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  1. Dearest Sue and Burnett Family,

    It saddens our hearts deeply to hear of Don’s passing.
    We send you our prayers and deepest condolences.

    The Sinclair’s (7 Onthonna)

  2. To Sue, and the Burnett family,
    We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Don.
    We will remember him as a true gentleman, quick to smile, a ready ear, eager to chat, always there to help.
    He was generous with his time and energy, committed to various community organisations.
    It was a privilege to have worked with him to maintain our Onthonna CFU; as a founding member, he brought a wealth of experience, and was instrumental in building the team and processes that made our unit such a success.
    Your loss is great, but we hope you find comfort in your treasured memories of him, and comfort in knowing his influence was greatly appreciated and admired.
    With our deepest condolences

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Bush fire-related themes keep shining through – Ku-ring-gai RFS, the Pearl Beach brigade, and of course the local Umina CFU.

  3. Having Don and Sue as Umina neighbours and friends during the past ten years has been a privilege and a delight. From the day I moved in, they’ve been there offering a helping hand, a welcome drink, Don’s famous Sunday pasta dinner and so much more. We’ve been inspired by their infectious, intrepid sense of adventure. They spurred us on to share two wonderful explorations of remote northern Australia – a long, challenging road trip across Arnhem Land and the first Coral Expeditions cruise to visit Torres Strait islands. Don was into everything – trekking through the bush to see unique Aboriginal cave art, snorkelling in the crystal waters of the Strait, eagerly enjoying feasts, fun and friendship wherever we went. We’ve shared so much with this wise, resourceful man and his beloved Sue. We send our love and thoughts to Sue and all the Burnett mob. Vale Don and thanks for everything.

  4. So sorry to hear about the great Don Burnett passing.
    If it wasn’t for Don I wouldn’t be in my chosen industry today and I’m sure many others can reflect the sentiment.
    I also wouldn’t have the appreciation I have for putting the aerial down in a car wash that I also have thanks to Don nominating me to take the Cressida through “the most expensive car wash ever!” as he later cited or was it sighed. Obviously that comment will only mean something to those working at the Thornleigh office in the 90’s.
    Farewell Don, and love to you Sue and the boys.

  5. What a wonderful, productive life that took many adventurous, turns, a great family man, & contributor to his community,..Dianne & I met Don @ the time of Jonathan’s purchase of his Unit @ Wollstonecraft..&, he immediately stuck a cord with us as a good man of character & integrity …he will be sadly missed by his life partner/wife of 57 years..& his fine sons, who he must have been very proud of…also, he will be sadly missed by friends, & members’ of his community, to whom he made some remarkable contributions, throughout his life journey….R.I.P. Don…job well done.

  6. Very sad to hear of Don’s passing.
    Some of my happiest working years were spent as part of the Burnett Property Group family in the late 80’s and 90’s, first above the shoe shop at Turramurra and then at Thornleigh.
    Don was an absolute fountain of knowledge and a wonderful teacher to those who worked with him, many of us still working in the industry today.
    My sympathies to Sue, the boys and extended families, he will no doubt be missed but will never be forgotten.
    RIP Don and thank you.

  7. Sue and family
    Sorry to hear about Don’s passing. A force of nature gone, but certainly will never be forgotten. Wishing you all the very best.
    Joyce Lynch and family

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