Passing of a Sparker

It is with regret that I advise the passing of Dale Hobbs.  Sadly Dale crossed the bar on 27th September 2017 after a short illness.  Friends and family are invited to farewell Dale at the Manurewa RSA on Tuesday 3 October at 1.30 pm.

Dale was not one to stand on ceremony and preferred the casual approach to life.  He attained the rank of Leading Radioman and served in TAMAKI, PHILOMEL, BLACKPOOL, IRIRANGI, LACHLAN and CANTERBURY. He joined the RNZN 17 May 1966 until his discharge 4 March 1975.  Farewell classmate.

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3 Responses to Passing of a Sparker

  1. Martin Frost says:

    Very sad to hear of Dales passing. Fondly remember coming out of training and going to Irirangi in 71 and going into his watch. Him and Toni looked after me, a very young sailor, and I spent a lot of time in their home. Many trips to the surrounding environs in their Vauxhall Victor as we sampled the delights of the various pubs and went to rugby games here and there. Some years ago we met up with him at the Paihia C&W weekend and enjoyed a great time of memories, and then a few years back at the reunion in Auckland. Hope the crossing wasn’t too rough. Martin Frost

  2. Bruce Miller says:

    Dale was one of those guys who could connect with old shipmates in the street and immediately rekindle the bond of past service. He was a top bloke who will be sadly missed by his family and shipmates. Farewell Dale. You will be remembered by all who met you.
    Bruce (AKA Dusty) Miller

  3. Dave Earl says:

    Very sorry to here of Dale’s passing. We were at Waiouru together in the 70s. A great sparker and a fun run ashore. Always smiling and laughing. Very fond memories. My love to his family. R.I.P. Dale

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