Obituaries

Celebrant thrived on diverse challenges

One of the south's most popular lay celebrants, retired JP Joyce Sproat, was herself movingly farewelled this week.

Special skills lost to many

Anna Chilton

Southland's art world shrank with the sudden passing at the end of June of Anna Schneideman Chilton.

Longest-serving JP dies at age of 99

arthur trotter

New Zealand's oldest and longest-serving justice of the peace, Southlander Arthur Trotter, has died.

Southlander a pioneering designer florist

Olive Dunn QSM

Olive Dunn, a quiet creative Southland woman who put New Zealand on the floral map of the world through her pioneering work as a designer florist, her work with heritage roses, herbs and cottage gardens, has died in Invercargill in her 97th year.

'Top cop' led from the front

Tommy Thomson

Tommy Thomson knew what it was like to feel a policeman's boot on his backside.

Lofty vision forged by mountain and valley

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Tommy Thomson

As Tommy Thomson would see it and say, he was a Glenorchy man.

Guiding light for hospital staff

jill mccoll

Just three weeks ago, Jill McColl was celebrating Florence Nightingale's birthday with more than a hundred Southland nursing colleagues over a lunch at the Invercargill Working Men's Club.

Legacy of beauty and creative flair

susan mcewan

Southerners have always been delighted to find one of their own in attendance somewhere on an Air New Zealand flight and for many it has been finding Suzee McEwan on board,

Scientist bit bullet to free murderer

jim sprott

Dr Jim Sprott was a scientist willing to face the wrath of the establishment to fight for what he believed was right.

Adventure brought him here

Rob Snoep

Rob Snoep faced many challenges in his life but drew on a combination of positivity and tenacity to become an inspiration to others in all he undertook.

Embroiderer created beautiful legacy

Nan Smith

She'd wound her last bobbin, put in her last stitch.

Dutch coalman built transport empire

Cornelius van Opzeeland strap

Trucks loomed large in the life of Cor van Opzeeland. From a small coal cartage business in The Netherlands, to a major long-haul transport and warehousing business in Christchurch, he loved driving trucks.

Maria von Trapp dies aged 99

Anna von Trapp

Maria von Trapp, the second-eldest daughter of the musical family The Sound of Music was based on, has died.

Unofficial mayor was into everything

Southland Times photo

If Papatotara had a flag it would have been lowered last week to mark the passing of its unofficial mayor, Hughie Erskine.

Relaxed, cheerful bookseller happy to share

Southland Times photo

Over many years the name Stewart has been synonymous with book selling in Central Southland, Gordon Stewart having Rowan's book store, which 30 years ago his son Ross took over, developing it into Winton's Paper Plus, one of the first stores in that national franchise.

Shirley Temple dies

Shirley Temple

Former Hollywood child star died of natural causes in California, her family say.

The Professor never got over Gilligan's Island

Actor Russell Johnson became known to generations of television fans as "The Professor", the fix-it man who kept his fellow Gilligan's Island castaways supplied with gadgets.

Scientist devoted to saving rare species

Southland Times photo

In 10 days, friends and family will gather in Tuatapere to mourn the passing of a favourite daughter while celebrating achievements that made her name and theirs known worldwide in scientific circles.

Music central to life of colourful, family man

Southland Times photo

One of the most colourful characters in post-war immigration to Southland, Dutch born Nick van der Lem, died in Invercargill last month, three days after his family had gathered to celebrate his 83rd birthday.

Actor Maximilian Schell dies

Maximilian Schell

Actor, filmmaker, opera director - Maximilian Schell, the first German-speaking actor ever to receive an Academy Award, has died.

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