Please join us in celebrating the life of

Dr John Gilligan AO OStJ,

lovingly known as Fred and Ted,

for a church service at

St John Vianney’s Church, 544 Glynburn Road, Burnside,

on FRIDAY the 24th of May 2024, commencing at 1:00 p.m.,

followed by a burial at the Summertown Cemetery,

1126 Greenhill Road, Summertown.


In lieu of flowers, a donation to either

the Royal Flying Doctor Service

or Dementia Australia

would be appreciated.

Please click on the link above,

or donation envelopes will be available at the Church.




Fred ~ Ted ~ John

passed away peacefully

surrounded by his family

on Monday 13th of May, aged 87 years.


Beloved husband of Jan,

father to Chris, Simon and Sarah,

father-in-law to Niki and Margaret,

and doting grandpa to Thomas, Rupert, Archie and Monty.


Known as “the father of medical retrieval”, his legacy is enormous;

a life lived to the full to the end.

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Lyn Rhyne -

A great clinician, a great teacher & mentor to so many. It was a privilege to work in the RAH ICU with Fred. He had sincere compassion for patients and personified the word " Care" in Intensive Care Unit. Vale.

Bill Runciman -

Sincere condolences. Sorry I can’t be there as I am in NSW.

Rosslyn Acott -

Fred, Scholar, Clinician, Teacher, a gentleman who had a laugh or two. In my younger nurse days at RAH, we learnt of 'Gilligan's Island' and worked there, as our first exposure to the Intensive Care world. How far that world has come. You were integral to that occurring. I will treasure having known and worked with and for you always. Ros.

Andrew Booth -

Farewell Fred. I have many fond memories as a retrieval nurse with Fred. He in fancy dinner attire as he hope to get to a dinner (late) after a quick trip to the QEH or having a power nap on the stretcher as he’d probably been on the go all day and night. Me feeling nervous at a difficult roadside trauma but Fred giving me support and knowledgeable encouragement . Will never be another like Fred.

Dr Rob Bevan -

On behalf of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand I wish to acknowledge the incredible contribution Fred made to our specialty. Our thoughts are with your family and friends at this time. Vale Fred. Rob Bevan, President of CICM

Matthew Charles O'shaughnessy -


Jane Davey -

It was a privilege to work with Fred at the RAH in the 1970s. He was a most professional, caring and pioneering anaesthetist with a fabulous sardonic sense of humour. His skilled work and drive to establish the system for early retrieval of sick and injured was far sighted and no doubt saved many lives. Vale.

Deb Herewane -

It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with you over the years. You were always such a gentleman, kind, caring and compassionate with a brilliant mind. It was “fun” to flight around the state and overseas with you. You achieved so much in your life time. Now it is time for you to RIP.

Annette Baker -

I was lucky and privileged to work with Dr Gilligan (Fred) over many years at the RAH. He was a very professional caring gentleman who was well respected and held in high esteem. A credit to his profession. My memories of working and learning from Fred are many and I treasure them. Condolences to family. Annette