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Arthur Allan Thomson

December 16, 2022

Tragically taken doing what he loved, on Friday December 16, 2022, aged 76 years.  Dearly loved husband of Barbara, father of Mark and Cara, Jason and the late Susan, and Aaron and Kris, grandfather of Shardah, and Luc; Oscar, and Lily; Brittany, Ashleigh, and Tracey, great-grandfather of Archie, Madie, Blake, Carter, and Fletcher, brother-in-law of Malcolm and Daphne, uncle of Michael, and Ange, great uncle of Matty, Belle, and Zoe.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Search and Rescue NZ are requested and may be made at the service.  Messages to 91 Woolhouse Road, Ross 7812, or can be left on Arthur’s tribute page at  A service to celebrate Arthur’s life will be held in Birchfields workshop, 56 Woolhouse Road, Ross, on Thursday, December 22, commencing at 1.30pm, followed by a burial at the Ross Cemetery.  

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  1. Michelle Wright

    A much loved character, took me under his wing shearing as his rousie 1st paid job. With much saddness, but the stories that will be told will be endless and with laughter. The legend will live on. To the family and friends back home, my deepest hugs to you all. ❤️

    • Gaylene Mckenzie

      Such a lovely man. Condolences to the family

    • Adele Stuart

      Aww Barbara my sincere Condolences to you and yr family.R.I.P Arthur fly High.lovley man you will b missed by many

      • Marie Molloy

        Deepest condolences to the family and friends will be deeply missed.
        Marie and Trevor Molloy.

        • Jason Minhinnick

          I can count on one hand the locals I consider to true legends of the region and Arthur was at the top of my list.alot of memories from along time ago.From reffing our games of footy at Ross school in his gumboots haha cause no one else would do it.coaching me through the grades.him and Barb taking me too and from rugby every saterday.getting the hay making call .Great man who you knew always had your back. A huge lose and gunna be seriously missed .thinking of Barb and the kids .

      • Phillipa Niven (Talbot)

        My deepest condolences to you Barbara and to your family, he was a good bloke!

  2. Anne Manera

    So so sad such a awesome lovable man Arthur you were the best will miss our chats about my kids always wondering what they were up to 💗💗💗 our hearts go out to barb and families

    • John Dowrick

      Such sad news. I have fond memories drinking at the pubs in Ross after rugby games with Arthur. A down to earth, genuine top bloke who will be sorely missed. Thinking of you Barbara & family, Love JD x

  3. Annie hughes

    RIP Arthur you will be so missed by your family friends and community.
    Could never get ahead on the favours.
    Would just think we had caught up thanking you on one favour and you had done two more quietly in the background.
    Annie and Ted Brennan

  4. Vicky Bennett

    Dear Barb, it’s such a tragic an emotional time for you and all your family also the community of Ross. Arthur was an exceptional man with a big beautiful generous heart. He was well known far and wide, and will be sadly missed. Such a good solid man. My love and condolences to you and your family. Vicky B. X

  5. John Nancekivell

    Was shocked to hear about Arthur, a top man, well liked and respected by all who knew him

  6. Jenny Leach nee Dale

    So sad to hearof Arthur’s passing deepest sympathy to his family he was a great man

  7. Lyn Robinson

    so very sad to hear of Arthurs tragic accident. What a special chap he was. I,ll miss our chats at the rugby,always asking about our family, our parents were great friends years ago………… Big Hugs to all family………Lyn and Erl Robinson, Kumara Junction

  8. Shona and Murray Marshall

    My condolences to Barb and family. Words can’t help with the hurt you and your family are feeling but the fact that everyone had the utmost respect for this wonderful man is a beautiful tribute to him. Im sure you will treasure the precious time you had with him. RIP Arthur so hello to Susan💕💕

  9. Rob Evans

    It was a pleasure to have known you Arthur , always enjoyed sharing some banter with you , solving the ills of the country . I have a feeling the legend will live on . Deepest sympathy to Barbara and extended family , Arthur will be missed .

  10. Carmen Christie

    So very sad to hear this heartbreaking news. To Barb and jase and family my condolences and love and hugs xx

  11. Jenna-Rose Ormiston

    Sending barbara and family much love. Such an amazing man taken much too soon. Remember him well asa child growing up in ross

  12. Lorraine Minhinnick

    Our deepest sympathy to Barb, Jas and families. Hard to comprehend this tragic news. But have to keep thinking he was doing what he loved in his happy place. Fly high Arthur you will be so sadly missed by everyone who knew you. Minhinnick and Hansen Family ( Ross Railway Station days )

    • Bill Millar

      There is no words I can find to explain the loss of such a great person. Ive known Arthur a long time through business and happy times after sales and at rugby matches to Barb Jason and family my sincere condolences at this time RIP Arthur

  13. John Tacon

    To Barb and family. My sincere condolences to you all. I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Arthur. I share many fond memories especially back in the rugby days of Arthur and his dad. Rest in peace my friend

    • Doug & Yvonne Cochrane.

      We are so very saddened to hear of the loss of Arthur.
      Our deepest sympathy to Barbara and family.
      Memories of Arthur from the old Trans West days plus he was always a pleasure to catch up with at any time.
      Our thoughts are with you all.
      RIP Arthur.🌹🌹🌹

  14. Gwen Arnold

    Out sincere condolences to all the family thoughts with you all at such a sad time Gwen &Brian Arnold

  15. Leigh (Tim) Roulston

    Very sad news. RIP Arthur, just thinking about our happy meeting a few months ago after many years. And our rugby days in Ross. Best wishes to all the family

    • Gail & Adrian

      Our thoughts are with you Barb,Jase & family at this hard time for you all RIP Arthur you were such a gentleman you will be missed by many Taken too soon much love Adrian Findlay & Gail White xx

  16. Lorraine Ellis

    Our deepest sympathy to you all at such a sad time. A lovely man and many fond memories of Arthur
    In our younger days.
    Was always great catching up with Arthur when we were in Ross.
    Kevin & Lorraine Ellis

  17. Dianne and Martin OBrien

    Our deepest condolences to Barbara Jason Oscar and Lily also extended families. Words can’t express how we feel on Arthur’s passing. He was a great man and very generous in his time with other people. RIP Arthur.

  18. Andrew and June Breeze

    Our thoughts go out to you Barbara and family at this sad time. RIP Arthur.
    Andrew and June Breeze

  19. Matthew Fairmaid

    To Barb, Jason and families, a severe shock to hear of Arthur’s passing, enjoyed catching up with Arthur, wether it be after Rugby or after work, a true gent man and a respected member of the South Westland community, a man who always recognised myself as a Sough Westlander and always wanted to know what and who I was working for and where abouts, I enjoyed having many a beer with Arthur over the years and will miss his kind thoughts and wisdom.
    RIP Arthur.
    Regards to you all Matthew Fairmaid.

  20. Jeanette Hall

    Such a shock, a great straight talking man. Our thoughts with you at this sad time.
    Regards Graeme and Jeanette Hall

  21. Helen Daisley

    To Barbara and family.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy at such a difficult time. Arthur was a true gentleman and longtime family friend of the Scott family. I’m very sorry but i will not be able to attend Arthurs service in person but will do so on line.
    Thoughts and love are with you all

    Helen Daisley (Scott)

  22. Trixi & Murray Montagu

    A true man of the Land and Community. Long time family friend, well respected… Artie Thompson..You are the salt of the earth Man.
    RIP Now …Farewell .but not Forgotten.
    Deepest Condolences Barb and family, Ken and family.

  23. Mark Sheard

    Wow! So sad to hear of probably the best good bastard on the Westcoast,or maybe all of the country. If you needed help and asked Arthur, he would be there. Never ask for anything in return. A true gentleman. As long as you didn’t mind a little colorful language while working with sheep and cattle. Always was there to shear Mum and Dad’s sheep and drench them, never asking for anything in return. Will be sadly missed within the Ross community, also,farming and rugby. My heart ❤️ and thoughts go out to Barbara and Jason and children. One must also acknowledged Arthur’s wider family and many friends. He will never be forgotten. Arthur, you died doing what you loved, riding your horse, herding cattle, and most of all helping others.

  24. Geoff

    Bugger…..F…… good bugger. first ever trip to the West Coast had only been here for 10 minutes and you turn up..
    Took me to the pub.. introduced me to your friends.. welcomed me into your home and on to your land..
    Walking, Driving, Fishing and Hunting. Beers and chats on the back deck, Sharing your knowledge, the where to goes and the how to go about it.. The best man I’ve had the privilege to meet and spend time with, in my life.
    going to miss you big time.. Rest in Peace Arthur
    Our thoughts are with you Barbara…. Jason..Oscar and Lilly … and family

    • Roni Wright

      So hard to believe we have lost a true glorious genuine good bastard. He touched so many people. Earned so much love and respect. His legend will be huge. Stories aplenty. My deepest sympathy to Barb, Jason abd all Arthurs family. Love to you all

  25. Kaye Hende

    So very saddened to hear about Arthur
    Our deepest heartfelt condolences to Barb and all of Arthurs family

  26. Jim Costello

    To Barbara and all the family. Deepest Sympathy on the death of Arthur. A real great bloke. A fierce opponent on the Woodham Shield field and a great mate once the game was over. Arthur was a great servant of the SWRFC and rugby in general and will be greatly missed by us all. So sorry I can’t be with you all today. You and Arthur will be in my thoughts and prayers this afternoon and may God bless you all. Jimmy Costello and family, Crawford Hills, Alexandra.

  27. liz mangan

    T0 Barb and family my thoughts are with you all today my deepest condolences liz mangan

  28. Elsa MacRae

    Deepest sympathy to all the family in your very sad loss. Farewell to a long time friend. R.I.P. Arthur

    Malcolm and Elsa MacRae.

  29. Alan & Jo Pearce

    Condolences to Barbara, Jason & families. I have fond memories of Arthur from the Ferguson shearing sheds in Waitaha & at the homestead. Also many discussions, at the Empire, solving the problems of the world. He will be sorely missed.

  30. Bev Manera

    Arthur you were a good man, such a pleasure to have known you most of my life, from our schooldays together at Ross Primary right through until recently when you picked Dom up and took him down to the Lagoon for a trip with you. such a simple thing, but a memory Dom will treasure along with lots of other times throughout our time here in Ross. We will remember you Arthur for lots of reasons, you truly are a legend and a real gentle man, always ready to help anyone in need. You will be sadly missed by so many in the community. Our deepest sympathy to you Barb, Jason and families and to his many close friends here in Ross and further afield. Such a privilege to have known him and to call him friend!

  31. Graham Whitiskie

    So sad to here that you have been tragically taken, I enjoyed the Beers we had , I hope you catch up with the old man ( Tiny Whitiskie ) and have a Beer or two in the Heavens, RIP My friend.

    Graham Whitiskie.

  32. Raylee Nolan

    R.I.P Arthur, you bloody allround good bugger. The boys are going to miss you at their games, you will be watching im sure.
    My condolences Barb, Jason and everybody who knew and loved Arthur.
    Fly high Arthur

  33. Audrey Stevenson (Detlaff)

    Our condolences to the family, Arthur was like an older brother living next door to use for many years. Lots of many memories with Arthur and his Mum and Dad. Making hay and having a drink after wards, out riding the horses ( Arthur had a love of horses).
    A great man that was a friend to all.
    Rest in Peace

  34. Lyn McIntosh Ken Reece

    RIP Arthur you will be sadly missed by all. We will remember you from our chats in high school through to farming neighbors today. Our deepest sympathy to family thinking of you all
    Lyn and Ken

  35. Angela & Graeme Anderson

    Our deepest sympathy for the Loss of Arthur. So sad for this to happen at this time. Thinking of you all

  36. Wendy Fennell (nee Thomson)

    Loss brings the true meaning of what was. A Friend, a relative, a doer, and a giver.
    I will miss our chats at the Totara Bridge, your medical and injury visits, and the early morning
    verbal music drifting through the fresh morning air, with dogs furiously barking.

    I will hold close the times of shearing, haymaking and those roundups You have left a huge gap that no one can fill.
    Have a beer.
    Ride on Arthur!

    Deepest sympathy to you all

  37. Judy Cox & Andrea Breeze

    Best man at my wedding to Alex Breeze, such a true friend to Alex and myself. As was Wattie his father, Thoughts with Barbara and family at such a sad time. So sad it happened in this way. Judy Cox née Breeze

  38. Nancy Woolhouse

    Thinking of you all at this sad time


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