One of gift of many freesias from colleagues and friends remembering Con at Lake Michigan
Cornelius James Power
  • 60 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 15, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Date of passing: Oct 15, 2004
  • Place of passing:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
Let the memory of Con/"CJ" be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Con (alias 'CJ') Power who, far from the country of his birth, died from complications associated with a congenital heart condition. We will remember him forever.

Con is survived by all those whom he touched with his love. 

Our heartfelt thanks extend to all those who assisted with his coming home both within himself and from places like Chicago where initially we were strangers.  As Con had an amazingly expansive heart embracing people of many cultures and places, his ashes have symbolically been spread in his remembrance at Lake Michigan (Chicago, Illinois), Campfire in the Heart (Alice Springs, Northern Territory), Sale Memorial Cemetery (Victoria) and Our Lady Help of Christians Memorial Garden, East Brunswick (Victoria).

This site is a way of honouring him and his legacy of embracing diversity.  It is also a place those who cannot visit where his ashes are scattered can access a site in his remembrance from anywhere in the world.  We miss you Con, remember you with heartfelt joy and gratitude while continuing to love and salute you in the "Eternal in the Now".

To all the people of Indigenous descent who touched his life in Mimili, Central Australia and other parts of the Northern Territory with warmth, acceptance and openness: know Con truly valued your worldview.  He too applauded the following words by one of his friends Rod Cameron OSA: "I have journeyed through the dark of night to see the Dreaming shine in Easter light".   

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by allan (frank) alexander on 24th July 2016

"Commencing a new job at The Spastic Centre (now called The Cerebral Palsy Alliance), Allambie Heights, Sydney in 1989, proved to be a timely career change for me, especially as it coincided with the privilege and pleasure of working with professional educators of Con and Maria’s calibre.  New legislation had recently been introduced to de-institutionalise large ‘Care' facilities which required The Spastic Centre and other similar organisations to implement appropriate restructuring.

The Centre's Management recognised Con’s skills as an administrator complemented by a talent as a raconteur.  An ideal combination to assist with such a major and potentially traumatic adjustment for most of The Centre’s adults!  Not surprisingly Management duly appointed Con to co-ordinate a new program with an emphasis on ‘Outreach' into the community at large that would accommodate the needs and daytime care of 80+ adults (known as ‘Members’).  Alongside their severe disabilities Con sought to provide opportunities to develop their sense of wellbeing and gifts.

His next calling (and I suspect, from above) led the 'Con & Maria Team’ to a very productive and fulfilling 3 years at the Mimili Community, assisting Anangu with their heroic transition to what is sometimes termed ‘The Space Age’.

Recent press articles have been reporting Mimili as a ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in South Australia.  No doubt in part, due to Con's efforts to help the people of Mimili introduce, at their request, a Tourism Program complemented by an Arts one into their community.  I believe, the many years of dedication and hard work provided by Hugh, Rob, Warren and numerous other altruistic people became a ‘launching pad’ for these programs.

Con's family, friends and colleagues are unlikely to forget his unique instinct, understanding and ability to maximise the use of the Art of ‘Story Telling and Humour’.  Always ready with a joke or story that invariably included a subliminal educational element!  The profound allegories he shared called ‘The Crucible Principle’ and ‘The Pearl and Dragon’ are the two most memorable for me.  Beyond doubt he proved to be a true Master of the Art.  

Well done CJ.  Your soul will be well pleased.

Your friend,
Allan (Frank) Alexander."

This tribute was added by Margaret Walsh on 20th October 2015

"Dear Con
You always knew the perfect thing to say to me  ... a smile, a joke or a comforting word  And always you inspired me to see the bigger and more beautiful picture that life is!  
I am soo very glad to have known you!  Love Margaret W"

This tribute was added by Jiuliana Rawson on 14th October 2015

"Forever in our hearts Con.
We love you heaps, my boys and us thought you were the best
From Julie and my lovng family"

This tribute was added by john bartlett on 12th October 2015

"There was always that smile and the poetic spark that you lit for me. Thank you"

This tribute was added by Terry Veling on 12th September 2015

"Dear Con, you were my teacher, my friend. I love your book, "Dark Diamond Dancing,"  I quote from you: "God's promise is that the sufferings of this time are not to be counted worthy of the glory that is to be revealers in us" (p. 52).
Lots of love my friend. Terry."

This tribute was added by Yvonne Lynch on 16th August 2015

"Beautiful man ! Loved by so many ..Fond memories ! Eve & Paul"

This tribute was added by Hugh Lovesy on 16th August 2015

"Con had a beautiful heart and left this world a much better place from all that he did here..... ……Hᴜɢʜ"

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