Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand


BUSHELL, Alexander Jessie James

Passed away suddenly on 17th January 2021, in his 35th year. Dearly beloved son of Susan & Lawrence (John), and much loved brother of Mitchel, Stephen, and Rene. Special thanks to his brothers from "The Village", you know who you are. A private cremation has been held and a gathering celebrating Alex’s life is being held at Worser Bay SLSC, Seatoun, from 3.00pm, on Saturday 27th February.


REYNOLDS, Gerald (Gerry)

On Monday, 22 February 2021, at Waikato Hospital. Aged 86 years. Much loved husband of the late Anne. Loved father and bamps to all the family. Special thanks to the staff of Waikato Hospital OPR1 for their wonderful care. Following Gerry’s wishes a private service has been held. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice Waikato, PO Box 325, Hamilton 3240 or https


SUTTON, Raymond Leslie

Loved husband of Jenny Sutton and family, passed away peacefully at Christchurch on Sunday, February 21, 2021. A service for Ray will be held at Hope Presbyterian Church, 27 Amyes Road, Hornby, on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10.00am. No flowers by request. Donations to St John Ambulance would be appreciated.


ROBERTSON, Francis Clive (Clive)

Peacefully on 22nd February 2021 at home. Aged 84 years. Cherished husband of Vivienne. Loved father and father-in-law of Andrew & Rachael, Geoff & Sharon, Chris & Claire (Sunshine Coast), grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 3. Special thanks to the staff at Te Omanga Hospice, the District Nurses, and Nurse Maude. In lieu of flowers, donations to Te Omanga Hospice would be appreciated and can be left at the service. A service for Clive will be held in Cornwall Manor, cnr Knights Rd & Cornwall St, Lower Hutt, on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 2.00pm.


WHITE, James Stuart

On Monday, February 22, 2021, at Geraldine; aged 92 years. Loved and cherished husband of Kaye and her family, and the late Daphne White. Loved father of Richmond, Peter, and David (dec). Loved grandfather of Kristi, Jessica, Madelaine, Gabriel, Jesse May, and Erica (dec), and all of his great-grandchildren. James’ funeral service will start at 1.00pm on Sunday, February 28, 2021, lead by Pastor Gordon Rosewell and held at Aoraki Funeral Services Chapel, 160 Mountain View Road, Timaru. Messages to


COLEMAN, William Alan (Bill)

Of Foxton, formerly of Pahiatua. Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday 23 February 2021. In his 87th year. Dearly loved partner of Nan and husband of the late Jean. Loved Dad of Jeanette and Adrian, Bill and Jill, Paul and Chris, Isobel and the late Brian. Adored grandad of his 8 grandchildren, and treasured GG of his two great-grandchildren. Messages to the Coleman family, C/- 167 John F Kennedy Drive Palmerston North, or via In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Arohanui Hospice or St John Palmerston North. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held in the Beauchamp Crematorium Chapel, 167 John F Kennedy Drive, Palmerston North, on Saturday 27 February 2021 at 2.00pm.




With deep sadness and regret we would like to announce the peaceful passing of a much beloved mum. Ira Dewa (Irangani Dewasirinarayana) aged 89 years, on February 23, 2021.
Rohan, Rajeeve and Romesh - Forever in our hearts, never forgotten, we love you to the moon and back.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 26, at 1.30pm, J Fraser and Sons Chapel, Corner Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill. A private cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to SPCA Southland would be greatly appreciated and can be left at the service. Messages to 157 Cunningham Crescent, Invercargill, or to view the service on livestream, via Ira’s tribute page at


COX, Brian Joseph

Passed away peacefully in his sleep on 23 February 2021, at Bob Scott Retirement Village, Petone. Loved husband of the late Jean. Dearly loved father of Heather & Clive, Kevin & Glenda. Loved grandfather of Reece & Rosanna, Bevan & Kirsty. Great-grandfather of Melakai, Jayden, Brodie, Liam and Cooper. Brian was also much loved by his extended family. Grateful thanks to the staff at Bob Scott Retirement Village for their care of Brian. Messages to the family may be placed in Brian’s online tribute book at or posted to PO Box 44-176, Lower Hutt 5040. A celebration of Brian’s life will be held at Harbour City Funeral Home, 665 High Street, Lower Hutt, on Saturday 27 February, at 11.00am.


McLAREN, James Daniel (Jim)

Passed away in Greymouth after a short illness on February 22, 2021, aged 92. Dearly loved husband of the late Rita, cherished dad and father-in-law of Danny and Vivienne (Christchurch), Marion and Graham Smith (Greymouth), and Johnny and Debbie (Westport), dearly loved grandad and great-grandad, loved brother of the late Albert Te Nahi, Archie, Audrey Hansen, Gordon, and Sonny, a loved member of the Morris family, a love and respected uncle, cousin and friend. Messages to 55B Camerons Road, Camerons 7805. As per Jim’s wishes a private cremation has been held here on the Coast at the Westland Crematorium and his ashes to be scattered at Bruce Bay, South Westland. A Memorial Service celebrating Jim’s wonderful life will be held at a date to be advised.
Kua taka te Pou Morehu, te totara haemata o te whanau! E aue te mamae e! E te poua, e Jimmy, haere, haere, haere atu ra. Moe mai koe i te rangimarie.
We are devastated to lose this kaumatua, Jim, the last of our Pou from that generation.
Haere haere haere atu ra.


COWLES, Alastair Paul

Passed away peacefully with the family at his side at Dunedin ICU on February 21, 2021. Loved son of Jean Webster and the late Ray Cowles. Loved father and father-in-law of Brendon and Kellie Cowles (Perth). Brother and brother-in-law of Leslie and Andrea Cowles, and Judith and the late Bob McLachlan. Loved nephew of Jennifer Beattie.
“Rest in Paradise”
Messages to 60 Price Street, Grasmere, Invercargill 9810.


VERSCHUREN, Elisabeth Gerarda Maria

Passed away peacefully at Diana Isaac Retirement Village on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, aged 90 years. Much loved wife of the late Gerardus, loved mother of Joan, Annette, and Gerard, friend and companion to John. Messages for the Verschuren family may be sent to 19 London Street, Richmond, Christchurch, 8013. A Celebration of Elisabeth’s life will be held in our John Rhind Chapel, 19 London Street, Richmond, Christchurch on Monday, March 1 at 10.00am.


COWLES, Alastair Paul (Wrinkles)

Passed away peacefully with his family at his side at Dunedin ICU on February 21, 2021. Loved partner and soulmate of Marie Strathern. Loved stepfather of Craig Harper, Kim Harper and Steven Smith. Loved Grandad Grumps of Willow, Zara and Hailey. Best mate and partner in crime of Gordie. Good friend of the Strathern family. Memorial for family and friends to be held on Sunday, February 28 at 24 Purdue Street, at 2.00pm. All welcome.


YARRALL, Gwendoline (Gwen)

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 21st, 2021. Surrounded by her family. Loved mother of Anne & Kay, and mother-in-law of Alan. Best friend to her granddaughters Christine, Rochelle & Jessica, and their partners Jeff & Wayne. Adored great-grandmother of Bailey, Neah, Luke, Jack & Shae. The family are grateful for the outstanding care and love Gwen received while at Sevenoaks Retirement Village. In accordance with Gwen’s wishes a private farewell has been held. All messages to the family, PO Box 298, Levin 5540.


DEVINE, Yvonne Lorraine

8th April 1954 — 24th February 2021.
Passed away peacefully at Wellington Regional Hospital in the presence of her family. Dearly loved by the late Ken and Edna Smyth. Sister of Jacky and Pat. Mother of Kevin, Bridget and to Tina, mother-in-law to George and Mo. Grandmother of Danny, Michael, Jacob, Jenny, CC, Adam and to Josh, Levi, Jamie and Kerileigh. Cherished ex-partner/friend of Rae.
She will be missed by all those who loved her.
The family wishes to thank Ward 5 South’s doctors and nurses. Messages to ‘the Devine family’ may be left in Yvonne’s tribute book at or posted c/- PO Box 14-366, Kilbirnie, Wellington, 6241. A service to celebrate Yvonne’s life will be held at The Cockburn Street Chapel, cnr Cockburn Street and Onepu Road, Kilbirnie, Wellington on Monday 1st March 2021 at 11.00am, thereafter interment at Makara Cemetery.


LESLIE, Alan Felix

Peacefully on February 23, 2021, aged 92 years. Dearly loved and adored husband of Ruth, much loved and cherished father and father-in-law of Kaye and Harry, Paul and Jo, and Robyn. Much loved grandad and great-grandad of Sarah and Wayne, Justine and Matt, Louis, Ella, Ethan and Amy, and a special friend of Neil.
Will be forever missed
and always in our hearts
Our special thanks to the wonderful staff at Bainswood on Victoria, Rangiora, for their compassion and loving care of Alan. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Alan Leslie, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. The Funeral Service for Alan will be held in our Rangiora Chapel, Wai-mana, 92 Kippenberger Avenue, Rangiora, on Friday, February 26 at 2.30pm.