Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand



Dearly loved friend, colleague, mentor and family member for many years of Lyn, Tony Willetts and family.
"Will be so sadly missed"



On Monday 16th April 2018, our dearest Jean died peacefully in her sleep; aged 98 years. Much loved wife and best friend of the late Reg Lawson. Cherished mother of Sharon, Ashley and Mike. Treasured Grandma of Brigitte, Yvette, David, Gerard, Jessica, Nina and Rory and loved by all of her great and great-great-grandchildren. A Memorial service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held on Tuesday 24th April at 11.00am in The Pines, 50 The Esplanade, Houghton Bay, Wellington.
Lychgate Funerals
FDANZ 385-0745



Cherished brother-in-law, uncle, and loyal friend. You’ve been taken from us way too soon. You had raised your family and worked so hard for what you have achieved, life for you and Aunty (Chris) was blossoming. We are so grateful and thankful to have had you in our lives and we promise to be there for Aunty (Chris), Shannon and Cam, not only in this time of grief but in times to come. You will never be forgotten, you will always be treasured in our fondest memories. — Harry and Pauline, Jackie and Neil, Darryn and Kelly, Trudi and Kaine, Troy and Cilla, Rochelle and Matt, and your nieces and nephews.


KAREN, Julie Anne

10.10.1971 — 15.4.2018
Suddenly at home. Beloved daughter of Rawinia and the late Devon Karen. Loved sister and sister-in-law of Bruce and Nicola, Ra and Miss, and Tracey and Moeaki. Much loved and cherished Aunty of all her nieces and nephews.
Julie will lie at 86 Reid Avenue, Hawera. Service will be held at 11.00am, Friday 20th April, followed by a private cremation.



Passed away 14 April 2018, in Dunedin. Currently in Cromwell arriving in Auckland Today (Thursday), at 11.40am. Tangi at Hukanui-Amuri, Huntly, mid to late afternoon. Funeral service at 11.00am on Saturday 21 April.


PARKER, Ronald Harold (Ron)

Passed away at Rhapsody Rest Home on Tuesday 17th April 2018, in his 88th year. Dad of Alan, Geoff, Brent and Sharon. All messages to Ron Parker's family, C/- PO Box 4016, New Plymouth. A service for Ron will be held in the Chapel of W. Abraham, 366 Devon Street East, New Plymouth, on Friday 20th April 2018 at 2.00pm.


MAYO, Robert Houston

Passed away 16th April 2018 at Wellington Hospital, aged 65 years. Much loved Dad of Lisa and Kaye, loving Grandfather of Laura and Jade, Great-Grandfather of Raegan, Arlo and Jaz, brother and brother-in-law of Dave (dec) and Lyn, loved uncle of Tabitha, Patricia and Jeremy, Amy, Dustin and Macey, Reuben and Corrine. Loved by so many far and wide. Special thank you to the wonderful, caring staff of Ward 6 South at Wellington Hospital. A memorial service to celebrate Rob’s life will be held at The Boatshed, Taranaki Street Wharf, Wellington, on Monday 23 April 2018 at 2.00pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Room at the Inn, PO Box 17036, Karori, or left at the memorial service.


RICHMOND, Eric James

On 17 April 2018, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, aged 89 years. Most loved husband and dearest friend of Clare, loved and adored father and father-in-law of Graeme and Kerryn, Annie, Steven, and Kathryn, much loved grandad of Whitney, Joel, Maddie, Eilish, and Jasper, loved uncle of Michael Nix (UK), and brother-in-law of Sister Margaret Fitzgibbon SMSM, and Brother John Fitzgibbon (Marist Brother).
Rest in Peace
Messages may be addressed to


BYRNE, Lynette (Skin)

16.04.2018Much loved and treasured cousin of Janice and family.
Beautiful memories silently kept,
Of one we loved and will never forget.



Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Arohanui Hospice. Dearly loved wife of David, and dearly loved mother of Matthew and Eva. Cherished daughter of Mary. Much loved sister of Russell, Graeme (dec), Michelle, Michael, Ititaake, Piri, and April. Loved Aunty, and wonderful friend to many.
"She's moved on and joined the angels, and will be
looking over us"
Messages may be sent to the family at 45 Springdale Gr, Palmerston North. In lieu of flowers a donation to Arohanui Hospice would be appreciated and may be left in the Church foyer. Friends are invited to attend a service to celebrate Janine's life to be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Broadway Ave, Palmerston North, on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10.30am.



Died on Wednesday 18 April 2018, at Southland Hospital. Aged 68 years. Dearly loved daughter of the late John and Catherine McGowan of Scotland. Funeral details will be published in Saturdays paper.
Respectfully cared for by
J Fraser & Sons Ltd


FRASER, Shirley Ngaio

Peacefully at her home on Wednesday, 18th April 2018, in her 90th year. Loved wife and best friend of the late Donald, loved mother and mother-in-law of Gary and Glenda, loved grandma of Scotty and Hannah, Nikki and Carl Hinton and old grandma of Laura. All messages can be sent to the Fraser Family, C/- PO Box 218, Stratford 4352 or A Service for Shirley will be held at the Mary Alice Chapel, 119 Regan Street, Stratford, on Saturday, 21st April 2018 at 11.00am, followed by a private cremation.


LEGG, Rona Faith

Peacefully at Taranaki Base Hospital on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, aged 95. Dearly loved wife of Max for 65 years. Loved Mum of Russell and Halen, and Nigel and Trish. Adored Grandma of Julie, and Tash and Rob; Josh, Sorrel, and Yvette and Justin, and great-grandma of Jai, and Emme.
To my dearest Rona


HEERDEGEN, Richard Gregory

29.3.1941 — 13.4.2018
77 years. Passed away most unexpectedly and peacefully at his home and place of paradise at Otaki Beach. Loved husband and treasured soulmate of Johanna Rosier. Devoted father and father-in-law of Greg and Janine (Wanganui), Aidan and Janelle (Canberra, ACT, Australia). Dearly loved Poppa to Luke, Jack, and Livi (NZ). Pop to Nick, Claire, and Maeve (Australia). Messages may be left online at Funeral to be held at the Beauchamp Chapel, 167 John F Kennedy Drive, Palmerston North, on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 2.00pm.



PRESS, Michelle Susan (nee Ward)

On April 15, 2018; peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends; aged 54 years. Wife of Stephen Press. Mother of Blair, Steph, Bryce, Ella. In lieu of flowers, donations to Te Omanga Hospice would be appreciated and may be left at the service or posted to PO Box 30-814, Lower Hutt 5040. A service for Michelle will be held in Cornwall Manor, cnr Knights Rd and Cornwall St, Lower Hutt, (TOMORROW) Friday, April 20, 2018, at 2.00pm, followed by private cremation. Messages and tributes may be posted to the “Press Family”, c/- PO Box 30 127, Lower Hutt.