Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand


COOK, Graham Thomas Nelson

Sadly passed away after a short illness, on Thursday, June 22, 2023. Aged 74. Loved son of the late Sam and Daphne Cook. Brother to Andrew and brother-in-law to Viv. Uncle to Sam and Hamish. Thank you to the caring staff at both Nelson Hospital and Summerset in the Sun. A service for Graham will be held on Monday, June 26, 11.00am, at Shone and Shirley Funeral Home, 164 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson. Messages can be sent to the Cook family, c/- 164 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson 7011.


MCPHILLIPS, Daniel Fenton

Daniel passed away on Tuesday 13th June 2023 at Annie Brydon Lifecare, Hawera. A dearly loved son, brother and uncle. As per Daniels wishes a private service has held and he was laid to rest at the Manaia Cemetery.


WALKER, Sarah Katie (nee Peacock)

Passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, aged 46 years. Beloved Wife of David. Fur Mother to Baxter, Clive, Millie & Pounce. Much loved Daughter to
Sue and Alan (Dec). A service for Sarah will be held at
Life Changes Church, 89 Cambridge Street, Levin, on Thursday, 29 June 2023, at 1.30pm. Please dress bright and cheerfully.


LIMN, Nicole Georgette

On 21 June 2023 suddenly at her home in Wellington. Dearly loved wife of the late Geoff, and mother and mother-in-law of Pierre and Lynley, and much loved by Sophie. Messages to the family may be left in Nicole’s tribute book at The service will be live-streamed via a link at the same tributes website. A service to celebrate Nicole’s life will be held at The Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, 375 Adelaide Road, Newtown, on Monday 26 June 2023 at 2.00pm, followed by a private cremation.


DOBSON, Ian Edward

Of Palmerston North. Passed away peacefully June 22nd 2023 at Olive Tree Rest Home, aged 91 years. Ian was a loving husband to Margaret Dobson (nee McLean). Loving father to Graeme, Murray and Keith. Ian was also an adored Grandad and great-Grandad to his all of his grandkids and great-grandkids. The Dobson family would like to extend their heart-felt gratitude and thanks to the rest home staff at Olive Tree for their love and support while Ian was in their care. Messages to the Dobson family can be sent to PO Box 5191, Terrace End, Palmerston North 4441. A service to honour Ian’s life will be held in the Terracehaven Chapel, 697 Main Street, Palmerston North, on Wednesday 28th June 2023 at 1.00pm, followed by private burial at Kelvin Grove Cemetery.


HARRIS, Jillian Patricia(nee Diedrichs)

Peacefully at San Michele on 21st June 2023, aged 82. Dearly loved wife of Noel. Much loved mother of Shaun & Kelly, stepmother to Mark & Talula, and Melissa. Nandy Jill to Jenna, Dan, Taylor, Maddie, Antonio, and Sean. Requiem Mass will be held at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 625 Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu, on Friday, 30th June at 11.00am, followed by a private cremation. All communications to the Harris family, PO Box 137, Te Awamutu 3840.
Te Awamutu Funeral Services, FDANZ


BRADLEY, Anthony Gordon Nigel (Tony)

Unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at Christchurch Hospital. Much loved partner of Chris Holyoake and loved by her children Charlotte, and Rochelle, and their families. Much loved brother of Sonia Druery. Loved uncle of Owen Bradley, and Nicky Brogno. Messages to the Bradley Family, c/- PO Box 31300, Christchurch 8444. The Funeral Service for Tony will be held at the Palmer Chapel, 150 Harewood Road, Papanui, on Friday, June 30 at 11.00am.


HODSON, Alison Christina

Died June 22, 2023; In her 98th year. Dearly loved wife
of the late James. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Jo and Terry, Tim and Cheryl, Catharine (dec) and Guy, and Susie. Dearly loved Grandma and Great-Grandma. Alison’s family have lovingly farewelled her in a private service. Messages to 3 Oro Place, Richmond 7020.


SINDLEN, Paul Charles

On 20 June 2023 in Rayong, Thailand, aged 67. Former Sergeant H44972, RF and TF, Royal New Zealand Military Police and Senior Sergeant PS6297 NZ Police. Loved brother of Sally Ceelen (Tauranga) and Ian Sindlen (Wellington), brother-in-law of Tony Ceelen and Alison Wright, Uncle of Sarah, Nic, Rebekah and Ed.


HAMEL, Joan Barbara

(Previously of Te Anau). On June 20, 2023, peacefully in care at Summerset at Bishopscourt; in her 89th year. Loved daughter of Ted and Hazel Hamel, loved sister and sister-in-law of Margaret and Bruce Hormann (Whanganui), and Murray and Allannah Hamel (both deceased), loved aunt of Stephen and Sabine Hormann, Michael and Gill Hormann, Jane and Jason Mallasch, Sue and Keri Tuna, Raewyn and Dion Rowe, and Nola and Allan Willoughby, loved great-aunt of Louisa, Kristina, James, Robert, Ashley, Paige, Jaimee, Daniel, Tom, Ethan, Jacob, Brooke and Jared. With grateful thanks to the staff at Summerset who cared for Joan over her time in residence.
Resting in God’s Garden
A Memorial Service for Joan will be held in Te Anau at a future date to be advised. Messages to 20 Irwin Logan Drive, Mosgiel 9024.


FOSTER, Wilma Doriene(nee Beattie)

Passed away peacefully on June 11, 2023, aged 83 years. Loved wife of Graham, and adored mother to Karen, treasured sister of Robyn, and stepsister of John Beattie and Pat Cameron. The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful staff from Christchurch Hospital, Nurse Maude and the St John Ambulance Service for their wonderful care and love they showed to Wilma and her family. Messages to the Foster family, C/- 19 London Street, Christchurch 8013. A celebration of Wilma’s life will be held in the John Rhind Chapel, entry from London and Whitmore Streets, Richmond, Christchurch, on Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 10.00am.


ROBERTSON, Graham Leonard (Robbie)

Passed away peacefully on the morning of Wednesday 21 June 2023 at Terrace Gardens Care Facility, Darwin, NT, aged 76. Much loved brother of Rhonda (Matamata), and Wendy Haliburton (Levin).


ROPER, Rex Stephen

27th June 1947 –
22nd June 2023

Passed peacefully on Thursday 22nd June 2023, surrounded by family and friends.
He hono tangata e kore e motu; Ka pa he taura waka e motu.
Unlike a canoe rope, a human bond cannot be severed.
Loving husband of 55 years to Maria. Beloved father and father-in-law of Steve, Lee and Jacinda. Poppy to Dan, Sam, Connor and Alex. Brother of Gordon. A service for Rex wii be held on 27th June 2023 at the Park Chapel, Newstead, at 11.00am, followed by refreshments at Zenders.
Sincere Funeral Services


STEEL, Jeffrey Joseph

Peacefully at Christchurch Hospital on Thursday, June 22, 2023, aged 93 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Margaret Ann, father and father-in-law of Antony and Nicola, Michael and Julia, and Joanna and Phil. Loved by all his grandchildren. Friend of Lesley Corbett’s in later years. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Jeffrey Steel, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. A private cremation will take place, at Jeffrey’s request.


BUTLER, Anne Margaret

Peacefully at Springvale Manor, Whanganui, on Wednesday 21 June 2023, in her 88th year. Loved youngest daughter of William and Helen Butler, and loved sister of Rosalind (Sr Vincent HOC), Stan, Philomena (Sr Laboure HOC), William (Bill), and Dennis (all deceased). Loved sister-in-law of Josephine (deceased), and Joyce and Ann. Loved aunty of her many nieces and nephews. Heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff at Springvale Manor for all their love and care of Anne. All messages, Butler family, C/- PO Box 46, Whanganui. Funeral details to follow.
Dempsey & Forrest
Locally Owned.