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Eric George Walker Q.S.O

April 10, 2022

Died peacefully at home with his loving family on April 10 2022, after 96 remarkable and generous years. Cherished husband of the late June, loved father and father-in-law of Malcolm and Diana, Julie and Graeme, Wendy (deceased) and Ted and Annie.  Also his surviving brother Cliff and his wife Jean.  Adored and admired grandfather of Curtis, Polly, Matty, Emma, Josh, Amy, Isaac, Zoe, Serena, Poppy, their partners and his great-grandchildren. Respected, appreciated and enjoyed by his wide circle of family, friends and the West Coast and Tasman communities.  A Life well lived. Messages to 141 Jollie Street, Hokitika 7811, or can be left on Eric’s tribute page at A service to celebrate Eric’s life will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, corner of Stafford and Bealey Street, Hokitika, on Saturday April 16, commencing at 2.00pm.  Following the service, Eric will be laid to rest with his wife June, at the Hokitika Cemetery.   


  1. Suzanne Theyers

    A truly wonderful man. I always enjoyed my conversations with Eric. Rest in love Eric ❤️

    • Robert Skilton

      I am so sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. A pillar of sports in Hokitika and on the coast and a real gentleman to boot. My condolences to the Walker family. Eric will be greatly missed by all who knew him over many years.
      Robert Skilton

  2. Helen & Phil Cook

    Rest in please Eric, a treasured West Coaster! Our thoughts are with you all. x

  3. Allen & Vicki Hurley

    One of life’s true gentlemen. RIP Eric

  4. Sue Fraser

    Thinking of you Julie, Graeme & families. We have so much respect for Eric he was an amazing sports ambassador for many generations on the Coast & we had many conversations over council issues during my council term. A great man who will be missed.
    RIP Eric. From Sue & Alex Fraser

    • Sharon and Rob Bradley

      Sending our greatest sympathy to you all. Eric will always be remembered as a lovely man and a fantastic member of the Excelsior Rugby Club

  5. Kaye McNabb (Marshall)

    A mighty tree has quietly passed but the saplings he nurtured will continue to grow and take up his light. RIP Eric. Deepest sympathy to you all.

  6. Oldies badminton Hokitika.

    Sending sincere condolences to the family.
    Eric is fondly remembered and missed at Golden Oldies Badminton.

  7. Miriama

    RIP Mr Walker, you done so much for sport in our region xx

  8. Wayne and Eileen Jones

    A man who lived life to the full. RIP Eric Walker it’s now the time for you to rest with June. Love and condolences to the ones you’ve left behind to carry on your flame.

  9. Gloria McManaway

    Rest in peace Eric you have done so much good in this community. One of the tight five , such a lovely group you all were

  10. Hokitika and West Coast Badminton

    Our Sincere condolences to the Walker Family. We are truly grateful for all the coaching and time Eric and June put into Hokitika and West Coast Badminton over many years. A true legend of our sport and will be sadly missed

  11. Dianne Ferguson

    So sorry for your loss. Mr Walker was such a community person. I have heard many stories of his rugby talent and I enjoyed many badminton seasons at the WHS gym, always run by Mr and Mrs Walker. Great friends of my parents too. Sincere sympathy to the family.

  12. Chris Maitland

    The epitome of a good man and a much loved Uncle

  13. liz and kyle scott

    So sorry to here of Eric’s passing.

    Lovely man and has done so much for the Hokitika community.

    He will have left so many memories for his family to reflect upon

    Our biggest condolences

  14. Tarn Murtha

    Sorry to hear about the loss of a lovely man. Thoughts to his family. I hope it is of comfort knowing he will be at peace with June now.

  15. Shirley and Ron Burt

    We appreciated the work Eric did in his time in Brightwater.

  16. Sarah Olson

    I was very sad to hear this. Eric was a big figure in many of our lives growing up in Hokitika.
    He donated so much of his time to our sporting education. He was a fine athlete himself in his youth which you could still see in the way he walked and moved even in his latter years. He was a true gentleman. I admired him enormously and was very fond of him.
    He will be very sadly missed.
    Thinking of the Walker family and remembering a great man..

    Sarah Olson

  17. Alvin & Kay Godfrey

    Our thoughts and sympathy to Eric family at this difficult time of Eric’s passing. Eric & June’s legacy endures within our community through their inspirational mentoring, and sharing of their sporting and other knowledge and skills. RIP Eric you’re a truly respected West Coast legend.

  18. Ash Hamilton

    A life to celebrate. Legend mentor.

  19. Ngaire McGregor

    My deepest sympathy to the Walker family. Eric was a well loved member of the sporting community and also loved and respected by those who didn’t play sport. Together again with June R I P Eric

  20. Jayne (nee Hasson) & Lawrence Marwick

    Sincere condolences to the Walker Family. The many years of playing and travelling with June & Eric as a junior badminton and tennis player will always be fondly remembered.

  21. Peter Curtain

    What a man Eric was. I remember him and June taking us to NZ badminton championships all over the country as juniors, so generous with their time over many years to many people.
    A true community legend. I’m so sorry Malcolm, Julie and family.

  22. Rex and Joanna Lyes and family

    Thinking of Malcolm, Julie and all the Walker family. Eric was a wonderful uncle and made such an important contribution to West Coast community and sport.

  23. Lois & Sam Meldrum

    Condolences to the Walker family. Eric was a true community man giving his time and experiences freely, thank you for coaching me in Tennis & Badminton always supported by his loving wife June.

  24. Helen Rzepecky

    My thoughts are with the family at this time with the loss wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather. I always enjoyed my visit with Eric, such a knowledgeable person who also served his community well. Now at peace with beloved wife June.


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