Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand

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O’SULLIVAN, Joyce McLaughlan

On June 11, 2021 peacefully at the Home of Compassion, Silverstream, aged 96 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Desmond. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Margaret (dec), Pat and Trish, John and Patricia. Loved grandma of Lisa, and Jessica; Tim, and Crystelle, and loved great-grandma to Juan, Ryley, Erin, Eva, Adeline, Avigahl, Neave, and Elodie. Special thanks to the staff at the Home of Compassion, Silverstream, for their loving care shown to Joyce and family. At Joyce’s request, flowers are respectfully declined. Requiem Mass for Joyce will be celebrated in St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pine Avenue, Upper Hutt, on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 1.00pm, thereafter private cremation at Akatarawa. All messages to the “O’Sullivan family” c/- PO Box 30-127, Lower Hutt 5040.

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BRINFIELD, Joan Ann

Passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at care in Australia. Aged 83. Loved by late husband Kenneth, late brother Larry, and loving mother to Ken, Bill, Shane, Glenn, and much loved by all her grandchildren, family and friends. Additional Tribute messages site has been set up in AU.
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McBURNEY, Graeme William

Sadly left us after a 14 month battle. His wife Peggy and their 3 children Calum, Aeneas and Keri with 9 grandchildren Alannah, Emilia, Isabella, Ruby, Evie, Jessica, Tom, Blake and Quinn will miss him like crazy. They each have a gold medal that were won by Graeme at masters rowing competitions. He earned 9 gold medals and his aim was to get one for each grandchild. No flowers please and any donations can go to Hospice who have been wonderful carers as have the carers Nova Health and Vision West. There will be no funeral and family have remembered their loved one in own special ways.

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ELLIS, Elsie Jean (Jean)

Passed away peacefully on Monday, 7 June 2021, aged 94 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Trevor. Loved mother of Graeme, Robert, and Jenny. A much loved grandmother and great-grandmother. Special thanks Hospice Drs and Dr Amber-Lea from FHC and to the team at Woodlands for their care and dedication over the last four years. In accordance with Jean’s wishes, a private cremation has taken place, followed by a family service at Kiwitea Cemetery where her ashes were laid to rest with her beloved Trevor.
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LONGSTAFF, Colleen Phyllis

On 12 June 2021, peacefully at home with her family. Loved wife of the late Leslie, much loved mother of Ricky, Shane & Nicola, and Annette, and much loved nana to all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A service to celebrate Colleen’s life will be held at the Taranaki Crematorium Chapel, Junction Road, New Plymouth, on Tuesday 15 June 2021, at 11.00am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice Taranaki either online or left at the service.

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WILLIAMS, Hilton Martin

On June 12, 2021. Dearly loved husband of Mildred, loved father of Selwyn and very much loved granddad of Martin, Anna, and Jack. A Requiem Mass for Hilton will be celebrated at St Thomas Church, Mountain View Rd, Timaru, on Friday, June 18, at 1.00pm, thereafter to the Pleasant Point Cemetery, garden flowers please or donations to Blind Foundation would be appreciated and may be left at the service. A rosary will be held in the church the night prior, at 5

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WILLIAMS, Vilma Fay Lucretia (Vonnie)

9.3.1929 — 12.6.2021
(Late of Fox Glacier)
Passed away peacefully in Greymouth. Daughter of the late Jack and Iris Jacques (Dunollie), loved wife of the late Laurie Williams, much loved mother of Annette (Christchurch), Thomas and Robin Mary (Greymouth), Belinda and Jim (Australia), Greg (deceased), Sue and John (Australia), and Eileen and Andy (Gisborne). Loved sister of the late Colleen and Tom Pinn, Norma and Bill Pinn, and Pat and Bill Gardyne. Friend of Robyn McKenzie. Treasured little Grandma of her 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Much loved Aunt of the Jacques family (Blenheim). Special friend of Robin Voight. Adored and loved by all, especially her garden and pot plants.
Pain free at last.
Rest In Peace Mum.
Many thanks to St John Ambulance Ladies, Te Nikau Hospital, A&E and Ward Medical and Nursing Staff. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Vonnie in St Patrick’s Catholic Church, High Street, Greymouth, on Thursday at 11.00am, followed by interment at Gladstone Memorial Park Cemetery. Rosary will be held at the Church on Wednesday at 5.30pm.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home Greymouth

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TONEYCLIFFE, Rex

Suddenly on June 12, 2021, aged 69 years. Dearly loved husband of Jean, loved dad of Shane and Danielle, Debbie and Warren, Kim and Enzo, adored granddad of Charlie, Gracie, and Ollie; Kaleb, Sam, and Sophie; Marley and Kyson. A service for Rex will be held at Betts Funeral Services, 33 North Street, Timaru, on Monday, June 21 at 2.00pm, followed by private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to St John Ambulance would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages to the Toneycliffe family, c/- PO Box 772, Timaru 7940.

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KEMPTHORNE, Janice Mary

Passed away peacefully on 10 June 2021, aged 94, at Red Beach. Much loved mother of David, Bryn & Rosemary. Nana to Laura & Nathan. Loved wife of Jack (deceased). Many thanks to the lovely staff at CHT Halldene for your care and compassion. We are celebrating Janice’s life on Tuesday 15 June, 1.30pm at Auckland Memorial Park, Silverdale.

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ASHBY, Kenneth Harold (Ken)

Peacefully, on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Gore Hospital. Beloved husband and soul-mate of Rosemary. Loved and respected father and father-in-law of Dean and Jackie, Barry, and Richard and Natalie. Much loved grandad of Zaynor, Ashleigh, Dylan, Corbin, Brayden, Kyah, Celeste, and Pearl. Adored great-grandad Kenny of Jack, Macy, Addison, and Jaylen. Funeral details to follow. Messages to 22 Charlton Road, Gore 9710.

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OSTAPOWICZ, Paula Halina

Passed away peacefully after a struggle with cancer at Mary Potter Hospice, Wellington, on Friday 11 June 2021, aged 52 years. Dearly loved youngest daughter of Tadeusz and Wiktoria Ostapowicz. Beloved sister of Irena, Deanna, Teresa (Tess), Ela, Victor, and Michael. Much loved by all the nieces, nephews and cousins. Dearest niece to her aunts Helena, Wanda, Janka, and her uncles Stefan and Andzej. Dearest loving friend to Awni, Pat, and Craig (Melbourne).
“In our hearts and thoughts forever.”
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Mary Potter Hospice would be appreciated and may be left at the service. A service to celebrate Paula’s life will be held in the Ninness Funeral Home Chapel, 17 Kenepuru Drive, Porirua, on Thursday 17 June, commencing at 11

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WRATT, Meghan Jane

In the arms of her parents and surrounded by so much love at Nelson Hospital Kid’s Ward on Friday, June 11, 2021; aged 14 years. Loved daughter of Chris and Lisa. Twin sister to the late Eve Elizabeth. Cherished little sister to Grace, Jessica and Sarah. Treasured niece of Bronny and Chris, Rose and Roger. Much loved cousin to Jacob, Emma, Seth, Josh and Carmelita. Granddaughter to the late Cliff and Giannina Wratt, Tony and Lesley Hill, Brian and Jana Cameron-smith. Service details to be advised on Wednesday, June 16.
If our love could have saved you - you never would have died
The things we feel so deeply are the hardest things to say,
You will always be remembered in a very special way
You never failed to do your best.
Your heart was true and tender
You simply lived for those you loved
And those you loved remember.
Life is not measured by the years you live,
But the love you gave and the things you did.

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STEWART, John Kevin (Kevin)

09.03.1940 — 12.06.2021
Passed away peacefully at Atawhai. Loved husband of the late Jan and cherished father of Scott. Kevin’s family extend their thanks to all the staff at Roseanne Rest Home for the care and support given to Kevin and his family over many years. A celebration of Kevin’s life will be held at Living Waters Wesleyan Church, Durham Avenue, Tamatea, Napier on Wednesday 16 June 2021 at 11.00am, followed by private cremation. In lieu of flowers a donation in Kevin’s memory to the HB Parkinsons Society would be appreciated and can be left at the service. Messages for Kevin’s family can be sent, c/- PO Box 1055, Napier 4140.

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SPEARMAN, Peter Charles

On Saturday 12th June 2021 in his 96th year. Dearly loved husband of Eileen (dec). Darling father and father-in-law of Petra and Mark, Elaine and Ray. Much loved Grandad of Matthew, Peter and Thomas. An intelligent, remarkable man who contributed greatly to the development of modern, sustainable New Zealand. A private cremation is to be held by Peter’s family according to his wishes. Messages to be sent to the Spearman family c/- PO Box 14-729, Wellington.

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NEWSOME, William Thornton (Bill)

14.10.1931 — 11.6.2021
Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Best friend and husband of Mary. Loved father of Ann and Stuart, John and Georgette, Catherine and Mark. Much loved grandfather of Catherine and Megan, Liam, Jordan and Joshua, great-grandfather of Riley. Brother of Frank, Patricia, Pauline, and Noelene. Son of the late Bill and Maud Newsome. A Requiem Mass for Bill will be celebrated at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Church, William Street, Richmond, on Thursday, June 24 at 11.00am, followed by interment at Richmond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Nelson Tasman Hospice would be greatly appreciated and may be left at the service.

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