Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand

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SWINEY, Brian

On December 31, 2020, peacefully in Bupa Harbourview Rest Home, aged 88 years. Loved husband of the late Jeanette Page Swiney (nee Sherriff). Much loved father and father-in-law of Liz & Pete O’Keefe, and Martin & Helen. Papa of Rob & Mel, Ben & Nicola, Jessie & Josh Beyer, Nick & Hermano, James & Regan Taimana, and Caitlin O’Keefe. Great-grandfather to Thomas and Lucy Swiney and Elliott, Isaac and Luka Beyer.
He was a friend to all and a stranger to none.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wellington Cathedral of Saint Paul’s Choir and may be left at the service. A funeral for Brian will be held in the Wellington Cathedral of Saint Paul’s, 2 Hill Street, Wellington, on Friday, January 29, 2021, at 1.00pm, followed by interment at Karori Cemetery.

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HECKLER, Ruth Frances

At Timaru Hospital on 9th January 2021. Much loved sister and sister-in-law of Jenny and Chris Blair, Laurice and Craig McIvor. Loved aunty of Matthew and Hannah, Stephanie and Glenn, and Caitlin, and great-aunty of Bodhi and Jade. Loved daughter of the late Bill and Olga Heckler. In accordance with Ruth’s wishes, a private cremation has been held. Messages c/o Heckler family, PO Box 772, Timaru 7940.
Betts Funeral Services

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McMURTRY, Lindsay Carswell (nee Jones)

Passed away peacefully at Maryborough Hospital, Maryborough, Queensland on Wednesday, 13 January 2021, in her 72nd year. Beloved wife of Ed. Loved mother and mother-in-law to Regan and Jayden Ward (Maryborough), and gran of Addison, Oliver and Lucas. Loved sister and sister-in-law of Alastair and Gwen Jones (Tauranga), Marie and Norm Nichol (Havelock North) and Greg and Prue Jones (Paraparaumu Beach). In accordance with Lindsay’s wishes, a private cremation has been held.

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McLEOD, Donald John (Don)

A memorial service celebrating Don’s life will be held at 11.00am on Monday 25th January 2021, in the Dunstall Memorial Chapel, Edwardes Street, Napier. In lieu of flowers, a donation box will be available at the service for donations to the Hawke’s Bay St John Ambulance Service. A tribute to Don or messages for his family can be left via www.dunstalls.co.nz... or C/o PO Box 1055, Napier 4140.

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HODGE, Brian Frederick

The family would like to advise of a memorial service for Brian, that will be held in the St Andrews Uniting Presbyterian Church, 64 High Street, Motueka on Sunday 31st January 2021 at 2.00pm. https

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STADDON-SMITH, John

Of Christchurch. Passed away on January 10, 2021, aged 93 years. John passed surrounded by three generations of his family with his body finally accepting that the time had come. John immigrated to New Zealand from Nottingham in the UK in 1952 and, with his previously deceased wife Eva, spent nearly seventy years working and raising a family in his adopted home of NZ. He will be forever remembered in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him as one of nature’s true gentlemen, kindness, patience, courtesy, humour and chivalry personified, and the world will be that little bit worse off with his passing. John is survived by four children, ten grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren who, with other family joining remotely, held a private service on Wednesday, January 13, in Christchurch. Dad had a life-long connection to and involvement with aircraft and specifically the RNZAF. Any donation to the RNZAF Museum at Wigram in his name would be a fitting tribute of John’s long association this can be made via bit.ly....

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CULLEN, Gerard (Jerry)

Passed away peacefully on Saturday 16 January 2021, aged 88 years. Much loved and loving husband of Val for 62 years. Loved father and father-in-law of James and Jennifer, Gaynor and Israel Wairau, and of the late Deborah. Cherished Pop of Joy and Seamus, and grandfather of Philippa, Jarrod and family. In accordance with the families wishes, a private interment has taken place.

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LILEY, Judith Ann

Passed away peacefully, aged 82, last Saturday afternoon at Admatha House, January 16, 2021. Loved wife of the late Jan Liley who passed away in 1988. Loved sister and aunt of Carol Eade and her nieces and nephew all living in England. She’ll be loved and remembered always by Angela and Jon Watson (daughter and son-in-law); Tim, Linkie and Beau Watson (grandson, granddaughter -in-law and great-grandson); Peter and Kirsty Watson (grandson and granddaughter-in-law); Tim and Jenny Liley (son and daughter-in-law).
Mum you were an amazing daughter, fabulous sister, kind aunt, loving wife, inspirational mother, mother-in-law, extraordinary Nan and a loyal friend. You showed incredible courage and maintained your dignity throughout.
Special thanks and love to the marvellous team at Somerfield House who took such wonderful care of Mum for 3 years. Thank you also to the lovely staff at Admatha House for the kindness and compassion shown to Mum and us over the last couple of months. Messages may be addressed to the Liley family, C/- 19 London St, Christchurch 8013. Please no flowers, donations to Dementia Canterbury would be appreciated and can be made online at bit.ly.... A private service and cremation has been held.

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TURNER, Kim Marie

Of L’Arche Community, Paraparaumu, on 21 December 2020 peacefully at her home. Aged 51 years. Dearly loved daughter of the late Trevor and Virginia. Loved sister and sister-in-law of the late Debbie; Rebecca, the late Jeffrey, and Sandy, Grace and Dave, Andrew, Mark and Maree. Much loved by her cousins, nieces and nephews and the L’Arche community. Messages to “the Turner family” may be placed in Kim’s tribute book at www.tributes.co.nz... or posted C/- PO Box 723, Paraparaumu. Kim’s Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Kapiti Catholic Church, Presentation Way (Off Milne Drive), Paraparaumu, on Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 10.30am.

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FOOTE, Catherine Veronica (Cathy) (nee Lound)

Aged 88 years. Passed on Wednesday 23 December 2020 peacefully, surrounded by family. Loved wife of the late Eric (d. 1992). Loved mother and mother-in-law of Gabrielle & Trevor Telfer, Christopher & Tarina (Sydney), Frances & David McNeill (Sydney), and Richard & Vicki. Loved grandmother of her five grandchildren. A Requiem Mass and celebration of Cathy’s life will be held in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 59 Waiwhetu Rd, on Saturday 30 January 2021 at 1.30pm. Please contact Gee & Hickton for livestreaming details.

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GOUGH, Elizabeth Margaret (Bet)

On January 18, 2021, peacefully and surrounded by her family, at Christchurch Hospital; in her 84th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Jack and much loved Mum of Steve and Angela, Lynette and Phil and Jenny and Rob. A loved nana and gran of her 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A loved sister and sister-in-law to Peter and Jill, and Carol.
You will be deeply missed.
Messages to the Gough family, c/- PO Box 111-01, Christchurch 8443. In accordance with Bet’s wishes, a private cremation has taken place.

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LIU, Zheng Gang

Passed away peacefully at Christchurch Hospital, on Thursday, December 31, 2020. Loved husband of Jieying. Adored father of Andrew, and Annie. Messages to the family of Zheng Liu, c/- PO Box 10345, Christchurch 8145. A private burial has taken place.

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McGOVERN, Berne William Raynor

12.5.1922 — 27.12.2020
A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Berne will be held at the Waiterimu Golf Club, Storey Road, Waiterimu, on Saturday 6th February at 11.00am.

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ASH, Elwyn Patricia (nee Prentice)

On January 15, 2021, passed peacefully at Waipuna Hospice, Tauranga, aged 60 years. Dearly loved wife of Dave. Loved daughter of Barbara and the late Alan Prentice. Loved sister of Nigel and Randall. A memorial service for Elwyn will be held in Cornwall Manor, corner Knights Road and Cornwall Street, Lower Hutt, on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 2.00pm. All messages to the “Ash family”, c/- PO Box 30-127, Lower Hutt 5040.

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ROBERTS, Brent David (Robbie)

On January 19, 2021, peacefully in his sleep at home; aged 78 years. Dearly loved husband of Ruth, loved father and father-in-law of Lyndal, Andrea and Dean, Preston and Rachel, loved grandad of Jaymee, Katie, loved great-grandad of Dominic and a loved brother, brother-in-law and uncle. Messages to the Roberts family c/o PO Box 111-01, Christchurch 8443. A Funeral Service will be held in the Academy Funeral Services Chapel, 65 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton, on Monday, January 25, at 10.30am.

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