Tom Hardyman's Service at St Patricks College

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  • Edmund jilani

    I’d like to thank him so much for everything he had done for me in my life. He had such an inspiration to my life. He has made me such a better person and made me love my school. He would be so nice and kind and always push me for the best. Whilst tutoring we would always have a good conversation but would always eventually lead back to school. when I was told by mum that he wouldn’t be tutoring me anymore I know I was at a great loss. The hours I spent with Tom will never be forgotten by me in my life. I will never forget you. But I am glad he had lived his life to the fullest. Tom meant so much to me As a tutor and as a role model. He was a true hero in my eyes. I know he isn’t reading this right now but I’d like to hope he’s somewhere looking down upon me guiding me to do my best. whenever I’m doing my school work I will always here his voice pushing me. I will always remember his cheeky smile. He was the true definition of a great man. It is a true credit to his mum and dad. I am truely devastated. He will always have a special place in my heart, he meant so much to me and many other. Tom you will always have a place in my heart and I know your looking down upon me you were a true fighter role model and a good man thank you so much. I will truely miss you forever. i can’t believe this is real and keep praying it isn’t. Because the world has lost the greatest man I’ve ever meet. So kind such an old sole. He related to me so much even though of our age gap. As I struggle to write this I know you are in a better place and for filling your dream.Thank you so much tom thank you for the way you changed my life. You came into my life when I was at the deepest part of my schooling life when I hated it and you changed it. Thank you so much mr Tom Hardyman for your life and for the way you had changed lives and how much you meant to your family and friends.
    I wish the best to his family at this sad time.

  • Ann-Louise Newman

    It was truly wonderful to have met Tom and I have wonderful happy memories of Tom and his mates. I feel very privileged to have shared and enjoyed the times we had discovering Biology at St Patrick’s. He is and always will be a true inspiration to others, his optimism and fighting spirit. I know he will be missed terribly and I wish peace to his friends and family during this difficult time. I feel he will be watching over them from now on. May he rest in peace. Ann-Louise Newman

  • Nathan Ryan

    Sending our deepest condolences. We are thinking of you all. Love Nathan, Nicole, Declan, Liam and Niamh.

  • Sue Hardman

    Tom I only met you once, at the Hughes home, kindly doing a favourite treats run for my niece Jess, while she studied the night away. You let Carl and I sit in your car and that gave us a thrill. I wish I could have got to know you more but I do know that you were so loved and an inspiration to so many and will be so sadly missed. Shine bright from heaven young man just like you did on earth – in spite of all the adversity. A life lived well is a precious gift. May you rest in peace and may your family be comforted by knowing what an amazing boy they raised. Much love from Jess’ Aunty Sue

  • Anne Bollard

    Sad day for the Hardyman and O’Connor families.A life taken way too soon..

  • David Hertweck

    Dear Hardyman Family and Friends… thank you for the opportunity to share in this service celebrating the life of your amazing son, brother and mate (albeit frustratingly from a distance at this strange time). What an amazingly bright, talented, passionate, tough and much-loved young man you raised and shared your life with. How rightfully proud you must be and shall always remain…His lust for life, grit and generosity of spirit was, and remains, inspiring…both to his nearest and dearest and to those of us who were yet to get to know him like we would have loved to. There is no depth to the sympathy we feel for you all at this time. Love and mercies now and always. The Hertweck Family xo

  • Gerard & Carmel Dore

    Thinking of you all. A fine Youngman who will be sadly missed by family and friends may he rest in peace.
    Gerard & Carmel Dore and family.xx

  • Danni Murphy

    What an extraordinary young man. The world is a lesser place without Tom in it. A beautiful service with wonderful words from Leanne, Chloe, Paul, and Tyler. I thought the piano piece was absolutely magical. Sending much love to you all. Rest in Peace beautiful Tom.
    With love,
    Danni Murphy

  • Cameron Stanley

    Tom was clearly a very special young man – and his loss has left a void in the lives of many. Rest in Peace Tom, and may your family and friends be provided with the strength needed in the the coming months and years.

  • Susan Werba

    Dear Tom’s family,
    Words cannot express how sad and tragic it is for you to lose your Tom; someone so beautiful and so young and so capable, and who had his whole life ahead of him. I taught Tom English in Year 11 and 12 at St Patrick’s College and believed he would be okay because he was always so strong, so resilient and had such a fighting spirit. Tom was in classes with my son Isaac (Cornish) for many years at St Pat’s. Tom was an “A” student then and of course, all through his university studies he was truly outstanding. He had so much to offer the world.
    I am so pleased that Tom was able to live some of his dreams – to (almost) complete his mechanical engineering degree, to have a McLaren, to work with F1 drivers and cars, to travel, and to have a beautiful girlfriend.
    I am thankful to have known Tom, and I am heartbroken that he is gone. He was an amazing young man.
    My sincere condolences to you, his family, as you come to terms with life without Tom. It is so hard to believe. May God’s love hold you and keep you strong during this devastating time. And may Tom rest in peace.
    I am sending my thoughts and prayers for you now and into the future,
    Take care
    Susan Werba xxoo

  • Pete & Kath Gill


    What a wonderful young man. Our deepest sorrow and condolences today, our love & friendship always. Vale Tom.

    Pete & Kath Gill

  • Jono Yuen

    Paul, Leanne & Chloe,

    A beautiful service for Tom. Class act as always.
    The strength that you all have is remarkable and we are proud to have you as our friends.

    May Tom, rest in peace.

    We will see you when the restrictions are lifter for that beer.

    Jono, Col, Aston & Ollie xxxx

  • Kym Cain

    Beautiful service to Farewell Tom, I will always remember his cute little face at Sacred Heart as a young boy.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family.
    Tom will always be with you in your soul
    Love from the Cain family

  • Carmen Kelly

    Leanne and family. My heart aches for you all at the loss of your precious son, Tom. I watched the funeral and tributes to him, what an incredible young man he was. I’m thinking of you and wishing you all strength during such an unbearably sad time. Carmen Kelly (O’Connor)

  • Cherlyn Connell

    Tom has left an enormous chasm on this planet. My deepest condolences do not express the sadness I feel for your entire family but most especially for you Paul, Leeanne & Chloe. May the God of Compassion & Love embraces each & everyone of you with care & peace giving you the strength & courage that you need at this time. Tom is a very special soul forever in my thoughts & prayers as are you all. Thank you for the privilege of having Tom in my class – very special, kind, thoughtful, studious & helpful always, it was a pleasure to have Tom in the class. Thank you for live streaming Tom’s Funeral, it was lovely to join you from afar & to listen to your words about your beautiful son. Rest In Peace dear Tom.
    Cherlyn Connell
    Year 3 Teacher
    Sacred Heart

  • Mrs Terri Griffiths

    To The Hardyman family

    It was a very moving service today and I think his family did him proud.
    Best wishes to Leanne, Paul and Chloe.

  • Cornelia Vanderbent

    A loving and heartfelt service for Tom. This beautiful young man is a credit to his devoted parents and sister and large extended family and friends. We never met Tom but we are inspired and richer for knowing of him.

    Wishing you peace
    Love Cornelia,Tony, Nadia and Arnica

  • Steve

    Thank you for the opportunity to share in the live-stream of Tom’s heart-warming Send-off.
    His passing still feels so unreal. We are with you in spirit.
    Steve and Coral O’Connor and family

  • Rita Soudo

    To The Hardyman family

    It was a very special and inspiring final tribute to Tom. He was an incredibly strong and sensitive young man. Rest In Peace.

    Wishing you peace, strength and love

  • Doreen and Peter Briggs

    Dear Ros,
    Val has passed the sad news regarding Tom.
    There are no platitudes that work satisfactorily in this circumstance, we cannot imagine the pain you and your family must be going through – how utterly cruel life is?
    For ourselves, we are so pleased at least we got to meet Tom and our precious memories of him when Peter suggested he drive our Aston Martin down the ‘Mountain route” from Malaney, Peter recalls Tom’s face was a picture! (I think he videoed him!).
    I don’t think we are telling you anything you don’t know when we say what a lovely boy he was, inside and out, our thoughts stumble and stall as we try to fathom just why such a lovely soul should be taken from us?
    Ros, if there is anything we can do for the family, please let us know?
    When you are ready, we look forward to meeting up with you again, the only advice I can offer is; Look back with gratitude and forward with courage.
    With fondest regards and much love

    Doreen and Peter

  • Laura Melis

    The Silver Brumby are some of our most treasured memories.

    From settling the kids at bedtime and monitoring them via sleep monitors, encouraging them towards the top of Mt Kosciuszko, watching them set the dinner table or allowing them out alone at Thredbo Village for New Years Eve, Tom was courageous, determined, reliable, caring and fun.

    It has been a privilege and delight to watch him grow into a remarkable young man. He has enriched our lives and we will remember him forever.

    Paul, Leanne and Chloe – we hope the wonderful memories of Tom help you over the difficult times. Our love and support, always from Thierry, Laura, Jake and Natalie

  • Louise Dunne

    Truly beautiful and touching service for an obviously special young man. Deepest sympathies to you all. Mann family x

  • Linzi Ostle

    A beautiful service to say goodbye to an amazing young man, taken far too soon.
    I only knew Tom through his Dad, but over the past 4 years I have come to feel like I have personally known him, hearing Paul talk about Tom and how his resilience, strength and at times stubbornness had refused to let this disease rule his life. The pure pride, admiration and love in his dads eyes when he spoke of Tom was clear to see.
    Paul, I know I speak for a lot of your colleagues at Urbis when I say that Toms story has inspired and touched us all over the years. We have ridden your highs, and we have watched you suffer through the lows, and our hearts have ached for you and your family.
    Tom will always be remembered, by those who personally knew him, but also by those of us who just knew of his story.
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Sincere condolences to you all
    Linzi , Stu & Family xx

  • Claire Krebs

    What a beautiful service for such a cherished and extraordinary young man. It was a privilege to get to know Tom better through your stories.
    Paul it’s been heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure to witness from the sidelines how your family navigated the last few years. Our sympathies to you all.
    Claire, Liam and family


    Leane, Paul & Chloe
    What a beautiful Tribute to a brilliant young man.
    My love to you all on this sad occasion..

  • The Donaldsons

    Dear Paul, Leanne and Chloe,

    You are in our thoughts and we are sending you so much love. Tom was a wonderful young man and we have lovely memories of him.

    Michael, Sonia, Mitchell and Zara

  • Kate Mowery

    We met Tom as a 14 year old through Southern Cross Tigers Basketball Club. Even at that young age, he stood out for his maturity, compassion and commitment to do his very best in each game. As we grew to know Leanne and Paul, we could see where Tom got his kind nature from. He has left a lasting impression on us.
    Our prayers are with you, Paul, Leanne, Chloe and family.
    Kate, Dave & John

  • Peter Bancroft

    A man who truly loved and who was loved.

  • Andrew and Stephanie McCallum

    What a beautiful service and tribute to Tom’s life. Although we only met Tom once, we have heard so many wonderful and inspiring things about him from Luke. Well done on raising such a wonderful young man. As parents of a son with similar interests and dreams, our hearts are broken for you. Thank you for your support and encouragement to Luke and the QUT Motorsport team. We pray that you may draw strength and peace from the wonderful memories you have of your son.

  • Frankie Waterman

    Paul, Leanne and Chloe – and all of Tom’s Family
    My heart goes out to you. Tom was evidently an extraordinary young man, and right now losing him must be unbearably difficult. But you obviously share so many wonderful, happy and inspiring memories to take you on into the future.
    Although I didn’t know Tom personally, Jennie – his Granny – has always spoken of him with great pride, as she does about all her precious grandchildren. And Tom was fortunate to have been part of that strong and special family.
    With much love from us all,

  • Renee Young

    Dear Paul,

    Thank you for sharing Tom’s story with us. He is an inspiration to us all in how to live life. My heart breaks for your family’s loss. Rest in peace Tom. With deepest sympathies to you, Leanne and Chloe.

    Renee, Nathan and family

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