Jack Passings – April 2017

GEANGE, John Morrison. WWII. RNZ Navy. Service No. NZ10131. L.E.M. 23.01.1928-28.04.2017. Peacefully at Atawhai. Dearly loved husband and best friend of Frieda. Loved father and father-in-law of Sandra and Peter, Aenone and John, Bill (deceased) and Philippa, and John and Cheryl. Loved step dad (Uncle John) of Maron and Ian, and Cedric and Sheryl. A loved grandfather and great grandfather. Many thanks to the caring staff at Hawke’s Bay Hospital and Atawhai. A service to celebrate John’s life will be held at St Columba’s Presbyterian Church, 176 Gloucester Street, Taradale, Napier on Wednesday May 3, 2017 at 2pm. Followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust can be made at the service and would be appreciated. Messages to the ‘Geange Family’ C/o PO Box 7001, Taradale, Napier 4141.

STUBBS, Lovey (nee Paul). Born January 24, 1953. Passed away on April 24, 2017. Stubbs, Lovey (U28676 Wren Lovey Paul RNZN), passed away at home in Hastings surrounded by her family, after a short and difficult battle with cancer. Loving wife of Stu, mother of Tane and Marama; respected mother-in-law of Stuart and Sandra; and loved grandmother of Kelsey, Liam, Boston and Logan. In accord with Lovey’s wishes a private family funeral was held on 29 April in Hastings. Grateful thanks for the support of Totara Health, Villa 6 of Hastings Hospital and Cranford Hospice.

HOUSTON, Mervyn George Of Cleveland NZ 8133 RNZN, passed away on 25 April 2017, aged 91 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Gwen (dec) loved father and father-in-law of Geoffrey and Kay, Paul and Megan, Grant and Tracy (all of Brisbane). Loved Grandad of Free (Sharon), Zowie, Courtney and Bradley. Great-grandad to Olive, Alex and Eli. Cremated. Messages to 168 Panorama Drive, Thornlands QLD 4164, Australia. Metropolitan Funerals Proudly Australian Owned Redlands 32869611

LAWSON, Gerald James (Gerry). PO. Royal New Zealand Navy. Regtl No.17162. Passed away peacefully at Aparangi Residential Unit on 26th April 2017, aged 74 years. Loving husband and best friend of Sandra. Proud and caring father, father-in-law and grandfather of Carl, Melissa, Ethan, Ryley and Brianna, Neil, Justine and Zane, Greg, Lucy, Conor, Kirsty, Jack, Kate, Mae and Ellen, Jared, Kristy, Jessica, Holly, Liam, Marcos and Leah. Special thanks to Julie Woodman-Neil for the personal and professional support that she has given Gerald and Sandra. She has been their rock. Thank you to the many people who have provided care to Gerald during his long battle. He is at Peace with the Lord. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Patricks Catholic Church, Seddon Street, Pukekohe on Monday 1st May, at 11:00am.

CAMPBELL, Donald Edwin. (Service No. 11119, RNZN, K Force). At Tararu Home, Thames, on Wednesday 19th April, 2017; aged 90 years. Loved husband of the late Bev. Loved Dad of Julie Catran, Stuart, Jeffrey, Russell, and Paula, and loved grandad and great-grandad of Amba, Sarah, Bentley, Fleur, Logan, Dayne, Taylor, Lauryn, Susannah, Levi, Mimi; Emma, Zea, Vito, Ayla, Masyn and Nora. ‘Rest in peace now Dad, your work is done’. Thank you to the carers and nurses at Tararu Home for their wonderful care of Don for nearly two years. A service to celebrate Don’s life will be held at St James Union Parish Church, cnr Pollen and Pahau Streets, Thames, on Monday 24th April at 11.30am. Interment to follow in the RSA Section of Totara Memorial Park, Te Arapipi Road, Thames. Communications for the family c/- 19A Golf Road, Mt Maunganui 3116. Broadway Funeral Home (FDANZ) Matamata.

MATTHEWSON, James Oliver. RNZVR Second World War 0/7412. “Gentleman Jim”. Passed on peacefully on 16 April 2017, aged 98. Dearly loved husband of the late Margaret, father of Peter, Sarah, and David, grandfather of Christy, Janina, Joyia, Eli and Tineke, and great- grandfather of Theo and Libby. An example of compassion and service to others, he will be sorely missed. “Home is the sailor, home from the sea”. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Anzac Day, Tuesday 25 April 2017, at 2:00pm at Somervell Presbyterian Church, 497 Remuera Rd, Remuera, Auckland. State of Grace East 09-527-0366

HENDERSON, Warren Hylton Roland (Roly). RSA NZ7493 RNZN Passed away peacefully at home after a short illness, aged 93. Loved husband of Marie (deceased), and loved father and father-in-law of Christine and Bryce, Beverley and Alex, Kenneth and Pauline, Peter and Pam, Robert and Sandy, Stewart and Kate, and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. There will be a private gathering in due course. – See more at: http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obituaries/nzherald-nz/obituary.aspx?n=warren-hylton-roland-henderson-roly&pid=185135119#sthash.Indy4uSp.dpuf

BLANCHETT, Murray Alexander (ACA, ACIS). (Service No. 9177, Able Coder, HMNZS Achilles, RNZN, WWII). Peacefully (after a short illness), at the Booms Lodge, Thames, on 14th April, 2017; 13 days short of his 92nd birthday. Dearly loved husband for the past 65 years of Nola, loved father of Jan and Lloyd, and David and Jenny. Loved Pop of Michael, Hilaire, and Simon. Grateful thanks to the staff of the Booms Lodge for their love and care of Murray. A celebration of Murray’s life will be held at Twentymans Grahamstown Chapel, Kirkwood Street, Thames, on Friday 21st April, at 11am, followed by private cremation. In lieu of flowers donations to the Thames St John Ambulance would be appreciated and may be left at the service or posted to PO Box 49, Thames. Messages to: 215 Reservoir Road, Thames, 3500.

HAROLD, Jack Nelson. NZ 4242 RNZN passed away peacefully on 15 April 2017 aged 94 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Alice, father of David. Last survivor of the HMNZS Moa, WW2, Guadalcanal combat. Now at peace. Funeral details to follow.

RUDSITS, Eric Richard. (Service No 5918 RNZN Able Seaman). On 5 April 2017, in his 94th year. Much loved husband of Joy for 70 years, loved dad of Wanda, and the late Kim, grandad to Nigel, Rebecca and Nicola. At the family’s request, a private service has been held. Communication to the Rudsits Family c/o P.O Box 3136, Greerton, Tauranga 3142.

BARLEY, Alan Vernon On April 6, 2017, aged 94 years. Passed away peacefully at Ngaio Marsh. Dearly loved husband of the late Merle. Dearly loved father and friend of Graeme and Jenny, Ray, David and Debbie, and Jude and Grant. Dearly loved grandpa of Seymour, Flynn, Hanna and Milo and dearly loved great-grandpa of Ella. Life Member of the Canterbury Eagles Golfing Society. The Canterbury Golf Referees Association. The Christchurch High School Old Boys’ Association. The Christchurch RSA and the Russley Golf Club. All speak to a life well lived. Alan was blessed with a full life that took him around the world on active service in the Army and Royal NZ Navy during WW2 to a respected career as a Master at Christchurch Boys’ High School. He was also a talented pianist and Barbershop Quartet vocalist who brought hours of pleasure to all who were fortunate enough to hear him play or sing. Special thanks to all of the Staff at Ngaio Marsh for their care and support. Messages may be addressed to the family of Alan, c/- PO Box 9175, Tower Junction, Christchurch 8149. Alan’s wishes were to have a memorial service to celebrate his life. The memorial service will be held at Russley Golf Club this Monday, April 10, 2017, at 2.00pm

LOTT, James William. Ex RN and RNZN. On 3 April 2017 peacefully at CHT Onewa, (late of Devonport) dearly loved husband of the late Philomena, loved father and father in law of Marcel and Tanya and Hans loved Grandad of Ben, Alex and Logan. Aged 86 years.” Home is the sailor, home from sea and the hunter home from the hill.” A service will be held at the North Harbour Chapel of Dil’s Funeral Services, 185 Schnapper Rock Road Albany on Friday 7 April, at 1:00pm followed by private cremation.

LEESE, David Ronald: Ex POM(E) & Lt Cdr (RNO) (Regional Naval Officer Palmerston North) Died peacefully in Palmerston North Hospital on 2 April 2017, aged 76 years. Proud ex-Navalman and father of Paul, Matthew, Katherine and Anna. The service will be held at The Lychway Chapel, 5 Roy Street, Palmerston North, on Saturday 8 April 2017 at 2.00pm with a reception at the Navy Club following. Family flowers only. A donation to the Stroke Foundation of NZ may be left in the Chapel foyer or posted to PO Box 143, Palmerston North.