As an engineer with International Business Machines (IBM) Bill Lowe oversaw the birth of the company's first personal computer targeted at consumers.
Peter Fatialofa did more than just cement Samoa's place among the rugby playing nations when he led his country in the 1991 World Cup.
Lou Reed's deep influence on music and culture will live on well beyond his death.
Roxburgh high country farmer George Wales left this life with no regrets.
Southlanders struggled with Czech-born Dr Svehla's first name, Ctirad.
A quiet, gentle man, Ian Ford spent much of his working life just listening, less to music than to individual notes on the pianos he repaired and tuned.
Israel Gutman survived the Nazi atrocities of World War II and dedicated his life to researching the Holocaust.
One of Southland's most able and versatile administrators, Stan Smith, has died aged 88 after a lifetime of service to a wide range of sports and community groups.
Loyalty was a by-word of Southland environmentalist Don Lamont whose death last week at the age of 91 brought back a host of memories of a man who, once committed to cause never deviated from it, and encouraged others to follow suit.
Save the Children NZ chief executive Heather Hayden flew down from Wellington to speak at Marie Teuwen's farewell, to say that few volunteers could give the service, display the leadership and continue on to the end of the road as Southland SC Fund president Ms Teuwen did.
When Southland airman Lance Henderson arrived home after World War II to the family farm Craig House on Forest Hill in Central Southland, he brought with him his beautiful "war bride" Eugenie.
John Curtin's nickname, Shad, stemmed from his lifelong leanness of frame, so narrow people said he'd not cast a shadow.
Otautau lost one of its most respected and appreciated residents with the recent passing of Muriel Brown, a retired Justice of the Peace who had lived all her life in the western Southland township she served so quietly, so well.
Kevin Thompson, a long-term councillor for The Catlins ward of the Clutha District Council, died suddenly recently.
Noted needlewoman Estelle Shaw died peacefully in Invercargill at the end of last month, just days ahead of the setting up of Gems of the South, an exhibition of embroidery at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.
There's a site in North Invercargill, opposite Windsor New World, that seems forever Chapmans' corner.
Roger Jackman, who died this month in Timaru, aged 75, played 27 rugby games as a prop for Southland in 1958-1961, a golden era for the maroon and golds.
More than 50 members of Rural Women Southland formed a guard of honour at the passing of Lois Burnett, a loved and valued member, following the service of farewell at Avenal Park led by her friend and former Rural Women NZ president, Jeanette McIntyre.
Margery Simpson's flair for line and colour is in so many Southland interiors.
So many Southland women - members of Rural Women, Women's Institute, Catholic Women's League, National Council of Women - treasure a verse written for them by Val O'Brien.