Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand


FOX, Alison Isabel (nee Averill)

On October 15, 2019, peacefully at Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village, aged 89 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Peter, much loved mother of Suse, Jenny, Nicky, Wendy, Trish, and Andy, much loved granny of Alex, Lucy, Ben, Katie, Hamish, Sam, Dougal, Jenny, Simon, George, William, James, Henry, Tim, and Jack, loved great-granny of Tayla, Harry, Beau, and Zana, much loved sister of Colin, and the late Tom, and Ginny, much loved mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and granny-in-law. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Alison Fox, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. A Service to celebrate Alison’s life will be held in our Rangiora Chapel, Wai-mana, 92 Kippenberger Avenue, Rangiora, on Monday, October 21, at 2.30pm, thereafter private cremation.


SMITH, Colin Methven

Passed peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday 10th October 2019, aged 90 years (but still young at heart). Dearly loved husband and soulmate of Jean, and much loved father and father-in-law of Jan, Geoff & Jacqui, Barb & Lloyd, Rob & Ange. Awesome fun-loving grandad and great-grandad, adored by Matt & Craig, Hannah & Emily, Isaac & Lucy, Wil, Max & Georgia, Max & Lily. Loved brother of Heather & Rosemary and the late John, Gordon and Lannabelle. Colin was farewelled at a private family service on Tuesday 15th October.
In our hearts forever.


BAIN, Maria Eileen

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday 15th October 2019, with family by her side. Cherished wife of Gary and much loved and adored loving Mum of Nathan, Alexandra and Steve. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Taranaki Hospice for the care shown. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Taranaki would be appreciated and may be left at the service. A service for Maria will be held in the New Plymouth Bible Chapel, 50 Vivian Street, New Plymouth, on Saturday 19th October, at 10.00am. Followed by burial at the Awanui Cemetery.


RASMUSSEN, Ian Lancelot (Razzy)

In his 73rd year. He passed away doing what he loved whitebaiting on the Okuru River on October 15, 2019. Treasured and adored soulmate of Helen. Loved “free-range” father of Lee, Kara and Kim and whãngai father to Hannah, Ebony and Aston. Cherished and adored grandfather to Nikki-Leigh and Hayden and Kahurangi. Beloved great-grandfather of Nixon, Beau-Ian and Violet. Loved son of the late Lancelot and Rose Rasmussen. Loved brother and brother-in-law of Ray (deceased) and Daphne (deceased), Ken (deceased) and Nola, Graeme and Jan (deceased), Theo and Noeline, John and Cheryl, Roma (deceased) and Bill (deceased). Brother-in-law of Paul and Maree Wilson, Maxie Duncan (deceased), Joye and Tom Hanrahan (deceased), Bryce Hope (MIA) and Margaret Blackgrove. Loved uncle and friend to his many nieces and nephews. Special friend of Ant Black, Marshall Freer and Peter Stephens. Messages can be sent to; Charles Court Motels, 350 Main South Road, Greymouth 7805. Ian will be taken home to Okuru for time with family and friends. He will then be taken to Te Tauraka Waka A Mãui Marae in Bruce Bay on Friday, October 18. All are welcome to visit and share time with Ian and family at home and at the Marae. His final service will be at the Haast Hall at 1.00pm on Monday, October 21, and then he will be laid to rest in the Okuru Cemetery in Haast. Following the interment, all are invited to share stories, food and drink at the Haast Hall. The adventurer, the accumulator of “stuff”, the lover of the land, the pilot, the fisherman, the hunter, the provider and the most amazing back-bone of his family is now at rest. We are heart broken but we know we were so lucky to have had you in our lives.
E te Rakatira, e te papa,
e te põua, e te pouanui, haere, haere, haere atu rã, Moe mai rã.


MARSDEN, Brian David

19.7.1938 — 15.10.2019
Dearly loved husband of Anne, much loved father and father-in-law of Stephanie and Andrew, and Fiona and Phillip, adored grandfather of Harriette and Anna Logan, and Bailey and Sophie Schulze. Loved brother and brother-in-law of Jill and the late Gavin Marshall, and John and Pauline Marsden. Messages to the Marsden family, PO Box 472, Ashburton 7740. A service for Brian will be held at St David’s Union Church, Allens Road, Ashburton, on Saturday, October 19, commencing at 1.00pm, followed by cremation at the Ashburton Crematorium.


KRYNEN, Ursula Heinrich (nee Bergmans)

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at her home, aged 82 years. Most beloved wife of the late Bert. Mother of Mark, Ingrid, the late Robert, Monique, Erin, Michelle, Karl and Ron. Treasured Grandmother of Arianna and Ashleigh, Nicole, Matthew and Mitchell, Katherine, Louise and Emily, Katherine, Lucas and Leo, Evelyn and the late Michaella. Loved sister of Gerda and Martin and the late Henny, Joop, Gerry, Marie, Dore, Betse, Suze and Ben. A private Rosary will be held at the home on Friday, October 18, at 5.00pm. A Service will be held on Saturday, October 19, at St Gregorys Catholic Church, Cotswold Ave, Bishopdale, at 10.00am. Messages to Ursula’s family may be posted c/- The Krynen Family, PO Box 31300, Ilam, Christchurch 8444.



1954 — 2019
On October 13, 2019, determined and brave Jan passed away peacefully. Truly loved sister and friend of Cheryl, and adored aunty of Alicia. Devoted daughter of the late Joyce and Graham. Cheryl and Alicia will miss you so much but have so many amazing memories to hold on to forever. Thank you to the doctors and nurses at Te Omanga Hospice and to the district nurses who visited Jan at home. A special thank you to Dr Andrew Dicks of Manuka Health Centre. Your empathetic and caring nature had a huge impact on Jan. Jan’s service will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 10.30am at Ss Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church, Knights Road, Lower Hutt, and thereafter private cremation at Akatarawa. At Jan’s request, please bring a bunch of flowers from your garden to lay on her casket. A further gathering for family and friends will take place at the Silverstream Retreat, Reynolds Bach Drive, Silverstream, on Tuesday evening (October 22) between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. We would love to see you there.


RASMUSSEN, Ian Lancelot

This week I have lost the greatest source of unconditional love and support that I will ever know in this lifetime. Thank you for loving me, listening to me, protecting me, reading to me, and always making me feel valued. I am beyond thankful that my children had the time to feel as loved by you as I was, and that my husband found in you the chance to be nurtured, supported and appreciated. Thank you for showing us what true love looks like and for setting an example of marriage and friendship with nana that we will forever strive to match. You are my safe place, my home, the first friend that I ever had, my grandad – and I will miss you every day, for the rest of my days.


POTTS, Joan Myril (nee Woods)

On October 15, 2019, peacefully at Hutt Hospital. Aged 89 years. Loved wife of the late Harry. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Jeanie & John (dec), Kathie & Steve, and Jocelyn & Stuart. Loving Grandma Mark, Melanie & Jonothan


WOMERSLEY, Richard Peter (Wombat JNR)

Passed at Christchurch Hospital on Thursday, October 10, 2019, after a brief illness, aged 36 years. Loved son of Chris and Lyn, and brother of Paul (Austin). Grandson of Betty and the late Peter Womersley and Max and Billie Williams. Loved nephew and cousin to all his family. Messages may be addressed to the Womersley family, c/- 19 London Street, Christchurch 8013. In lieu of flowers donations to Westpac Rescue Helicopter would be appreciated and can be made online at A private service has been held.


PAUL, Raymond Henry (Ray)

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Further details to follow.


JAMES, Pamela Mary

Passed away peacefully on 11 October 2019 at Huntleigh Home, Karori, aged 90. Loved sister and sister-in-law of Bob & Kay. Much loved Auntie of Juliet and Thomas. Great-Auntie of Ben, Sam and Alfie. Messages to the family may be posted to PO Box 7123, Wellington 6242. In accordance with Pam’s wishes, a private service has been held.


TER BOCHT-HUDSON, Margot Alberta Isabella

Passed away September 20, 2019 in the Netherlands. We will celebrate Margot’s time with us this Saturday, October 19, 10.30am at St Mary’s Church, Church Square, Addington.


BLACK, John Andrew

On October 11, 2019 at Christchurch Public Hospital, aged 81. Dearly loved husband of Elizabeth. Treasured and proud Dad of Carolyn and Joanna. At John’s request a private cremation has taken place.

A Silent Tear
Just close your eyes and you will see
All the memories that you have of me
Just sit and relax and you will find
I’m really still there inside your mind
Don’t cry for me now I’m gone
For I am in the land of song
There is no pain, there is no fear
So dry away that silent tear
Don’t think of me in the dark and cold
For here I am, no longer old
I’m in that place that’s filled with love
Known to you all, as "up above’’


STACEY, Phyllis Doreen (Phyl)

Peacefully at Churtonleigh Resthome on Tuesday, 8th October 2019, in her 92nd year. Dearly loved wife of the late Norman. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Kevin and Joanne, Martyn and Christine, Wayne, & Joanne and Devon. A much loved Nana to Tristan and Liv, Shaun, Shelley and Nobu, Matthew and Megan,Nick and Niyomi, & Amy, and loved Great-Grandmother to Dylan, Teah, James & Sakura. In keeping with Phyl’s love of animals, donations in her memory, rather than flowers would be appreciated, and may be posted to The SPCA, PO Box 7069, Wellington 6242. Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Churtonleigh Resthome for their loving care. Messages for The Stacey family may be left in Phyl’s online tribute book at or may be posted c/- 4 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville. According to Phyl’s wishes, a private family service has been held.