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Allan Bryce (Jockey) Thomson

November 28, 2022

On November 28, 2022, peacefully at his home in Hokitika. In his 80th year. Loved father of Allan, Greg, Andrew (deceased) James, Yvette, Shirree and Amanda. Loved brother of Des Routhan, Joyce Hibbs, Yvonne Heenan, Avelyn Muir, Jimmy Routhan, Bryan Routhan and Geoff Routhan. A loved grandad of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by all his Thomson family, Ronnie (Australia), the late George, Harry, Bubby and Brownie. A loved uncle, cousin, and best friend of Karen.
Messages to the Thomson family C/- PO Box 162, Hokitika 7842 or leave a message on Jockey’s tribute page at

A service to celebrate Jockey’s life will be held at the Seaview Hall, Seaview Terrace, Hokitika, on Saturday December 3, commencing at 1.30pm. Private cremation to follow.


  1. Shona Marshall

    Condolences to Jockey’s family. Regards Murray and Shona Marshall

    • Veronica Williams

      So sorry to hear of Jocky’s passing,all our sympathy and lov,e, God bless all of your family
      From Roni Williams and family

  2. Lesley

    Aww Jockey had great pleasure working with you at Silver Fern farms for all those years. U were a tough old buggar may you rest in peace like u deserve x

  3. Rosemary Matthews

    Awww so sad condolences to Jockeys family. RIP Jockey.🌹🌹🌹
    Big hugs Amanda and Shiree my heart goes out to you both n yours. Sending Aroha from Rose Rex and our whanau.xx❤️💐❤️

    • Carlene Packham

      Sorry to hear if loss of a real Hokitika character.

    • Jon Elley

      RIP Jocky , unlike a lot of the others here , I’ve not known you very long , was a pleasure knowing you and always looking forward to catching up for a chat . God speed my friend .

  4. Kearns Tracey

    True good Bloke. I had many laughs with him up at the venison factory. Love and hugs to all xx

    • Gary Blackburn

      So surprised to hear of Jockeys passing. My condolences to all Jockeys family.

    • Fiona Hurren

      Condolences to all of Jockeys family.
      Sending love.

  5. Wes armstrong

    Sympathy to the Thomson family.good memories of jockey while growing up.RIP jock.

    • Gaylene Wallace

      Condolences to all the family.
      RIP Jockey

      • Matt Fairmaid

        Sorry to hear of Jockeys passing, RIP.

  6. Mike Henderson

    Sad news Thomson Family RIP

    • Miriam and Mike McClunie

      Our sincerest sympathy to the all the Thomson , Routhan and extended family. Very sad news. Rest easy Jockey, you will be missed by many💔

      • Pete Guenole

        Condolences to Jockey’s family RIP Jockey

  7. Doreen Thomson

    Loved sibling of Ron Thomson and family will be sadly missed by us all

  8. Linda Gardyne

    So sorry to hear this. Love to all the families. Thinking of you Shiree and Des much sympathy for your

  9. jan douglas

    Remembered with great affection – he helped me through some rough times.

  10. John Tacon

    Sad to hear the passing of Jockey. So many great memories of working around him logging at Whatoroa and the deer plant in Hokitika. RIP Jockey. Condolences to the family

  11. Diane Craig

    To Shirree and all the family. So very sorry for your loss. Condolences to you all. Diane & John Craig.

    • Shirree Thomson

      This was meant to be read on behalf of gibbo at the service but ran out of time.

      Sorry I couldn’t be there for you and your family today but our oldest boy is getting married today, but will be thinking of you all.
      I will never forget as a 16 year old having to help Jockey in the yards at the venison factory.
      A stag needed shifting up the race so Jockey told me to f… get down into the pen and move it. I said to Jockey the stag doesn’t look very happy and he said just get down there. I climbed down and I’m pretty sure the stag could sense the fair, it got up on its hide legs and bet the living shit out of me. After the stag had finished with me Jockey climbed into the pen and rescued me. All Jockey said was sorry about that.
      All the time you thought it would be funny to shock me with the prodder when I had wet arms and you kept walking along like nothing had happened.
      We had a laugh and worked well together.
      A few years later you asked my permission to take my mother to the pictures.
      You have been in my life for many years and have been a father figure to me, you will be missed.

  12. Sheri Wright

    Such sad news. A top bloke.
    Fond memories growing up with Jockey around at Westland Frozen Products.
    Condolences to the family.

  13. Alvin & Kay Godfrey

    Our sympathy to all Jockey’s family for your loss – one of life’s legends off on his next adventure

  14. Judy Thompson

    Aww Jocky it was a pleasure to know you . Such a hard working man who was always up for a chat . Rest in love you absolutely deserve it . Much Aroha to the Whanau 💕💕

  15. Karyn MacRae

    So sorry to hear of Jockey’s passing. Sending much love to the family.

  16. Carla staples

    Sorry to hear of Jockey’s passing, condolences to all of his family

  17. Sue & John Brussovs

    RIP Jockey, taken well before your time. Condolences to all the Family.

  18. Shirley and Ken

    You slipped so quickly, glad your suffering was not long-lasting. Up there with your workmates now. RIP.

  19. Gavin Schist

    Sorry to hear of Jockeys untimely passing. One of life’s true characters.
    Condolences to all family

  20. Cecil Leopold

    Sorry to hear of your loss Greg ,deepest sympathy to all . Cec Leopold

  21. Sandra and Bryan Cudmore

    Deepest condolences to Jocheys Family .R.I.P Jockey fly High our friend will miss our weekly chats while you come in buy your press and get we thought your winning lotto ticket. A True Gentleman now at rest 🌼🌺🌸

  22. Al Hendrickson

    Sad news & condolences to family. One of life’s top blokes & always there to help unload deer even late at night when he had an early start. Always had time for a cuppa & a chat. Sadly missed. Fond memories Jockey.

  23. Elsa MacRae

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Jockeys family. You leave many good memories with us all .R.I.P. Jockey from Elsa and Mac

  24. Paul Thompson

    Very sad,a lot of memories ,work hard play hard back in the day.he used to yell a lot when you were trying to get some dodgy deer through but always did his best for us.will be be missed by a lot in the venison and old time bush crews,yet another good bugger bites the dust. Condolences to the family.R.I.P. bud

    • Stu parker

      RIP Jocky,

      We have great memories of Jockey and Mum at the Bach at Punakiki and when they came to stay with us.
      Jockey loved cutting up firewood.
      We know how much he loved his little friend Stacey right from the day we picked him up as a puppy for him.
      Our thoughts are with Jockeys family.

      From Lynn and Stu Parker and Jenny’s Family

  25. Kelly family

    Sorry to hear about Jockeys passing, He was a real character and a great man to work with in the logging days, his knowledge is legendary

  26. Donna May (Arnold)

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Jockey. My deepest sympathies

  27. Doug & Yvonne Cochrane.

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Jockey, sincere condolences to all of his family.
    A lot of memories of Jockey from Whataroa back in the day, the venison factory, riding in the milk tankers and to making his decision to buy an ASX.
    A real character.
    RIP Jockey.🌹🌹🌹

  28. Leanne Cochrane

    Condolences to the Thompson family

  29. Russell and Kay Mitchell

    Condolences to the Thompson and Routhan family , Sorry we can not be with you on Saturday, we had a catch up with Jockey a few weeks back.. Our thoughts our with you, Sincere sympathy.

  30. Noeline Minehan

    Deepest sympathy to all the family especially Yvette and Greg Noeline Minehan

  31. Cecily Henderson

    Thoughts are with all the family such a sad time You e up there with all your old mates Have a beer with Jim love you all

  32. Lisa Tikao

    We Tikao whanau have so many memories with you and Bunty Jocky, some of the best memories in our lives are from living in Whataroa and knowing your family, you and Bunty have always been in our hearts and all your children . May you rest in love and light we will always remember you with love , Lisa Tikao

  33. Angela & Graeme Anderson

    Two weeks ago we had a long chat with you Jockey not knowing that your time was coming. As young children in Whataroa with you and your pet possum. It died and we were all so sad about it and so early the next morning we were up at dawn and out to bury it. Our Mother was out at the corner shed watching what we were about. We said we must say pray and you with tears said that you did not know how to pray and so we helped you through. I remember this well and told you about it that last day. You and Bunty were a great couple. We are unable to be at your fair well on Saturday and I want to say to all your children whom I knew of you, your family line is broken now both your parents have gone remember them with the kind couple that they were God Bless you all and RIP Jockey

  34. Pauline & Craig Adams

    Sorry to hear of Jockey’s passing. Thinking of you all at this time. Rest In Peace Jockey.

  35. phil Johnson

    condolences to all jockeys family from phil and neroli Johnson.

  36. Barbara Francis (Mitchell )

    Sorry to read of the loss of your brother Ave.
    Condolences to you and your family.


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