Lynne McGranger opens her heart on social media after emotional farewell to Johnny Ruffo

Nov 27, 2023
Following the emotional service, McGranger turned to Instagram to share her reflections on the day. Source: Instagram/@lynnemcgranger.

In the wake of an emotional and poignant memorial service for her dear friend and former co-star Johnny Ruffo, Home and Away star Lynne McGranger turned to social media to express her heartfelt reflections on the day that marked their final farewell.

The gathering, a sombre but meaningful occasion, provided a space for friends, family, and fans to come together to say their final goodbyes to the beloved actor who recently lost his battle with brain cancer.

McGranger delivered a eulogy during the service in which she explained that despite his success, Ruffo’s humility remained unwavering.

“Those closest to him knew that he’d spent his entire life working towards that moment,” she said.

“He had a softness to him that kept him grounded, humble … He was an empathetic and caring friend to so many as well as such an incredible fighter.”

Following the emotional service, McGranger turned to Instagram to share her reflections on the day.

“Said ‘goodbye for now’ to this magnificent human today. So many emotions, so much love, so blessed to be included in his huge and crazy family,” she wrote.

“So many people came to say goodbye, so many more couldn’t get here. We cried and laughed and danced and sang and ate and drank and hugged and cried and …. – exactly how he would have wanted it.

“Fly high my friend, I hope you know how much you’re loved.”


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Fans were quick to extend heartfelt condolences and express gratitude to McGranger for sharing her heartfelt words.

“Today was a beautiful memorial to someone so amazing so funny and so kind … life is so unfair – your eulogy was just perfect. He would’ve been so proud,” one person wrote.

“Sending lots of hugs and love, dear Lynne. I know how special Johnny was to you — not an easy day. I’m glad you could honour his memory in the way he would have loved best. Take care, go gently, and mind yourself and each other xx.”

“Beautiful words lynne. Sounds like the perfect send off. Thinking of you and all his loved ones x,” commented another.

“Today was a beautiful memorial and what a beautiful eulogy you gave. This world lost a remarkable young man but he will on in your heart. Thoughts and prayers to all the family and yourself.He will be missed by his family friends and fans. R.I.P.”

The service which took place on Saturday, November 25 saw over 500 people gather in the main hall of Ruffo’s former Balcatta High School to pay their respects and celebrate his life.

Emotions ran high as Ruffo’s girlfriend, Tahnee Sims, and his brother Michael delivered emotional tributes to the late star.

As the service concluded, Ruffo’s mother Jill presented a commemorative plaque in honour of her son to the school.

The plaque will find its permanent place in the school’s performing arts centre, serving as a timeless source of inspiration for present and future generations of students.


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