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Johannus Jacobus Theodorus (John) Stet

August 11, 2023

Died peacefully at home surrounded by family on August 11, 2023.

Dearly loved by his wife Christine and children Barbara, Peter and Noelle, Sandra and Murray.  Much loved Grandad of Sam, Christina & Sam, Marcel & Livvy, Theo & Sharni, Luke & Keri, and greatgrandchildren Timmy and Stella. Also loved by David, Heidi, Maia & Lucian, Francie & Charlie and siblings Ria, Anky, Marcel, the late Peter and special friend Howard.

John is resting at home over the weekend for his final farewells before a private cremation on Monday. 
Message to 31B Hampden Street, Hokitika 7810 or may be left on John’s tribute page at
A Memorial Service to celebrate John’s life will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, Stafford Street, Hokitika, on Friday, 18 August, commencing at 1.30pm.

People are invited to make donations to the Hokitika District Nurses team equipment fund to remember John, these may be made at his service.


  1. Tony & Annette Copping

    Our deepest condolences to you all. The “ Dimple” and the man , fondly remembered.

    • JM Roberts

      Loving thoughts to you all xxxjen

    • Carlene Packham

      So sorry to read this – always a pleasure to see John. Thinking of you

    • Diane & John Craig

      Our deepest sympathy to Christine and Family.

  2. Jacquie Evans

    So sorry to hear of your loss Christine and family My deepest sympathy to you all

  3. Raelene

    John was a generous man, regularly coming into WHS to share his early life with our students. He always had a warm welcome, a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was much loved and will be greatly missed

  4. Val Geitlinger

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    It has been a privilege to be accepted into your home to assist in maintaining John’s comfort.

  5. Valda Pattinson

    Very saddened to f the passing of John. Deepest sympathy to family.. Had many years of fun with John when we were members of the Hokitika Savage club. Cherished memories.
    Allan (Pokey) & Valda Pattinson. Rip John

    • Russell and Kay Mitchell

      Our thoughts are with you Chris , condolences to you and family .

  6. Bev and Dom Manera

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

  7. Sharyn and Butch Symons

    Deepest sympathy to Christine and family at this sad time

  8. Maylene Burden

    Condolences to John’s family. He was our families farming neighbour at Kokatahi for many years, and got up to lots of antics over the years with my late father in the Savage Club. RIP John.

  9. Rachel and Jamie Smith

    So sorry to hear of your loss Pete Noelle and families.
    Jamie and Rachel Smith

  10. Adrienne and Stu Coleman

    Condolences, our thoughts are with you all.

  11. June Williams

    My thoughts are with you Christine at this sad time. My condolences to you and the family.

  12. Karen Payne

    So sorry to hear of your loss Noelle, Marcel and Christina. Thinking of you all at this very sad time.

  13. Tarn Murtha

    So sorry to read this sad news. Much love to John’s family and friends.

    • Jill Foster

      Condolences to you Christine and the Stet family. Have fond memories of Friday night gatherings at Buzz’s sharing stories of trips, skits and listening to ditties and songs. John always with a smile and laugh. Will be dearly missed by dad (Howie) and the Savage Club boys.
      RIP Jill Foster

    • Dulcie Reeves

      So sorry to hear of your loss. Rest in peace

  14. Ann Bradley

    My heartfelt condolences to Christine and John’s family.
    ’ll miss his cheery greeting as we met about the town. It used to be coffee at Ramble and Ritual then it was when he travelled about on the scooter. RIP John.

  15. Shaun Drylie

    Thinking of you Christine and family over this sad times. John’s laughter and friendship with so many will live on and on in our minds and hearts.. Love Shaun and Susan Drylie

  16. John and Glenwyn Nancekivell

    Sorry to hear of John’s passing, our condolences to the Start family

  17. Doreen & Geoff Marshall

    Our thoughts are with all Johns Family at this sad time
    Dad loved your visits and Friday nights with you
    Together again may the Whisky flow in heaven
    Doreen and Geoff

  18. Pete Sutherland

    Condolences to the family. A good mate and neighbor to my grandparents and a good bond through the Savage club.

  19. Hokitika Red Cross

    A respected Honorary Life Member of The Hokitika Branch of NZ Red Cross since 2001. John’s practical skills and sense of humour will be missed by us all
    Rest in peace Stetty

  20. Linda Buglass

    So sorry to hear of your loss Christine and family. Deepest sympathy to you all.

  21. Richard Mackley and Carmen Hartley

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family.


    Deepest condolences to Christine and family John it was such a privilege to have known you through the Hokitika Dramatic Society and Savage Club A true gentleman CAROLYN BRADLEY

  23. Maureen Pugh

    Very sad week for us this week Christine. Thinking of you my friend.

  24. Alisyn Gray

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

  25. Marg Sing

    Sorry to hear of John’s passing. Deepest sympathy to all.

  26. Annemarie Greig

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Thinking of you and your family!

    • Nida & Dicey

      To Christine & Family
      Please acknowledge our sympathy to the passing of John . John was a true character and a well read man . We always enjoy John’s friendly banter when he came into the bakery-cafe, He will be missed.

  27. Dave Roche

    Sad to hear of John’s passing. He was a real character. Sending lots of love your way Christine, and to all those close to him.

  28. Anna McRitchie

    I was saddened to hear of John’s passing. We always had the best conversations and lots of laughs and most of the time at my expense. Thinking of you Christine at this very sad time

  29. Mark and Di Davies

    Remembering with fondness a friendly man who always liked a chat and a laugh. Thinking of you Chris and your family with love.

  30. Stephen & Nicole

    John was always good for a joke and an interesting story. He will be missed around town and especially around the Dramatic Society. Our sincere condolances to Christine and family.

    Love from Stephen & Nicole

  31. Alastair and Rose Linton

    Sorry to hear about you John . You made a huge difference to our lives, having faith in us to lease us your farm for 2 years without knowing us at all . Which we were lucky enough to purchase later
    Always a gentleman

  32. Lindy & William Steyn

    So sad to hear about John’s passing, Christine, Pete, Noelle and family. Hokitika has a lost a fine sort, always ready with a twinkle, a tease and a laugh. It was a pleasure to bump into him, rain or shine, on his coffee round with patient Piet. He always made the day brighter. Lots of love to you all,


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