Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand


INWOOD, Elsa Jean (Jean)

Passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Saviour on June 30, 2022, at Anthony Wilding Retirement Village, aged 97 years. Most dearly loved wife of the late Geoffrey, dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Joyce and Rob Coppell, Daphne and John Marshall, and Peter and Audrey. Loved Grandma of Rebecca, Mark, Katie and Nicole, and great-grandma of Reuben, Emma, Chloe, Holly, Katie, and Luke. Our thanks to the staff at Anthony Wilding for their loving care of Jean. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Jean Inwood, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. A private service will be held.


ELLIS, Margaret (née Bruce)

On June 30, 2022, in her 91st year. Dearly loved wife of the late Des. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Tony (dec), Geoff and Mary, Barbara and Rudy. Adored Gran and Great-Gran of Gemma, James, Theo and Isaac, Adam, Willem and Millie, Cameron and Tessa, Josh and Hannah. Loved by all her family in Christchurch and the South Island. Funeral will be held at Knox Church, 574 High Street, Lower Hutt, on Friday 8th July, at 1.00pm. Donations to Epilepsy Association NZ or Malaghan Institute appreciated.


SMITH, Michael David

Passed away on June 30, 2022 at Stillwater Gardens with his family, aged 79 years. After a long journey Mike is now resting in peace. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 54 years, Noelene. He will be fondly remembered always by his children, grandchildren and son’s-in-law, Paula, Craig, Bria and Liam Pengelly (Nelson); Nicola, Dave, Alex and Ben Giles (Melbourne); Fiona, Eden and Anneke Smith (Hastings); and the late Darren Smith. A service to celebrate Mike’s life will be held at Hope Garden of Remembrance, 95 Clover Road East, Hope on Tuesday, July 5 at 10.00am, followed by a private cremation. Messages to the Smith family c/- Villa 173, 1 Hill Street North, Richmond, Nelson 7020.


MASON, Ngaire Olive

94 happy years living in Halswell, then Picton. Ngaire passed away peacefully Thursday, June 30, 2022. Loved mother of Garry and Lynne Mason. David Mason and Rhodora Sagles. Faye and Quentin Doig. She will be missed by the loved grandchildren John and Michelle, Samuel and James, Richard, Michael and Jonny and their partners. Also her 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral date to be notified.


BATHURST, Jessie Elizabeth

On June 29, 2022, in her 100th year, peacefully and surrounded by family. Wife of the late Cyril Noel (Noel), loved and cherished Mum to Ian (deceased) and Elfi, David and Jill, Jennie and Howard Potter, and former daughter-in-law Ruth. Loved Gran to Kirsten, Stephen; Rachel, Adam; Becky, Emma. Special Great-Gran to Everett, Renee, Emily, Benjamin, Sophia, William, Lillian, Ellen, and Theodore. The family wish to acknowledge the tender care extended to Jessie by the hospital staff at Ultimate Care Bishop Selwyn. In lieu of flowers, donations to St John Ambulance would be gratefully appreciated and may be made online, – The Order of St John National Office, Account Number – 12-3244-0023915-00. Messages c/- the Bathurst family to 78 Brisbane Street, Waltham, Christchurch 8023. A funeral service for Jessie will be held at the Canterbury Crematorium Chapel, Linwood Ave on Tuesday, July 5, at 11.00am.


HAMMERICH, Jillian Kay (nee Thomson)

19.11.1958 — 28.6.2022
Peacefully at home after a short illness. Beloved wife and friend of Alastair. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Andrew and Tui, Michael and Morgan. Dearly loved daughter of Peter* and Connie* Thomson, devoted sister and sister-in-law of Glenda Russo* Ron and Janet Russo, Maree and Melvin Gentle, Peter and Norah Thomson. Loved daughter-in-law of John* and Eleanor* Hammerich, and sister-in-law of Kristen, Colleen, Susan and Rowan Feron. Loved Aunt to all her nieces and nephews. For a live stream of Jillian’s funeral service use this link


NORTHCOTT, Margaret Ellen

Passed peacefully on 25 June 2022 at Woburn Home, Lower Hutt; aged 71 years. Beloved daughter of the late Winifred (Mary) and Gerald Northcott, and cherished sister of Mary. True love of Ralph (Canada). Treasured aunt and friend to Maria, Owen, and nephew Roger. Great aunty to Amy, David, and Antony. Cherished by the Scharfl Family, who made her one of their own. Thank you to the staff at Woburn Home for their care of Margaret. Much appreciation to Liz O’Hare of Dementia Wellington. A family service has been held to lay Margaret to rest. Messages to the Northcott family may be left in Margaret’s tribute book at or posted c/- 4 Moorefield Road, Johnsonville, Wellington.
Margaret, we hold you in
our hearts and will remember you always.


JONES, Sylvia May

Peacefully on Wednesday 22 June 2022, at Kowhainui Home, Whanganui, aged 90 years. Much loved wife of the late Mel Williams and the late Ivor Jones. Loved Mum and Mother-in-law of Karen and Deryk, Adrian (dec) and Margaret, Glynis and Shane, Gareth and Tina, Moira and Alan, and Bronwen. Cherished Nana to her many Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. Our particular thanks to all the staff at Kowhainui, especially those on ‘Feist’, and the Doctors and Nurses at Whanganui Hospital.

In accordance with Sylvia’s wishes a family farewell has been held.

Dempsey & Forrest.

Locally Owned.


VAOGA, Dick Motu

Passed away at Annie Brydon Rest Home, Hawera, on Thursday 30th June 2022, aged 89. Dearly loved husband of the late Margaret. Much loved father and father-in-law of Joyce and Robert Taylor, Iulia and David Williams, Levi and Di, and Anthony. Loved poppy of Heaven-Lee; Kaylah; Charntelle, Justina; Kianee, Malakai, and Sienna. Loved great-pop to all his great-grandchildren.
No faa Samoa no leo. Faafetai lava Dick.
Dick’s life will be celebrated at St Joseph’s Catholic Church Hawera, on Tuesday 5th July at 11.00am.


HAMMERICH, Jillian Kay

Passed away peacefully after a short illness, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, aged 63 years. Dearly loved wife of Alastair. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Andrew and Tui and, Michael and Morgan. A much loved sister and sister-in-law, and loved aunty to all her nieces and nephews. Jillian will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
“Now with the Lord
who she loved.”
For a live-stream of Jillian’s funeral service use this link


DUNSHEA, Malcolm Gordon

On July 1, 2022, peacefully at Grace Joel Retirement Village, Auckland, in his 90th year. Dearly loved husband of the late Lyndsay, loved father and father-in-law of John and Lisa, Michael and Greta, and Grandfather to Tim, Helen, Sam and Ollie. A private family service will be held, with a memorial service in Hamilton at a date to be advised.


WELLS, John Charles

Passed away quietly in his sleep on Friday, 1 July 2022, aged 81. Dearest husband of Virginia. Much loved father and father-in-law of Philip, the late Catherine, Michael and Irene, and Stephen and Stasia. Grandpa of Daniel, Rebecca, Alexander, Jordan, Ethan and Sarah. Eldest son of Hec & Norma and brother of Peter. Grateful thanks to the wonderful staff at Sunhaven.


THOMPSON, Catherine Jessie (Cat)

Passed unexpectedly on June 26, 2022, aged 50. Dearly loved partner of Steve Dowse. Adored Mum of Ian and Hollie. Loved ‘daughter-in-law’ of Bev and John Dowse. Loved sister-in-law of Lee-Ann and Grant Harvey, and Tracey Dowse. Loved “Cat” of Shauna, and Amber; Nikayla, Josh, Bryleigh, and Georgia; also Jack, Charlee, and Ivy. Loved friend of many. A memorial service to farewell Cat will be held in Knox Presbyterian Church, 107 Pomona Street, Invercargill on Tuesday, July 5, at 2.00pm. Messages can be sent to 139 Tramway Road, Invercargill 9812, or to Cat’s tribute page at


PROCTER, Jason Christopher

31 (Melbourne) died suddenly on June 27, 2022. Dearly loved son of Chris (Melbourne) and the late Donna Goldsbury, loved brother and best mate of Matthew (Melbourne) and Talor (Auckland).
Taken way too soon.
We invite you to mourn and celebrate Jason’s life at 75 Reid Street, Fitzroy North, Melbourne, at 12pm on Wednesday, July 6, or join us on the live-stream through this link, https


DEWAR, Paul Graeme

Peacefully after a short illness, on Thursday, June 30, 2022, aged 62. Deeply loved husband and best friend of Penny. Loved dad and father-in-law of Michael, Hamish and Abi, and Phoebe. In accordance with Paul’s wishes, a private cremation has been held. Messages to