Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand


MURPHY, Sean Philip

A memorial service to celebrate Sean’s life after passing on 13th August 2021 will be held at St Patricks Church, Taupo, 20th August 2022 at 1pm. Followed by refreshments. Loved husband of Nikki, adored father and father-in-law of Michael and Rebecca, Suzy, Christopher, treasured Grandad of Archie, Harry and Maverick. Respected and loved brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. All welcome.


MACKLEY, Douglas Winston Maitland (Doug)

On Sunday, July 31, 2022, peacefully at Avonlea Dementia Care; aged 81 years. Dearly loved husband of Marie, much loved father and father-in-law of Geoff, Richard and Carmen, Steve and Evanne, loved grandad of Jake, Courtney and Henry. Messages to the Mackley family, c/- PO Box 111-01, Christchurch 8443. A private service has been held.


GRANGER, Mary Murdoch (Mhairi)

On August 5, 2022, peacefully at Rose Court, aged 95 years. Much loved wife of the late Andrew, stepmum of Andy, Shona, and family, and loved aunty of Lena, Jim, and family (of Scotland). Our special thanks to the staff at Rose Court for their loving care of Mary over the last two years. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Mary Granger, c/- 19 London Street, Richmond, Christchurch 8013. In accordance with the family’s wishes, a private interment has taken place.


GLEDHILL, John Atkinson

Peacefully at Taurima Rest Home, on Sunday, 7 August 2022, aged 94. Dearly loved husband of the late Carol. Cherished father and father-in-law of Elise & Jeremy Smith, and Sarah Gledhill. Inspiring Grandad to Felicity, Edmund, Grant, Francis-John, David, and Travis. A private service has been held.


SPARK, Graham John

Passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 6, 2022, aged 77 years. Much loved husband of Karen. Loved and adored father and father-in-law of Kevin and Tania, Janine and Dean, Dion and Sasha, James and Dana. Much loved poppa by his grandchildren and great-grandchild.
“A strong soldier to the end and will be sadly missed”

Messages can be sent to the Spark family C/- 164 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson 7010 or left online at


TASKER, Sylvia June

Age 97. Passed away peacefully on the July 27, 2022 at Cantabria Resthome, Rotorua. Wife of the late Greville, much loved mother of Wayne, Phillip, and the late Peter. Mother-in-law of Ruth, Diane, and the late Janice. Cherished nana of all her grandchildren.


LOVE, Nicola Margaret

On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, unexpectantly at home; aged 63 years. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Tom and Chelsea, Phillipa, and Peter, loved by Wayne, dearly loved grandma of Willow and Louie, beloved sister, sister-in-law, aunty, cousin and friend. Messages to the Love Family, c/- PO Box 111-01, Christchurch 8443. At Nicola’s request a private service has been held.


WILSON, Isobel Mary

On Friday, August 5, 2022, at Christchurch. Adored wife of the late Don. A loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Loved sister of Noni. Messages to the Wilson Family, C/- PO Box 31300, Christchurch 8444. The Funeral Service for Isobel will be held at the Harewood Crematorium Chapel, Wilkinsons Road, on Friday, August 19, at 11.30am.


HART, Glenys Anne

Promoted to Glory on August 8, 2022, peacefully at St Helena’s. Loved daughter of the late Christina and Lloyd Warburton. Loved mother of Kevin, and Kristy. Much loved sister of Margaret, Lindsay, and Neal. A celebration of Glenys’ life will be held in the Christchurch City Salvation Army Community and Worship Centre, corner of Colombo and Salisbury Streets, on Monday, August 15 at 11.00am.


DAWSON, John (Daws)

Fondly know as ‘Daws’.Passed away on August 30, 2021. As we were not able to celebrate Johns life in the usual manner due to covid restrictions, his family would love you to join them in celebrating Johns life with a Memorial Service at The Ricoh Sports Centre, Fraser Park, Lower Hutt, on Friday 2 September 2022 at 4pm.



Marjory, in her 93rd year, passed away on August 6, 2022 at Peacehaven, surrounded by her dedicated support crew. Dearly loved by Bill, her husband and best friend of 72 years, her children and partners, Gordon and Debbie, Derek* and Larissa, Elaine and Ian, Steve and Jane. Best ever Nana to Jody, Kristy, Katrina, Lauren, Peter, Michael, David, Laura, Richard, James, and partners, and adored Great-Nana to her eleven great-grandchildren. Marj was a much loved daughter, sister, auntie, and friend to many. A private cremation has been held with a memorial service to follow at a later date.
’’Love you till the end
of forever’’


FRIEND, Beverley Josephine (nee Kerby)

Peacefully at Kensington Court in Nelson on Sunday, August 7, 2022; on her 87th birthday. Cherished wife of the late Teddy. Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Noel and Glenda, Bevan and Margaret (dec), Denise and Bruce. Loved nana of Johnny, Amelia and Adam, Sharee, and Tim. Great-nana of Taylor, Evie, Ebony, Kora, and Aurora. Bev was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. A private family farewell for Bev has been held at Hope Garden of Remembrance Crematorium. Family and friends are warmly invited to celebrate Bev’s life over afternoon tea at 566A Main Road, Stoke, on Saturday, August 20 at 2.00pm. Messages to The Friend Family, C/- 566A Main Road, Stoke, Nelson 7011.


CHRISTIANSON, Alan Bruce (Bruce)

<LOGO> mroses—c</LOGO>Died unexpectedly and peacefully on Tuesday 2 August 2022, aged 90. Much loved husband of the late Margaret, father/father-in-law to Bruce and Ann, Jennie and Michael, grandad to Jack, Huw and Julia. At Bruce’s request, a private cremation was held. A celebration of Bruce’s life is planned at his favourite cafe with family and friends. Enquiries to


BATES, Rex Lawrence

On August 8, 2022, peacefully in his sleep, aged 67. Much loved husband of Lenette, loved father and father-in-law of Aaron and Erin, Morwenna and Brent, Matt and Laura, loved Poppa of William and Lucy; Abby, Arlo, and Harry; Hayden, Morgan, and Evangeline. Thanks to Dr John Fanning, Emergency Services and Betts for all their care and support. In keeping with Rex’s wishes, a private service has been held. Messages to 17 Tay Street, Timaru 7910.


VIRGO (BARNES), Maureen Sheila

At Christchurch Hospital after a long illness. In her 72nd year. Dearly loved wife for 53 years of John Barnes. Much loved Mum to Justin, Christopher and Heidi. Loved Nana of Chelsea, Aleisha, Ayesha, Ella, Charlie, Nezaya, Zoe and Isla. Dearly loved sister, sister-in-law and aunty. A private cremation is to be held.