Obituaries

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.

Lucky Bob beloved by south's Lotto buyers

Bob Lapthorne

When your number plate says LOTTO, fans take notice.

Lively boss led many to success

Glamis Niederer

Glamis Niederer, a well-known agri-business manager in Southland throughout the 1960s to early 1980s, has died in Queensland, Australia after a long fight with cancer. He was 87.

Lifetime devotion to jersey cattle

Gerald Gunther

Southland lost a unique farming personality with the recent death of well-known jersey cattle breeder Gerald (Gus) Gunther He was 77.

Vital cog in Southland boxing farewelled

Con Lloyd

Conrad William (Con) Lloyd's recent death in Invercargill served to remind established boxing fans of one of the finest fighters produced in the Nightcaps district, a long time bastion of the sport.

Biddy's life well woven

Lynette

Biddy Kerr of Gore came to personify Southland womanhood, her myriad skills with wool and then other fibres leading her into businesses engaging fellow craftswomen.

Doris Lessing dies

Doris Lessing

Novelist Doris Lessing, who tackled race, ideology, gender politics and the workings of the psyche in a prolific and often iconoclastic career, has died at the age of 94.

IBM guru ushered PC into our lives

Bill Lowe

As an engineer with International Business Machines (IBM) Bill Lowe oversaw the birth of the company's first personal computer targeted at consumers.

Fatialofa inspired those around him

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.

From homeless boy to man of the community

Manahi Maaka

More than 600 people crowded into the Invercargill Working Men's Club to say goodbye to Manahi Maaka, and the stories they told of his fun and friendship went on for an age later.

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