Jack Passings – July 2015

LINTON, Gerald (Gerry) William. June 12 1937 – July 12 2015. It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Gerald William Linton. Gerald is predeceased by (Father) William Linton, (Mother) Dorothy Linton (nee Huxley), (Sister) Merrell Waters and (Brother) Ronnie Linton. Survived by loving wife Shirley Linton (nee Messer). Children: David (Mindy), Chris (Lynn), Gavyn (Kathleen), Meegan (Jason) and Robson (Deana) and his brother Rick (Marilyn). Beloved Grandpa of 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Gerald served many years in Scouting from Scout Troop Leader to National Leadership in New Zealand and was an avid genealogist from an early age. He served faithfully in many church leadership positions for decades. Gerry also served in the Royal New Zealand Navy (11 years) as radio operator, the New Zealand Police Force (6 years), and then after immigrating to Canada in 1977, served in the Canadian Coast Guard (15 years) in Alert Bay and Comox. A service has been held.

LEGGETT, William Donald J (Don). (NZ13450 RNZN KOREA, RNZAF U13450) (President and Life Member Hamilton Branch NZKVA) Passed away peacefully at Waikato Hospital on 29 July 2015. Much loved husband of Phyllis and step- father of David and Andrea. Many thanks to Dr. Valma, Dr. Sebastian and the nursing staff at Waikato Hospital for their care of Don. A funeral service for Don will be held at the White Rose Chapel, 75 Cook Street Hamilton East, on Saturday 1 August at 1.30pm. Followed by his interment in the RSA Lawn at Hamilton Park Cemetery.

GARDINER, L J MAJOR GENERAL (RDT) ONZM. 4 August 1952 – 18 July 2015 After a heroic battle with cancer Louis (Lou), son of the late Dan and Shirley Gardiner, passed away peacefully on Saturday surrounded by family and friends. We will all miss our dearly loved brother and brother-in-law. Dan and Alla, Mark and Judy, Julia, Frank and Eleanor, Catherine and Martin and loved uncle. A service to celebrate Lou’s life will be held at Our Lady of Grace, Trentham at 11 am on Thursday 23rd July. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand http://www.leukaemia.org.nz

SHORTER, Raymond Sidney Edward. BEM.RN. RNZN No: 15666. On July 20th 2015 (peacefully) at St John’s Wood Rest Home, Taupo, aged 86 years. Dearly loved husband of Sylvia (deceased). Loved father, father-in-law, grandad and great grandad of Jan, Vaughan, Rebecca, Andrew, Jonathan, Anna and James. A special thanks to Dr Mike Tombleson and to all the staff at St John’s Wood Hospital, Lake Taupo Hospice and Summerset Retirement Village. A farewell to Ray will be held at the Founders Lounge Chapel, 117 Rickit Street, Taupo, on Saturday 25th July 2015 at 11.00 am, followed by private cremation. All messages to the Shorter Family, C/- P.O.Box 940 Taupo. Taupo Funeral Services Ltd FDANZ

ELLISON, Eric Robinson (E. Rob) Commodore RNZR (Ret’d) CBE OBE Died peacefully on 17 July 2015, aged 87. Beloved husband of the late Anne (Gundy), and loving partner of Eileen; loved father and father-in-law of Sally and Grant and the late Denys, and Mark and Cathie; proud Poppa of Anika and Blake, David, Cate and the late Hamish; and great-grandfather of Heath and Imogen. A funeral service for Rob will be held at Romaleigh Chapel, 31 Ocean View Rd, Northcote, Auckland on Saturday 25 July 2015 at 2pm

TINGLE, Alan William Service No. 17767 RNZN 26/6/1945 – 17/7/2015. After a four year battle courageously fought. Son of the late Henry and Joyce Tingle (Te Aroha). Youngest of 5 children. Loved husband of Donna, beloved father and father-in-law of Paul (Spain), Brad and Nicola, and Alana and Greg, and loved grandfather of Cara and Nixon. A service will be held at the North Shore Rugby Football Clubrooms, Cambridge Terrace, Devonport, on Wednesday, 22 July, at 2:30 p.m. Special thanks to North Shore Hospice Community Nurses.Mark Rowley Funeral Services http://www.rowleyfunerals.co.nz

CORRY, Peter John (Kermit). RNZN Service No. H20477. Commissioned 21 June 1955, decomissioned 14 July 2015 after a short illness. Loved husband of Anne and a much loved Dad to Tanya and Dyanne. Poppa Grumps of 13 grandchildren and 2 great- grandchildren. A celebration of Kermit’s life will be held in St. Matthews Anglican Church, Garfield Road, Helensville on Tuesday 21 July 2015 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Society, PO Box 1724, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140 would be greatly appreciated.

WAYMOUTH, John Hugh Newcome. RNZN. Passed away at Mary Doyle on Saturday 11th July 2015, aged 86. Beloved husband of the Late Joan. Loving father of Carla Montaperto, Peter Waymouth, and Simon Waymouth. Much loved brother of Michael. Cherished by Isabella, and Leigh. Sadly missed by Anne, his Grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and all who loved and knew him. A Funeral Service will be held at St Luke’s Church, Te Mata Road Havelock North, on Thursday the 16th July 2015 at 11.30am, followed by a private cremation.

GAMBLE, Desmond (Chic). A.B NZ8656 RNZN Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home in Turangi. Much loved and sadly missed by wife Margaret. Father to Grant and Julie and father-in-law to Greg. Poppo to Jessica and Felicity. As per Chic’s wishes, a private cremation has taken place. Chic’s ashes will be interred at the RSA section of the Turangi Public Cemetery, 2.00pm, Wednesday the 15th July, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Turangi St John’s Ambulance c/- PO Box 8 Turangi would be appreciated. All communications to the Gamble family c/- PO Box 940 Taupo Taupo Funeral Services Ltd FDANZ

HARPER, Gordon John (Blue) NZ11094 Boy 1st Class RNZN 1945-47; 208168 Cpl 10 NZ Transport, K Force 1951-53. Peacefully, at Ascot Care Home, Invercargill, on Tuesday 7 July 2015; aged 85 years. Dearly loved husband for 61 years of Phyllis, and much loved father and father-in-law of Julie Harper, and Leigh and Peter Brookland. Loved Grandad of Jared Apu and Nicola; Mikaela, Caitlin and Brandon Brookland, and proud great-Grandad of Xavier Apu. Special friend of Stu and Julia Ryder. A service for ‘Blue’ will be held in the Avenal Park Chapel, 75 Fox Street, Invercargill, on Monday 13 July at 11.00am, followed by private cremation. In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer’s Society may be left at the service. Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Ascot Care Home Dementia Wing for their loving care of ‘Blue’. Messages to 327 Chelmsford Street, Invercargill.

BRADLEY, Ian – This is an update (including funeral details) of our 22 June announcement of the passing of CAPT Ian Bradley, RNZN (Ret), who died suddenly in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday 20 June, just short of his 78th birthday. CAPT Bradley served 27 years in the RNZN, beginning as a Midshipman in 1953. Amongst his postings, he served on the commissioning crew of the frigate HMNZS OTAGO and was Executive Officer of the frigate HMNZS CANTERBURY. One of the Navy’s true characters, whilst Commanding Officer of HMNZS WAIKATO, he famously drove the frigate to rescue a USN Sea King helicopter that was low on fuel; despite being too big for the frigate’s flight deck, it safely landed diagonally rather than having to ditch in the sea. A funeral service will be held at St Christopher’s Chapel, Devonport Naval Base, at 1300 on Tuesday 14 July. Rig for serving personnel attending the service, RNZN 1B (negative swords).

HALE, Richard Thomas (RT Hale). OBE (W11819, Commodore, RNR, RNZN, 1939-1974) On July 2, 2015, at Buller Hospital, Westport. In his 94th Year. Dearly loved partner of Wendy Risk, dearly loved Daddy of Liss and Doug Lloyd (Tauranga), Sarah and Pete (Auckland), and Basil and the late Diana Ruth Brooker (Havelock North), dearly loved Poppa of Nick, Tim and Gab, Hannah and Steven; Sophie and Andy, Pablo and Alice; loved Grandpa of Liz, Richard and Justine, loved Grandpop of Skylar, Obi; Jeremy, Thea; Caiden, Cohen, Grayson, Harlow; and Mavi, and Alara, and a loved brother and brother in law of Louise and Derek Williams, Peter and Eri, and the late Ruth Willott, and David Hale. Thank you to all the staff of Buller Hospital for the wonderful care you have given to Richard. Messages to PO Box 483, Westport 7866. The Funeral Service for Richard will be held at the Westport RSA Rooms, Palmerston Street, Westport, on Friday, July 10, at Midday. Hagedorns Buller Funeral Services FDANZ

WARWICK, Tom RNZN Normandy Vet On 2 July 2015 in his 90th year. Beloved husband of the late Elva, loving father of Fiona and Rob, devoted grandfather of Kelvin, April, Kerehi, Leonard and the late Jocelyn and great grandfather of Kiani and Naia. A service will be held at the North Harbour Chapel of Dil’s Funeral Services, 185 Schnapper Rock Road, Albany on Tuesday 7 July at 1pm followed by private cremation.

MURPHY, Michael Myles. Service No: Y14052. On 2nd July 2015 peacefully at home. Much loved and cherished partner of Jan O’Connor. Loved father of Sean and Mark (both deceased), David and Louise and beloved grandfather of Rory, Erin, Robin, Michael, Teigan, Brenwyn, Finley and Campbell. Rest in peace Michael you will be missed by all. Many thanks to the care and attention given by the staff of Ward 5 North Shore Hospital and the visiting nurses from Pasifika Heath Care. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice North Shore. http://www.hospicenorthshore.org .nz A service will be held at St Christopher’s Chapel, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport Naval Base on Monday 6 July at 11:00am thereafter to the Returned Services Section, North Shore Memorial Park Cemetery. Please bring photo ID for entrance into the Naval Base.

HARRIS, Rev Rodney Charles. RNZN 7552, 9 March 1927 – 2 July 2015. Peacefully at Hilda Ross Hospital. Dearly loved husband of Doris (McCartney) and the late Margaret. Loved father and father-in-law of Lynda and Peter Widdowson, and Peter and Sandra. Loved Poppa of Luke, Joel, Laura, Teresa, Karyn and Marc Bedford, great grandad of Claudia, Thomas, Reef, Blake and Beau. Loved stepfather of Peter and Marguerite McCartney, Pam and Dave Finlay, and Helen and Steve Matthews. A celebration of Rod’s life will be held at Seddon Park Funeral Home Chapel, Cnr Seddon Road and Somerset Street, Hamilton, on Friday, 10 July 2015 at 10.30am followed by burial at the Gordonton Public Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations preferred to Serving In Mission (SIM) PO Box 38588, Howick, 2014 or these may be left at the service. All communications to the Harris family C/- PO Box 5523, Frankton 3242 Seddon Park Funeral Home

5 Responses to Jack Passings – July 2015

  1. Bruce Kenyon says:

    Richard Hale — my first Commanding Officer at sea in Otago. I remember him well 🙂

  2. DJR says:

    Miles Murphy may not be well rembered here. But that is not the case on the Auckland waterfront. Miles was a Master on the Devonport ferry and other commercial craft for years. A quiet bloke he was good with passengers. President of Takapuna RSA. during some tough times. Stood for parliament for one of those obscure parties that are now forgotten.

  3. DJR says:

    Amazing that Richard T and Ian Bradley lost at the same time. Both had a big impact in their time.
    It will not be common knowledge that Bradley sorted out the sideboard issue. Remember the world had them down to the chin. In the RNZN they had to be near the top of the head. Bradley negotiated with the Board that sideboards could be level with the bottom of your ear. Does not sound like much but back then. As you would expect the M message came out the day after everybody came back from xmas leave.

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