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Bruce Piper

Margaret Piper

March 20, 1934 - August 17, 2021

This memorial celebrates the life of Margaret Piper. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. Click on the heart to let us know you were here and to receive email updates. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

PIPER (nee Hill) Margaret Vivienne Aged 87 years. Dearly loved wife of John Howard Piper, mother and mother-in-law of Bruce and Jenny Piper, Heather and Stuart Craig, Susan and Stuart Gyngell, Ross and Sarah Piper. Dear Nanna of Sarah Elizabeth, Anna, Ben, Lachlan, Nicholas, Joshua, Jessie Kate, Angus, Samuel, Anna Grace and Sally Jean and not to forget faithful dogs Toby and Benny! ’But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,...  see more
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  • Wendy O’Reilly
    One rarely looks over the rainbow of what life will be like beyond the life of closest loved ones. Margaret was the best sister anyone could experience and her sudden death has left deeply heartfelt loss. Her absence is the only presence. I am supremely...  more
  • Jack Hill
  • Georgina Ballantine
    Margaret and John have been wonderful friends to our family. For a few years we were neighbours, and during those years I struggled with severe post-natal depression while caring for three children under 5. Margaret realised what was happening and...  more
  • Graeme Gleeson
    I too enjoyed the wonderful warmth of the Piper family household during my teenage years and remember the smile and playfulness of Margie and see the deep legacy of the 4 Piper kids and subsequent grandkids. I am greatly challenged as a parent myself of...  more
  • Bruce Piper
    The photo montage from mum's funeral is now available on Youtube at
    Dear friends of Margaret Piper As you may be aware, Margaret sadly died on 17th August 2021. An outline of her funeral service at 11am on 23rd August is available at Please share your memories of Margare...
  • Heather Craig
    A beautiful family photo sent by Wendy O'Reilly, Mum's sister, after joining the funeral online from Cairns. Left to right: Chris Pardey, Wendy, Warwick Pardey and Andrew Pardey.
  • Jen Fleming
    I have many lovely memories of Margaret. She made a beautiful cake for my 21st birthday. I was able to see her in action at Allowah with dog Toby. I also enjoyed many theatre shows with her. She was always interested and interesting. Margaret's was a...  more
  • Bruce Piper
    Here are the eulogies from me and Ross at mum's service today. Accompanied by a photo of the two of them just a couple of months ago!

    Margaret Piper Eulogy part A - Bruce

    Ladies and gentlemen, honoured friends

    Today we remember an exceptional woman,...  more
  • Lisa Russell
    Margie Piper - a lady honoured in life and now in death. Through our long friendship with Ross and Sarah we have had many little doses of Margie along the way - always a welcoming smile and a sincere interest in us and our family. I have a special...  more
  • Jessie Piper
    Nana was the most beautiful soul I've ever had the privilege of knowing. I will forever treasure all the precious time we spent with her. Nana always had time - time for every person, time to paint, to walk, to cook, to reflect, for sweet Benny (and any...  more
  • Wendy Faulkner
  • Oliver Arjonilla
  • Jude Pretorius
    We have such fond memories of Margaret, such a kind, generous and lovely lady. She made us all feel so welcome when we moved to Chapman Avenue and always made time to stop and have a friendly chat with us with Bennie by her side. We loved having visits...  more
  • David Russell
    A fair part of my high school and university years was spent in and around the Piper home with Ross planning various trips, nights out and swimming in their pool on hot days. Margie P (always Mrs P to her face) as she was known to Ross’s friends was...  more
  • Claire Yule
    We know Margaret and John from talking to them regularly when walking our dogs. They are such a wonderful couple, always so interested to ask about how life is going for us. Our 3 kids know them both.
    We particularly appreciated Margaret dropping in one...  more
  • Fiona Wilk
    What a privilege to be able to celebrate the life of this amazing lady by joining in the service. While I never met Margaret I am inspired and challenged by her life. Thank you Heather for sharing this with me and love and care to you all - Fiona Wilkinson
  • Lynette Eggleston
    I used to be so excited to be doing a round at Allowah when Margaret happened to be there-firstly with Toby, and later with Benny. What a kind and thoughtful person. My sincere condolences to all the family.
  • Nikki  Wallace
    Both of us have such strong memories of Margie P’s warmth and playful sense of humour - John as a member of the Beecroft community, and Nikki as a school friend of Ross’. Margie always welcomed us with open arms into their home in Beecroft and we...  more
  • Alison Walker
    Our thoughts and prayers are with John and the family. With love from Margaret and Alison Pardey
  • Kate and Andrew Burgess/Watt
    I often spent time at the Piper household during my teenage years - Mrs P was always so welcoming and kind and full of joy and fun. I feel so privileged to have known her and to have experienced her kindness. She has always been and will always be a role...  more
  • Helen Armstrong
    Before I married, I was Helen Wrigley, the youngest of Eric Wrigley's brood of eight. My father Eric was the brother of Margaret's mother Edith.

    I remember when Margaret and John came to visit, and spoke to me while I was in our backyard at Castle Hill,...  more
    • Heather Craig and Ross Piper reacted on this.
    • Helen Armstrong
      Bruce Piper Thanks for your comments Helen. We were reading your message to Dad and true to form he remembered exactly who you were, and then proceeded to tell us he saw you on "Hard Quiz" on the ABC recently!
      • August 23, 2021
    • Helen Armstrong
      Helen Armstrong That was a repeat, about two weeks ago - I didn't think he'd have known who I was. Tell him I'm flattered.
      • August 23, 2021
  • Hester Garner
    Margaret (and John) welcomed us with open arms on our arrival as immigrants to Australia. We got to know Margaret well as a fellow lover of all things flower at Beecroft Presbyterian Church, but most of all, as the warmest and kindest person. Our...  more
  • Anna Greco
    Dear Margaret, we all know one day we will travel from this world, I wish you great blessings and joy. It’s hard to be here without you, you have been an inspiration to me, Eva and so many in our class. I would like you to know that every class we...  more
    I met Margaret when I was secretary to John whilst he was Principal of Meadowbank Technical College. I learnt of her devotion to him and the family and also how she enjoyed the holidays they had. On one occasion
    I had the opportunity to visit Allowah...  more
  • Jody Reilly
    For many years Margaret was a huge and valuable part of the Allowah family. Sharing her smile, her laughter, her wisdom, her clever and loyal dogs, her talent for writing, her skill of drawing and painting, she shared her travels, her family, her...  more
  • Canelle Leforestier
    From all your friends at FEAL we are thinking of you at this time. Memories are so important I am sure you all have many treasured memories of your mother.
    Our love and best wishes, Joanna
  • Kwanshik Lim
    Margaret was a quiet, reliable and faithful servant of God, good listener and consistent encourager wit good humour. We, Kwanshik and Sunmi, will always remember wise words “Never stop what you have been doing, keep doing until the last”. May our...  more
  • velma harris
  • velma harris
    Dear Margaret, you were one of the kindest, loveliest people I've ever met. It was such a pleasure to have known you. Thank you so much for your work with Toby with our Pets As Therapy charity and all your support. You were both deeply valued and were...  more
  • Ross Piper
    Nanna the adventurer Part II! Nan and Pop were always happy to visit in whatever part of the world we were living in. Here a few pics from Cyprus, where we enjoyed some special times together.
  • Lachlan Craig
    I have so many wonderful memories of Nanna, and this is one of my favourites. When I was much younger, I visited Nanna and she took me for a walk around the block with Toby. We rounded a corner and noticed that construction workers just happened to be...  more
  • Heather Craig
    Dear Mum
    There are not enough words in the world to say how much I love you and how much I will miss you. There are reminders of you everywhere, and I guess I'd better dig out the painted-on t-shirt that I didn't have the heart to send to Vinnies. What a...  more
  • Sarah Piper

    Where to start on Margaret Piper?
    My very special mother-in-law
    Who I will miss deeply

    Such a warm, gentle and generous woman
    Accepting of all
    At peace in herself
    And freed by her kindness
    her creative pursuits,
    her love of dogs
    and her...  more
  • Sarah Piper
    From Anna Piper - youngest grand-daughter.
    Nanna always loved to paint. She taught me how to paint the Forget Me Not flowers, just like on this box she gave me a few days after I got my ears pierced. I'll miss you Nanna.
  • Pat Fleming
    Margaret was the best of friends. She often had a joke or two up her sleeve and recounted many funny stories about the family. She was a great organiser and her picnic spreads were bountiful with plenty to share. There was always a delicious baked cake...  more
  • Annabel Dodd
  • Jen and Glen  Bell
  • Heather Craig
  • John  Fleming
    Margaret Piper stands out as one of the loveliest people I have known. And she was such a good friend. Margaret’s love, concern, selflessness in care for others, her knowledge, intelligence and tolerance, with her artistic abilities and faith were...  more
  • Louise Baur
    My husband, Rod Best, and I thank God for the life of Margaret. What a blessing she was to so many people. A Spirit-filled person who was Christ’s ambassador in all aspects of her life. Margaret will be so very much missed, but we know she is with her...  more
  • Morag Mortish
  • Patricia Wallace
    The 'fruits of the Spirit 'encapsulate everything I can think of to describe this faithful and unforgettable soul, 'our' Margie Piper.
    Along with so many others, we will never forget her.
    Pat Wallace and Family
  • Ross Piper
    Anna and Sam competing for Nanna's attention in Cyprus. Nanna gentle and patient as always!
    Sam and Anna competing for Nanna's attention in Cyprus. Nanna calm and gentle as always!
  • Sarah Piper
    Margaret who we all called "Nanna"
  • Jessie Piper
    Precious moments with these pups. The kindest and most gentle dog whisperer out there.
  • Bruce Piper
  • Ross Piper
    Nanna the adventurer. From visiting refugee camps in Montenegro, to time hiking in nature, or a love of fresh seafood caught by family or some Indigenous friends. Nanna was always up for a challenge!

    The last photo was taken on Groote Eylandt, where...  more
  • Susie Gyngell
  • Bruce Piper
  • Bruce Piper
    The whole family in mid-2020.