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STEWART, Robert Morbey (Bob): RNZN 9939 AB Esteemed Member of Lodge Te MaramaBob passed away peacefully on 20 July 2020, aged 96. He was a loving and dedicated husband to Sheila and the late Betty, and much loved father of Raewyn, Lesley, Gary, John and Sandra. Grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 12.A humble gentleman o the end.A service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held on Saturday 25 July 2020 at 10.30am at the White Rose Chapel, 75 Cook Street, Hamilton East. All communications to Stewart family, c/- James R Hill Funeral Directors, 717 Grey St, Hamilton 3216. FDANZ


TYRRELL, Peter Stewart. NZD2942 RNZN Passed away peacefully in Rotorua on July 18, in his 99th year. Dearly loved husband of the late Isabel. Loved father and father-in- law of Doug and Diane, Jan and Dave, Robyn and Marcus, and Tracey and Neil. Cherished grandfather of Steven, Jeff and Rhonda, David and Kathryn, Mark and Heather, Kevin and Kim, Ken and Hannah, Helen and Rob, Victoria and Ryan, Jonathan, and Alistair. Adored great grandfather of Oscar, Riley, Emma, Aimee, Olivia and Ben, William, Bailey, Cooper, Violet, and Melody. A date and time for a memorial service to be advised.

RNZN In Memoriam 21 JULY

WRIGHT Richard Walter James OTEL NZ9347 2001BOND Keith Challis (Casey) CCY NZD1958 86 2010ROLTON George William POTEL NZ13505 2015CORRY Peter John (Kermit) H20477 60 2015


FLOWER, William Edward Charles (Bill). Proud Royal New Zealand Navy Veteran of WW11 (RNZN 5113).Born 04 June 1925 in Ha’apai, Tonga. Died 05 July 2020 in Hope Island, Queensland, Australia. Husband of Patricia Browne. Former husband of Helen Flower (deceased). Loved father of Mary (deceased), father and father-in- law of Alison and David, Jane and Michael, Catherine and Jim (Texas), Ann and the late Rick. Loved by his 10 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren. Gone to the Big Golf Course in the Sky. A celebration of Dad’s life will held at later date. Communication to: 39 Rothesay Bay Rd, Auckland 0630.


GRAHAM, John Henry: (RNZN No. 14587)On Tuesday 31 March 2020. Dearest soulmate of the late Maureen. Most beloved Dad of Val and Craig, Chris and Trudy, Arnna and Mike, Helena and Geoff. Loved Grandy of Mitchell (deceased), Jo-Amy and Matt, Bonnie, Jessie and Ashley, Keeley and Jayden, Mollie, Abbie, Elliott, Tosh, Cooper and Orton. Dearest Great-Grandy of Jazmin, Jaxon, Brodey, Billee, Ngaakau, Taane, Mei-Ani and Kairere. Memories of John will be shared at a Memorial Service on Saturday 18 July, 2.00pm, at the Ngaruawahia RSA.Ne . Oublie – Do Not Forget


NEWPORT, Raymond John (Ray): Regt No. NZ14039 L/TEL, 24th S/Boy (Grasshopper) RNZN of Levin. Peacefully on Saturday 27th June 2020, aged 83 years, at Star 4 Levin. Dearly loved partner of Joy. Much loved father of Raewyn, Sharon, Jennifer and their families. A service for Ray will be held at Harvey’s Chapel, 284 Oxford Street, Levin, on Saturday 18th July, at 11.00am, followed by private cremation.

RNZN In Memoriam

14 JULY: FERGUSON Alexander Burns SLT HMS Veronica 1920 BREWER Herbert Richard John POTEL C/730 1968 DOOLE David Kenneth (Ken) YEO NZ1282 1991 TE ARIKI Cassie AMED 2012BUSH Douglas George 12525 2012 ROLLITT Keith (Salty) NZA6385 91 2014 BERRI Anton Guiani (Tony) 32nd W/T 15189 81 2019


LOGAN, Ian Ross (Lofty), P21357 Cdr RNZN (Ret). Passed away peacefully at Waikato Hospital on Saturday 27 June 2020, aged 64 years. Much loved and loving husband of Heather. Adored Papa of Amelia and Harry. Loved brother of Jan and the late Bruce. A Service to celebrate Ian’s life will be held at St Andrews Church, 85 Hamilton Road, Cambridge, on Saturday 4 July, at 11.30am. Dress: Formal, medals to be worn.


PALTRIDGE, James Stephen (Jim). ex HMNZS Ngapona,ZL1JW, President ZL1QB) Passed away peacefully on 15 June 2020, at Totara Hospice, after a short illness. Dearly loved husband of the late Maureen, and father and father-in-law to Antony and Mario, Michelle and Eldon. Loved grandfather to the late Courtney. A service for Jim will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Carruth Rd, Papatoetoe, on Friday, 19 June, at 11.00am. To be followed by refreshments, and then Interment at the Mangere Lawn Cemetery, 85 McKenzie Rd, Mangere. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Totara Hospice, The Gardens, Manurewa, would be appreciated. Rest In Peace.

Crossed the Bar: Robert Batt

Former Petty Officer Robert Batt, a veteran of the Battle of the River Plate in 1939, died last month at the age of 94. Ex POMEM Bob Batt was one of only two remaining River Plate veterans. He joined the Navy during a recruitment drive in Napier before the war. He was three days into service on HMS ACHILLES when war broke out and the ship changed course for the Atlantic to meet up with a British task force, in pursuit of German battleship Admiral Graf Spee. The engagement and resulting loss of the Graf Spee near Uruguay (her captain opted to scuttle his damaged ship rather than re-engage the British fleet and lose thousands of men) made instant heroes of the ACHILLES crew back in New Zealand. Mr Batt later described the Battle of the River Plate as an important battle “because it showed th...

Crossed the Bar: Mow-Lam Cheun

Mow-Lam Cheung, originally from Hong Kong, worked as a Royal Navy laundryman from 1960, when Hong Kong laundryman had contracts to serve the fleet based there. He worked on nine Royal Navy vessels before moving to New Zealand in 1984. He served as a civilian laundryman on board HMNZS SOUTHLAND (1984 to 1989) and HMNZ Ships CANTERBURY, WAIKATO and WELLINGTON from 1989 to 1997. He died on 24 April, aged 90, at North Shore Hospital with his son, Patrick Cheung, at his side – a concession from the hospital during COVID-19 lockdown. He was buried at Auckland Memorial Park, Silverdale.

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