Neil passed away this afternoon to be with God.

Rest in peace Noble Warrior your duty has been done.

It is likely that the funeral will be a burial in Brisbane next week.  The details will be confirmed on Wednesday


In the meantime condolences can be sent to:

Neil’s wife Jo
2/68 Pacific Drive

Banksia Beach



Neil’s Family:  Maree, Mark and John to

Maree Brooks
15 Aldrith Place

Bridgeman Downs QLD  4035

Please distribute widely through your networks

Duty First

Ted Chitham

National Secretary


  1. Adrian d'Hage says

    One of our finest. RIP

  2. What did niel die of am very sad for the family

  3. Cpl k a Kiddle says

    Rest in peace god bless

  4. Viv Sonntag says

    A true Officer and a Gentleman. RIP Neil

  5. Mark Stewart says

    This is a very sad day, Rest In Peace Neil. Your duty is done, you will be a hard act to follow.
    Duty First

  6. Sheena Bradshaw says

    I knew Neil at JCU where he worked post-Army. A great role model and a remarkable man. RIP Neil.

  7. Andrew Hocking says

    A true warrior and a gentlemen who led by example whilst in and out of uniform. I and many others are better for knowing him. Duty First. RIP.

  8. Vincent Falcocchio says

    Good bye my friend and comrade in arms till we meet again in the great parade ground in the sky R.I.P you duty is done now rest

  9. Ken O'Keefe says

    May you Rest In Peace mate, job’s done

  10. CJ Marks says

    For the Fallen
    With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
    Australia mourns for her dead across the sea.
    Flash of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
    Fallen in the cause of the free.

    Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
    Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
    There is music in the midst of desolation
    And a glory that shines upon our tears.

    They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
    Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
    They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
    They fell with their faces to the foe.

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.
    We have lost a great man RIP you duty is done
    Stand at ease stand easy

  11. John Weekes says

    Thank you for all your kind words. Dad has fought valiantly against glioblastoma for several months, and he has finally found peace. Dad was always opposed to flowers and would have preferred that you take those funds and donate them to any of the Vietnam Veterans Associations around Australia – they have done a sterling job driving him in and out of hospital at no charge – truly a deserving charity.

    • Chezelle Buikstra Boevink says

      My condolences to you, Mark and Maree.
      He was a wonderful man who helped me when my dad passed away in 1998. Although my dad had gone over to the Reserves, Neil ensured he had a military service at Jezzine Barracks as well. He escorted me there and stayed with me until it was over.
      He was a great mate to my dad and work colleague, both serving together in Darwin and at JCU.
      My sincere condolences

  12. Terence O'Shea says

    Had The Pleasure of meeting this man , Only, a few Times, Respect

  13. Tom Aubrey says

    Rest in Peace Neil, was an absolute pleasure and honour to know you and work with you on many Anzac Day events. The Townsville and Defence communities will miss you, as will I

  14. Gordon Pullar says

    Rest in peace Neil. We go back to our years in Clermont where you taught. I rally enjoyed our trip with you to Cape York.

  15. John and Sue Bretz says

    Rest in Peace Mr Weekes. X Sincere condolences to all his family.

  16. rodney nowland says

    why is funeral to be in brisbane , iam a ex vietnam vet also a close friend ,neighbour ,and mate ..he told me on many a fishing trips that we did , and in our times we talked about things that concerned him and me , that he wanted to be with his departed wife lynette weekes in the townsville cementry on his passing .. hope this happens, as it would be a shame to seperate these soul mates , most of neils time was here in townsville .R.I.P mate .

    • Chezelle Buikstra Boevink says

      Rodney were you aware they are having a service for him at the Townsville RSL 22 March at 10am??

  17. MAJOR Owen Paulson says

    RIP BRIGADIER Neil Weekes, I met you as a junior officer at 1 RAR when I hosted you in 2004. You wrote me a note afterwards thanking me for my duty. It is what you signed off with that has ever remained with me.

    ‘Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way’

    I have used this mantra personally and when I have briefed the Rifle Companies that I have had the privilege to command.

    A true warrior and gentleman, passionate until the end.

  18. David Jamison says

    An outstanding champion has passed on. A warrior who cared for his fellow veterans and their families.
    Rest in Peace and to your family, God Bless you all.
    David J.

  19. Julie Weekes says

    I am the niece and goddaughter of Neil living in Perth. It is so touching and heart-warming to read the lovely messages on his sad passing. To me he was just always “Uncle Neil” – his army life was there but I didn’t really understand how large a role he played until the last few days. I am proud he touched the lives of so many people. He was a wonderful Uncle and brother to my father.

  20. Emeritus Professor Bernard Moulden AM says

    Neil Weekes was one of the most open, honest, and loyal men I ever met. We worked together for the best part of a decade when he was Executive Officer to the Vice Chancellor at JCU, and I came to know him as an utterly reliable and solid friend, a man of deep principle, and one with a wicked sense of humour. The world is a much poorer place without him.
    Goodbye Neil, and thanks for everything.

  21. WO1 Jon Daniels says

    RIP Neil it was a pleasure to have known and servied with you.

    Rest ye, oh Warrior,
    You’ll battle no more,
    No longer to live the horrors of war,
    Your duty was done,
    With Honour and Pride’
    Farewell! Oh brother,
    Until we march by your side.
    Duty First

  22. Chris McEvoy says

    I met Neil for the first time as a replacement 2nd Lt in Singapore in 1970. He is one of a few people that I have known in my life who was a gracious and supremely grounded person. He is example to all of us, that there is much we can do, should we take his example of service and continue on his behalf.

  23. David Harold says

    Vale Neil Weekes, exemplary infantryman. The RFSU family lose one of its commanding officers. He did his duty well. Commiserations to Neil’s wife Jo and family.

  24. Lyn Ingram (formerly Parkin) says

    It was with great sadness that I read in this mornings Townsville Bulletin of the death of Neil Weekes. I have resided in Townsville for in excess of 30 years and had the pleasure of meeting, socializing and listening to Neil speak on numerous occasions. His contribution to the military and the citizens of Townsville is immeasurable and will be remembered well into the future. RIP Neil.

  25. Lee Gnezdiloff says

    Rest in peace Neil. Neil was an honourable man. I had the great pleasure of being a junior charge of Neil’s through Neil’s time with rugby league. My thoughts are with Mark and the family.

  26. Peter E Bradley says

    I lunched with Neil after the ANZAC Day ceremony at Bribie Island RSL last year. My time with him was special, very convivial and uplifting. As was the man. Vale, soldier, sleep in peace.

  27. Bernard Moulden says

    “Neil Weekes was one of the most open, honest, and loyal men I ever met. We worked together for the best part of a decade when he was Executive Officer to the Vice Chancellor at JCU, and I came to know him as an utterly reliable and solid friend, a man of deep principle, and one with a wicked sense of humour. The world is a much poorer place without him.
    Goodbye Neil, and thanks for everything.”
    Emeritus Professor Bernard Moulden

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