Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand



On Monday, June 18, 2018, suddenly at home in Christchurch, aged 77 years. Dearly beloved husband and best friend of Denise, dearly loved father and father-in-law of Susan and Greg, Rosemarie, Wayne, and Stephen; Dean, Glen and Chris, special grandfather of Hagen, Alyssa, Amy, Leighton, Megan, Mariah, Blake, and Poppy, great-grandfather of Talan, and Nyla. Loved son-in-law of Doris and the late Pat Leahy, brother and brother-in-law of Kelvin (deceased) and Barbara, Brian (deceased) and Fay, Maureen and Gary (deceased), loved uncle to his nieces and nephews.
Will be so sadly missed and dearly loved
Messages may be addressed to The Kennelly Family c/- 19 London Street, Christchurch 8013. In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart Foundation may be made at the service or online to and would be appreciated. A Funeral service to celebrate Russell’s life will be held in the Harewood Crematorium Chapel, entrance of Wilkinsons Road, via Gardiners Road, Christchurch, on Friday, June 22 at 2.00pm.


KIRK, David John (Dave)

On June 18, 2018, peacefully, near his family, aged 76 years. Dearly loved husband of Judith for 50 years, much loved father and father-in-law of Greg and Chris, Brendan and Carla, and Julie and Simon Thomas, much loved grandad of Phillip and Caitlin, Eden, Brayden, Sjahn, Zaria, Jacob, and Tyler, loved brother of Brian, Raymond, and Lynette. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late David Kirk, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. The Service to celebrate Dave’s life will be held in our Westpark Chapel, 467 Wairakei Road, Burnside, on Friday, June 22, at 10.00am. Private cremation thereafter.


SMITH, Mabel Ann (Ann)

Loved daughter of Phillip and Agnes Laurie, loved sister of Jean Diack (dec), Frances Lonie (dec), Ernest Laurie (dec), Tom Laurie (dec), Bertha Hillis, Phyllis Horrell, Jim Laurie (dec) and Nessie Laurie (dec), loved sister-in-law of Doreen McBride, Bevan Smith (dec), Jack Smith (dec), Eddie Smith (dec), Cora Davey, and a much loved and respected auntie of all her nieces and nephews.


JONES, Carolyn(nee Young)

31.1.1940 — 18.6.2018
Passed away peacefully after a short illness, aged 78 years. Loved wife of the late Albert Jones. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Sharon and Wayne, Joanne, and Paul and Tony. Sister of Janice, Rae and the late Peter Young. Beloved grandmother to Daniel, Kelly, Mathew, Zelie, Samara, Tara-Lee, Anton and Corey, and a very proud great-grandmother to her 8 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Carolyn’s life will be held at The Shone & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel 164 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson, on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at 11.00am.
Respectfully Cared for by
Shone and Shirley
Funeral Directors


KJESTRUP, Helen Darlene

Suddenly as the result of a tragic accident at Wellington on 17th June 2018, aged 61 years. Much adored younger sister & soulmate of Pauline & Warren Forbes, loved godmother of Aletta Lovell, fun loving aunt and in-law of John Lovell (Hawera), Hamish & Carmel Forbes (Coffs Harbour), and Ginny & Francisco Molina Forbes (Palmerston North), and of grandnieces and nephews Harrison and Lincoln Forbes, and Maximiliano and Isabel Molina Forbes.

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is
no separation”


WALLACE, David John

Passed away peacefully after a short battle on Monday 18 June 2018 at Hamilton. Dearly loved husband and best friend of Jocelyne. Loved father of Andrew and Jo-Anne. Loved grandad and great-grandad of Adelle, Claudia, Sean; Alex, and Jake. Loved brother of Margaret. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at the White Rose Chapel, 75 Cook Street, Hamilton, on Friday 22 June 2018 at 1.00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Society may be left at the service. Communications may be forwarded to the family, c/- P.O. Box 4449, Hamilton East 3247.


TWEED, John George

Passed away suddenly at home in the early hours of June 14, 2018, aged 82 years. Dearly loved husband of Mavis. Beloved father and father-in-law of Paul and Cristal, Lynne and Rob, Phil and Clare. Adored grandad of Ben and Michelle, Ryan and Amika, Adam and Hannah, Mia, Dave and Kath, Paul and Nikki, Josh, James, Emma, and Jack. Loving great-grandad of Mikaela, Oliver, Kaitlyn, Nate, Presley and Lennox. John will be sadly missed. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late John Tweed, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. A private funeral was held at Wai-mana Chapel, Rangiora, on June 19, 2018.


van den BROEK, Franciscus AdrianusGerardus (Frans)

‘Not a single day without
a smile’

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Frans van den Broek, aged 66, on June 18, 2018, after a long illness. His love and friendship will be greatly missed by his friend and partner of 30 years, Hanneke Schoneveld. He was a much loved father and father-in-law of Dana and Clinton, Lenny and Ben, Alex and Naomi, and Opa to Hendriks and Lillie. Frans leaves behind loving family members Ton and Nel, Geet and Thea, Miek, Ad and Miep. He was also a much loved and respected member of the Schoneveld family. Deepest gratitude to Coby Schoneveld without whose help, love and care we could not have managed. Thanks to all our family, friends and colleagues for their continuing support, love and laughter. Messages may be addressed to The Family of Frans van den Broek, c/- 19 London Street, Christchurch 8013. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Cancer Research Trust of New Zealand via their website or at the service. A service in celebration of Frans’ life will be held at the Christchurch Golf Club, Horseshoe Lake Road, Shirley, on Friday, June 22, at 11.00am.


HILTON, Katherine Anne (Kitty)

Peacefully on 17 June 2018 at Wellington Hospital. Beloved mother of David. Loved sister of Susie, and aunt of Danya and Arnon. Cherished cousin of Peter, Johnny, Gary and the late Tony Hilton. Widely loved member of the Timms and Alan families, and Grandishmother to many. Messages may be sent to the family, c/- 306 Willis Street, Wellington, or via In lieu of flowers donations to Mary Potter Hospice or Life Flight Trust would be appreciated and may be left at the service. A service for Kitty will be held at Old St. Paul’s, Mulgrave Street, Wellington, at 11.00am on Monday 25 June 2018, followed by interment at Makara Cemetery.
Lychgate Funerals
FDANZ Tel. 385 0745


HARFORD, Ronald George (Ron)

23.9.1929 - 19.6.2018
Dearly loved dad of Sheryn, Gayle, Craig and Robyn, father-in-law and friend of Stan Bidois and Gerard Keegan, loved poppa of Brendon (deceased), Jason, Dionne; Tania, Rochelle, Jarrod, Nicole; Emily, Meegan and Hayley and their partners. Great poppa of Amber, Marcell, Sophie, Matthew, Charlotte. Tyler and Cooper. All messages to the Harford family can be sent to C/- P O Box 218 Stratford 4352 or In preference to flowers a donation to the Red Cross would be appreciated and may be left at the service. A Service for Ron will be held at The Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Cnr Regan & Juliet Streets, Stratford on Friday, the 22nd of June 2018 at 1



Regtl No 070299 (Sapper) 3rd Division New Caledonia WWII. Passed away peacefully at Taumarunui on Tuesday 19th June 2018, aged 97, surrounded by his loving wife Dolly of 70 years and family. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Ken and Jill, David and Jean, Graham and Lesley, Trevor and Carol, and Sue and Brett Holmes. Grandad and Poppa of 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Heartfelt thanks to St John Ambulance, doctors and nurses of Taumarunui Hospital and district nurses. Ralph’s Service will be held on Monday 25th June at Christchurch (Anglican), cnr Manuaute and Huia Streets, Taumarunui, at 1.00pm, followed by interment at the Taumarunui Cemetery. All communications to 12 Simmons Road, Taumarunui.
Taumarunui Funeral Services FDANZ


PANKHURST, Graeme Edward

Loved son of the late Douglas (Toby) and Vera, loved brother of Ray, loved brother of Shirley and loved brother-in-law of Noel and uncle of Melanie and Trudy Hayes. Forever remembered. Messages to 1/18 Melbourne Street, Invercargill 9810.


BLATTLER, John Norman Eric

Passed away peacefully at home on Monday the 18th of June 2018, aged 83. Dearly loved husband of Joyce, much loved father of Danny, Johnny and Sandra, dearly loved Step-dad to Joyce's 13 children. John was awesome, a much loved and treasured Grandad, Great Grandad, and Great, Great Grandad to his many Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Great, Great Grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Taranaki Hospice would be very much appreciated. Messages and cards can be sent to The Blattler Family, C/- PO Box 4016, New Plymouth. Family and friends are invited to attend a service for John to celebrate his life, to be held at the Taranaki Crematorium, Junction Road, New Plymouth at 10.30 am on Friday 22 June 2018.


RUKUWAI, Michael Philip

On 18 June 2018, suddenly at Waikato Hospital, Mike passed away peacefully with his family. Dearly loved father of Mark. Son of Pauline and Theo Rukuwai (deceased). Brother and brother in law of Christina and Tom Irvine. Loved uncle of Tyler and Eden. Service to be held at Te Koropatu Marae at 11 am on Thursday 21st June 2018.


HARRISON, William Rodney(Rodney)

Passed peacefully at home, with family by his side, on Tuesday 19th June 2018, aged 77. Dearly loved husband and soulmate to Audrey. Loved father to Sharlene, Belinda and Craig. Cherished grandfather to Cody, James, Ryan, Luca and Liam. Loved brother, father-in-law and friend. In accordance with Rodney’s wishes, a private cremation has taken place. A celebration of Rodney’s life will be held at the Levin Cosmopolitan Club, 47-51 Oxford Street, Levin, on Monday 25th June 2018 at 1.30pm. Messages can be sent to the Harrison family, c/- PO Box 1014, Palmerston North.
Always in our hearts, forever loved