Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand


PITMAN, Frederick George (Fred)

Passed away peacefully on March 3, 2021, in his 97th year, at the Kaiapoi Lodge. Devoted and loving husband of Ngaire for 69 years. Loving and respected father and father-in-law of Alan and Christine, Colin and Carolyn. Adored grandfather of Robert, Andrew (deceased), Helen, Louise and Mark, and their respected partners, and loved great-grandad to his 7 great-grandchildren. The family wish to acknowledge and thank the caring staff at the Kaiapoi Lodge. Messages to the Pitman family may be sent to C/- PO Box 35, Rangiora 7440. We will miss Fred’s story telling of his childhood at Rotomanu and his adventures throughout his life. In accordance with Fred’s wishes, a private family service has been held.


RICHARDS, Garry Thomas

Peacefully on March 4, 2021, in the loving care of Lister Home, Waimate; aged 65 years. Loved eldest son of the late Noleen and Raymond Richards, brother and brother-in-law of Rayleen and Allan McAuliffe, Denis and Sandy, Philip and Michele, and loved uncle, great-uncle and cousin. In accordance with Garry’s wishes a private cremation has been held. Special thanks for the kindness and compassion shown by all the staff at Lister Home, the family are very grateful for the care Garry received while a resident there. Also appreciation to Dr Sarah Creegan, the staff at Waimate Medical Centre and the staff at Waimate Pharmacy for the care of Garry.
Rest in Peace, Garry.


NEILSON, Marion Anne (nee Waller)

On February 26th, 2021. Much loved wife of Brian. Loving mother of Jacqui, Keri, and Scott. Cherished nana of Taylor, Ben, and Katie. Heartfelt thanks to doctors and nurses at Waikato Hospital and Hospice for the special care they gave Marion in her long hard battle with cancer. A service for Marion will be held at Hamilton Park Chapel, 395 Morrinsville Road, Hamilton on Tuesday 9th March 2021 at 1.00pm.


JORDAN, Glenn Raymond

Suddenly at home on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Loved son of Ken and the late Noelene, loved brother and brother-in-law of Deane and Lee-Anne, and Treena and Wendy. Loved uncle of Joe, Jess and Jack and great-uncle of Bella and Noah. Messages for the Jordan family may be sent to 19 London Street, Richmond, Christchurch, 8013.
“We will remember you and your scooter all around Christchurch, your chats and smile. Time to rest.”
A Celebration of Glenn’s life will be held in our John Rhind Chapel, 19 London Street, Richmond, Christchurch, on Tuesday, March 9, at 4.00pm.


FLETCHER, Kenneth Carl

19.3.1933 — 3.3.2021

Ken’s gone fishing and hopefully his catch rate will be better in the hereafter. Maybe he will bump into his beloved Peg. Ken will be much missed by Dee and Peter, Sam and Francine (Spain), Emma and Brad and his new great-grandson Jaxon (Melbourne), Bill and Lori, Jake and Maddie (California). His family wish to express their appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the Kowhai Staff at the Whitby Bupa Care Home for all the care and consideration given to Ken during his declining months. Respecting Ken’s wishes there will be no public farewell but please bless him in your thoughts.


NOSSITER, Barbara Ellen

(Formerly of Waimate). Peacefully at Strathallan Lifecare, Timaru, on March 4, 2021. Wife of the late Gerald, dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Lynette and Mike Hedges (Cromwell), Gwen Nossiter and Reg (Kaiapoi), Tina and Kevin Williams (Timaru), Mark and Shirlene Nossiter (Timaru), Vicki and Allan West (Kaiapoi), Sonia Nossiter and Steve (Christchurch), and a dearly loved Nana Barbara of all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Thanks to Strathallan Lifecare for their loving support and care of Barbara. A private family service for Barbara will be held.
Betts Funeral Services


HARWOOD, Colleen Mary (nee Barnett)

17 August 1935 —
3 March 2021
Passed away peacefully at GB Community Health surrounded by her family. Warick and Leanne, Gary and Vanessa, and families would like to thank the wonderful hospital staff who cared so well for mum and supported us during her journey. Thank you to the many friends and family who visited, your caring support is truly valued. As per mum’s wishes there will be no funeral service.


STEVENS, Christina Elizabeth (Tina, Chris)

Passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Dearly loved mother of Kirsty. Loved daughter of Norris (N.D)* and Pearl*. Dearly loved sister and sister-in-law of Donna, and John and Liz (Australia). Dearly loved Aunt of Adam, Maree, and Naomi. In accordance with Christina’s wishes a private farewell has been held. Messages to Christina’s tribute page at
(*denotes deceased)


HERRON, Helen Marion

Peacefully surrounded by her family, on March 4, 2021, aged 85. Dearly loved wife of Warren, for 63 years, dearly loved mum of Gill and Phil Dunne, Pauline Dawson, Mark and Adele, the late Julie, Peter and Rosa. Adored Nana Helen of her 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Loved sister of Lesley Brown and sister-in-law of Elvena Clearwater, Royce, and Bob Smith. Thank you to the staff at Margaret Wilson and Dr Shrimpton for their wonderful loving care of Helen. In keeping with Helen’s wishes, a private cremation will be held. Messages to the Herron family, c/- PO Box 772, Timaru 7940.
Betts Funeral Services


BURROWES, Nancy Eunice (Nan)

On March 2, 2021 at Summerset in Wigram, Christchurch. Aged 94 years. Dearly beloved wife of the late Jim Burrowes. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Sue and the late Ivan Burrowes, Jeanette and Wayne, Alister, Lynda and Graeme, Polly and the late Gigi, and Beverley and Michael. Much loved nana of Simon and Sara, Jay, Lisa and Glen, Melissa, Karly, Philippa and James, Sam and Tessa, Cara, Nadav, the late Eitan and Maya, Oliver, Frances, Ashley and Henry, and great-nana of all of her great-grandchildren.
“A hard working and loving woman who will be sadly missed. Your memory lives on
with us all”.
Messages to the Burrowes Family, c/- PO Box 472, Ashburton 7740. A celebration of Nan’s Life will be held in our Chapel, corner East & Cox Streets, Ashburton, on Thursday, March 11, commencing at 2.00pm, followed by interment at the Ashburton New Lawn Cemetery.


GROOT, Margaretha Berber

Margaret (Greet) passed away peacefully in the presence of loved ones, at home, on 4 March 2021, aged 83 years. Dearly loved wife and friend of the late Piet.
Together forever with Piet
and Sonya.
Treasured mother and mother-in-law of Julie and Bob, Marilyn and Kevin, Peter and Margot and Sonya (dec). Dearly loved Oma of Jodie and Mark, Tony and Rebecca, Gerard and Maddy, Ricky and Kyla, Haylee and Tom, Sam, Ben and Taylor, Matt and Danielle. Great-Oma of Emily, Ava, George, Parker, Mackenzie, Millie, Grace, Gus, Abbie, Lexie, Paige, Mila and Nicolaas. Auntie of her nieces, nephews and extended family whom she loved dearly. As per Margaret’s wishes a private cremation was held. Messages to 80 Evans Street, Timaru 7910.


GROOT, Margaretha (Greet)

Peacefully at home on March 4, 2021. Dearly loved sister of Lynne and Hans Zylstra, and loved Aunt of Jaine, Janene and Nicholas (Christchurch).
“Rest in Peace” Darling!


TIPA, Te Houkurareo

After a 3 year battle of cancer our precious young warrior departed this world to re-join his tipuna on 4th March 2021. Dearly missed by his siblings, Shavarn, Kerehama, Karamea, Caleb, Abel, Okauia, Te Manahau, Ahuriri and also by his mother Kare, Jerry, Dean, Aunty Gina, nana Georgie, Koro Frank, Naana Marge, and koko Jim. On Friday Te Houkurareo will lay at Te Ara O Tãwhaki and then journey for Te Waipounamu on Saturday noon.
Nã reira, Kai taku matakoke, rere atu koe ki a Pohutukawa ki a nanny mummy, ki a pãpã Jamie ki a kui, ki te kãhui rakatira o õ tipuna.
Kua põhara mãtau i a koe.


HARRISON, William Samuel (Bill)

On February 28, 2021, passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side, at Jean Sandel Retirement Village, New Plymouth, aged 91 years. Much loved father of Wendy Miller and Lynne Harrison. Adored Poppa of Estelle, and Lawrence Miller. Messages may be addressed to The Family of The Late Bill Harrison, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. A Memorial Service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held in our Westpark Chapel, 467 Wairakei Road, Burnside, on Thursday, March 11, at 2.00pm.


SMITH, June Margaret(nee McDowall)

NZWAC Sgt 823105. Of Gore. Peacefully passed away at Gore Hospital, on Thursday, March 4, 2021, aged 98 years. Dearly loved wife of the late James (Jim), much loved Mum and mother-in-law of Richard and Clare, cherished Granny of Jane and Gavin Lawrence (Wendonside), Hamish and Nikki (Kaiwera), and adored Gigi of Charlie, the late Harry, Daisy; Lucy, Billie, and Wyatt. In accordance with June’s wishes there will be a private interment. The family would like to extend an invitation to join with them at the Gore RSA on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 2.30pm. Messages to 44 Johnston Street, Gore 9710.