitting in the trough while he and Merryl milked. Jame’s followed the progress of our lives with heartfelt interest and supported us through the years. A rock to the family when his sister (our mum) passed, he never stopped looking out for us.
    Thankyou for everything uncle James. You are forever loved and sincerely missed.
    Love Kate, Paul, Isaac and Emily.

    Kate Weekes January 5, 2021
  6. A true gentlemen and a man of great faith.

    Malcolm Frazer January 4, 2021
  7. Our deepest sympathy to Merryl and family on the passing of James. A gentle man who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
    Our love to all.

    Norma Winchcomb and family

    Alison Winchcomb January 4, 2021
  8. So sorry to hear of James’ passing. Condolences to Merryl and all of the extended family. Fond memories of James at Ellerslie Uniting Church and from working on the farm 20 odd years ago. Sending love your way ❤
    Amy Satherley (Askew)

    Amy Satherley (Askew) January 4, 2021
  9. Deepest sympathy to Merryl and family on the death of James.Our prayers are with you as he is now with his Heavenly Father. Another connection to the Presbyterian Church, through his father Scott who was known to us and our parents.

    Lois (Sadler) and Gordon Taylor January 4, 2021
  10. How wonderful to have been lucky enough to know James. When we moved to Mortlake, James’ warmth and jokes immediately made us all feel welcome and noticed.
    His intelligence and wisdom meant that every conversation gave you something – whether it was an unexpected laugh or something to mull over.

    Though he is no longer earthside, his presence will live on in our memories.

    Much love to you all, dearest Merryl, Claire, Jamie, Andy and John, Cath, Tracy, John and all James’ wonderful grandchildren.

    Kylie Doust and family

    KYLIE DOUST January 4, 2021
  11. Sincere condolences to the Tanner family. Many happy memories of great fun times spent with James and the Tanner family at Armadale Presbyterian Church. We will miss you dear friend.

    Carol Harper January 4, 2021
  12. Thinking of you and your family Meryl. Jenny Stephens

    Jenny Stephens January 4, 2021
  13. So hard to say goodbye to a very special man. James always had time for a chat, no matter how busy he was. Sorry I can’t join you today to celebrate his life but I know there will be lots of love and laughter surrounding his family.
    Sending love and hugs to all the Tanner family.
    Nola Brewer

    Nola Brewer January 4, 2021
  14. Our condolences to Merryl and family on the passing of James. Our thoughts are with you at this time
    Graham & Valerie Muir

    Graham Muir January 4, 2021
  15. My thoughts, prayers and love are with Merryl and the family. I give thanks for my many wonderful memories of James at the Uniting Church in Mortlake. His kindness, sense of fun and his ability to lead others, made him a very special person. James will be forever loved, remembered and greatly respected.
    Catriona Jackson

    Catriona Jackson January 4, 2021
  16. One of my favorite childhood memories was getting to go down to the farm on holidays and getting to ride on the back of the motorbike with Uncle James whilst we headed down to “help” with the cows. As a city kid, this was so exciting for us and we would tell all our friends of our farm adventures when we went back home. Uncle James had a big heart and always made sure we involved no matter how busy he was.
    We will miss him dearly. All our love to Aunty Merryl and all the family.

    Fiona McCann and family January 3, 2021
  17. My condolences to Merryl, Claire, Jamie, Andrew and John and their families on the passing of James. He will surely be missed but his life’s values will remain in your thoughts and heart. Beryl McLeod

    Beryl McLeod January 3, 2021
  18. Fond memories of fun times and many serious local govt discussion with James, he was always up for serious discussion on many issues that concerned the community. Thanks for your friendship, you will be sadly missed by many my sympathy to Merryl and the family. My prayers are with you all. Brenda Hampson

    Brenda Hampson January 3, 2021
  19. I have wonderful memories of my teenage years,spent with Claire and the family.James always fun and adventurous,in later years catching up was always chats about the farm,dairy cows,and families,always at the annual Shrove Tuesday. Thinking of all the family at this time. Merrilyn McCosh

    merrilyn mccosh January 3, 2021
  20. What a privilege it has been to have shared a true friendship with James for so long. He was one of those rare people who could see the positive in everything and everyone. I’m sure that if his house had burned down, his first comment would be: “Well that’s finally taken care of the termite problem!”
    His faith and his family were a real credit to him.
    Our heartfelt condolences to Merryl and his family.
    Alan & Beth Honeycombe

    Alan Honeycombe January 2, 2021
  21. We have so many great memories of a wonderful neighbour for many years.
    Our get togethers on the tennis court at East Fram every Tuesday were special times filled with chat, laughter and the making of special memories.
    Our love to all the Tanner family.
    Bill and Suzanne Hobbs and family.

    Bill and Suzanne Hobbs January 2, 2021
  22. Big cousin James, always such a lovely, kind-hearted man. We are so sorry you’re gone. Love and hugs to Merryl and family from Lian, Robert, Nigel and Michael Tanner. xx

    Lian Tanner January 2, 2021
  23. James Tanner, a man for all seasons.
    A man of faith who looked for the ‘Christ Light’ in all he met.
    A devoted husband and family man.
    A caring and loyal friend.
    A man of integrity who contributed to both his church and wider community.
    A man of mischief and fun who leaves us all with many happy memories.
    We will miss you dear friend, remember you always and be all the better for having known you.
    Our deepest love to all the Tanner famiy.
    Peter and Margaret Wearne and family.

    Peter Wearne January 2, 2021
  24. A lifetime friend of the Harper family. A great friend with a wonderful sense of humour. Will be sadly missed. Deepest Synpath to the Tanner Family.

    Heather Clarke January 2, 2021
  25. Sadly missed by all that new him a remarkable man condolences to Merryl and family.


    JOHN HARPER January 2, 2021
  26. Treasured memories of my ‘twin’ James.
    Forever loved and remembered, will be sadly missed.
    Deepest sympathies to Merryl and Families.
    Love and hugs,
    Rosemary and Families. Xx

    Rosemary Crellin December 31, 2020