Graeme Kinross-Smith

11/09/1936 - 27/08/2021

In loving memory of Graeme Kinross-Smith who sadly passed away on 27th August 2021, aged 84 years
Dearly loved partner of Judith.
Cherished father of Nerida, Matthew and Anita and “Graemeee” to Amelia, Alex, Anthony, Emily, Marcus, Isabelle and Annabella.
Loved eldest son of Isobel Jones (dec.) and David Kinross Smith (dec.), brother of Ian (dec.), Alan and Russell.

Graeme passed away peacefully after a short illness. Greatly missed for his story-telling and love of his family.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Cross in memory of Graeme

To be an online guest at Graeme’s funeral service, please visit (Pin 6790)

Live Web Streaming available at commencement of service
03/09/2021 @ 10:00
Les Smith
2021-08-31 04:28:53
Dear Judith, so sorry to hear that Graeme has died. Our sincere condolences. He was a great friend and academic colleague at both the Gordon Institute of Technology and at Deakin University. He will be deeply missed. Regards, Les Smith and Fran Cooper
Brendan Ryan
2021-08-31 22:25:35
Dear Judith, I am sorry to hear about the death of Graeme. He was a great man and a great writer. He was always committed to his writing and photography and he was generous in his support to myself and the writing community. I enjoyed our chats at the MSO, his love of the coast and writing. My sympathies to you. Brendan Ryan
Rob & Yvonne Casey
2021-08-31 23:10:38
So sad to hear of Graeme’s passing. As well as being a respected and loyal friend, Graeme will forever be remembered as the author of “The Sweet Spot”, a beautifully written history of the Geelong Lawn Tennis Club. We will also fondly remember him for his wicked serve and creative game on the court. He was a true student of the game. Our deepest condolences to the family.
Léon and Stephanie Gleeson
2021-09-01 00:14:41
We are sad to hear of Graeme's passing and will raise our glasses to him each New Year's Eve to come. Heartfelt and respectful condolences to Judith and the family.
Jackie Falls
2021-09-01 02:15:58
Fond memories of a friend, fellow tennis player and great story teller, especially the stories related to the history of Geelong Lawn Tennis Club. Will miss the underarm serves and the many drop shots. RIP GK
Ian Williams
2021-09-01 03:07:38
Deepest sympathy to Graeme's family from Ian and Penny Williams
Adam Brown
2021-09-01 04:50:54
Sincere condolences to all of Graeme's family and friends, of whom there were undoubtedly many. My life has been all the richer for knowing Graeme and being able to call him friend. May stories of him and by him live on... Linked here are a few memories:
David McCooey
2021-09-01 05:49:44
We are so sad to hear about Graeme's passing. Graeme was a one-off. His tremendous generosity, good humour, and great talent as a writer and photography will be much missed. Our deepest condolences to you and your family, Judith. David McCooey and Maria Takolander
Jackie Falls
2021-09-01 06:01:46
Deepest sympathy to Judith, Matt and family, thinking of you at this very sad time, GLTC Seniors Group, RIP GK
Gig Ryan
2021-09-01 07:11:26
It was always a pleasure to run into Graeme over so many years, and I was glad to be able to publish some of his lively poems in The Age - particularly as many of his poems defied The Age restrictions as to length and layout. He had a long phase of 'centering' all his poems, a layout apparently bamboozling to subeditors, which must have amused him. Many sympathies to all of Graeme's family.
Ron Smith
2021-09-02 00:48:44
Graeme has been one of my closest friends since we met at Melbourne High School in 1954. He was a person of many talents: author, poet, loyal friend and a caring family man. He was very good at keeping in touch, especially during difficult times. We will all miss him very much.
Anthony Lynch
2021-09-02 01:21:22
We were so sad to hear the news of Graeme's death. He was a wonderful poet, writer of fiction and non-fiction, and a marvellous photographer. He was also a great friend to, and generous supporter of, so many others, and we were fortunate to publish a small selection of his work. He was such a warm and enthusiastic man, full of vitality, it's hard to believe we won't see or hear from him again. He’ll be dearly missed. Our love and thoughts are with Judith and family. Anthony and Amanda
Ron Land
2021-09-02 01:53:24
Will greatly miss Graemes company . From our days in Timboon to the more recent years of Nicos in Port CAMPBELL . Helen and myself loved to see GKS arrive , always with a tale to share . Will miss the discussion , his genuine interest in what was going on in our lives . Will miss having such a true friend . Ron and Helen Land . We offer any support , Judith , that you may require and look forward to staying in close contact with you.
Jan Williamson
2021-09-02 05:47:03
So sorry to hear of Graeme’s death. A wonderful friend to my parents, and great fun to spend time with. Love to Judith and everyone in the family.
Barry Breen
2021-09-02 07:10:52
I had not come across Graeme for some years when I saw him rise from the sea at 2-Mile Bay about 40 years ago. From then on he proved to be a wonderful friend to both Laura and me. I will particularly miss our long talks about poetry, poets, Port Campbell, photography, families and the whole world. I could go on and on (as I generally did when we got together) . . . Enough to say, dear Judith, that we are deeply sorry for your loss, for our loss, for everybody’s loss. Love from Laura and Barry.
Peter Hutchinson
2021-09-02 07:22:54
Graeme was an esteemed colleague at the Gordon Institute and Deakin University. He will be missed at "Thommo " lunches at Great Western Hotel. My condolences to his family
Allan Dempsey
2021-09-02 09:30:24
To Judith & members of Graeme’s Family my deepest sympathy to you all Camberwell High School 1949 Form Captain Graeme K Smith Vice Captain Allan Dempsey No more coffee days chatting about days gone by. I am extremely sad. The end of a long association spanning over seventy two years. Rest In Peace my dear friend Allan Dempsey
Kevin Gillam
2021-09-02 10:16:40
Dear Judith, Nerida, Matt, Anita and Graemee's amazing grandchildren.. I will be thinking of you and trust that during today's service you will find so many special highlights and memories of Graeme, Dad and Graemee, that you will find strength and comfort in the days ahead. Kevin.
Jenna & Philip Mead
2021-09-03 00:15:35
Thinking of you, Judith, and all Graeme‘s wonderful family. Remembering a staunch friend and a fabulous colleague; a poet to admire and a photographer of real talent, showing us new worlds. Graeme‘s generosity was legendary. His hospitality down at Waarre gave our daughter, Sylvia, her middle name. Vale, Graeme and thank you for everything.
Kylie Burnard (Lowe)
2021-09-03 00:15:44
Dear Matthew, Anita, Nerida, Judith and family, We are sorry we can't be with you today, but thankful for being able to share in this life celebration online. So many dear memories of Uncle Graeme - our family visits to Geelong, his visits to Culcairn, his quirky gifts, captivating story telling, wicked sense of humour and passion for preserving our family history. A generous soul, a life so richly lived. Love to you all. Kylie, Brad and Joan Lowe and families
Sally Harley
2021-09-03 01:08:33
Our thoughts are with all of Graeme's dear family and friends, especially Mum/Judith, today. We remember with fondness and gratitude Graeme's many kindnesses and generous gestures over the decades. Much love, Sally, Rich, Lawson, Bennett and Essie. x
Laura Dooley
2021-09-03 01:33:30
Despite knowing Graemeee only for a short time, the stories he shared, the memories we shared will remain with me forever. Thank you Judith and Graemeee for sharing teaching stories with me, these stories I will hold onto during my teaching practice in years to come. The last time I saw you I gave you a hug and a bottle of wine to say thank you for having me. Again I say, thank you for welcoming me into your family, into your happy place. I can see you in my partner, your grandson, Anthony. May you Rest In Peace.
Alex Skovron
2021-09-03 01:53:10
My warmest condolences to Judith and family. Although we didn't cross paths often in recent years, I will always remember Graeme with much fondness. The service was a magnificent and moving tribute.
Jill Pavia
2021-09-03 02:46:51
So sad to hear of Graeme's death. Fond memories of wonderful chats and tennis at Geelong Lawn. Sincere condolences to Matt and all Graeme's family.
Kate Leah Rendell
2021-09-03 03:35:47
So sorry to hear of Graeme's death. Such a wonderful man, artist and intellectual. I've only known him in recent times, but was so grateful for his support and interest in my Randolph Stow project. I enjoyed our long phone conversations between saltwater country in Broome and Geelong. Was glad he could see the Stow book finally published with his cover image earlier this year. Thinking of all his family and friends gathering to farewell Graeme today. Warmest Kate.
Ian Warren
2021-09-14 08:13:58
Im very saddened to hear of Graeme's passing. He was always took an interest in what I was doing when we crossed paths at Deakin in Waurn Ponds. Our many chats about tennis are fond memories, mixed with his collegiality and kindness. My sincere condolences
Rohan Bastin
2021-09-15 20:58:55
So sorry to have learned of Graeme's death so late. I was a corridor colleague at Waurn Ponds and was always buoyed by his way of taking time to chat and so subtly remind me of what is noble and worthwhile about education in the face of its decline in the corporate academy. Chance discoveries of paths crossed in mind if not in time at the Camberwell baths and Wangaratta grew from an actual encounter at the Jazz Festival to open whole new topics and make me feel like I'd met a long-lost relation. But I think Graeme could do that with most people. It was part of his story-teller's art. He was a good man.