Funeral Notices · 16 Jan 2021

Funeral Notices – Saturday 16th January




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DAWSON, Mary Patricia (nee Butler):
Peacefully on Monday, 11 th January 2021 in the care of Hospice Southland. Loved mother of Craig. A loved sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend. At Mary’s request a private interment has been held. Messages to 3 Wyeth Road, RD 1, Woodlands 9871.

DRYDEN: Peter:
Died unexpectedly but peacefully at CCU, Southland Hospital on Monday, 11 January 2021. Aged 84 years. Adored and devoted husband to Lois for 66 years. Much loved and special Dad of Susan and the late John MacDonald (Christchurch), Lynne and the late Johnny Ferguson, John and Jocelyn (Australia). Special Pop to Christopher, Katie, Timothy and Kristina, Daniel, Jenna and Robert, Nic and Monique. Loved Great- Grandpop to Harrison, Hunter, Brianna, Oliver, Oscar, and Beau. Much loved brother to Elizabeth (Betty) Early (Australia).
A Requiem Mass to celebrate Peter’s life will be held in the St Thérèse of Lisieux Church, Perth Street, Invercargill on Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 2.00pm. Thank you to the special staff at CCU who looked after Peter and his family. Messages to 112B King Street, Windsor, Invercargill 9810.

EARNSHAW, Jack Charles:
Jack passed away suddenly but peacefully on 31 December 2020, with family. In his 92 nd year. Loved husband of the late Alma. Loved father and father-in-law of Bruce and Vicki (Cambridge), Gillian and Colin Knarston (Opio). Grandfather of Jamie, Mel, Kimmy, Kurt, Katie, and Kirsty. Great grandfather of Lexie. As per Jack’s request, a private service has been held. Messages to Gillian Knarston RD1 Otautau 9689.

FORD, Mary Gaynor (nee McLaughlan):
16.06.1945 – 08.01.2021
From Southland and more recently Nelson, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021, aged 75years. Mary was the much loved wife of Peter for almost 55 years; mother of Warren Ford, and Melanie Mardle (nee Ford); mother-in-law of Richard Mardle and adored grandmother of Florence, and Liberty Mardle. Mary will also be sorely missed by her and Peter’s families including, Jean and Alex McMurdo, the late Warren McLaughlan, Karen Voice, and Gordon Dickson, Wayne and Colleen McLaughlan, Helen and Kenny Searancke, John and Angie McLaughlan, Trish and Rob O’Brien, the late Tony Ford, Stephanie and Pat Swann, Moire and Roy Vincent, Mary Gorrie, and Paul Ford. A private cremation has been held and a celebration of Mary’s life will be held at a future date.

GRAHAM, Eric William:
(1951 – 2021)
Passed away Sunday 10th January 2021 after a brief illness. Soulmate of Janice, mentor and buddy to the family. As per Eric’s wishes, a service and cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eric’s preferred charity – The Breast Cancer Society.
Plenty of time for rest
and fishing now.

JENSEN, Flemming:
On January 10, 2021, peacefully at Southland Hospital, Invercargill. Aged 86 years. Much loved husband of the late Inga, loved father and father-in- law of Marianne and Richard, Jens and Ana, Lars and Sam. Loved farfar morfar, bestefar and oldefar. Grandfather to Louise, Matthew, Danielle, Katherine, Zoe, and Alex, Great Grandfather to Eli, Miley, Freja, Ryan, Samantha, Penny, and Eleanor. Many thanks to the understanding and supportive staff at Southland Hospital and Clare House. In accordance with Flemming’s wishes, a cremation and private family gathering has been held. Please send any messages to PO Box 758 Invercargill 9840.

LENIHAN, Denis Michael:
1937 – 2020
Died peacefully in London after a short illness on December 29, 2020, aged 83. Beloved husband of Bridget Armstrong and Dolores (dec), father of Siobhan, father-in-law of David, brother and brother-in-law of Peter and Diana (both dec) and uncle of Brendan, Bridget, Clare, Michael and their families. Father to Lucy and her husband Tim, Mikey and their families. Loved and missed by family and friends in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. Grateful thanks to the staff and chaplain of St George’s Hospital, Tooting.
In God’s care and always
in our hearts.
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MARK, Joseph Shanks:
passed away on 15/01/2021. The oldest son of Andrea and Michael Shanks. Loved husband of Kelly. Dearly loved dad of Joseph. Brother to Shane, Coral, Phil, Paul, Michael, and Terry. A farewell for Mark will be held at the Crematorium on 18 January 2021 10:00 AM. Anyone wishing to catch up with the family afterwards can do so at 50 Waiou Cres, Invercargill.
Messages to Kelly Shanks, 38 Bluff Road Invercargill or can be left on Mark’s tribute page on

McKENNA, Mary Elizabeth (nee Skerrett):
On January 14, 2021, peacefully at Anthony Wilding Retirement Village; aged 93 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Malcolm McKenna (Mac). Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Kevin and Dianne (Geraldton, Aust), Mel and Lyn, Susan and Jack, Craig and Kathryn (Auckland), and loved and loving Nana of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Messages to the McKenna family, c/- PO Box 111-01, Christchurch 8443. A Celebration of Mary’s life will be held in the Academy Funeral Chapel, 65 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, on Wednesday, January 20, at 1.00pm, followed by interment at the Yaldhurst Cemetery.

McMILLAN, Murray Allan:
On Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Christchurch Hospital, aged 90 years. Much loved husband of Carmen, father and father-in-law of Ruth and Jeremy Baker, Malcolm and Monica, Stephen and Kathryn, the late Kenneth, and Fiona and Tony Nissen, grandfather of Zachary and Mel, Eli and Rebekah, Jesse, Bazi and Rhoda; Jed, Marlea, Pearl, and James, and great-grandfather of his eight great-grandchildren. Our heartfelt thanks to Ben and the team in Room 16, Ward B8 at Christchurch Hospital for their loving care of Murray and our family. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Murray McMillan, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. Murray’s Funeral Service will be held in the Rowley Avenue Bible Church, corner of Rowley Avenue and Barrowclough Street, Hoon Hay, Christchurch, on Monday, January 18 at 11.00am. Private interment thereafter.

MEEK, Robert Alan (Bob):
Passed away January 13, 2021. Dearly loved brother of Andy Meek and partner Nicola, adored uncle of Harvey and Mackenzie Meek, aged 62 years. A celebration of life will take place in Te Anau at a later date to be advised. Many thanks to the lovely doctors and nurses in the Medical Ward at Southland Hospital, also special thanks to Bob’s great friend Pauline Nicholson.

PERKINS, Lex (Polly):
20/11/39 – 29/11/20. A memorial service, to celebrate the life and the memory of Lex, will be held at the Bluff Rugby Club, Foyle Street Bluff, on Friday 22 nd January at 1pm. All friends and acquaintances welcome. Messages to the Perkins Family, c/o PO Box 1345 Invercargill 9840.

SHANKS, Mark Joseph:
Passed away on January 15, 2021. The oldest son of Andrea and Michael Shanks. Loved husband of Kelly. Dearly loved dad of Joseph. Brother to Shane, Coral, Phil, Paul, Michael, and Terry. A farewell for Mark will be held at the Crematorium on January 18, 2021, at 10.00am. Anyone wishing to catch up with the family afterwards can do so at 50 Waiou Crescent, Invercargill. Messages to Kelly Shanks, 38 Bluff Road, Invercargill, or can be left on Mark’s tribute page on

05/03/1937 – 21/12/2020. A memorial service to celebrate Lloyd’s life, will be held in the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club, 154 Esk Street, Invercargill on Saturday 23 January 2021 at 11.00am. You are invited to join the family in remembrance of Lloyd.

In Memoriam

BOLGER, Shaun Michael:
11.10.1998 – 16.1.2015
Six years has passed now.
You are always in our thoughts and hearts
– Love Gran, Melissa, Flynn, Simon, Julia and Tegan.

JOHNSTON, Donald Alexander:
06.07.1959 – 16.01.2019
Your special smile, your special face, In our hearts, a special place. Memories are a gift to treasure, Ours of you, will last forever.
With love today and to infinity and beyond, Sue, Hannah, Nicole, Hazel, Karen and family.


McLENNAN, Alexander Thomas (Alex):
Margaret along with Debbie, Julie, Chris, Steve and Dean and families wish to thank their many relatives and friends for their support and kindness and expressions of sympathy shown by cards, flowers, baking, visits and phone calls and those who attended Alex’s service. Special thanks to Keith for taking the service and the staff of the Oban ward for the kindness, care and respect shown to Alex during his time at Resthaven. Please accept this as a personal thank you to all. Margaret Mclennan. PO Box 22 Riversdale 9744.