Martin’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated entirely in

Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Church,

35 Cambridge Terrace (corner of Tutt St), Kingswood on

SATURDAY, November 4, at 2:00 p.m.


The family request, instead of flowers that donations be made in  Martin’s honour 

to the Flinders Foundation, please specify “liver cancer research”.

Donations can be made online using the link above,

or envelopes will be available at the Funeral.


 At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face.

At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.


 Born in Malaysia 5th December 1939.

Martin Koo passed away peacefully on 3rd October 2023 at Laurel Hospice,

age 83 years, following a short illness at Flinders Medical Centre.


Loving husband of Philomena

Loving father and father in-law of Grace and Terence,

Elaine and Kuan Choon and Lisa and Paul.

Cherished grandfather of Dominic, Eleanor,

Cameron, Natasha, Amalie and Greta

Respected brother of the Goh family


Martin was a RAH consultant anaesthetist from 1974 – 1997.

He then worked as a consultant anaesthetist in Port Pirie from 1998 – 2001.

He was a rural anaesthetist in Warrnambool VIC from 2001 – 2008,

after which he retired.


He and Philomena were involved in the Chinese Catholic Church since 2009.

They were invested in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in 2010.

Longtime parishioners of Our Lady of Dolours, Kingswood.

They also loved ballroom dancing at Chandelier, Collinswood,

where they attended for many years,  also longtime members of the

Osborne Over 50’s Club and Thursday morning “Come Dancing Club”.


The family wish to sincerely thank everyone for their prayers and support.

Special thanks to Dr William Staridas, Mr John Chen, Professor Chris Karapetis

and Prof John Leung, and all the caring staff at Genesis Centre,

FMC Respiratory Medicine ward 6A and Gen Med 2 (4A) staff

for the compassion and kindness shown to Martin and his family.


An extra special thanks to all the wonderful Palliative Care doctors and nurses

who were so helpful in the past 10 weeks and to the amazing staff of

Laurel Hospice where Dad ended his days.

Message Board

Angela Yiu ( nee Ku) -

Sorry to hear the news. Wishing you all comfort through our prayers. Angela, Ken, Sam and Chris

Paul and Mary McCormack -

Our prayers and deepest condolences to all your family. Paul and Mary

Lye-Kheng & Chong Hua Yap -

To Aunty Philomena & the whole Koo Family, Sending our deepest condolences on the passing of Uncle Martin. We give thanks to God for his fruitful life and for the beloved person he has been to many. Our love and prayers are with you all.

Bernard Goh -

Our deepest condolences to Philomena and family. Bernard, Magdalene, Darrell and Gerard.

Karen Koh -

Our deepest condolences to Auntie Philomena, Grace, Elaine, Lisa and your families. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. From Ying, Karen and David, Rob and Erin

Joan Hills -

Deepest condolences Philo, Grace and Terence, Elaine and Kuan Choon, and Lisa and Paul on the passing of Martin - a valued friend since 1961. May God bless you all at this sad time, and soothe your grief with treasured memories! Love, Joan, Carolyn, Natalie and Eleanor.

Natalie Sobolewski (née Hills) -

Dear Aunty Philo, Grace, Elaine, Lisa & families, Though it’s been a long while since I have seen all of you, I have fond memories of your school holiday visits to our place. I remember Uncle Martin as humble despite his intellect and professional capabilities, thoughtful, a person of integrity, honest, sincere, kind. Someone you could respect, trust, look to as a role model. I’m thankful for the blessing of friendship of your family, and I’m grateful for Uncle Martin’s preparedness to drive such a long way each time you all visited! Thinking of you all, remembering the good times and giving thanks for a life well lived. May your husband, father and grandfather now enjoy his eternal reward! Sending all my love, God bless you all, Natalie xxx

Lok & Irene Fung -

Deepest condolences to the Koo family. "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4

Tony Antonelli -

Martin was an inspiration to me he mentored me as a young theatre tech back in 1983 and we would practise speaking Italian to each other. Martin was a very good friend we even went fishing together, he was a pleasure to work with and will be truly missed. God bless you Martin.


Dear Philo, Grace , Elaine and Lisa our heart goes out to you for the loss of Martin. May all your wonderful memories comfort you during this heart breaking time. Martin was my mentor during my refresher course in Anaesthesia at RAH in 1977 to prepare me for country my posting. He was a great teacher. When I had my first house in Athelstone in '77 he even fix up an exhaust fan in my bathroom. He was so good with his hands. We were very close friends and our children grew up together. Both of you were keen ,graceful ball room dancers. You have a strong Family support and our Love to You. Take care. Ronnie and Alice Koh and Family.

ann -

As an anaesthetic nurse who worked with Martin for many years he has left many memories of good conversations, sagely advice and an example of what it means to be a kind and considerate person.

Michael Tan -

We were classmates King Edward school and had been good friends since then. When we migrated to Australia we visited in Adelaide. We met his family for the first time and were happy to be in contact with him again. He is a caring person and a person of high integrity. We will miss you

Joan Hon -

Dear Philomena and girls and family, My condolences on the loss of a wonderful individual who lived his entire life for his wife, family and patients. He will be very much missed. I recall how he was a great handyman and made his own cabinets and furniture. He even padded his beach house into shape! P I remember how he set the jaw of my cousin Martin Khor at my wedding when Martin Khor yawned in church and the jaw was locked. Martin Khor preceded Martin Koo into eternity by one year! God bless you all! Much love and hugs, Joan

Cecilia & Hilary Ku -

Martin , your home journey to God is a triumph for all your service and love for God . We treasured your lifelong friendship and you have inspired us with your gifted personality , wisdom and integrity . You taught our children how to do fishing and me how to enjoyed the fish we caught. The legacy of your love will live on and dearly cherished , touching the hearts of so many who knew you and your family Philomena , Grace Elaine and Lisa together with their spouses and children . May God continue to bless you and your most lovely intelligent family abundantly. From Hilary, Cecilia, Therese, Andrew, Daniel, John and Angela

Frances Woon -

My University of Singapore Medical Class 1965 and I send our deepest sympathy to the family of Martin Koo. We treasure our time together in the University and especially the time we had together during our reunion in Adelaide in 2014. RIP Martin. You are now with Jesus.

Toh Keng Kiat -

Will miss you. Martin. On behalf of NUS medicos 1965. I remember your services to the patients at Mt Alvernia Hospital before you left Singspore. RIP in God's kingdom. Keng Kiat