Mrs Dawn Josephine Cleary RN DSG (nee "Byrnes")


For more than 65 of her 87 years, Mum was the cherished and uneclipsed "Sunrise" to our dad, her Ted.

Loved dearly by us her children: Debs, Jim, Terry and Sean - and partners: Bruce, Betty, Gay and Marisol.

Adored by her 11 grandchildren: Ben, Beth, Alissa, James, Jodie, Nick, Kate, Paul, Brendan, Will and Elli, their partners, and 13 great-grandchildren.

From her earliest moments until her later years, Dawn was ever the carer: as daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Dawn's compassion and caring for others was manifest too, outside of her family, in every aspect of her life as a nurse, educator, palliative-care sister, grief-counsellor, and leader within Adelaide's broader Catholic community.

A Private Funeral Service will be held.

Dawn's Funeral Service can be live-streamed at this webpage of WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2020 at 9:45am for 10:00am commencement, by accessing the link below:

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"On my what an amazing life and example of love and compassion. I was blessed to know Dawn and the Cleary clan over many, many years. I particularly remember Dawn helping to nurse my grandmother in her final years at Mary Potter. Praise be to God for the way Dawn gave life and love to so many and lived her faith in an utterly authentic way."
– John Leydon 21st Nov 2020 - 09:33:00 PM

"Our deepest sympathy to you Sean and all your family at this very sad time. Love Sue and Lachlan"
– Sue and Lachlan 20th Nov 2020 - 08:19:47 PM

"I have precious memories of Dawn and Ted, which stem from my time in the Hectorville Parish in the 1980s. They were indeed special people. To all the family I offer my prayerful sympathy. Thank you for the beautiful farewell. Love and blessings. Liz"
– Sr Liz Morris 19th Nov 2020 - 04:01:42 PM

"Deapest condolences. Dawn and Ted were always so welcoming and thoughtful and will be sorely missed. May they rest in peace together."
– Jacqui Cymerman 19th Nov 2020 - 10:53:49 AM

"RIP your dear mother Sean, our family send condolences to you, all your family and friends.
Orellana family. Brisbane QLD."
– Ovidio Orellana 18th Nov 2020 - 12:21:42 PM

"Dear Cleary Clan! Our thoughts and love and sympathy are with you all today.We joined you online!
Dawn and Ted made us so welcome in our early years in Australia and encouraged us to stay! Here we are 40 years on!!
Dawn was so proud of you all. She was such a carer in all aspects of her life.
She will be sadly missed."
– Liz & Mark Gibson 18th Nov 2020 - 12:21:13 PM

"Sending love and sympathy to my Cleary cousins. How lucky you were to have such a wonderful mother. I will remember her laughing and full of love. Thinking of you all today. Xx"
– Karen Boyce 18th Nov 2020 - 10:26:36 AM

"Thinking of all the family. Paul & Petra"
– Paul McLiesh 18th Nov 2020 - 09:49:07 AM

"Sending love to family now and always - remembering with such fondness how Dawn was part of our life over all those years, how she loved my brother Ted and the life that she happily shared being a Mother and a friend to many - her smile and her laugh, her joy for living and her strength too ... remembering too the friendship that Dawn shared with her Mother-in-law, my Mother, Cordelia ... Cynthia Joy"
– Cindy Hickman 18th Nov 2020 - 08:20:22 AM

"My deepest sympathy to Dawn’s family. Dawn was with me, in her capacity as palliative care sister, when my dear mother died and I have never forgotten her and never will."
– Joan Dempsey 17th Nov 2020 - 08:03:21 PM

"Our deepest sympathies to the Cleary family. Now Dawn is at peace in the presence of God in the company of Ted. Alleluia!"
– Mario & Julie Trinidad 17th Nov 2020 - 02:15:26 AM