Tharratt – Alfred Edward

Born on May 30, 1930. Passed away September 17, 2021.

Went to be with Jesus from Cooinda surrounded by his family.
Much loved and loving only son of Harold and Kath (both dec), husband of Marj for 64 years, father of John (and Meagan), David (and Lois), and Roger, grandfather of Mandy (and Trav), Rachel (and Andrew), Michael (and Laurel) and Shannon, Evie, Lucy and Hugh, great-grandfather of Sophia and Eleanor.
Our grateful thanks to the wonderful staff at Cooinda Benalla for their loving care of Alf, and of us, his family, during these last months and especially in these last few days. We have been blessed.
Selamat jalan, Balang.
“With Christ, which is far better”.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family funeral service will be held on Friday 24th September, 2021 commencing at 1.30 pm.
To Livestream Funeral, go to the N J Todd Website and follow the Links.

Funeral Notice
  1. Sending love to Mrs Tharratt and family. Such a gentle man. Xx

    Judy McNaughton September 21, 2021
  2. Sorry to hear about Alf passing. I’m sending you lots of prayers and thoughts.

    Amber September 23, 2021
  3. My Condolence to the family.
    we are sorry for your loss

    Eni May September 24, 2021
  4. A Man of GOD who will be sorely missed. I will cherish the memories of Alf’s friendship and wise words with an every ready small but relevant quote of God’s word to support his thoughts ,.
    May our loving Heavenly Father gather you his family in his loving embrace and carry you all through this sad time.
    God Bless

    David Beckwith September 24, 2021
  5. May you, Marj, and you sons, all know the presence of the Lord this day and in the days ahead.
    Alf remain a giant in the kingdom of God and is now at peace in His presence – for which we praise Him.

    John & Cecile Collier September 24, 2021
  6. Sending prayers and love to Marj at this sad time.

    Pat Menzies September 24, 2021
  7. You are iall n our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Alf was a beautiful , wise and humble man. I hope the precious memories of times shared with him will sustain you and bring you peace

    Kerry Marsden September 24, 2021
  8. Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Pdt Balang @ Alf Tharrat. We may be as far as Lawas. Sarawak, but you are still fondly remembered being a very closed friend to my late parents Upai Baruand Kasing Baru.

    We will treasure all the memories of the trips you’ve made when we were still in Brunei and to Lawas.

    You’re now at a better place and we have missed your trips the last few years.

    Mary Upai September 24, 2021
  9. We were blessed to know Alf and will miss him greatly but we know he is in a much better place now, listening to Jesus say’ well done good and faithful servant’ Condolence to Marg and the all the family. A lovely service to say goodbye to Alf

    Butch & Jo September 24, 2021
  10. Dear John, Dave and families it was lovely to hear the tributes to your dad. It brings back memories for us as we remember Alf and the love and respect I David particularly had for him. He was such an encourager to me and I loved praying with him on Sunday mornings. His passion for missions and evangelism and intercession sticks in my mind. I’m sorry that I couldn’t be there.
    Regards David & Rhonda Lloyd

    David and Rhonda Lloyd September 24, 2021
  11. Margaret and I have such lovely memories of Alf having lunch in Wangaratta with us after Church on Sunday, these were happy times which we treasured . Alf was a kindly and lovely man and will be greatly missed. God bless old friend and rest well with your Lord.
    Margaret and David Oddie

    David Oddie September 26, 2021
  12. To Dear Marj, David & Lois, John & Meghan, & Roger & families, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of a wonderful and inspiring man. I was pleased to learn more of him through such a wonderful tribute and farewell. What a wonderful reward he must be receiving in heaven with his Father God. My love, sympathy and prayers for all of you. Alf was another ‘one in a million’ (or greater!).
    P.S. Percy Cerrutty was my Nanna’s cousin! (small world) xx

    Merrill Smith October 8, 2021
  13. I had the pleasure of meeting Alf Tharratt in 2013 when we interviewed him about his life and work in Ba Kelalan. His great testimony to the work of the Lord there is really heartfelt & inspiring. Enjoy your eternal rest Alf.

    If any of the family members would like to have a copy of the interview, please do get in touch with me at Thank you.

    Jon Yap May 26, 2023