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Francis William Gugich

December 5, 2023

Passed away peacefully surrounded by his children in Christchurch, on Tuesday December 5, 2023, in his 92nd year.  Much loved son of the late Jack and Winifred.  Dearly loved husband and soulmate of Margaret, loved and respected father and father-in-law of Wayne and Dale (Christchurch), Susan and TC Wells (Hokitika), and David and Sharon (Christchurch).  Loved Grandad of Jenna, Michae, Josh, Katie, and Ashley.  Special Great Grandad of Arlo, Holly, Tyler, Blake, Sofia, and Mila.  Much loved brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.  Rest In Peace.  Messages C/o Sue Wells, 131 Tudor St, Hokitika 7810, or maybe left on Francis’ tribute page at  A Funeral Mass for Francis will be celebrated in All Saints Church, Bealey Street, Hokitika, on Tuesday, December 12, commencing at 2.00pm.  Private cremation to follow.

Members of the New Zealand Fire Service & Fire and Emergency New Zealand, both serving and retired, are requested to attend the funeral of Gold Star & Life Honorary Member, retired Fire Fighter Francis Gugich, Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade, 1954 – 1988. The service will be held In All Saints Church, 57 Bealey Street, Hokitika, om Tuesday, December 12, commencing at 2.00pm.  Serving members, full undress uniform with caps please. 

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  1. Linda Gardyne

    Much love and sympathy to Sue and all the family. Thinking of you allxxx

    • Carlene Packham

      So sorry to hear of your loss – thinking of you all

      Carlene & Alan

      • Katie RAE

        RIP Francie, condolences the Gugich Family

        Katie Rae

        • Lyn Robinson

          Deepest sympathy to Francies family.He was such a lovely chap,enjoying his company when out and about……….Lyn and Erl Robinson Kumara Junction

    • Adele Stuart

      Sorry to hear of Francis passing Condolences to his family Wayne.Sue &T.C.David Fly High

  2. Lois Turnbull

    My condolences to you and your family Sue. Thinking of you all atvthis sad time.

  3. Donnelly Lois

    Very sorry for your loss. Was an honour to know and work with Francie and will be forever thankful for the kind and caring friend and neighbour that he was to Mum.
    Rest in peace Francis.

    • Roni Wright

      My sincere sympathys Sue, Wayne and family. lots of love. X x xx

    • Kelvin &Shirley Grant

      To Sue and family, such a lovely man, so sad to hear of his passing, our condolences to you all at this sad time💔 Lots of love

  4. Sally and Max Bateup

    Aww . Thinking of you Sue, Wayne and David.

  5. Diane & John Craig

    So very sorry Sue and Family. Deepest sympathy to you all.

  6. Suzanne Theyers/ Vercoe

    Very sad to read that Francie has passed away. Such a lovely man. Love to Margaret.

  7. Shona McLean

    A well respected neighbour and friend of the Davie Street Davidson family. Our sincere condolences to all.

  8. Colleen Gibb

    Sincere condolences to Gugich family, R I P Francie.

  9. terrance hancock

    RIP Francie,a true gentleman & Kiwi bloke.

  10. Shona and Murray Marshall

    Very sorry to hear this. My sincere condolences to Sue and her family.

    • Beverley and Raymond Cropper

      Very sad to hear the news of Francis passing. Many lovely memories of working with Francis at Seaview
      Condolences to the Gugich family

  11. Frances Stapleton

    Please accept our sincere sympathy on the loss of Francie
    May he rest in peace

  12. Donaldson Robin

    Great Coast sportsman

  13. Nancy Woolhouse

    Thinking of you all at this sad time.

  14. Allan & Valda Pattinson

    RIP Francie. It was a pleasure to have known you meeting you first at Seaview.

  15. Keith Ross Napier

    Very sorry to hear of Frances passing we were cobbers since our school days and ever since he was a true WestCoaster” Love to all the family KeithRoss

  16. Kathleen Miller (McLeod)

    Sue, Wayne and David and Margaret – sincere condolences to you all. I remember hearing the stories of great Fire Brigade dinners and parties and what awesome dancers Francie and Marg were.
    Thinking of you all.

  17. Rona Gooch

    A very good friend to Malcolm Gooch. So sorry for your loss, Margaret and family. My sincere sympathy.

    • Janice beard

      Sad to hear condolences to all Janice and martin

  18. Christine Wilson nee Ogilvie

    Sad to hear of Francies passing, condolences to Sue, Wayne David and families,,, RIP Francie

    • June Freitas

      Deepest sympathy to all the Gugich family.Fond memories of time spent with Francie and Margaret.
      June and Mark Freitas.

  19. Linda Buglass

    RIP Francie, deepest sympathy and condolences to all the Gugich Family.

  20. Liz and Kyle Scott

    Our condolences to you all

    Such a character who will be sadly missed by a lot of people.

    Hope you find a golf course somewhere on your next journey

  21. ANN GOURDIE (Richards)

    thinking of you at this time Sue and extended family in my thoughts and prayers. Enjoyed working with Francie learnt a lot. Ann

  22. Margaret Atkinson

    To the Gugich Family, Our deepest sympathy with the passing of Francie, a true gentleman. John & Margaret Atkinson

  23. Rose Keenan

    Sue, Wayne, David & families. I am keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers as you mourn the loss of Francie. A wonderful husband to Marg & fond memories of staying with the Gugs when I was younger & working with Francie at Seaview. Lots of love & hugs.

  24. Bev Freitas

    Sincere sympathy to you all on the loss of a loved husband and father,
    Francie was very well known and liked and will be missed by all,
    Rest in Peace,
    Bev and Bill Freitas

  25. Ann Bradley

    My deepest sympathy to Sue and all the family. Francie was a lovely man. RIP

  26. Di King

    Sue, Wayne, David and families – thinking of you all, what a great life he and your mum have had, you will have lots of great memories to share. My fondest memories was when he was our ‘ driver’ taking all of us to venues about the Coast. He looked the part driving the red Kingswood station wagon, the real chauffeur, only part missing was a cap!!

    Will catch up with you all on Tuesday

    Fondest best wishes
    Di King

  27. Andrea Beecroft

    It was so sad to read of Francis’s passing. Sending big hugs to you Sue and all the family. Please give Margaret a big hug from me. I so loved working with both Francis and Margaret at Seaview.

    Much love to you all
    Andrea Beecroft

  28. Adrienne and Stu Coleman

    Condolences Marg, Wayne, Sue, Dave and families.

  29. Carole Jones

    Condolences to Marg,Wayne,Sue,David and families. Thinking of you all at this time of sadness. RIP Francie

  30. Arron Gugich

    Hello family I am very sorry about the death Uncle Francis, Have great memories of US all in Nelson at the reunion+Broz, they will remain always! Like mine of Dad! Stay safe love Too all Be strong and stand united in grief! Love Arron

  31. Ross Stewart

    My condolences to Marg. and family .Sorry to hear sad news .Rest in peace.
    .Ross and Maven Stewart.

  32. Geoff Marshall

    Deepest sympathy our thoughts are with the Gugich family
    Zebby and Doreen

  33. Robert Skilton

    My condolences to Sue, Wayne, David and families. Francie was a true gentleman.

  34. Sharon Bradley

    Sending our condolences to all the family
    Sharon and Rob Bradley (nee Carter)

  35. Kerry Weston

    So sorry for your loss Sue and family. Francie was a neighbour and a family friend, a support and great mentor, a Godparent to our two children. He gave us fun, interactive lessons in local history, gold-panning and golf! He shared with us his passion for gardening and was such a humble and caring person. What a full and interesting life he led. We were so lucky to know Francie and cherish the memories. RIP

  36. Russell Clifton

    Dedicated nurse, respected colleague and a great friend. Haere ra Francie

  37. Cheryl Hutchison

    Deepest sympathy to Marg Sue and family. Francis always a gentleman ,great nurse and so caring of others.
    RIP Francie. You will be missed by so many.

    • Carol Taurua-McCready OV

      Francie was a great Charge Nurse of Huia Villa, quiet, patient and a totally dedicated Nurse. It was a privilege to work with him. Eternal rest grant into him oh Lord, may light perpetual shine on him, May he rest in peace and rise in glory Amen. From Carol Taurua -McCready NZEN and ex staff member Seaview Hospital, Hokitika.

  38. Glenys and Paul Breeze

    To Sue and Family, sorry to hear of Francie’s passing. Thinking of you at this sad time. 🌹

  39. Robert Vincent

    Our sympathy to the family. Always remembered as a great sporting man.

    Robert and Penny Vincent

  40. PETERomalley

    less i he made to 92 most people dont make it past 90

  41. Noel Finch

    So sorry to hear the news. I remember Francis as a school friend at Greymouth High School,
    and especially for his friendship with my nephew Ken Strange. His kindness and care during Ken’s
    last days will not be forgotten.

  42. Pattie and Jack Manderson

    Our condolences to Marg and family for your loss.


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