Anthony John Foster
12-01-1953 - 26-05-2017
Funeral Details10:30 AM
Wednesday 7th June 2017 at Elizabeth Murdoch Hall - Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
This initial Tribute Site has been established for Anthony Foster who died unexpectedly last Friday. We will also publish funeral details when they are available and confirmed.
In time, Chrissie and her family may choose to creatively develop Anthony's tribute with more personal memories, photos, stories, etc..
The site gives all Australians an opportunity to post a permanent tribute to a brave and determined father whose family life was so severely damaged by one of Australia 's worst cases of child sexual abuse.
Their two young daughters, Emma and Kate were the victims of their parish priest, Kevin O'Donnell. Chrissie told the horrific story of the girls' sexual assault in her brilliant book, written in conjunction with Paul Kennedy, Hell on the Highway to Heaven. The book not only told the girls' terrible story, but also exposed the abject failure of the Catholic Church to accept, address and appropriately respond to this scandal.
Anthony and Chrissie's story and advocacy was a prime factor in the establishment of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry and the subsequent Royal Commission into the Institutional Response of Child Sexual Abuse.
Over two decades Anthony and Chrissie became the media public face for victims/survivors and advocates/supporters as they gave insightful commentary during both the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry and the Royal Commission.
They were a constant presence in the public hearings. They provided calm, clear and strong advice to countless others, and always acted with wisdom, dignity and grace.
It is sad, that after the extraordinary contributions of Anthony and Chrissie, that Anthony will not see the final report and recommendations of the Royal Commission. That said, so much of the good that will result from this Royal Commission will be his lasting legacy.
Anthony has been a remarkable father, husband and advocate for the victims/survivors of child sexual abuse. He gave his all, at extraordinary personal cost. With Chrissie, Anthony has been so instrumental in making Australia a safer place for our children.
We are so pleased to hear the announcement that there will be a State Funeral, and the details will be confirmed here as soon as they are available. We invite Australians to post their tributes to Anthony and offer their condolences to Chrissie and the Foster family.
Phil O'Donnell & Terry Laidler (Directors of The Last Post)