Passed away November 8, 2022.

It is with much sadness we announce the sudden passing of Sarah while on holiday at Normanville SA, aged 40 years.

Much loved and loving daughter of Duncan and Laura.  Loved sister and sister-in-law of Heath and Naoko, loving aunt of Emily, Hugo and Eve.

Dearly loved granddaughter of Roy (dec) and Trudie Tomlinson, and Jack and Elsie Chappel (both dec). Cherished niece and cousin of the extended Tomlinson and Chappel families.

Sarah, you were a strong, intelligent, independent, generous woman, with razor sharp wit who lived a passionate life of radio broadcasting. Always lighting up a room with your presence and big heart, making an everlasting mark on those you touched.

Memories bring us closer, never far apart.
You will never be forgotten.
You are forever in our hearts.
In God’s loving care.


Funeral Notice
Chapel of North West Funerals 596 Deakin Avenue, MilduraView Map

A memorial service to celebrate the life of the late Sarah Tomlinson will be held at the Chapel of North West Funerals, 596 Deakin Avenue, Mildura, on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 2.00pm.

  1. Sarah Tomo,
    Forever remembered and cherished friend who will be missed dearly by us all. With love to Laura, Duncan, Heath & Family – Dana, Karen, Liss, Tanya & Liv – 6 of us always & forever x

    Olivia Mason November 18, 2022
  2. Goodbye Sarah Tomlinson – so many beautiful words have been said about Sarah’s compassion for others and bravery and I’d like to echo that again.

    She had a difficult life but instead of getting down herself she constantly built others up and brought joy, love and good humour to all those she met!

    Sarah was a huge part of my years at ABC North and West- a friend, a theatre mate, a colleague, even a house mate at one point… I even found an old message where she told me she was planning to camp under my apricot tree all summer and get the apricots before the birds got them.

    I love that so many people knew Sarah so well – the tributes show this. It has been comforting to read them and I hope they will continue to comfort Sarah’s family and very closest friends in the hard days and years to come.

    It’s so sad but I’m glad we have lovely memories together and it’s also been bittersweet to get back in touch with old colleagues and friends from many years ago.

    Petria Ladgrove November 19, 2022
  3. Sarah – my gorgeous “Anyway Friend”.

    Thank you for so many wonderful and hilarious moments, which are now deeply cherished memories.

    The world will never shine as brightly without you.

    Always Loved – Forever Missed.

    Dana x

    Dana Riddle November 19, 2022
  4. Our love thoughts and prayers to dear Duncan, Laura, Heath Naoko and friends and family from the Wiedemann familyxxxxAnother Angel in gods garden!🌺❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Ian and Rhonda Wiedemann xx November 21, 2022
  5. sarah you were an absolute pleasure to work with get to know and i personally will mis you more then words can ever ever ever ever express
    thanks for all the awesome times your memory will live in my heart forever miss you many many many more times then you know you can rock out to barnsey whenever you want now until we meet again my freind i’ll miss your presence around the office

    bill johnson November 22, 2022
  6. Words can’t express the deep sorrow we feel at the loss of Sarah. She will be sadly missed. We will have loving memories of her every time we see Duncan walk past with Harley She had so much love for her family and friends and especially her loved dog Harley Hopefully there is a radio station up there where she can keep everyone entertained. 😍🥲

    time we see Duncan walk past with Harley we will remember her compassion and love she had for her family and friends and especially Harley

    Jeanette Bertalli November 23, 2022
  7. From being well versed in the news of the day.. to quoting Pee Wee Hermann’s Big Adventure word for word.. a knowledgeable intellect, enormous wit and a gorgeous person.

    Sarah I suspect you’d love to open the talkback lines as to whether these kind of online tributes have any relevance .. but I’ll post it anyway .. Jeanesy .. x

    Tim Jeanes November 24, 2022
  8. Sarah.

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Everything that has been written about your kindness, your generosity, your friendship is true, and I am so grateful I got to experience it in spades. You were there during so many formative experiences of my life, and I am not ready to accept you won’t be there for any more. I still don’t know which one is Brooks and which one is Dunn – you were going to help me figure that out once and for all.

    We bonded over a mutual love of country music, Anne of Green Gables, and finding the funny in pretty much everything – you in the word ‘pants’, me in the Instagram posts of AFL teams on Valentine’s Day (though I’m fairly sure that had something to do with me being in a vortex of postpartum hormones, I knew you were the one person who would entertain my madness, as you always did.)

    You were so intentional with everything you did in life, you remembered all the little details and were always ready with the right words for any occasion. I bet you’d even have the perfect words for now, when you’re no longer here.

    One of the first things we ever did together all those years ago was go to a Ryan Adams gig. It was mostly terrible, he barely uttered a word except to say if his face fell off, his skull would be lonely. It’s the first thing I thought of when I heard the news that you, a kindred spirit, were gone. I’m sure there are far more eloquent metaphors, but without your face, we are all going to be so lonely.

    Sending love to the Tomlinson family, and to all of the many people who were lucky enough to love you and call you a friend.

    Rest well, until we meet again. xoxo

    Belinda, Nathan and Larry November 24, 2022
  9. It is so sad Sarah is no longer with us. I knew her since 1988 when she and I started school at Mildura West Primary School. We were in the same class in Prep, Mrs Flood was our teacher.

    Michael Cupper November 24, 2022
  10. My dear ol mate.

    Sarah we were classmates, media studies rivals (bloody Michelle), colleagues but most of all you were a great friend.

    There is so much that I will miss about knowing that you are no longer here for a cheeky Facebook comment, a silly pun, some cherished advice or just the constancy that you have provided.

    You were a giant in your field, a cherished colleague, passionate advocate and true leader of regional and rural broadcasting.

    We will miss you dearly, so long my friend, see you on the other side.

    My love to the Tomlinson and ABC families, and to all those community groups that were lucky enough to share a little bit of Sarah.

    Dean xx

    Dean Worthington November 25, 2022
  11. Dear Sarah you were such a pleasure to know and to work with – I so admired your commitment to radio and to journalism. You were gracious and intelligent and intuitive and you also loved a good time. It’s terribly sad that you only had 40 years on this Earth but you knew how precious those years were and didn’t waste them.

    “Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun” (Marcus Aurelius)

    Always remembered

    Anne Hastwell November 25, 2022
  12. Thinking of all of Sarah’s friends and Family.

    I will always treasure memories of Sarah of our time with the Port Pirie Theatre groups


    Loren Jones November 25, 2022
  13. Oh how we are going to miss you Sarah! I only had the privilege of getting to know you more recently when you moved to your role at the ABC in Mildura. You were so thoughtful; we were a similar age and you sent me a little gift for my birthday. You were always looking for opportunities to promote and develop your team at the ABC; and you always had a witty line or comment to accompany the everyday. My condolences to all your friends and family at this difficult time.

    Karen Brookes November 25, 2022
  14. Dear Sarah, Thank you for your endless friendship and warm heart. Our time spent with you was only fleeting, yet you left an indelible mark on our lives. You will be greatly missed.

    Gary-Jon Lysaght and Shannon Corvo November 25, 2022
  15. Sending love, hugs and deepest sympathy to Laura, Duncan, Heath, Naoko, Emily, Hugo and Eve at this sad time. Sarah Jane Tomlinson – a truly beautiful soul has left us too early. 💗 Shirley and Bill Brown. xx

    Shirley Brown November 25, 2022
  16. I remember being a young teen, maybe 15. House parties when parents go away create a lot of buzz and excitement. I think many of us knew Sarah would likely never have a house party. She’s too mature to do the dodgy naughty thing around responsibilities etc.

    Then it finally happened. Word got around Sarah was throwing a party on the weekend. I was invited.

    Sheesh it was kicking off early, it was definitely going to be a big night. I wasn’t too cool to show up on time; it’s her party. I’m gonna be there.

    I should have listened to my first instincts; it was exactly what you would have expected. I spent a good hour getting to know her mother in the kitchen. Drinks were allowed in moderation. And the snack spread; I’ve never been to a party so well planned out at that stage in my life.

    I know you know you always have my respect; which doesn’t end here.

    I already missed you darl. I’ll always miss you. Thank you for being you.

    Cameron McGauchie November 29, 2022
  17. Sarah and I instantly connected when I interviewed her for her role with ABC North and West SA. We shared the same birthday, we are both from Mildura, and her family home is directly behind my Aunty and Uncle’s.
    My mum died on the morning of 8 November 2022, and Sarah messaged me that afternoon, offering support in any way.
    As everyone has attested to, Sarah was always thinking of others.
    I will cherish that message.
    And I will look above and smile each 30 May, our birthday.
    My condolences to Mr & Mrs Tomlinson, Heath and Sarah’s extended family.

    Bryanne Smith December 2, 2022