Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand


SMALL, Kevin

Left this world peacefully, at home, on 27 February 2021, aged 64 years. Darling husband of Karyn, adored Dad of Esther, Briony and Genevieve. Cherished Poppa of Casper, Darcy and Finn and loved father-in-law of Dan and David. Precious brother of Alan, Sally and Vicki, and treasured by his extended family and friends. A private cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service for Kevin will be held at the Beauchamp Funeral Chapel, 282 Kimbolton Road, Feilding, on Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 2.00pm. If Level 2 restrictions are extended beyond Sunday 7 March 2021 Kevin’s Memorial Service will be postponed. For updates please go to Kevin’s tribute page at No flowers by request, instead donations to Arohanui Hospice would be appreciated.


DUNCAN, Barrie(aka the Sheriff TNL)

Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Stillwater Lifecare on February 28, 2021. Aged 89. Dearly loved husband of the late Daphne Duncan. Adored father and father-in-law to Bryan and Adrienne, Linley, Jan and Phil, Carolyn and Charlie, Mark and Linda. Special Grandad to Jess, Amanda, Tracey, Duncan, Carey, Michelle, Shane, Alice, Bella, and Ryann, and his many great-grandchildren. A celebration of Barrie’s life will be held at 1.00pm on Monday, March 8, at the Shone and Shirley Chapel, 164 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson. Messages can be sent to Barrie’s family, C/- 164 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson, or online at The family would like to thank all the staff at Stillwater Lifecare for the loving care shown to Barrie over the last years of his life.


BAKER, Leonie

Passed peacefully on February 27, 2021, in her 90th year. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Richard and Sue. Loved grandmother of Christa, and Laura (Canada), and great-grandmother of Portia, Skout, and Logan. The family wish to thank the staff at Charles Upham Retirement Village for their wonderful care of Leonie. Messages for the family may be sent c/- PO Box 39127, Christchurch 8545. A private cremation for Leonie will be held.


TAPP, Arthur Robert (Bob)

(formerly of Blenheim). On February 27, 2021, peacefully at Cunliffe House Rest Home, aged 86 years. Loved husband of the late Beatrice, dearly loved father and father-in-law of Deborah and Kevin, Annmirie, Graham and Raewyn. Loved ‘Grandad Bob’ of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, much loved brother of Val. A special thanks to the staff at Cunliffe House – you guys are awesome! Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Bob Tapp, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. In accordance with Bob’s wishes, a private cremation has taken place.


PATEL, Ruxmaniben Dayaljibhai

Peacefully passed away on Saturday, February 27th, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones. She was the beloved wife of Dayaljibhai Morarjibhai Patel, mother of Ilesh, Girish and the late Vinod, mother-in-law of Rashmi, Jaya and Pushpa, and a loving grandmother. Messages to the family may be posted to PO Box 44-176, Lower Hutt 5040. Due to current Covid 19 restrictions the family held a private funeral on Tuesday, March 2nd. Anyone wishing to pay their respects may join the family in prayer on Saturday, March 6th, between 2.00pm-6.00pm at their home (021456141).


COURT, Neilsina Dawn (Neil)

Passed peacefully, with family at her side, on Saturday 27 February 2021, aged 85 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Noel. Much loved and cherished Mum of Tracey and Garry, Roxanne and Dean, Rochelle and Bryan. Adored Nana to Toni, Sheree, Kirsten, Jaimee, Sharna, Logan, Courtney and Marty and their partners. Caring and gentle Great-Nana Court to all her great-grandchildren.
We do not part from those we love, no distance can divide, for every day in memory lane, we still walk side by side.
Special thanks to all the staff at Marire Rest Home and Maryann Rest Home Hospital for their kindness and loving care of Neilsina. According to Neilsina’s wishes a private family farewell was held on Tuesday 2nd March 2021. All messages to the Court family can be sent C/- PO Box 218, Stratford 4352 or


BLYTH, Natalie Hewitt

Passed away on Saturday 27th February 2021, at Taranaki Base Hospital. Loving wife of Gordon, Mum to Johanna Thais Blyth & Kevin Mitchell, Alex Blyth & Carlie Sawszak, and her grandchildren. A private service has been held.
a simple cremation
& burials

Ph 0800 236 236


MACGREGOR, William Alexander (Bill)

On February 28, 2021, Bill passed away at home with his family by his side, aged 80 years. Much loved husband of Denise, father and father-in-law of Craig, Kirsten and Allan, and special Gramps to Emma. Much loved brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Messages to 81A Maxwell Road, Blenheim 7201, or The family are extremely grateful for the support of the staff at the Marlborough Hospice, especially Jo, the staff of Nurse Maude and Dr Eric Wegener. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Marlborough Hospice, c/- PO Box 411, Blenheim 7240, would be appreciated or may be made at the service. A service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at the Springlands Chapel, Cloudy Bay Funeral Services, 15 Boyce Street, Blenheim, on Tuesday, March 9 at 1.00pm, followed by private cremation.


HOWE, MaryElizabeth(nee Hatchwell)

Passed away on 11 January 2021 at the Rosewood Rest Home. Beloved mother of Andrew, mother-in-law of Trish, and Nana to Lucas and Logan. A memorial service will be held at the Whanganui Collegiate School Chapel, 132 Liverpool St, Whanganui, on Monday 29 March at 10.30am.



Mum, my heart broke on Friday morning when you left. Life will never be the same again. You will be so missed by us all. Thank you for being a wonderful mother, mother-in-law and special Granma.
Love you always
— Wendy, Bruce, Emma and Millie.


FOSTER, Jill (née McNab)

Peacefully on 27 February 2021, aged 83 years. Beloved wife of John (dec), sister of Judith; adored mother of Sally and Jane; “Nana” to John and Sarah, Peta and Aidan, Tia and Ari; and great- grandmother to Heidi and Piper. Sincere thanks to the staff at Te Hopai Hospital for their superb care and love for Jill. A private cremation has been held. A celebration of Jill’s life will be held in 2022 when travel should be safer.
Lychgate Funerals
FDANZ 385 0745


CRAIG, Joyce Aileen

Peacefully at Resthaven Village, Gore on Monday, March 1, 2021, aged 83 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Ken, loved and cherished mother and mother-in-law of Ian and Diane (Melbourne), Ross and Tracey (Gore), Diane and Dave (Wellington), much loved Nana of Hannah, Callum; Keiran, Morgan, Ashley, Sophie; and Ella. A service to celebrate Joyce’s life will be held in Southern Funeral Home Chapel, 106 Hokonui Drive, Gore, on Thursday, March 4, at 11.00am, followed by a light lunch then leaving for Charlton Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be left at the service for St John Ambulance. Messages to 32 Broughton Street, Gore, 9710.


O’SULLIVAN, Kay (nee Morrow)

Passed peacefully in the company of her children, grandchildren and great-grandson at Taurima Rest Home, New Plymouth, on Saturday 27 February 2021, in her 85th year. Much loved wife of the late Dennis. Loving mother of Shane, Rhonda and Craig. Loved by all her grandchildren and great-grandson. Messages c/- O’Sullivan Family, 257 Devon Street East, New Plymouth 4310. A celebration of Kay’s life will be held at the Taranaki Crematorium Chapel, Junction Road, New Plymouth, on Friday 5 March 2021, at 11.00am. Due to Covid 19 restrictions a maximum of 100 attendees and social distancing will apply.


GOOMES, Beverly (Ann) (nee Hamilton)

Formerly of Stewart Island. Peacefully at Southland Hospital on Tuesday, March 2, 2021; aged 74 years. Dearly loved wife of Michael, much loved Mum of Mark, Jan, Melonie, Aroha, Tanya, Tamai, and their partners, a dearly loved Nanny and great-Nanny. In accordance with Ann’s wishes a private service will be held. Messages C/- Tamai Goomes, Ascot Park Hotel, cnr Tay Street and Racecourse Road, Invercargill.


BOWER, Catherine Mary

On February 28, 2021 at Christchurch Hospital, in her 89th year. Beloved wife of Mel. Loved mother and mother-in-law of John, Deborah and Gordon, Megan and David, and Melanie. Loved Grandmother of Nik, and Sam; Joshua, and Jessica; Loved Great-Grandmother of Nahana. Loved sister and sister-in-law of Barbara, Bud, Jess and Mike, and Mike and Anna. Loved aunty to all her nieces and nephews. In accordance with Catherine’s wishes, a private cremation has been held.