Tributes flow for Christchurch dean

Christ Cathedral Dean Lynda Patterson has died.
Christ Cathedral Dean Lynda Patterson has died.

The cardboard cathedral has been transformed into a place of remembrance for the "generous, humorous and extremely intelligent" Christchurch Dean Lynda Patterson.

Christchurch people, New Zealand clergy, international visitors and city leaders yesterday paid tribute to Patterson, 40, after her death on Sunday.

Mourners left flowers and messages at the transitional cathedral in Latimer Square, including visiting Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey and Christchurch rebuild director Warwick Isaacs.

Auckland Dean Jo Kelly-Moore, who has known Patterson for about a decade, paid tribute to her late friend.

"We are all devastated," she said. "She was an extraordinary woman. She was generous, humorous, extremely intelligent and a fun person."

Patterson was "one of the finest preachers I have ever heard. She is a great, great loss on a personal level and a great loss at a national level. Our thoughts and prayers are with Christchurch as they farewell one of their treasures."

A memorial service would be held in Auckland tomorrow evening, Kelly-Moore said.

"There is a great outpouring of grief here in Auckland."

Messages of love and grief were also posted on social media sites yesterday.

The Reverend Joshua Moore, also known as Spanky Moore, paid tribute on his Facebook page.

"Will miss you hugely," he wrote. "Long boring meetings will never be the same again without your quick wit to lighten them up."

Patterson, who was born in Northern Ireland, died of natural causes after an undisclosed illness. She was appointed Christchurch dean last year.

Plans for a memorial service in Christchurch cannot be finalised until Bishop Victoria Matthews returns from Britain.

The Press