I worked with John (aka JSK) at Mallesons for 4 years from 1998. He was the most un-partnerish partner I encountered at the firm. He was flamboyant, openly expressive, unconventional and creative - even cheeky you could say. He enthusiastically bought back some of his time from the firm (the only partner I knew of to do this) so that he could go adventuring and spend time with his family - which was clearly so precious to him. I worked closely with John and his team (I was their HR person) dealing with difficulties and challenges - there were many in such an intense, high performing environment. I would sometimes call him 'the little girl with the little curl' - he was sometimes a model leader and manager and other times devillishly naughty and I'd have to sweep him back onto the path. It generally wasn't hard to do as long as you could stand steady with him while you worked things through. He was also smart and didn't suffer fools. I stayed in touch with John after he left the firm, catching up with him for coffee and a whirlwind chat about life, career, the universe and everything. During one of these chats when I was thinking about my own career direction he encouraged me to start my own business - with an attitude of complete confidence that I could make a success of it. This conversation was an instrumental part of my decision to do that - a decision I made 7 years ago and I've never looked back. For this I'm very grateful to him. I have only just found out about John's passing and I'm deeply sadenned that his being is no longer in the world - that his mischievious smile and view of life, his adventurous, creative can-do attitude will never touch us again. I'm so glad for him that he had lived life so fully to this point. I'm so sorry that when I thought to call him a few months back I couldn't find his mobile no. Cath, my heart goes out to you and the kids. With love, Lenore Lambert P.S. I've got a couple of great photos of him I'll put up on here soon.
Our thoughts are with the Kelly family.
The Kelly and Luckock children grew up together as cousins We spent many days in Oakey and at Mooloolaba together on the beach and in the sea. The last few years has seen us drift away as adults but the bonds of childhood happy times will always endure. John I will miss the thought of you being in this world with us and the thought that we would meet agin to relive happy memories. I am very sad to loose you from our lives but you will always own the special place in my heart that belongs to you. Rest in peace mate. Love Mart