Jack Passings – January 2019

GRIFFIN, Glenn Raymond. Stoker Ex RNZN Born October 8, 1959. Passed away peacefully on January 13, 2019 surrounded by family. Loved husband of Debra (Debbie). Beloved Father of Brennan, Kayla and Liam. The family would like to thank Northshore Hospice for their wonderful care and support. A service to celebrate Glenn’s life will be held at Romaleigh, 31 Ocean View Rd, Northcote, Friday 18 January 2019 at 11am.

GAMSER Colin John (CJ) 19637 LWTR Ex RNZN Joined 22 Jan 1969 Born on May 16, 1951, CTB, last night 15-1-2019 at 8pm Melbourne time age 67, Car salesman, businessman extraordinaire, a bloody good bloke (for an Australian). It is unsure how he CTB, but his funeral is 23 Jan in Melbourne POC is Ian Stewart, who will be attending the funeral

GEORGE, Bryan Douglas NZ16518 RNZN (L/CK (o) 1959-1966. On Saturday, January 12, 2019, suddenly in Christchurch, aged 76 years. Loved son of the late Douglas and Monica (nee Beck). Loved husband of the late Pauline, dearly loved father and father-in-law of Sonja and Steve, Derrick and Tracey, a very much loved grandad of Kaelym, Sheldon, and Riane, loved brother and brother-in-law of Barry, Linda, Heather and Graeme, and Neville, step-brother of Trevor (deceased), and Peter, and uncle of his nieces and nephews. Messages may be addressed to the George family C/- 19 London Street, Christchurch 8013. A celebration of Bryan’s life will be held in the John Rhind Chapel, entrance of Whitmore and London Street, Christchurch, on Saturday, January 19, at 1.00pm.

RAILTON Russell A.B./R.P crossed the bar overnight (12 Jan) at Bendigo Hospital. Rails will be sorely missed by the ex RNZN fraternity here in Victoria. Rails is top left in the Op’s Room pic attached. This was Taranaki 65/66 during Confrontation. In the pic of three of the Ops Room crew taken a couple of years ago, Gerry Marlow (RIP) on the left, myself in the middle and Rails on the right. RIP Rails, a good ship mate and a true friend.
A Memorial Service will be held at Caulfield RSL, Sunday 20th January 2019, commencing at 2pm. All Friends & Shipmates welcome.

TOOTILL, Patricia Ann (Pat) nee Sucksmith. Ex NZ Signals Wren 1127 and UK WRENS NZ Police SGT 2541. At Tauranga Hospital, suddenly, but after an ongoing illness, on January 11th aged 80 years. Dearly loved wife of John, loved stepmother of Jon and Cindy Karaka Auckland, Trish and Doug Gold Coast AU, Jackie and Greg Lake Mumorah AU, Chris and Jane Byron Bay AU. Loved Grandmother of Mikey, Caity, Matt, Ellie, Sam, Lucy, Maddie and Lily. Loved sister of Norma. In lieu of flowers donations to Waipuna Hospice at waipunahospice.org.nz Special thanks to St John Ambulance and staff at Ward 2a Tauranga Hospital. Pats funeral service will be held at 1.30pm on Wednesday 16 January 2019 at Legacy Gardens, 53 Te Okuroa Drive, Papamoa. Communications to the Tootill family c/- PO Box 3136 Tauranga.

TAYLOR, Peter Charles Lieutenant RNZNVR (retired). Passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Aberleigh Rest Home, Blenheim, aged 93 years. Loving husband of Cherry. Much loved father and step-father of Dawn, Wendy, Jan, Debbie, Tracey and Sarah. Loved Grandad to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Now at peace, will be sadly missed and never forgotten. A farewell service for Peter will be held at the Mayfield Chapel, cnr Hutcheson and Parker Streets, Blenheim at 11.00am, on Thursday, January 17, followed by private cremation. Messages may be sent to the Taylor Family, c/- PO Box 110, Blenheim 7240.

WHALE, Peter Ronald. Service Number 14711, NZ Navy. 29 October 1937 – 09 January 2019. Husband of Pamela (deceased) for 29 years and father to Carolyn, Philip and Brent. Partner of Penny (deceased) for 27 years and step father to Brett. Loved grandad of Trent, Leighton, Brooke, Dylan and Samantha. A service honouring Peter will be held at Dil’s Funeral Home at Schnapper Rock Cemetery, Albany at 10.00am on Saturday 12 January.

ROGERS, Frank Pilmore. s/n NZ8540 ( HMS Empress ) Peacefully on the 3 January 2019 at St Andrews Village. Much loved Husband of Lois for 65 years, Loved Father of Grant and Sally and Grandfather to Brad, Simon, Juliet and Ollie. Friend of Frank and Deanna. Thanks to the wonderful staff at St Andrews Village. In accordance with Frank’s wishes a private family service has been held.

JOHNSON, Martin Bell: Ex RNZN S/No 13118 Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, aged 85 years, surrounded by wife and family. All messages to the Johnson family, C/- 167 John F Kennedy Drive, Palmerston North. A service for Martin will be held at the Beauchamp Chapel, 167 John F Kennedy Dr, Palmerston North, on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 10.00am.

GRATTON, Robert Walter. Lt. Cdr (Rtd), RNZN Service No. 21452 Passed away on 2 January 2019 at North Shore Hospital, aged 69 years. A much loved husband, father, son, brother, in-law, uncle, teacher, colleague and friend. A passionate teacher of science. Robert’s wish was that his brain be donated to the Neurological Foundation Brain Bank and that he be cremated. There will be no formal funeral but our heartfelt thanks go to all those scores of people who, during the 18 months since his diagnosis, came from overseas and from all over NZ to visit Robert, who sent him messages, emails and gifts, who kept him company during chemotherapy sessions and who brought him so much cheer. He appreciated you all so much and your support for him while he was still with us will be treasured always. Robert was a man of integrity, kindness and fun who will be remembered with happiness. No flowers please, but a donation in Robert’s name to the Neurological Foundation (0508BRAINS 0508 272 467) would be gratefully received. Messages to the Gratton family, 19 Merani St, Devonport.

BROWN, Stella Adelaide QSM. 78645, WRNS, WWII Born 9 November 1926 and passed away 3 January 2019, age 93. Loving wife of the late CE (Buster) Brown CRE, 14411, RNZN; fond mother and mother-in-law of Roger and Wendy, and Karen (Kate) and John Santos; Grandmother of Warren and Amy, Andr?e and Peter, and Reuben; Great-grandmother of Cordia and Delphine Santos, and Oliver and Poppy Johnstone. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at Bert Sutcliffe Hospital, especially Satbir. In lieu of flowers donations to the Sir Peter Blake Trust at bit.ly/sabrown0301. A service for Stella will be held at Romaleigh, 31 Ocean View Rd, Northcote on Tuesday 8 January 2019 at 11am.