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Frances Colleen (Colleen) Robbins nee O’Neil

August 14, 2022

Passed away peacefully at Ultimate Care Allen Bryant, Hokitika on August 14, 2022. Aged 90 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Athol. Much loved mum and mother-in-law of Mike and Kate (Greymouth), Mary and Alan Coghlan (Nelson), Gerard and Sandra (Thames) Pauline (Hokitika) and the late Joan. Special Grandmother to Ben Robbins, Rochelle Robbins, Emily and Jordan Belton, Karyn Robbins and James, Shannon and Aaron Ball, Mark Coghlan, Tyler Robbins and Kelsey, Sean Preddy and Amy Preddy. Adored Great-Gran of Nikau, Lara, Azlan and Hailey.  Loved youngest sister and sister-in-law of Rusty and Thelma O’Neil, Will O’Neil, Josie O’Neil, Margaret O’Neil, Kevin and Pauline O’Neil, John and Barbara O’Neil, Peter O’Neil, Bernard and Norah Robbins, Lorelei Lucas (all deceased) Pam & Murray Richards (Auckland). Loved Aunt and Great-Aunt of her many nieces and nephews. A special thankyou to the staff of Ultimate Care Allen Bryant for their wonderful supportive care of Colleen. R.I.P. Messages to PO Box 162, Hokitika 7842, or can be left on Colleen’s tribute page at A Requiem Mass will be celebrated for Colleen at All Saints Church, Bealey Street, Hokitika, on Thursday, August 18, commencing at 1pm.  Following the Mass Colleen will be laid to rest with Athol in the Lawn Section of the Hokitika Cemetery.  Recitation of the Rosary will be held at Thompson’s Riverside Chapel, 88 Gibson Quay, Wednesday Evening at 7pm.  


  1. Sue and Peter Coghlan

    Our heartfelt sympathy to you all in the passing of Colleen. Our hearts go out to you all at such a sad time. May she RIP.🌺

  2. Rex and Anthea Keenan

    Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time of the passing of Colleen, treasured memories.

  3. Grant Symons

    My thoughts are with the Robin’s family at this sad time

    • Sandra and Bryan Cudmore

      Deepest condolences to Mike, Mary,Gerard,Pauline and Families. Love and thoughts with you all at this very difficult time ahead of you Beautiful Mum and Grandma. Very special lady R.I.P Colleen heaves newest angle 😇😇🌹🌷🌹🌷🌹🌷

      • Ken Reece and Lyn McINTOSH

        Sorry to hear of your Mothers passing…..she was always a bright, happy person with a positive outlook and is missed from out street.
        Thinking of your family at this sad time.

  4. Jennifer Roberts

    My thoughts go to all Colleen family and friends
    Lots of love Jennie

  5. Helen & Phil Cook

    Our thoughts are with you Pauline and the rest of your family.

  6. Margaret and John Atkinson

    Our deepest sympathy to the Robbins family at this sad time. A good and kind lady now at peace.

    • Patricia Nolan

      Deepest sympathy and love to you and your family..
      Thinking of you all at this time.

  7. Murray and Shona Marshall

    Sad to hear of Colleens passing. Condolences to all the families.

  8. Pauline Summers

    Deepest sympathy to you all at this sad time,just to let you know that you are all in our thoughts..Sheila Coghlan,Pauline and Ken Summers🌹🌹🌹

  9. Russell and Kay Mitchell

    Our thoughts are with you Pauline and Family ,

    • Kim and Dave Morrison

      Sad to hear the news of your Mum’s passing Pauline. She was such a lovely lady. She always stopped to chat in the street. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

  10. Les and Ngaire Ellis

    Our deepest Sympathy to all the Robbins family for your sad loss, Colleen was such a great neighbour to us when we lived in Hokitika. We visited her often in Bealey Street and she always made you feel so welcome. PIP Colleen.

  11. Adrienne & Phillip Wall

    Thinking of you all Robbins family and sending our condolences.

  12. Sue Hustwick

    Deepest sympathy from the Howat family, neighbours of the lovely Robbins family as the kids grew up together in Hoffman Street.
    A lovely lady, Colleen,dear friend of Mary 🕊

  13. Miriama

    Thinking of you all at this sad time Kia kaha whanau

  14. Frances Stapleton

    Sincere sympathy to the family of Colleen May Colleen rest in peace and rise in glory
    Many happy memories
    Frances and Doug Stapleton

    • Jill Foster

      Condolences to you all. Your mum was a lovely lady. Loved bumping in to her when out walking. Always stopped for a chat. Always with a smile.

  15. Diane & John Craig

    To All The Family. Please accept our deepest sympathy with the loss of Colleen. May she rest in peace.

  16. Kelly Kyle

    I’m so sorry to hear your mum has passed away Pauline. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.

    • Allen & Vicki Hurley

      Lovely lady so down to earth.
      Sympathy to all the family.

      RIP Colleen, finally together with Athol

  17. Jane Chapman

    Sad to hear of the passing of your mum. Many happy memories of being at your house after school and your mum always had a smile and happy. Thinking of you at this time. Jane Chapman (nee Haworth )

  18. Stephanie Knighton

    Deepest sympathy Pauline, to you and all your family. Your mum was a very special, lovely person and it was a pleasure to know her. May she Rest In Peace.

  19. Di and Jamie Houston

    Mike, Mary, Gerard, and Pauline, our deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of Colleen, a truly lovely lady. I have fond memories of spending time with you all during my years working at the Council for your Dad. Thinking of you all. Treasure the memories.

  20. Chris Cuff

    Sincere Sympathy to you Pauline and all the family. Colleen was a wee treasure who will be missed by many, such a lovely lady. . Chris and Martin Cuff

  21. Colin & Mary Wilson

    Hope the memories you all have of such a well respected mother that we all knew that she was and her smile will always be with us

  22. Pete & Chris Lines

    Sincere condolences Mike, Kate and Family.

  23. Sharon O'Regan

    Colleen (aka Mrs Robbins to me) has been in my life for over 50 years, as “Joan’s mum”. She was the matriarch of the Robbins family, and it would be fair to say I was a little scared of her in my younger days! During Joan’s palliative care time, I got to know Mrs R on a deeper level. What sticks in my mind the most is how she enjoyed the simple pleasures in life and didn’t wish for anything more than she already had. She amused me immensely telling me about the time she thought she’d won $50,000 on a scratchie, and how all weekend she was upset and panicked because she didn’t know what she would do with $50,000. Turned out she had mis-read the ticket, and she was so happy and relieved!!
    Mrs R, Colleen, then Ma, is how I referred to her. RIP Ma, go now, and reunite with our lovely Joan xx

  24. Ian Turner. Phone 021893257

    Sincere sympathies to hear of Colleen’s passing.
    It’s been many years since we have caught up and we have both lost other family members along the way.
    Would love to catch up again Gerard if you find the time.
    Kindest regards Ian and Lee-Ann Turner.

  25. Rose Keenan

    Thinking of you all as you mourn the loss of your lovely Mum. She was such a gentle person & will miss our chats. RIP Colleen. Rose Keenan.

  26. Pam Richards

    Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Colleen was such a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister-in-law.
    A life well lived. Many happy memories. Now at peace with Athol and Joan.
    Rest In Peace dear Colleen.
    Pam & Murray Richards

  27. Moreen Evans

    Such a wonderful woman, I have great memories of her caring for us with my own mum on a school camp with Pauline and I, RIP Mrs Robbins, time to see Athol and Joan again, sending all my love to the family and special hugs for Pop xxx Maud Evans

  28. Noeline Minehan

    Deepest sympathy to all the family, Colleen was a lovely cheerful lady always interesting to chat to. RIP

  29. Ray and Alvilda Breeze

    Our deepest sympathy at the sad loss of your Mum Pauline and family. Your Mum was a lovely down to earth person and always with a lovely smile and ready for a chat.
    Have you all in our thoughts at this sad time

  30. Karen & Frank Bradley

    Our deepest sympathy Pauline in the sad loss of your Mum

  31. Ronalyn Soliva

    Condonlence to the whole family. Colleen was our dear friend. She was one of the first people whom I met when I move in Hokitika, she used to bring me to church since I dont have yet a car, she baked goodies for my kids and had been always there for us. I couldn’t thank her enough for all her kindness to us. She will always be in our hearts and prayers, forever we will always remember her. May she rest in peace and may the perpetual light shine upon her.

  32. Merryn O'Malley (Singer)

    Deepest Sympathies to the Robbins Family on the passing of Colleen.

  33. Steve Lowe

    Just discovered this funeral notice today… Sincere sympathy to you at the loss of your beautiful mother


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