Terrible news

I am deeply saddened to bring you the awful news that Jenny Barnstable, mother of Josh, and wife of Terry, collapsed and died last week. She was just 50. This is a shocking tragedy and comes not long after the death of their daughter Hayley.

The Barnstable Family are great friends of the Almanac, and very much part of the Almanac community. Josh, who has been busy with his tertiary studies recently, has been a fantastic contributor over the years. We have watched him grow from a Grade 9 kid ready to write into the wonderful young man he is now. We got to know Jenny and Terry on their many trips to Melbourne, often to see North Melbourne play, or to join in the festivities at our book launches. Jenny was always so effervescent and full of hope for Josh. She was so proud of him, and had every right to be.

Josh and Terry (and Kyle), we are thinking of you at this time. And of Jenny.

The memorial gathering takes place in Numurkah TODAY (Thursday).


From the Herald Sun:

A Service in Celebration of the life of Mrs Jennifer Anne ‘Jenny’ Barnstable will be held at the Numurkah Town Hall, cnr Melville and Knox Sts, Numurkah, TOMORROW (Thursday Oct. 8, 2015) commencing at 11.00 a. m. Then for Interment in the Numurkah Lawn Cemetery. As Jenny would like, please wear ‘bright’ clothing.


This tribute from Terry was also published:

BARNSTABLE. Jennifer Anne (Jenny) 10.10.1964 – 30.9.2015 Dearly loved and loving wife of Terry. Loved and adored mother of Hayley (dec. ), Kyle and Josh. Special friend of Liz and Missy and Nana Jen of Zac. Now at rest with Hayley and her mother Bev. At Peace ‘Tyre tracks and broken hearts, All we’re leaving behind. ‘ ‘It doesn’t matter what you’re losing, Only matters what you’re going to find. ‘ My Beautiful Little Angel. Love You Forever, Terry.

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and footyalmanac.com.au. He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Peter Flynn says

    Echo those sentiments JTH.


  2. Sorry to learn, Terry, Josh.
    Go well.

  3. Michele Davis says

    Terribly sad to hear that. Sending my sympathy.

  4. Terribly sad news Josh. My family and I send our very best wishes. We hope you can find the strength you need.

  5. All my sympathy goes out to the Barnstable family.
    I am sorry for your loss.

  6. Mathilde de Hauteclocque says

    Thoughts and more for Jenny’s family and all who hold them close.

  7. Jennifer Muirden says

    Devastating news about the passing of Jenny Barnstable at such a very young age. My heart goes out to Terry and Josh during this very emotionally charged time. Reading the Obituary in the Herald Sun I note Jenny was a ‘Jennifer Anne’ and liked to wear bright clothing… just like me. Bless!

    RIP Jenny Barnstable, shame our paths never crossed : ( Or maybe, just maybe they have …

  8. Marcus Holt says

    Very sad news, condolences to Josh and family.

  9. Thank you John and other almanacker’s for your kind thought’s and best wish’s to firstly Josh and also to myself and Kyle. It has been an extremely tough time. Thank you to all.
    Terry Barnstable, Kyle and Josh.

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