Philip Gerard Punter

January  22nd, 1959 January  16th, 2024
Barlil, QLD
Philip Gerard Punter

In loving memory of a life well-lived and deeply cherished.

Phil's Legacy

Best Friend and dearly loved partner of Maureen, beloved father and father in law of Clayton and Danielle, Michael and Sarah, Emmy and Simon and Stephen.  Much loved Pop of Veronica, Cody, Mekhaela, Hayden, Ben, Adeline, Claire, Will, Julianna, Eli, Esme, Jonathan, August, Louis and Charlie.  A much loved Son, Brother and Friend of many.

Messages and tributes for Phil can be made below on this web page, we would love to hear all your favourite memories of Phil. 

Phil's funeral service will be held on Tuesday 30th January, further details below.  A livestream link of the funeral will be available below over the coming days for those of you who cannot attend.


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January 31, 2024
Phil helped me as a young buck learn the ropes and he genuinely played a big part in shaping the person I am today. Here’s a link to a post I put up in LinkedIn, with many people in the GIS industry sharing similar sentiments:
Gareck Packer
January 31, 2024
Will miss you Uncle Phil ❤️
January 30, 2024
Rest easy, Dad! Simon & I will raise the little Ferret to know your love for her! Sorry I couldn't read this in front of everyone yesterday! Love you, Pop
January 30, 2024
I came to Esri Australia not knowing what Presales was, I was allocated to Phil as an offsider and someone to impart his wisdom to. One early memory was the Punter Approach to Request for Tender responses - it focused on not being rushed, finessing the response, sometimes leaving it alone and respecting the process, much like consuming a good red wine. It was an approach more focused on quality than any desire to meet a deadline.

Another famous Punter line was in arranging a meeting with the General Manager when Punter famously said "Tell the current CEO that the future CEO would like to meet with him".

Punter never got that chance to be the CEO, he was cut from a different cloth. On departing Esri Australia, Phil left me with a few pearlers, a pile of tenders and one infamous app which he maintained on the side - the Koala app.

Thanks Phil, for making the road a little easier, you could have kept the Koala app though!
Len Olyott
January 30, 2024
🍂 You're off to another adventure Phil.
I hope in the next life you include yourself in your world of good deeds..
Travel well... I'm sure you have loads of good karma coming your way...
It's all that's written in the stars 🌻
January 30, 2024
You will be dearly missed uncle Phil. Forever in our hearts and precious memories. I wish we had more time together. 🫶🏻
Georgia Gastigar
January 30, 2024
Goodbye to my mentor, my teacher and my friend. Rest easy Philbert. You will never be forgotten.
Liz Gravener
January 29, 2024
Thank you for being the amazing uncle that you were.
You left this world a better place.
Gone but never forgotten 🕊️🤍
January 29, 2024
Thank you Phil, for being such a wonderful person. I was lucky enough to get to know you a little over the time we worked together. I would have liked it to have been longer. Thank you for sharing your kindness, laughter, stories and knowledge. You won't be easily forgotten - Goodbye.
Michael Sparrow
January 29, 2024
Very sad to hear of Phil's passing. He was a gem of a person, with a large personality and a massive heart. I spent a few years getting to know him when we worked together at Esri Australia, and loved his sardonic humour, which always lightened sometimes tense situations.

May God grant Phil eternal rest and all of the family and friends who will deeply miss him, peace in their hearts at his passing.
Vince McClarty
January 29, 2024
I got to know Phil as a Council ESRI client 20+ years ago. He was the smartest, most down to earth good bloke and the best to work with .. many late nights and cups of coffee we got the job done … I learnt so much from your brilliant mind Phil, you must have a done a good job because Mimaps still lives !!
We kept in contact over the years (I was even supposed to be ‘the farm’ manager at one point) and I’ll miss the Xmas phone calls and odd sms.
‘The farm’ and its trees were Phil’s passion and will be his legacy - he told me when he bought the place that the trees he was going to plant weren’t for him, but future generations ..
Punter - good to know you and you will be missed .. Maz, you are in my thoughts
Graham Smith
January 29, 2024
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Philip. We didn't have much contact through our adult years but have very fond memories of visiting when we were all growing up. No doubt he will be greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Cousin, Kathy
kathy punter
January 29, 2024
My condolences to all of Phils family I am sure he will be sadly missed. I have a lot of fond memories of Phil .
Glenda Young
January 29, 2024
I was lucky enough to work with Phil when I started my career at Esri Australia. He taught me so much about problem solving as well as demonstrating a highly successful career whilst keeping true to his technical passion (I can distinctly remember him questioning why anyone would want to be a manager!) I feel very lucky to have been able to spend time with him, enjoy his sense of humor and watch him work. Rest in peace lovely Phil x
Dominique Berger
January 29, 2024
Phil was a dedicated worker - always willing to lend a hand to anyone. Loved a beer and a cigarette. Such a great guy - gone too soon.
Mark Hayward
January 29, 2024
Your kindness - that’s what I’ll miss about you the most. You always took the time to have conversations and lend a hand around the house when visiting us. You weren’t short on the dorky jokes either, which which was comforting as you reminded me a lot of my own dad.
Thanks for being a great Pop to Julianna, Eli, Esme, Jon and Augie & a kind father-in-law. I’ll miss you and your goofy smile. Cherie x
Cherie Addenbrooke
January 28, 2024
Phil and Maureen used to call in to see me at Brunswick Heads on their way home from Lismore after visiting Maureen’s son and family. They stopped by for a chat, a cuppa, a meal, and in those brief meetings, I came to love Phil for his unassuming nature, his kindness, his quirky humour and his obvious love for Maureen. Once I was telling them about my painful back – a result of too much bending over a low marbling tray. Phil said ‘I can fix that! He whipped out a tape, measured up the tray, asked how high I wanted the tray lifted, and that was that. I didn’t think any more about it, but at their next visit, Phil gave me a beautifully made pinewood riser which solved the problem. Such unasked for kindness!
I feel blessed to have known such a lovely man.
Joan Ajala
January 26, 2024
Adios Amigo.. goodbye my friend
🍂 until we meet again 🌻


Farewell Phil Punter For those who are unable to attend Phil’s farewell in person but wish to participate, the link below will open a browser window where you will be able to watch Phil’s funeral ceremony live as it happens. The ceremony will start at 11:00am on Tuesday 30th January.  
Victory Church Brisbane, 32 Carseldine Road, Bridgeman Downs
Tuesday, 30 January 2024 at 11am
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