Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand


MATTHEWS, Alastair Philip

Of Palmerston North. Passed away peacefully at home on 15 October 2018, after a courageous battle, surrounded by his family. Aged 40 years. Dearly loved husband and best friend of Rebecca for
6 years. Adored father of Christie. Loved son of Andrew and Wendy, much loved brother of Stephanie and Rene (Germany), and uncle to Raphael, and Emilie. In lieu of flowers donations to Arohanui Hospice or the Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be left in the chapel foyer, or Christie would love spring bulbs to remember Daddy. Messages to the Matthews family C/- 167 John F Kennedy Drive, Palmerston North, or may be left at A service to celebrate Alastair’s life will be held at the Beauchamp Crematorium Chapel, 167 John F Kennedy Drive, Palmerston North, on 20 October 2018, at 2.30pm, followed by private cremation.


PAKU, Lindsay Gordon B. (Gordon)

40127, 1RNZIR, Sgt QSM JP
Sunrise 24 May 1943
Sunset 15 October 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dad. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his whanau at Cranford Hospice. Loved father and father-in-law of Tina, Riria and Stewart, Bridget, Makareta and Michael. Papa to Brandon and Ashlee, Raeven, Lyndsay, Tamaiawhitia and Taylor, Jack, Noah and Sam. Papapapa to Melanie-J. Dad is lying in state at Ruahapia Marae, Hastings. His burial will be Friday, 19 October at 1.00pm; then onto our whanau urupa at Ruahapia Marae. Tributes can be made online at or mailed to the Paku family, C/- PO Box 8424, Havelock North 4157.


LANE, Doreen Elizabeth (nee Brookland)

Peacefully at The Croft, Timaru on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, aged 87 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Murray. Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Grant and Margaret. Dearly loved Nana of Jess and Chris Curr, (Timaru) and Jeremy and Charlotte (London) and great grandmother of Adeline. Sister of the late Marjorie Cusmans and friend of Norm Verity. A service to celebrate Doreen’s life will be held at Aoraki Funeral Services Chapel, 160 Mountain View Rd, Gleniti, Timaru on Friday 19 October at 2.30pm followed by private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to St John Ambulance will be gratefully accepted and can be left at the service. Messages to 2 Hart St, Timaru 7910.


SYDOW, Shirley Mabel Karen(nee Renai)

On October 15, 2018. Suddenly, in Wellington hospital aged 92. Dearly loved wife of Avery James (Bill) (dec); much loved mum of Karen, John & Anne and Margaret; treasured Grandma of Sam & Shelley, Cade & Ramnita, Jordan, Cassandra & Garth, Sharlene & Nate and Callum; Great-Grandma to Taite, Kenzie and Denver. Donations to Te Omanga Hospice would be greatly appreciated and left at the service. Messages to the Sydow family may be posted to PO Box 44-176, Lower Hutt 5040, or placed on Shirley’s page at A service to celebrate Shirley’s life will be held in Harbour City Funeral Home, 665 High St, Lower Hutt, on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 11.00am, followed by a private cremation.


WORSNOP, Frederick James

Of Paraparaumu, formerly of Tauranga and Hawkes Bay. On Saturday 13 October 2018, peacefully at Metlifecare Hospital, following only 16 days after the passing of Barbara, his beloved wife of 64 years. Aged 87 years. Much loved Dad of Anne & Peter (Dunedin), and Pam & Earl (Lower Hutt). Loved and cherished Grandad to Carole & Thierry, and Paul (Auckland). Heartfelt thanks for the care given by staff and Dr Brent Krivan at Coastal Villas over the last four and a half years. Fred’s service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel, 9-11 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu, on Saturday
20 October 2018, at 2.00pm, thereafter private cremation. No flowers please. Messages for "The Worsnop Family" may be sent c/- PO Box 119, Paraparaumu 5254.
Kapiti Coast Funeral Home
04 2985168


HOFFMAN, Gilbert

Passed peacefully on 15 October 2018 at Highfield Hospital, Te Awamutu, aged 83. Loving husband of Joy for 49 years. Treasured father of David, Karen, Johnine, Dean, Briar and the late Bryce. Brother to Nell and Lynda and the late Kath. Father-in-law of Lee, Beau, Sarah and Alan. Grandad to 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Grateful thanks to Highfield Hospital for their professional care.
“Now at peace”
An informal service will be held at Alexandra House Chapel, 570 Alexandra St, Te Awamutu, on Friday, 19th October 2018, at 11.30am, followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to Riding for the Disabled, Otorohanga, would be appreciated and may be left at the service. All communications to the Hoffman family, PO Box 137, Te Awamutu 3840.
Te Awamutu Funeral Services, FDANZ


MATTHEWS, Dora Christina

On October 15, 2018, peacefully at Te Omanga Hospice, Lower Hutt, in her 90th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Leonard. Treasured mother and mother-in-law of Susan & Dennis and Janet & Chris. Proud and loving Nana of her 7 grandchildren and their partners and much loved Dodo of her 13 great-grandchildren. Will be sadly missed. 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. Special thanks to staff and Drs at Hutt Hospital and Te Omanga. A service for Dora will be held in St Johns Anglican Church, Cnr Fergusson Drive and Moonshine Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12.00pm, followed by private cremation. Messages may be sent to “the Matthews family”, C/- PO Box 30 127, Lower Hutt 5040.


SEERUP, Joy Diana

Passed away peacefully on 15th October 2018, at Hospice North Shore, aged 86 years. Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Alan and Lisa, Kevin and Heather, Denise and Colin, and Liz. Treasured grandmother of Jess, Steven, Michelle, Olivia, Emily and Hayden. Great-grandmother of Kyle, Sophie, Jimi and Grace. A celebration of Joy’s life will be held at the Chapel of Forrest Funeral Services, 8 Glen Road, Browns Bay, on Tuesday 23rd October 2018, at 11.00am. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice North Shore would be appreciated.



Peacefully at Trinity Rest Home, Hawera, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, aged 91 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Nola. Loved father and father-in-law of Denise, Roger and Trisha, Murray and Sue, and Caryl & Alan Murray. Loved by all his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Loved brother of Naomi Cooper, Bert, the late Joan, and the late Val.
Rest in peace Ken.
All messages to



At her home on 14 October 2018. Treasured Mam of Pamela, Christine, Lisa, Ian, Tom and Brian. Grumma of Sarah, Georgina, Mark, Jodie, Liam and Lee.
Our beautiful soul.

Blessed to love and be loved.
A service for Eva will be held at Cornwall Manor, cnr Knights Rd and Cornwall Street, Lower Hutt, on Friday 19 October at 10.30am, followed by private cremation.


BROWN, Rhonda Lorraine

Slipped away peacefully at Southland Hospital on Monday, October 15, 2018, aged 68 years, with her loving husband Alister by her side. Loved daughter of Esma and the late Gladyn Young. Loved mum of Terina, and Simon. An amazing loving grandma of Carly, Amy, Matthew, Lexi-Grace, and great-grandmother of Xavier. Loved sister of Zelda and John, Zona and the late Colin, Karen, Philip and Robyn, Averil and Colin, Robyn and Andy. Loved by all her nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate Rhonda’s life will be held in the Southland Crematorium Chapel, Rockdale Road, Invercargill, on Friday, October 19, at 11.00am. Messages to 100 Oreti Street, Kingswell 9812.
“Gone somewhere else to party hard”


BROWN, Rhonda

Loved daughter-in-law of Colin* and Helen*, sister-in-law of Margaret and Ron*, Bev and John, Gordon and Gail, Jenny and Bob, Valmai and Stewart, and Lynette.
(*denotes deceased)


HINTON, Alan Raymond

Peacefully on October 15, 2018, after a short illness. Loving son of the late John and Mata. Dearly loved brother of Mata, John, Ian, Anne and Peter. Treasured uncle and great uncle of many. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canteen would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Special thanks to St Josephs Home of Compassion, Heretaunga. A celebration of Alan’s life will be held at Kingswood, cnr King and Cairo Sts, Upper Hutt on Friday, October 19 at 2.00pm, followed by interment at Akatarawa Cemetery.


LEITH, Hamish Jonathan

10.01.1985 — 15.10.2018
Passed away peacefully in his sleep, aged 33 years, dearly loved and cherished younger son of Chris and Trisha, loved brother and brother-in-law of Nick and Jenna, loved by his aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
“A gentle soul with a love for his garden and his two cats”
Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Hamish Leith, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. The Service to celebrate Hamish’s life will be held in our Westpark Chapel, 467 Wairakei Road, Burnside, on Friday, October 19, at 2.00pm, interment to follow at Yaldhurst Cemetery.



Peacefully in Wellington on 15th October 2018; aged 90 years. Dearly beloved husband of Joy. Adored brother of Hirrell. Proud father of Fiona and David. Much loved grandpa to Sarah and Rebecca, and great-grandpa to Natalie. A celebration of Derrick’s life will be held at the Lychgate Chapel, cnr of Willis and Aro Streets, Wellington, on Thursday 25 October 2018, at 2.00pm.
“Chocks away!”
Lychgate Funerals
FDANZ Tel. 385 0745