Death Notices

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

Recent Notices in New Zealand


MUGGERIDGE, Damian John Puanga

Passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Thursday 15th August 2019, aged 12 years. Dearly loved son of Raylene and David. Treasured brother of Bernard, Debs, Shannon, Matthew and Patrick. Cherished foster son of Shane and Selena Clemas, and a special foster brother.

A service to celebrate Damian’s life will be held in the Cleggs Funeral Services Chapel, 268 High Street, Hawera, on Wednesday 21st August, at 11.00am, followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers donations to Riding For The Disabled Hawera would be appreciated and can be left at the service. All communications addressed to the family of Damian Muggeridge c/- PO Box 183, Hawera 4640.


O’CARROLL, Barry John

Passed away peacefully at home on August 15, 2019, aged 65 years. Much loved husband of Karen, adored father and father-in-law of Natalie and Kym Townsend, Cathy and Tom Heather, loved Baz of Hazel, and Jed Townsend, loved only son of Oonah and the late John, loved brother and brother-in-law of Olwyn and Peter Rae, loved uncle of Harry, and George Rae, loved son-in-law of Mary and the late Dick Clarke, a loved brother-in-law and uncle.
“Barry will be dearly missed.”
Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Barry O’Carroll, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. A Celebration of Barry’s life will be held in the Hawarden Memorial Hall, Horsley Down Road, Hawarden, on Wednesday, August 21, at 1.00pm, thereafter interment in the Horsley Down Cemetery.


KAYWAH, Jeremy Keith

8.2.1986 — 14.8.2019
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Jeremy. Youngest son of Mary and Peter. Loved brother of Gum, and Nick. Loving partner of Hannah. Proud father of Ngahuia, Mei-Xing, Te Manawa, and Jia-Li. A much loved uncle of all his nieces and nephew.
You will be missed.
A heartfelt thanks to all of his friends who have been a part of his life and cared for him so, and also the doctors and nurses who looked after him in hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations to in memory of Jeremy would be appreciated, and may also be made at the service. Jeremy’s Service will be held in the Christian Cullen Lounge, Addington Events Centre, 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington, on Tuesday, August 20, at 2.00pm.



Of Bluff, aged 50. Passed peacefully on Friday, August 16, 2019. Beloved son of Bruce and Gloria. Dearly loved brother and brother-in-law of Andrew and Beth, Rosemary and Gary Chalmers. Much loved Dad of Schyler, Levi, and Renae; and his grand-daughter Eleora. Much loved uncle of Matthew, and George Chalmers; Tyler, Josh, Riley, and Reid Henderson. Loved Grandson of Fred and Myrtle Flutey, and Mervyn and Janet Henderson (all deceased). A service to celebrate Eric’s life will be held at the graveside, Greenpoint Cemetery on Monday, August 19, at 2.30pm. Messages can be sent to 262 Marine Parade, Bluff 9814. Tribute messages may be left at


ELLIS, Harry

On August 13, 2019, peacefully at Aberleigh Rest Home, Blenheim, aged 88 years. Loved husband of the late Dorothy, and stepfather of Colin, Larry, and the late Peter (Everest). Messages to 28A Page Street, Blenheim 7201. In accordance with Harry’s wishes, a private cremation has taken place.


TOKA, Takai Samasona (Toke)

Passed away at Cambridge Oakdale, on Monday, 12th August 2019. Aged 84 years. Dearly loved husband of Lyn. Loved father and father-in-law of Marianne, Carolyn & Steven, Cheryl and papa of Thomas, Olivia, Ngaru and Tuiata. At Takai’s request, a private cremation has been held. Those wishing to share happy memories of Toke are invited to join the family for lunch on Sunday, 18th August 2019, at the family home, 67 Carlyle Street, Leamington, Cambridge, from 11.30am.


BURNETT, Elizabeth Alison (Betty)

On August 13, 2019, peacefully at Nelson Hospital, in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Mait and a loved mother and mother-in-law of the late Ian; Alison and Ronald Taylor; Marian and Michael Payton; Stephen and Kim. A loved Gran to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Messages to 21 Hills Road, RD 2, Rai Valley 7192 or A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at the Carluke Hall, Rai Valley, on Saturday, August 17 at 1.00pm, followed by interment at the Rai Valley Cemetery.


EGGERS, Helen Lesley (nee Granger)

On August 14, 2019 peacefully surrounded by her family; aged 69 years. Loved wife of the late Ken. Loved and adored mother and mother-in-law of Murray, Marie and Alby, Margaret and Tony, Kenneth and Kaye. Doting, supportive and special Grandmother of Shaun, Ethan, Oscar, Samuel, Emma and Tonilee. Adored aunty of all her nieces and nephews, and sister of Carl, Cathy, Linda, and Stu. A special friend to many. A service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at the Murchison Bowling Club, 24 Waller Street, Murchison, on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 1.00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Nelson Tasman Region Hospice, PO Box 283, Nelson, would be appreciated.


WHITTAKER, Robert James (Bob)

Of Waikanae. Died 13 August 2019 at Te Hopai Hospital, Wellington, aged 93. Dearly loved husband of the late Janet Whittaker, father and father-in-law of John, Tim & Christine, David & Robyn, Mark & Sarah. Cherished Grandfather to Amy, Nicholas, Laura, Sheldon, Matthew and Ben, and great-grandfather of Connor & Arlo. Beloved eldest brother of Isabel (deceased), Bill (deceased), Doreen, Laura, John, Susan and Donald. Sincere thanks to the wonderful caregivers and nursing staff at Te Hopai and also Parkwood Village, Waikanae. Messages and tributes can be left at


ENNION, Helen Margaret(nee Branch)

Suddenly on 13th August 2019 in Tauranga. Wife of the late Kevin. Loved partner of the late Graham for 18 years. Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Rachael and AJ Potash (U.S.A), and Scott. Adored daughter of Fae and the late David, and sister to the late Susan, Murray and Susan, and the late Stuart. A service to remember Helen will be held at the Pyes Pa Crematorium Chapel, 403 Pyes Pa Road, Tauranga, on Monday 19th August at 2.00pm.


SCOTT-HOWMAN, Karen Thanh Mai

Passed away, in Wellington, on 12 August 2019. Beloved mother to Zack and Coco, treasured daughter of Rosemary Scott and the late Khanh Nguyen, and dearly loved sister of Tony Nguyen. Respected and loved by all who worked with her, trained with her, and studied with her. She leaves a hole in all of our lives that cannot be filled. A private service will be held to honour Karen’s life. Messages for the Scott-Howman, Scott and Nguyen families, to Lychgate Funerals, 306 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011.
Lychgate Funerals
FDANZ 385 0745


PIHAMA, Margaret Lillian

Passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday 14th August 2019, aged 65 years, surrounded by her whanau. Beloved mum of Nathaniel James Walter Pihama. Loving grandmother of Samantha Olive Connor Pihama. Cherished sister and Aunty of the McNoe and Pihama whanau. A funeral service for Margaret will be held at Hemi Tapu Marae and Chapel, Massey St, Frankton, at 11.00am on Saturday 17th August 2019, powhiri at 10.30am. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Deaf Aotearoa
Ormsby Family Funerals
0800 737 953


ALDERSON, Anthony John (Ant)

Died suddenly on August 12, 2019. Aged 54 years. Beloved husband and soulmate of Kellianne, and devoted father to Jake, Ollie and Zac. Dearly loved son of Sheila and the late Paul Alderson (UK). Cherished brother of Christopher, and special uncle to his nieces and nephews.
“Gone too soon and will be sorely missed.”
The family wish to thank the staff at the Wanaka Aquatic Centre for their wonderful care and attention in Ant’s final hour. Also to the staff of the Lake Hawea Hotel for being so supportive during this difficult time. A service to celebrate Ant’s life will be held at 216 Lake View Terrace, Lake Hawea, on Monday, August 19, at 11.00am. Messages to the family may be sent to


PROSSER, Joan Berta

Passed away peacefully at her residence at Bayswater Retirement Village on 14th August 2019. Aged 103 years. Treasured wife of the late Arthur. Much loved Mother and mother-in-law of Richard and Sandra, Mark and Gael. Much loved Gran of Brad, Allister, and Katrina. Loved sister of Maree and Joyce (both deceased) and beloved aunt of Briony and Anne-Marie. A service for Joan will be held at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, cnr Dee Street and Macville Road, Mount Maunganui, on Monday 19th August 2019 at 2.00pm, followed by private cremation.


TRASK, Mary Lillian (nee Smith)

On Monday, 12th August 2019. Passed away peacefully after a courageous and hard fought battle with cancer. Dearly loved wife of the late Jack. Loved mother of Greg, Mark and Tim. Beloved grandmother (Mem) of Sophie, Tom, Amelia, and Ollie the dog. Messages and tributes can be left in Mary’s tribute page on Sincere thanks to all those who cared for Mum. In lieu of flowers donations to the Gillies McIndo Research Institute, PO Box 7184, Newtown, Wellington 6242 would be appreciated or can be left at the service. A service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at the Ss Peter & Paul Church, Knights Road, Lower Hutt on Monday 19th August 2019, at 2.00pm. thereafter private cremation.