Death Notices

A place to remember and celebrate the lives of those no longer with us

Recent Notices in New Zealand


ROBERTS, Kathleen Elsie (Kathie)

Died on Friday, August 7, 2020. Loved wife of the late Billy Roberts. Loved mother of Trevor, Jenny and Andy (Exeter, UK). Loved Grandmother of Maggie (UK). Cherished family friend of Bill and the late Jan Nicholson (Chch), and David, Julie and Tarwyn Nicholson, and Jonn Nicholson. Grateful thanks to the caring staff at Kaikoura Hospital. A private eco burial has been held at Kathie’s request. Messages of sympathy can be sent c/- Roberts Family, 59 Muir Ave, Halswell, Christchurch.


SCOTT, John Lawrence

On Friday 7 August 2020 at Palmerston North Hospital. Aged 88 years. Much loved husband of the late Daphne, father of Richard and Karyn-Marie, and Margaret. Poppa to Connor and Keegan. Loved brother and brother-in-law of Con (deceased) and Allison, Gary and Carol, and Maureen. In lieu of flowers, donations to St John Ambulance Palmerston North would be appreciated, and may be left at the service. Friends are invited to attend a service for John to be held at the Beauchamp Crematorium Chapel, 167 John F Kennedy Drive, Palmerston North, on Thursday 13 August 2020 at 11.00am.


SMITH, Maurice Patrick

On 6 August 2020 peacefully at home, aged 73 years. Dearly loved brother of Anne. Loved and respected brother-in-law of Terry. Loved uncle of Terence and Mary, and great-uncle of Megan. In lieu of flowers, donations to CCS Disability Action Incorporated, Wellington - www.ccsdisability... would be appreciated. Messages to “the Smith family” may be placed in Maurice’s tribute book at or posted C/- PO Box 14-366, Kilbirnie. Maurice’s funeral service will be held at the Harbour City Crematorium Chapel, 56 Onepu Road, Kilbirnie, on Thursday 13 August 2020 at 1.00pm, followed by a private cremation.


DRAPER, Gladys Margaret Carlton(Margaret)

(Retired Chief Physiotherapist) Peacefully at Anthony Wilding Retirement Village, on Friday, August 7, 2020, in her 90th year. Very special friend of Rosalie Sterritt. Loved aunt of Dr Louise Draper, and Derek Doddington, and sister of the late Stan Draper, and José Morley (UK). Messages to the Draper Family, c/- PO Box 10345, Christchurch 8145. A private service has been held.


CRIBB, Sonya

You fought the fight so courageously and I will miss you more than words can say.

Fly free little sister
— Tania


Our matriarch

Shirley Catherine Bond (nee Dobson)
passed away 7th August 2020 peacefully at home, aged 96.
We have lost our mother, grandmother, our guide who steered us safely through our lives.
Honoured and cherished by Jojo, Brandon
and Gabi.
Our hearts are broken.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the Lavender Blue girls, especially Katrina, and to the staff from
Opal and Star 2 for their special care in her
last few weeks.
A service to celebrate Shirley’s life will be held at Lychway Chapel, 5 Roy Street,
Palmerston North, on Thursday 13th August
at 1.30pm, followed by a private cremation.
Messages can be sent to the Bond family,
767 Lockwood Road, RD 5,
Palmerston North.


PORTER, Joyce Hilary

Died peacefully on Friday 7 August 2020, aged 92 years. Beloved wife of the late Albert (Albie) Porter. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Leslie & Waveney, Merlene & Mervyn, John & Dee, and the late Jillian. Very special and loved “Nanjie” to her 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. At Joyce’s request, a funeral service has been held. All correspondence to; Les Porter, PO Box 892, Pukekohe 2340, Auckland.


RUSSELL, James William (Jim)

Passed away on 1st August 2020 at Waikato Hospital. In his 77th year. Dearly loved husband, best friend and soulmate of Val for 54 years. Loved younger son of the late Herbert John and Joan Mary Russell. Brother of John, Warwick and Diana Murphy (deceased). Uncle of John, Toni Wilson, Russell Murphy and Robyn Purser (deceased).
Rest in Peace my Love.
A private service has already been held for Jim. All communications to the Russell family, PO Box 5523, Frankton, Hamilton 3242.


DOWNES, Margaret Anne

Lawrie, Susan, Graeme and Sandra sadly announce the passing of a dear wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She passed away at home on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, aged 81 years. Dearly loved wife of Lawrence Alexander. Loved mother and mother in-law of Susan and Terry, Graeme and Jo, Sandra and Alan. Loved Grandma to her 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A private service has been held. All messages to the Downes family, C/- PO Box 772, Timaru.


RAMSAY, James (Jim)

Passed away on August 6, 2020 at his home in Kinloch, Taupo, surrounded by his loving family. Loved husband of Margaret Ramsay (Kinloch), and father to Adam (Tauranga), and Gary. Father-in-law to Penelope (Dunedin), and much loved grandfather of Oliver and Rebecca (Dunedin). Son of the late George and Euphemia Ramsay, and brother to the late George and John Ramsay. Brother-in law, uncle, cousin, and friend to many from around New Zealand and the world. A service for Jim will be held at The Founders Chapel of Remembrance, 117 Rickit Street, Taupo, on Wednesday, August 12 at 11.00am, all welcome. If you are unable to attend the service can be viewed live from the Taupo Funeral Services website http


GOLDSACK, Joan Elizabeth

Peacefully at Summerset Mountain View, New Plymouth on Saturday, 8th August 2020. Loved wife of Ray for 73 years. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Lee and George, Kay and Tony, Bryan and Julie, nana to Kim, Tracy, Paula, Jodi; Cindy, Kain, Katie, Trina; Kyle and Courtney, great-nana to her 20 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. All messages to the Goldsack family can be sent to 2/119 Junction Road, New Plymouth. In accordance with Joan’s wishes a private family service has been held.


O’REGAN, Domini Mary

On Sunday, August 9, 2020, suddenly at home, aged 91. Dearly loved wife of the late Jim, loved mother and mother-in-law of Pat and Colin Thomas, Mary O’Regan and Gerard Dewar, Pete and Kath O’Regan, Matt and Carmel O’Regan, Therese and Mark Ridden, Tony and Pip O’Regan, and Judy and Tony Lockington. Loved grandmother of her 24 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, loved sister-in-law of Peter and Sheryl Jenkins, Paul Jenkins (deceased), Patricia Jenkins (deceased), Pat and Kath O’Regan (deceased), Rosalie Rolls (deceased), Helen and Ron Morrow, Joan and the late David Dewar, Robin and the late Frank Waghorn, Ted and Kay O’Regan, Ann and Don Malloch, and a loved auntie of her many nieces and nephews.
Rest in Peace
Messages can be sent the O’Regan family, 22 O’Regans Road, RD 1, Reefton. A Rosary Vigil will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Reefton, on Thursday, August 13, at 7.00pm, and a Requiem Mass will be celebrated at Scared Heart Church, Reefton, on Friday, August 14, at 11.00am.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home, Greymouth


LEWIS, Doreen Martha (née Olsen)

On August 8, 2020, aged 93 years; peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Loved sister and sister-in-law of Dulcie and the late Pat Foord, the late Ian and the late Betty Olsen, the late Thelma and the late John Branthwaite, the late Joan and the late Ray Smith; Jim and Ngaire Olsen. And all their families.


EDMEADES, Wilma Joy (née Allright)

Joy passed peacefully on Sunday, 9th August 2020, after a long and courageous battle. Aged 88 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Gordon, treasured mother and mother-in-law of Angela and Duncan, and cherished grandma of Ashleigh, Campbell and Geoffrey. A celebration of Joy’s life will be held at 1.00pm on Thursday 13th August at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6 Te Aroha Street, Claudelands, Hamilton.


RATCLIFFE, Tony(Anthony Ewen)

On Friday 7 August 2020 at Waikato Hospital, aged 74. Dearly loved brother of Robin & Colleen, loved uncle of Michael & Rachael (Australia), Zane & Penny and families. A celebration of Tony’s life will be held at Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Hungerford Crescent, on Thursday 13 August 2020 at 11.00am, after which Tony will be laid to rest in Ngaruawahia Cemetery at 2.30pm. This service will be live-streamed, follow this link to view