Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand


WYNN-WILLIAMS, Bernard Huw Paul (Bernie)

Sadly passed away in Timaru. Colourful and unforgettable father of Sarah, David (deceased), Hannah, Ruth, and James, father-in-law of Tom, Qwan-Ling, and Matt, grandfather of Benjamin, Francesca, Scarlett, and Thea, former husband of Diane, loved son-in-law of Neville Dacre and Dorothy (deceased), brother-in-law of Mervyn and Carol, Claire and Tim, partner and companion of Sharyn Francis. We hope the rivers are full.
“Work is for people who don’t know how to fish”.


ANDERSON, Dennis John

Of Lower Hutt and Biggera Waters, Queensland. Passed peacefully on 22 September 2020. Husband to Ngaire (deceased) and partner to Marlene (deceased). Father of Dion and Maria, grandfather of Antonia and Jasmine. Brother of Currie and Patricia. A celebration of Dennis’ life will be held at Croft Funeral Home, 2 Osborne Place, Lower Hutt, on Tuesday 29 September, at 1.00pm.



WARD, Mark Aynsley

(Of Ohoka) On September 24, 2020, at Christchurch Hospital, aged 54 years. Dearly loved husband of Sheree, much loved dad of James and Kate. Loved and treasured son of Beryl and Aynsley Ward. Mark was a loved brother, brother-in-law and uncle. Messages may be sent to the ward family c/- PO Box 263, Kaiapoi 7644. A service to celebrate Mark’s life will be held at the Northbrook Chapel Rossburn Receptions, Spark Lane, Rangiora, on Wednesday, September 30, at 1.00pm.


JAMES, Arthur

Adored son of Arthur & Doris (Doll). Proud member of Queen’s Own Household Cavalry. Beloved big brother & brother-in-law to Lyn & Michael Bell & Hilda (dec). Loved and respected Uncle to Gail, Nick & Neil (dec).
the happy times when we were "best mates".


BILSKI, Doreen Patricia (Katene-Nuku) (Harris)

On 24 September 2020, after a long illness, peacefully went to sleep at Te Rangimarie Hospice, aged 67 years. Very much loved wife for 48 years of Tony, loved mother of Antoinette, loved nanny of Julie, Klarissa and Brandon. Loved daughter of Turei and Vera (both deceased). A very beloved sister and aunty. Doreen will be lying at the Te Aroha Marae, Inaha Road, Okaiawa. Her tangi will be held at the Marae at 11.00am on Monday 28 September 2020, followed by interment at Te Aria Urupa.


BAIRD, Robert Gillies

Of ‘Waiwiri’ Gladstone. On 24th September 2020 peacefully at Glenwood Masonic Hospital, Masterton. Aged 87 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Jan. Loved father and father-in-law of Margot and Guy, and Jill. Loved Poppa of Duncan and Emma, Lachie and Sarah, Anna and Tyla. Treasured Great-Poppa of Jack, Troy, Grayson, Paige, Blake, Abby, Isla and Bria. A loved brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend to many. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Kahukura Palliative Care Service, PO Box 96, Masterton 5840, would be appreciated and may be left at the service. A service for Robert will be held in the Gladstone Complex, Gladstone, on Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 1.00pm followed by a private family burial. Messages to the Baird Family, C/- PO Box 185, Carterton 5743, or can be left on Robert’s tribute page at


WILSON, Iris Violet(formerly Hutton)(née Johanson)

Passed away peacefully at Palmerston North Hospital on Friday 25 September 2020. Aged 96 years. Dearly loved wife of Len Hutton (deceased) and Russ Wilson (deceased). Loved mother and mother-in- law of Erryl; Paul and Maureen; and John and Trish. Dearly loved ‘Nana Foxton’ of Shane and Laura; and Nicky and Claye, and Great ‘Nana Foxton’ to William, Thomas; and Kasen. A service for Iris will be held at The Lychway Chapel, 5 Roy Street, Palmerston North, on Friday 2 October 2020 at 2.00pm. Messages can be sent to the Hutton family, c/- PO Box 1014, Palmerston North.


HUGHES, Claire Brenda

On September 24, 2020, aged 96 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Ralph. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Norm and Lynda, Rusty and Joy, Graeme (deceased) and Glenis, Maureen and Norm Allen; and Jenny (deceased) and Brian Hammond, and grandmother to 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
“God looked around his garden and found an
empty space. He then looked down upon this earth, and saw your tired face. He put
his arms around you and
lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.”
Family would like to thank the Rangiura Rest Home for their wonderful care of Claire. A service will be held at Te Puke Methodist Church, 2 Oroua Street, on Tuesday, September 29, at 1.00pm, thereafter burial at New Te Puke Cemetery. Messages to the Hughes family, c/- PO Box 650 Tauranga 3144.


WHITE, Patricia Anne

12.05.1961 — 20.09.2020
Loved sister and sister-in-law of Mary and Bruce Carpenter, loved aunt of Joseph and Jennifer Carpenter and Patrick Carpenter, and loved great-aunt of Aelin, Sebastian and Evangeline Carpenter.
Mum and Dad
will be waiting for you.


WASLEY, Ronald Raymond

Aged 74. Formerly of Christchurch Passed away September 21, 2020 in Perth, Australia. Beloved brother of Colleen, Geoffrey and Lynda.
Resting in Peace


MARTIN, Christine Faye (née May)

Passed peacefully on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Loved deeply by her family, precious mother of Jason, and Shaun, mother-in-law of Michelle, and Lauren. Blessed “Banny” of Shar na, Shavaughn, Koby, and Braxton. Great “Banny” of Oliver, and sister of Glenys, David, Peter, and Gary.
‘And while she lies in
peaceful sleep,
Her memory we shall
always keep’.
Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Christine Martin, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. A private celebration of Christine’s life will be held in accordance with her wishes.


MITCHELL, Pamela Avryal (Pam)(nee Dwight)

Passed away on September 23, 2020. Much loved wife of Alan of 56 years. Loved mother of Barbara and John and mother-in-law to Shona. A celebration of Pams life will be held at White Rose Chapel, 75 Cook Street, Hamilton East, on Tuesday 29 September 2020, at 11.30am. In lieu of flowers, donations to St John Ambulance Service would be kindly appreciated.


COLEMAN, Adrienne Frances

On September 23, 2020, at Christchurch Hospital after a short illness, surrounded by family, aged 70 years. Loved wife and soulmate of John, a loving, caring and supportive mother of Sarah and Simon Christie, Trudi and Craig Squire, treasured grandma to Isobel; Ben, and Lily, loved younger sister of Graham, and the late Anne Bills, loved sister-in-law and adored aunty. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Adrienne Coleman, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. In lieu of flowers donations to St John Ambulance would be appreciated, and may be made at the service. A Celebration of Adrienne’s life will be held at St Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 150 Withells Road, Avonhead, on Thursday, October 1, at 1.30pm.


DARRAGH, John Francis

On September 24, 2020, at Nurse Maude Hospice, Christchurch, after a short illness, aged 80 years. Dearly loved husband of Jenny, and the late Brenda, devoted father and father-in-law of Philip and Angela, Andrew, and Christine and Barry McLeod. Special, loving ‘Granga’ of Ruby, and Aengus; Emily; and Brayden, loved step-father of Inga, and Ewan Smith and their partners Greg Leonard, and Lana Morrison. Much loved brother of Neil (Gore), and Jenny (Canada). Special thanks to the Community nursing staff and Nurse Maude Hospice staff for their wonderful support and care of John during his illness. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late John Darragh, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. In lieu of flowers donations to Nurse Maude Palliative Care would be appreciated, and may be made at the service. A Celebration of John’s life will be held in our Rangiora Chapel, Wai-mana, 92 Kippenberger Avenue, Rangiora, on Wednesday, September 30, at 2.00pm, thereafter private cremation.


AYLING, Norma Faye

Loved sister and sister-in-law of Bruce and Elaine Robinson, loved sister-in-law of Noel* and Eleanor Ayling, Arthur* and Jennifer* Ayling, Lynn* and June* Cull, Owen* and May Cairns, a loved aunty of all her nieces and nephews.
(*denotes deceased)