Actor Russell Crowe has shared a moving image of a chapel on his estate ahead of his late father’s memorial.
On Saturday, the same day of the shift, the 57-year-old posted a photo of the sunrise at his property in Nana Glen, near Coffs Harbor on the north shore of NSW, setting up for the emotional day.
Russell reflected on the chapel’s use over the years and said he thinks his late father John Alexander would be “satisfied” with the service he had arranged.
‘My father loved this building, he would be happy’: On Saturday, Russell Crowe shared a touching photo of the chapel at his Nana Glen estate as he prepared to say goodbye to his late father at his memorial
“Weddings, string quartets, soloists, opera singers, meditation, prayer, yoga … the chapel has done everything over the years,” Russell’s post began.
“Today it will have its first funeral/commemoration.”
He added touchingly, “My father loved this building. He was fascinated by it. I’m sure he’d be happy with it.’
Reflecting: “Today it will hold its first funeral/commemoration,” Russell wrote in the post. “My father loved this building. He was fascinated by it. Pretty sure he would be happy’
Supportive: Under the post, Australian actress Naomi Watts expresses her condolences to Russell, writing: ‘Oh no!! So sorry Russell. send great love’
Under the post, Australian actress Naomi Watts expresses her condolences to Russell, writing: ‘Oh no!! So sorry Russell. Sending great love.’
The memorial for his father John Alexander Crowe will take place on Saturday 5 June.
Earlier this week, Russell shared a photo of his 85-year-old father on Twitter and suggested that fans donate to the Charlie Teo Foundation instead of sending flowers.
Memorial: The memorial for his father John Alexander Crowe (pictured) will be held on Saturday 5 June
Donation: Earlier this week, Russell shared a photo of his 85-year-old father on Twitter and suggested that fans donate to the Charlie Teo Foundation instead of sending flowers
John died suddenly in March aboard a Qantaslink flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbor.
In late March, Russell announced the sad news of his father’s death in a series of Twitter posts.
He wrote: ‘I came back to the bush last night. Although the sun is shining today and the torrential rains have abated, this date will forever be dominated by sadness.
‘My dear old man, my beautiful father, the gentlest of all men, has passed away.
“I’m posting this because I know there are people all over the world whose hearts he touched and whose ribs he tickled with his sparkling eyes and his sassy attitude towards everyone and everything, and this is probably an equally efficient method of passing the news.”
So sad: John died suddenly aboard a Qantaslink flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbor in March. In late March, Russell announced the sad news of his father’s death in a series of Twitter posts. John and his wife Jocelyn pictured in 2005
John Alexander Crowe March 13, 1936 – March 30, 2021 Born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Died in Coffs Harbour, NSW, his home for the last 25 years. Rest in peace.’
Russell’s father was also an inspiration for him to enter the film industry.
The family moved from New Zealand to Sydney when Russell was four years old, while his mother and father Jocelyn pursued careers as movie caterers.
Besides being part of a catering company with his wife, John also worked as a hotel manager.
Russell has always spoken with great fondness of his father – who was the brother of New Zealand cricket champion David Crowe and the uncle of the country’s former cricket captains, Martin and Jeff Crowe.
‘My father conducted his leadership very lightly. He hardly ever raised his voice and he never cursed in front of me until I was 16. He made up words like “tricky,” the Hollywood superstar told the Daily Mail in an all-encompassing interview in 2016.
“But I never really heard him swear until he taught me to drive, when all of a sudden it was, ‘Russell, take your foot off the damn clutch!’
He said his father never pressured him and always found a way to pay for everything he needed as a child – be it money for a school trip or cricket shoes.
“He was a resourceful man and I remember buying a stick for $3 at a garage sale once to make me a cricket bat,” he said.
“It was just this ugly old stick, but he got some linseed oil and oiled it, and he went to buy a brightly colored rubber grip for it, and by the time he gave it to me it was beautiful.” I used that cricket bat all my childhood.
“We had very little. My father never let me know right away, but if I stayed up late to listen at the kitchen door, I would hear conversations my parents would have about how they would get money for this or that. It was pretty scary for a little kid,” he said.