James MacLeod's Blog

The Life Celebration of Daniel Harkins

On 18th June 2017, Daniel John Edward Harkins was returning from Bairnsdale after a race meeting when he stopped to assist a car that had run off the road between Sale and Rosedale, he was tra...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Monday, July 10, 2017

It’s your funeral, an investigation of death care in the Funeral Industry in Australia Comment

  As Managing Director of Tobin Brothers I’d like to make the following comments on a recently released paper “It’s your funeral, an investigation of death care in the Funeral Industry...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Coping at Christmas

Christmas in many ways is about change. As a child growing up, our Christmas meant an early rise and our pilgrimage would begin to my mother’s home town Willuara at the foothills of the Grampians,...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mother's Day Can Be A Very Difficult Day

Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for us all to give thanks to the unique individuals, often affectionately known as Mum, Mother or Ma, who have cared for each and every one of us. Equally, ...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director - Tobin Brothers Funerals
Thursday, April 28, 2016

How Would You Like To Be Celebrated?

In recent months Tobin Brothers Funerals, with the assistance of Creative Director Robin Geradts-Gill from RGG Creative, produced four new TV ads that posed the question ‘How would you like to be c...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Sunday, December 6, 2015

Tobin Brothers Support : Gach Nyuon

On Sunday 20th September, Tobin Brothers Funerals were pleased to announce that Gach Nyuon was the 2015 winner of the Tobin Brothers Young Multicultural Player of the Year award. Gach was...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Sunday, November 22, 2015

Funeral Insurance Pitfalls

This week I read an article on news.com.au which highlights the recent report from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) regarding Funeral Insurance. The report states that “i...
By James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Previous Posts

Tribute to Peter Banfield

Introduction: James MacLeod's recreational pursuits are playing cricket, golf, horse racing, and the Blackburn Football Club of which he is the immediate Past President. In this blog post, J...

Celebrating Transparency, Celebrating Lives

When I was appointed Managing Director of Tobin Brothers Funerals in February 2011, I had many things on my ‘to do’ list. One of my main priorities was to take the transparency of Tobin Brothers F...

A Wish Before I Die : The Peter Gourlay Story

During late May and early June I couldn’t help but be touched by the story 3AW’s Neil Mitchell ran on four-year-old Peter Gourlay. Peter was suffering from terminal cancer and had stolen the heart...

Commiserate and Celebrate

An increasing number of Australians want joy not sorrow at funerals. That’s a key finding of a survey carried out on behalf of the Australian Funeral Directors’ Association (AFDA) by McCrindle Rese...

Live Below The Line

A few weeks ago I was reading a Facebook status of my friend Ruben who said he was participating in Live Below the Line. Live Below the Line is an experience, and a challenge, for thousands of Aust...

Rex Hunt Joins Tobin Brothers Funerals to Celebrate the Lives of AFL Greats

After twenty one years of calling the footy for 3AW, a program that’s enjoyed mostly number one ratings, and playfully calling his ABC neighbours the “Tobin Brothers”, Rex Hunt will be jumping ship...

Pre-paying a Funeral : Case Studies

Tobin Brothers Funerals recently arranged a funeral for a lady who completed a Fixed Price Funeral Plan with us in the 1980s. Her Fixed Price Funeral was paid off over a 3 year period and then...