Mr Christopher William Nobbs


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Passed away peacefully 8th September 2020.

Aged 64 years.

Loved and loving partner of Julie.

Loved brother, brother-in-law and uncle of

Simon, Prue, Imogen, Harriet and Clae and Hilary.

Phillip, Diana, Angus and Alex.

Rest in peace.

Julie would like to thank all her beautiful family and friends for their love and support.

A Private Funeral Service was held.

In lieu of floral tributes donations in Chris' memory may be made to either

Dementia Australia, 27 Conyngham Street, Glenside 5065 ( )

Cancer Council SA, 202 Greenhill Road, Eastwood 5063 ( )

Chris' Funeral Service can be viewed below .

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"Dear Julie,
Michael and I are so sad to hear about Chris....he was a lovely man and will be missed. The service was very moving and the messages a testament to his sense of fun, zest for living and amazing achievements. Our thoughts are with you and your from Jenny and Michael."
– Jenny Gore and Michael Penck 23rd Sep 2020 - 01:04:03 PM

"Dear Chris, Mr Nobbs my teacher and family friend, what I remember the most was your smile and coolness. At school or hanging at our place with John U eating bbq, having laughs. Oooo and the my old cool house in Moonta. RIP old mate it was great to have had you in my life"
– Luke J Ulstrup 21st Sep 2020 - 10:26:55 AM

"It was an honour for me to know Chris. I enjoyed catching up with him over the decades discussing ideas and whatever was going down, agreeing, disagreeing and laughing. He was a wonderful work companion too. I will miss him dearly. Deep condolences to Julie and the family. May his memory be a blessing.
– Judith Rose 20th Sep 2020 - 10:06:55 AM

"Dear Chris, it was an honour to have known you and so sad that you’ve gone.
I’ll hold dear the time I saw you at the museum 7 years ago, when taking a group of Tafe students to draw in the World Mammals Gallery. You appeared from nowhere and pushed a rubber crocodile to my ear making a fierce roar. It was hilarious and the students were very amused. Then there was the time as an art student I visited your 1850s house at Goodwood, you and your housemates had set up a sheet with eye holes over the round hall banister light, a string pulley to the front door with a record player. When I opened the creaking door, a record started in 75 - slow motion speed emanating a ghostly sound in the dark. It was sheer genius. You were always such fun to be around. You have touched our lives and we are such better people for it. - Lesley Redgate"
– Lesley Redgate 19th Sep 2020 - 11:20:20 AM

"To Julie and the Nobbs’ family, we are saddened by the news of Chris’ passing. We will miss his wit, all those art, politics, and environment conversations and of course the gossip. We were thankful to be part of the service from here in South Korea: a mixture of tears and laughs for us hearing the many stories of Chris’s antics and his many passions and talents. Thanks so much for sharing the goodbyes, memories and tributes. We will always have fond memories of Chris as cheeky, smart and gregarious, bouncing up to us with a quick wit about your losing footy team or some latest social or political gossip and those wonderful backyard soirees. Take care Julie - Chris was special and our thoughts are with you.
Terri Moore & Peter Trethewey"
– Terri & Peter 19th Sep 2020 - 10:05:57 AM

"Dear Julie , we share in your loss and we are very sad ! We will always remember the weeks Chris spent with us in Frankfurt in Kelsterbacher Strasse - full of Chris humor , his curiosity for everything . Evenings with red wine and good food and discussions about art and museums and dialogues in Chris lovely German-English . We will miss you Chris ! - Tina and Wolfgang"
– Wolfgang Höfler 18th Sep 2020 - 09:03:14 PM

"Oh Chris, what a tragedy you're gone. A beautiful soul you were, always friendly and inclusive. I'm sorry I couldn't be there but my thoughts are with your beautiful family who no doubt will miss you. Bless xxxx"
– Debbie Churches 17th Sep 2020 - 10:16:18 PM

"It is with much sadness i write this message. Funny how our lives take different tangents and even though i have not seen you for a very long time I have very fond memories of sharing a house with you in Goodwood during our teachers college years.
Not least sitting on the ridge capping of the house watching sunsets or that time you decided to set fire to the wooden red phone box I was using to phone home. Perhaps the most memorable was a fellow housemates brother decided to stay over for a few nights. The next morning as we dutifully attacked the housework we were surrounded by armed detectives searching for our guest who was on the run from doing an armed robbery. When questioned by detectives we all pointed to the laundromat on Goody Road.
Never a dull moment in Hardy Street.
You were generous and funny. Rest in peace my friend."
– Fraser Buchan 17th Sep 2020 - 10:04:35 PM

"Dear Julie, Chris seems to have been in the Harris families lives for many years, since the 70's. We all have lovely memories of him and send you our love and thoughts. He will be very missed. Love from us all. Miranda"
– Miranda Harris 17th Sep 2020 - 08:19:08 PM

"It is always hard to put things into words at sad times, and often you learn things that you did not know as you share in a funeral. What came through today though, was what we all know and experienced, a friend full of energy, wit, talent, enthusiasm and determination with a wicked sense of fun. It was great to hear lovely tributes and stories, plus see the Kadina art crew reunited ..... We have so many shared memories. I still have memories of Chris making Raku pottery with my mottley crew of Transition Ed students at Kadina... It was great to see the photos. That group of crazy young teachers helped me so much! Both of you were essential parts of that insanity.
I would love to have seen Chris's face when he came home to discover the goat in his lounge from our Easter Flinders hike!!!! Pranks go both ways.....don't they Goran !!!
We are all better off for knowing Chris. He has left a wonderful legacy.
Much love to Julie and all Chris's family."
– Pauline Hines 17th Sep 2020 - 06:40:33 PM

"It was a pleasure and an honour to have known Chris and he will be sadly missed. But never forgotten."
– Vivienne & Craig 17th Sep 2020 - 05:01:29 PM

"Darling Chris, my laughing, quirky, adorable friend, I wish I could be with everyone today to say goodbye to you. You'll always be with me. Love to Julie and Chris's family XXXXXXXX"
– Isobel 17th Sep 2020 - 04:30:26 PM

"To Julie and the Nobbs family, so saddened to hear of Chris's passing. Memories of him swimming like a fish at Norwood pool all those summers ago. What a lovely gentle man."
– Cindy Czabania Corbin 17th Sep 2020 - 04:26:18 PM

"Dearest Julie, we are saddened to lean the news of Chris' passing. Chris was such a special person, one of a kind. Always ready to engage on art, politics and all that mattered. And this is what we loved most about him - he cared and cared deeply about the important things.

We are so sorry for your loss - you must miss him so much. Chris' laugh and cheeky sense of delight in the funny side of people and life was an amazing quality - always making fun with people, not about others. Susan"
– Rodin Genoff & Susan Pettifer 17th Sep 2020 - 04:24:51 PM

"For someone who doesn't care a fig about football I seem to remember many hours debating who had the best team, the best player or the best year. Your love of sport, the arts, education, history or whatever the conversation seemed to be about was infectious. Thinking of you with a smile..."
– Jane Leicester 17th Sep 2020 - 04:03:36 PM

"Dear Julie and the Nobbs family. I am saddened by Chris' passing. I thought of him frequently on my recent trip to the Flinders Ranges. I relived the walk through Chambers Gorge looking at and for Aboriginal rock carvings, the broken steering on Goran's Mini Moke, the tow into Blinman and the hospitality of the postie, Michael Murphy who fed us, stored the vehicle and drove us at midnight through the gorge to catch the bus south at Parachilna. You were always good company, Chris. Love, Tuck"
– Alan Tucker 17th Sep 2020 - 03:36:55 PM

"Memories dancing in my head ... white beach, crystal clear water, a little naked boy with a large dummy standing between you and Julie, driving lessons and smoking nature, a dinner with Ms Nobbs. Chris, it has been a pleasure; to you Julie, my memories and love."
– Roberta Mura 17th Sep 2020 - 10:43:57 AM

"We're privileged to have so many memories of the great times we had together as kids and teenagers. So sad to hear about your passing. RIP"
– Ian Nobbs, Vicki Day & Katie Drcy 16th Sep 2020 - 05:49:55 PM

"Dear Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. Chris was a lovely person and will be missed by many of us.
Love from Margaret Dodd"
– Margaret Dodd 16th Sep 2020 - 03:50:47 PM

"I'll always remember the fun times we had when we were kids. Rest In Peace"
– Michael Nobbs 15th Sep 2020 - 12:31:25 PM

"Many Memorable Moments catalogued with Chris. He will Always be Remembered as a Beautiful Person. Sadly Taken Too Early. Rest Peacefully Now - Damian"
– Damian Peter Weir 14th Sep 2020 - 01:48:42 PM

""Chris, you were always smiling, fun and a pleasure to work with at the SA Museum. I always felt like an equal anytime you talked with me. You may not have known it but you taught me a lot. I will remember you always."
– Michael Birch 10th Sep 2020 - 11:55:42 PM

"Dear Chris, you were an amazing educator, and had an uncanny ability to suck people into doing things they didn't know they wanted to in the name of science and education. You were no stock-standard teacher, and no doubt inspired many years of students filing through the museum.
I will remember you as being full of fun, head thrown back in raucous laughter, having an insatiable and irreverent humor. I remember you testing out your German language skills with me, tossing all manner of words in both languages into the mix, and arriving at an "interesting" but completely comprehensible dialogue. I always admired you for having absolutely no qualms about having a go, never mind the sentence structure or grammar. It didn't matter, and it was taken in good fun- like seemingly everything you did.
The last time I saw you, you were still healthy, and I am grateful that these are the images that will stay with me.
Keep laughing Chris, you'll be missed."
– Maya 10th Sep 2020 - 12:57:35 PM

"Herr Nobbs... always in my mind... honoured to have known you... since those Moonta days "Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day, Earth's joys grow dim, it's glories pass away, change and decay in all around I see, O Thou who changest not, abide with me". - Ello"
– Ello 26th Sep 2020 - 04:34:43 AM

"Big Hugs Julie. We all loved Chris. He, along with the Art Team inspired my children
to look at art in a different way. Chris was a friend to me when I needed one. I was
happy to share in the celebration of his life online. Thank you. Love and Peace
Geraldine Gillen (aka Ulstrup)"
– Geraldine Gillen 26th Sep 2020 - 04:34:43 AM