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Colin Thomas Rochford – 15/10/1949 ~ 24/7/2020

In the care of Crane Funerals

You are invited to the live stream Funeral Service of much-loved Mansfield radio personality, Colin Thomas Rochford.

“Tune In” for Colin’s final show, to be live streamed at OneRoom on Monday 3rd August at 1.15pm by clicking on the link below:

One Room Live Stream Of Colin’s Service

If prompted to enter an email address and password, use [email protected] and password JWHLAW

Best viewed on desktop computer.

At the conclusion of the service, you will also be able to view the recording anytime for 90 days.

Colin will be sadly missed and always remembered.

Please find below a space to leave your personal tribute to Colin, or to pass on your condolences to his family. You are invited to leave a condolence / tribute for Colin any time. We have found these touching tributes are warmly received by families who have experienced the grief of losing a loved one. Once approved, your message will go on to Colin’s tribute page.

Colin Thomas Rochford – In the care of Crane Funerals

If you would like more information about our funerals, feel free to contact us any time on:

03-97618494, 03-5977 7198 or 0447 727 263.

Crane Funerals is proud to take care of all your funeral needs with our famous 5-star customer service.

We cover the beautiful Mansfield / High Country / Yarra Valley area, Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs, down through Melbourne’s Southern Suburbs and the Mornington Peninsula.

Feel free to share Colin’s facebook post also so that others may join in the livestream service. Link to post:

Colin’s Facebook Post

Link to Colin’s Service Booklet below:


18 Responses

  1. Colin impressed me in various ways but no more so than his willingness to put in the effort needed to get the ball rolling on things he could see would be of benefit to the community he had adopted. He understood he had some gifts and talents but was not in the slightest selfish with them and happily shared all he knew and cared about with whomever he felt could benefit from his help. In a very short time he made himself a go to man if things were to be set into motion – in most cases he was the driving force behind exciting innovations in Mansfield like the Live Radio Plays and the Live music Gig guide to mention only a couple.

    It was my honour to call him my friend. It was great to be able to go to a live music gig and find him there so that I was not always sitting alone enjoying the music. Sometimes he invited me to join his other friends and we went as a group to the live music.

    Colin will be missed by so many sections of the Mansfield community – for having been here only a relatively short time he made his mark. I know his family will miss him terribly but please know that he had many people who cared about him in Mansfield and who, like me, will miss him as well.

    Deepest Sympathy to you all.

  2. An inspiration to me. Still is. One of my dearest friends. He believed in me when I thought no-one did and his loss has hit me hard as it has everyone. A great character: funny, charismatic and resilient. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Rest in peace my brother

  3. A man who made a huge mark on the Mansfield community. It is my loss that I missed the chance to meet him but his legacy will live on in the live radio plays and other contributions he made. Sympathy to his family and friends.

  4. Colin, a kind, funny, inspirational and overall kind loving man, introduced to us by our great neighbor and his dear friend tom. He would never leave you to drink a beer, listen to music or eat dinner alone, always inviting you to his table, pulling up a chair and entertaining you with great conversation and a wealth of knowledge. Will miss your face dearly around town xoxo

  5. The Members of Squad 20/74 sincerely regret the passing of our Education Instructor at the Victoria Police Academy Mr. Colin Rochford. On behalf of the Squad we offer our condolences to his immediate family and of course his many friends. We are saddened by his passing, as will be many Police Members from many Squads during Colin’s tenure at the Academy. .May he Rest In Peace .Graham Hunt, Squad Leader, Squad 20 of 1974.

  6. Colin was a beloved member of our Self-Publishing Made Simple Community on Facebook.

    Although I’ve only met him virtually, his warm and kind-hearted spirit really shone through.

    He supported so many aspiring authors in our group, and he helped shape our community into the safe and supportive space that it is now.

    We also cheered and celebrated with him when he successfully published and launched his book, “Braving Change,” to #1 Best-Seller on Amazon.

    It was his lifelong ambition, and it was truly an honor to witness him to accomplish his goal.

    We will miss you dearly, Colin.

    Rest in peace.

  7. Colin. – how I miss you. The long chats we had. The laughs, the inspiration you were in getting me to consider writing plays instead of journalism, the radio segments we presented on psychic/spirits and the world beyond this one will not be forgotten. I know when I was texting you I told you that if you left us you could come back and haunt me but I did not expect to keep hearing the song ‘unforgettable’ playing through my mind. That’s what you are ‘unforgettable’. Wherever you may be I hope you are happy and pain free. Rest peacefully my friend.

  8. To Colin’s family, my deepest condolences for your loss. Though we have not met, I hope that happy memories will eventually soothe the grief you now feel. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    For myself, I am amazed and delighted that after 50 years with no contact, our friendship resumed as if there had been no big gap. For this I am very grateful, and for the happy ‘virtual’ memories I have gained.

    To Colin, no more storms left to contend with, you are now safe in the harbour my friend. I will not forget you.

  9. I was glad to know this guy. His commitment to the performing arts was unique. He was supportive without ever being pushy. He was informed and aware without being showy. He was compassionate and patient while remaining resolute. I will miss this creative giant so much, despite only knowing him for a short while. I liked this guy immediately and planned to spend more time working together. So trite to say I will miss him…but I will… profoundly…as he was one who truly helped me to my feet in our new location. I should celebrate more than I grieve, as I was lucky enough to meet him and spend a little time enjoying his company and expertise. Simply irreplaceable. Vale.

  10. My condolences to his family and many friends, I will always remember Colin for his good humour and his good advice, he would be every where that was worth while to be. Greatly missed but will not be forgotten.

  11. What a lovely service – goodbye dear friend. Your love and passions have touched so many and to all those who knew you we will be blessed by having you in our lives. To Vicki, Shelley-Ann and Paul my sincere condolences – be strong in knowing he loved you all the most.

  12. Colin decided we were going to be friends the first night we met and that was fine with me. Through him I met many good and interesting people.

    He was so much fun to be around. My liver might not have had the best time, but I wouldn’t give back a second. The laughter meant more because you knew that he also genuinely wanted to help the ones he cared about when they needed it.

    He was one of the few truly alive people one meets. I feel lucky to have been one of his friends.

  13. Colin you gave me such a boost of confidence to write and re-write my silly plays. Your sensible, funny and ultimately USEFUL ideas and guidance were so valuable. If you took the time to give me a hand, I can’t imagine how many other people out there you helped as well. We will really miss you but be assured you sowed seeds of hope and confidence among many of us. Well done and have a ball wherever you certainly are.

  14. Colin was a supportive, encouraging and enthusiastic person for all things theatrical. He valued imagination, effort and treated all members of a production team as valuable. i loved working with him and sought him out for advice on numerous occasions. a sad loss .

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