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An Afternoon for Anisa on Wednesday June 28, 2023 at 12:30pm 

Damien and Anisa’s Family invite you to join them

to cherish Anisa and say farewell

at the Montacute Community Hall, 68 Institute Road, Montacute.

Refreshments will follow.


Please bring a garden bloom to decorate Anisa’s wicker casket.

DRESS WARMLY and please arrive promptly.


For those booking return flights, bookings after 5pm are suggested.


For those not able to attend, a recording of the service

will be available after 4:30 p.m. today.

Use the link at top of this page.

Message Board

Jess Brennan -

Farewell lovely friend. The world has lost such a smart, funny, vibrant woman far too soon. I'll miss you and your wickedly excellent laugh. All my love to Damo, Soraya and Amina - I'm so sorry for the loss of your wonderful wife and mum x

Patrick Boydell -

May the brightest soul I know shine on. Thank you for your inspiration, your laughter and all the great memories that we shared. I know your essence will live on and shine through Damo and the girls and I know you will be watching on with pride. Goodbye for now. All my love, Pat xxxx

Margerit and Alfred Gilini -

Our heats and prayers are with you all as you lay Anisa to rest. She will always be fondly remembered.

Michael and Judy Rice -

Damien, Our deep Sympathy on the death of Anita. We were so sad to see it today. Our love to you and the family at this sad time.

Mark Storer -

I first met Anisa when she and my brother Damien shared a house behind the Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills, and that is when she must have thought "He's a keeper" because they never looked back from then on. To me she was like a 24-carat diamond that sparkles and gives you warmth just to be in the presence of; and I am sure that is what Damien realised then - she was a price-less gemstone - and one that he now has lost. She was a remarkable Woman. An executive, a titan in her career to be admired jet-setting from one critical meeting to the next across the globe. The love Damien and she shared was a joy to behold - their marriage was one of my family’s greatest days in memory and a night following of celebration never to be forgotten with quite a headache to nurse the next day... Her daughters Soraya and Amina (my darling nieces) are the most grounded, intelligent girls you could possibly meet, and this is a result of excellent genetic breeding of course, and I am convinced that Anisa has already confided advice to them in terms of secret women’s business that will stand them in good stead as they reach maturity. The fact that she won't be there for these significant milestones in the future fills me with sorrow - the only hope is the fact that they both have the most astounding role models within their immediate family in each and every-one of their aunts - we will gather around these young souls and carry them with us the whole of our lives - that is a pact. All I can say in closing is that Jesus Our Lord ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the father and that Anisa is now up there too; if there is a Muslim section - and looking down on creation for Eternity.

Rob and Rach -

We were privileged to have called you a friend. Honest, fun, unique. Taken way too soon. We will all miss you. Sorry to not be able to attend. Thinking of Damo and the girls and Zulfiqar clan. XO

Anne Petch -

My heart and love goes out to you all at this saddest of times as you support Damien, their girls and each other in saying farewell to a much loved Anisa. I am just so, so saddened by this news.

David, Ros, Maisie and Hamish -

Anisa was one of a kind, an incredible spirit and who we were lucky to have called a friend. Over the years of friendships, weddings, births of our kids, we were privileged to have been part of the Storer Zulfiqar lives. Her laugh was the sound of joy and we will miss her terribly. We are so lucky that we get Amina and Soraya that are forever part of her.

Elise Stone -

Thinking of Anisa's beautiful family, loved ones and friends. I am a colleague of Anisa's from Pearson Australia and had the good fortune of getting to know her working in the Sydney office. Anisa's intellect, her style, her mellifluous voice, her leadership, her strength and thoughtfulness will be how I remember her. And that cheeky twinkle in her eyes, of course! My sincere condolences to you all. She has left a lasting legacy to those that were fortunate enough to share even the briefest of times with her. xxx

Julie Kaesler -

I have fond memories of interesting and lively conversations with Anisa as we were bushwalking with the Goannas walking group. May all Anisa's family and friends find comfort in their memories of her.

Pauline and Bijan Sharif-Vatani -

We knew Anisa as a little girl in Islamabad, Pakistan when we and Anisa’s mother, Jenny, were working for the UN there. We became good friends with Jenny, and our daughter, Louise, became a childhood friend of Anisa. We have fond memories of Anisa as a very pretty, bright and lively little girl, full of promise, and it is devastating to learn that her life has been cut short so early, leaving behind her husband and two young girls. Because so much of our time has been spent overseas, we have seen very little of her since, the last time being Jenny’s 60th birthday party in London where we met Anisa as a confident young woman. It has been so touching to read the heartfelt comments of her friends and family about her wonderful personality. With our deepest sympathy, Pauline and Bijan Sharif-Vatani

David Barnett -

Dear Damien & family: I am so sorry for the loss of the beautiful Anisa. It was my privilege to work with her for many years, and to see up close her passion, energy and her fierce intelligence. I also know she was deeply devoted to her family, and spoke of you all often. My deepest condolences to you at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. David Barnett.

Simone wright -

So sorry to hear this news. Anisa was an inspiring amazing

Simone Wright -

Anisa was a delightful and inspiring woman. As a colleague she was kind courageous and someone who leaves a lasting impression on you well after a conversation or exchange. She will be remembered for her spirit and her smile. Thinking of her family and friends at the time. A sad loss. Simone

Laura Dobbyn -

My dearest Anisa, I will forever hold in my heart the treasured memories of the friendship, laughter, love and adventures we shared across continents and decades, all starting back when we were at school together in Watford. You were the best friend a girl could ever ask for and I will miss you so very deeply. Your zest for life and vibrancy was clear to all and you always saw the best in people. Sending all of my love to Damo, Soraya, Amina, and all of Anisa's loving family. Until we meet again my love xx

Amy Schulenburg -

I am so grateful to have had Anisa in my life. I could always count on her for grounded advice, a new perspective on a situation or a good laugh. I am a better person for having known her and will miss her dearly. Sending love to Damo, Soraya and Amina. Love, Amy

Ben Geurens -

Dear Anisa, You said to me recently that the best decision you ever made was to marry Damo. Boy am I glad you did. You both created those two perfect girls in Soraya and Amina. I’m going to miss you so much but I can guarantee you one thing…I will be there for Damo and the girls forever. And your beautiful mum, Jennifer. And whoever else that loved you that needs a big hug and a chat about Anisa. Love, Ben, Kelly, Pip and Minnie Geurens

Naomi Mathias -

What is to give light must endure burning. Anisa you were one of a kind and we were so lucky to have worked with you and experienced your gracious and witty nature. We are devastated for the loss your family will now endure as will we, but we know that your impact on those around you has been immeasurable and will live on in all those lives you have touched. Rest in peace. Naomi & the Pearson HR team

Meriel Custance -

Our most loving thoughts to Anisa’s family and friends around the world. Their kindness, compassion and appreciation for her amazing spirit shine brightly against the sad grey cloudy days since Anisa died. It’s been like the whole earth is weeping and mourning her death. Although I have only known The Storers for a few months, I will miss Anisa, her book recommendations, intellect and her zest for life. Hopefully Damo, Soraya and Amina will continue to visit with Bicky! Huge hugs to Anisa’s mum, Jennifer; also Anisa’s amazing siblings Mika, Mariam and Jamal. Your care and dedication are inspirational. We are so very very sorry for this heartbreaking loss.

Brad Petrie -

Our dear friend, we will always remember you for your infectious giggle, your unique beauty and your quirky sense of humour. Your love and support for all your friends and family will be always appreciated and will never be forgotten. Anisa, you are one of a kind. We will cherish our memories with you and hold you forever in our hearts. Love always Brad and Chris.

Bianca -

We cannot believe we no longer have beautiful Anisa on this planet. I will never forget her infectious giggle, quiet mastery of any room she entered, and massive capacity for love and acceptance. She has always been an inspiration. She showed us all what class was. We send all our love to Damo, Soraya and Amina, whose loss is incomprehensible. Our friendship and support is yours. Always, Biánca, Sasha, Zali and Baxter xxx

Gert Jaap Schoppink -

I do remember Anisa as very passionate and driven colleague that would always go the extra mile. Every day, she had an eye out for new opportunities and was committed to her work and doing the best for our company. Critical at times about why things could not happen faster and certainly not ready to take "no" for an answer. I had the opportunity to coach her for a while, although the coaching happened more the other way around. Being the person she was, she did set an example for many of us. We will miss greatly her as a true professional, for the person she was and as a dear colleague. My thoughts are with her family and closest friends.

The Artangel Team -

The Artangel team in London sends you our deepest condolences. Wishing your family great strength to navigate this incredibly difficult time. The loss of Anisa is indescribable and will shift things deep within you, but you will always carry her with you and she will always be a part of who you are. The door at Artangel is wide open, and from what Mariam has shared we can see Soraya and Amina becoming great artists one day. We hope love, humour, and togetherness will bring some light into these dark days. Lots of love from your Artangel family, Tony S, James, Michael, Alice, Sam, Marina, Persilia, Anita, Idil, Tony G., Sandy, Tara and Lili

Micki Wainhouse -

Dear Damo, Soraya, Amina, Jennifer, Mariam, Miko and Jamie. My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your beautiful Anisa. I hope the love you will always have for Anisa and each other sustains you during this unfathomably painful time. All my love from London, Micki xxxxx

Alison Walter -

Anisa was the cool big sister of my best friend. She was beautiful and funny with pin sharp wit and intelligence; and luckily for me, tolerant and kind enough to let Mariam and I hang out with her and her friends. Her laugh was so unique and infectious, which I’m so pleased to see has been well documented here. Although we have not been close for many years, I always looked forward to the occasions when Anisa would rock up at the annual Zulfiqar Christmas Tea, cool as a cucumber sandwich. I will cherish the all the fond memories, especially the giggle. The world has lost a star. Sending my deepest sympathies to Jenny and all the Zulfiqar family; Damo, Amina & Soraya, and all the Storer family. May the happy memories give us peace and comfort at this difficult time.

The Board of Artangel (London) -

Dear Mariam, The Board of Artangel wishes to convey its sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your beloved sister, Anisa. We will be keeping you all in our thoughts, and please know that we will continue to be here for you during this sad and difficult time. Hannah, John C, Marcus, John H, Roger, Caroline, Tony, Jemma, Harjot and Jenny

Melina & Lily K -

Dear Damien and family, we are so saddened to hear of the passing of Anisa. She was such a bright spark and we are so happy to have known her, even if only for a few years. I am so glad that our daughters met and hope their friendship will continue to last many more years. Anisa always carried herself with such grace and was always so easy to chat to. Sending you love, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time xx

Leigh Sales -

I’m incredibly sad at the passing of this warm, beautiful woman and send my love and condolences to Damo & the girls, Jennifer and her family and to the extended Storer family.

Jeremy Storer, Annabel Crabb, Audrey, Elliott and Kate -

Dearest Anisa, We've been so fortunate to have you in our lives. Your wisdom and grace, generosity and sense of the absurd lit you from within until the very end. We will never forget your generosity to us even in your suffering, when you went out of your way to console and reassure each of us. Watching you and Damien gently take care of each other and the girls has been an extraordinary thing to witness. We will love them and care for them till the end of our days. Thank you, too, for the opportunity to get to know your wonderful Mum Jennifer, your sister Mariam and brothers Mikaal and Jamal. They are with us for ever, just like you. X

Hajra -

Forever in our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with Anisa and the family. With love and fond memories. The Khan Family. May she rest in eternal peace xxxx

Lewis Family (Tanya, Kristin, Frankie, Hazel, Esther & Gemma -

Anisa taught me more about joy. Xx Our thoughts and prayers are with you Damien, Soraya and Amina xx

McCabe family -

Dear Damien, Soraya, Amina, Bikkie and wider family. Our deepest sympathies for your loss of wonderful Anisa. We have been developing a beautiful friendship with your lovely family since we newly moved to Adelaide. We will miss Anisa's beautiful personality and wonderful friendship. Wishing you some solace in such a heart breaking time and our love ongoing. Lara, Michael, Brianna, Nick, Mila xxx

Nicki Joshua -

Anisa, you were equal parts gentle soul and bright spark and brought these qualities to every interaction. I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside you and regularly reflect on the impact you have had on our business. You were genuinely inspiring in the way you knocked through barrier after barrier all with such grace and positivity. I loved the opportunity to travel with you, eat, drink and laugh with you and I have benefited from many of your fabulous recommendations. I will treasure these memories. Thank you for the lessons you have taught me. To Damo, Soraya and Amina - Anisa was so proud of you and adored you with her whole heart. May your spirit live on dear friend.

Dora Iuliano on behalf of Rose Park PS -

Our deepest condolences to Damien, Soraya, Amina and family at this sad time. Please reach out for support and cherish the wonderful memories of Anisa and the love she gave. Hugs from Dora, Lindy and Kim on behalf of our Rose Park PS community xxxxxxxxx

James Storer -

Dear cousin Damien, and my beautiful nieces Soraya and Amina, I am so sorry for your loss, it was a delight to meet you all in Bangkok not so long ago and I am sorry I cannot be in Adelaide in person to say goodbye to Anisa and support you in your sadness. Love, James

Gwen Blake and family -

We’re so sad at the loss of beautiful Anisa and send our love and warmth to Damien, Soraya and Amina and to everyone who knew and loved Anisa. We will always remember her shining sound and warm and engaging personality. xxxxx

Mona -

Words seem inadequate. Sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time

Anita Osborne -

It was such a pleasure to have known you. Such a devastating loss, taken far too soon. Our love and prayers are with you all.

Robert Craig -

Words cannot express how saddened I am to learn of the sad loss of Anisa. She was a colleague who will truly be missed. Thinking of your friends and your family as you celebrate the life of Anisa.

Sitwat Adil Khan -

Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون 'We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return' Anisa my lovely friend as she called me 'my Pakistani friend', had known her for only 2 years but it seemed like a lifetime. She was 'zinda dil' (urdu word for lively). We often spoke in urdu and she would often put me on the spot by asking the meaning of some complex words. Whether it was a heartfelt conversation over a cup of Chai or desi food, or simply a warm embrace when I needed it most, these memories hold the essence of who Anisa was and the depth of her impact on my life. She often used to say that her disease changed her perspective about life - in a good way and today I say, her compassion, strength, and positivity has changed my outlook about life. Her infectious laughter and genuine smile had a way of brightening even the darkest of days. Anisa had a deep understanding of the power of friendship and nurtured relationships with so much dedication. She had a unique ability to make everyone feel valued. I remember Anisa not only for her vibrant spirit but also for her remarkable accomplishments. She believed in the power of chasing after what brought her joy and encouraged others to do the same. Today, I say 'Allah Hafiz' to my dear friend Anisa. May Allah make her journey easy and grant her highest rank in Jannah. May Allah grant comfort and peace to her loving husband Damien, her beautiful girls Soraya & Amina and her most loving mum and siblings ❤️

Adil Iqbal -

Anisa was a genuine, charismatic and a soul with an amazing spirit. Her charsima bounced off in the aura of how she would make everyone associated with her feel on top of the world. The care she invested in establishing and building relationships was endearing. Thanks to Anisa, I have learnt with our association that time is not necessarily a factor in establishing bonds. She had and will always have a special place in our lives. She was a dear friend to my wife Sitwat. We will cherish her memories though the vaccum she has left behind will definitely be felt for a long time. My prayers and wishes for Damien, Soraya , Amina, Jenny and all her siblings. "Zulfiqar" (as I used to call her) you will be dearly missed. It was a privilege to know you!

Yasmin Karami -

Anisa, I remember so clearly your beautiful face and warm welcome when you opened that Tokyo hotel room door and greeted me for the first time twenty-three years ago. Words can’t explain how I feel. You are the most vibrant, vivacious, talented woman I know. I use the present tense because you are, and always will be, part of my life experience. I will treasure the memories I have, that span continents and decades. Farewell, old friend. Damien, Soraya and Amina, I am so sorry for your loss.

Sameena Ahmed -

Anisa, you will always be Mariams cool and fierce big sister. The trailblazer and adventurer. I will always remember your cheeky smile and wonderfully warm giggle that I'm sure is now lighting up the heavens above. Taken far too soon, but now at peace and watching over your girls. Deepest condolences to Jenny, Mariam, Jamal and Miko; Damien, Soraya and Amina... how proud you must all be of your amazing, wonderful Anisa.

Laura Haynes Mullervy -

In my memory, Anisa is sitting on her bed upstairs at home in Watford, giving her younger sister’s friends advice - like me- and plotting our next night out, which she graciously would often let us join. I admired how she was cool yet at the same time loved books, how she wanted to go raving and simultaneously ace her exams. Her laugh would set us all off, and her love of life, experiences and people was immense. I’m thankful to have been in her orbit even if just for a short while. My love to the family and rest in peace, beautiful Anisa.

Jacqueline, Mary Anne and Lilla -

We met Anisa, Damo and the girls because my daughter forged a very strong friendship with Soraya in Kindy. We were not looking for any more friends at the time but just instantly loved this family. All of them. For many reasons. When I first met Anisa I thought she was a woman on a life mission. She knew what she wanted out of life. A real "go getter". Determined, smart and funny - and super charismatic. She had such a big life force. Ironic given she left this world far too soon. Something I just cannot get my head around. My favourite memories of Anisa will always be Easter 2022 when my family and I stayed with Anisa and family for the weekend. I will never forget the very honest and raw conversations Anisa and I had about what it is to have a terminal illness, life after death, looking at mortality. I listened. She listened. I came away in absolute awe of this woman and her strength. I also came away thinking I wish I had known Anisa longer. I wished we had had more conversations. Our love and thoughts are with Damo, Soraya and Amina. There are going to be many difficult days ahead for many years to come. Remember Anisa will be with you at these times. And so will your family and friends. You are all very much loved. We are here. And Anisa will also be there when it is your time to leave this earth. Jacqueline

Leash -

I am lost for words with sadness, but will always remember you for your sense of humor, loving and caring personality ) .... I love you dearly

Anne McLaughlin -

Deepest sympathy to all Anisa’s family. Anisa was an amazing lady. She came to Ireland with Laura for a wedding and stole the show. Everyone wanted to talk to her as she had a wonderful personality. She will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in peace.

Jay Lingham -

I know Anisa through Laura Dobbyn in London. Many years ago, I was fortunate to spend many evenings and weekends in Anisa’s wonderful company - carousing around London, clubbing in Cardiff, hiking (walking round a gently sloping field) and enjoying “health drinks” in the Cotswolds, and admiring the Ladyboys of Bangkok at Edinburgh Festival. Anisa brought sparkle, joy and fun to all occasions; at the same time, in our 20s, I was in awe of how emotionally grounded and mature she was - I aspired to be like her. As a fellow “British South Asian”, I also had great admiration for how she navigated this at times confusing terrain. I send my love, thoughts and deepest condolences to Damien, Soraya and Amina, and the Zulfiqar family.

Mudassar -

I was searching for Pearson programs on future skills for my daughter and came across this name: Anisa Zulfiqar, which didn't ring a bell at first but when I heard the podcast, I realized the voice sounded familiar too. To my utter shock, Google led me here, and time stood still. I was a student at the Lahore Lyceum school in 1992 and back then, G.C.E O'level was a risky bet as many of the colleges down here did not accept it for various reasons. I was one of the four boys who took this risk and we were surprised to see this young lady come into our class one day, I vaguely knew Anisa, which is to say I did not know her at all but I felt compelled to share a recollection from memory that can add to the outpouring of love from the friends, and family who knew her best. As seniors, we were often tasked with supervision of discipline during lunch breaks, morning assembly, e.t.c, and it was during one such interactions, I witnessed her compassion, as well as her devotion to help kids who were bullied around by older, bigger kids, and it amazed us how this seemingly frail person have such a daunting life-force within that she commanded with a fervor seldom seen in girls in our society. She exuded a karmic effervescence about her that instilled those around with a feeling that as long as she's around, their voice matters, and their concerns would not go unaddressed. My deepest condolences to her family, and friends, she has left behind, may she rest in eternal peace and may the memories she left behind enable and empower us to be better human beings. God Bless you all.