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Keith Freitas

July 23, 2022

On Saturday July 23, suddenly but peacefully at Te Nikau, Grey Hospital, Greymouth.  In his 86th year.  Dearly loved husband and friend for 63 years, of Colleen.  Much loved dad of Dianne and Peter De Goldi, Michael and Maria and friend of Leanne.  Loved Coast Grandad of Cheree, Nathan, Zanara, Jayden, Jacinta, Alesha, and Ruben and great-grandad of Tyrecee (TK), Zander and Marlie.  Loved brother and brother-in-law of Elinor Stratford, Marilyn and Robert McMillan, , the late Harry Freitas and the late Joy Wormington,  and a good friend of Murray Stratford.  A loved uncle of all his nieces and nephews.  Messages to 190 Sale Street, Hokitika 7810 or may be left on Keith’s tribute page at www.thompsonfd.co.nz.

A service to celebrate Keith’s life will be held at All Saint’s Anglican Church, corner of Stafford and Bealey Street, Hokitika, on Wednesday July 27, commencing a 2.00pm. followed by private cremation.

70 Comments

  1. Rosemary Hutchison

    Deepest condolences to Colleen and family,many memories of Keith on our trips away with the pioneer social club, great guy.
    Rose and George

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thanks Keith had great memories of the trips the Wanderers took

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  2. Gary & Jill Sinclair

    Sincere Condolences to Colleen and family RIP Keith

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    • Sheryl locke

      Oh no, he was a real gentleman. Always had Time to stop and talk to me at the club.
      Deepest condolences to Colleen and family.
      R.I.P KEITH

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      • Colleen Freitas

        Thanks Sheryl See you at the club

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you Gary and Jill

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  3. Colleen Astwood

    My sincere condolences to you and your family Col. May he rest in Peace….Colleen Astwood nee Blair

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    • Sandra Wade

      So sorry to hear this Colleen. I will miss Keith alot. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
      Michael and Sandra Wade

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thanks Colleen. It’s lovely to hear from you

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  4. Noeline Minehan

    Deepest sympathy Colleen and family and Elinor Marilyn and Robert

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you Noeline

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  5. Katie

    RIP Keith, a great friend of Dad’s, sincere condolences Colleen

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    • Marie and Trevor Molloy

      Deepest sympathy to Colleen and family, he will be missed by many at the club.
      Marie and Trevor Molloy

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      • Colleen Freitas

        Thank you both.yes I agree

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thanks Katie when he watched the Westerns on tele he often mentioned Alan.

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you Katie When Keith watched Westerns on Tele it often bought back memories of Alan.

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  6. Suzanne Theyers

    Very sad news. Such a lovely man. Love and prayers to Colleen 💜. RIP Keith.

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thanks Suzanne

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  7. Donna Kersten

    Thoughts are with you all at this time.
    Henry & Donna Kersten

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you both

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you both He had good memories of working with you Henry

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  8. Lois Meldrum

    Condolences to Colleen & family, great memories playing tennis with Keith and enjoyed catching up as neighbours and at the club, always up for a yarn. Will really miss you Keith. Lois & Sam

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you lois.you were a great neighbour. He will shout you tea on Wednesday as you don’t drink

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      • Stuart McHugh

        Sorry to hear of Keith’s death Colleen
        Kind regards

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  9. Frances Stapleton

    My sincere sympathy to you Colleen on the loss of Keith
    May he rest in peace
    Frances Stapleton

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you Frances

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  10. Jane Chapman

    Sad to hear of Keith’s passing
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Colleen and family.
    Jane and Colin Chapman

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you Jane and Colin

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  11. Maryanne Glasson

    Sincere Condolences to Colleen and family RIP Keith

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you Maryanne

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  12. Michelle

    Sincere condolences to Colleen and family

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you Michelle

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  13. Val Smith

    Rest in peace Keith you will be missed by all. Deepest sympathy to Colleen and Family

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thanks Val. Hope you are feeling better

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  14. Bev Manera

    Oh Colleen, how sad for you! Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thanks Bev.

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  15. Sue

    Really sad to hear of Keiths passing . Such a lovely man . No more shared birthday drinks . Rest peacefully Keith. Thoughts and love to Colleen and family

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    • Colleen Freitas

      I agree he was one of the best. TKs Sue

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    • Kaye and Jim McNabb

      Send our sympathy at this toughest of times Colleen.

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  16. Diane & John Craig

    Sorry to hear the news of Keith’s passing. Our deepest sympathy is extended to you all.

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thanks Diane See you and John soon

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  17. Cheryl Hutchison

    Deepest sympathy to Colleen and family. Thinking of you all at this sad time of Keith’s passing. RIP Keith.
    Thinking of you Eleanor also in your time of loss.
    Regards Cheryl and Brian Hutchison

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thanks Cheryl and Brian I will pass your message to Elinor

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  18. Jan & Doug Sownan

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of Keith. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you Jan and Doug . Good to hear from you but sorry it was under these circumstances

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  19. LINDA BUGLASS

    Deepest sympathy. Great man, great sense of humour. Will leave a big hole everywhere. Big hugs to Colleen and the family. cheers Linda and Doug.

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    • Colleen Freitas

      We agree with what you wrote. Tks Linda and Doug

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  20. Jenny schroder

    Very sad news,thoughts are with you all at this sad time

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you Jenny

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  21. Jill and Grant Foster

    Sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. Loved my chats with Keith in his seat against the wall over the years I worked at the Workingmen’s Club. Loved my annual trip to the river to checkout how he was going on the whitebait trench. Grant loved working with Keith for Telecom back in the day. Thinking of you Colleen and your family. Xxx Jill and Grant Foster.

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    • Colleen Freitas

      It worked both ways. Keith enjoyed his chats with you Jill and also his time at Telecom. He always said he had a great group of boys to work with. Not that he would tell them that.

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  22. Bryan and Sandra Cudmore

    Deepest sympathy to Collleen and Family. Keith our old neighbour also the school bus driver many good memories of such a great gentleman . Love and thoughts with you all at this difficult time ahead. R.I.P Keith xxx

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Your message bought back a lot of memories.. Hope all is well with you both. Thank you for your kind thoughts

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  23. Wes Armstrong

    Condolences to the Freitas family.RIP Keith.

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Another work mate. Thank you Wes.

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  24. Ngaire McGregor

    Deepest sympathy Colleen. Diane, Michael and families and also Elimor and Marilyn. We

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  25. Ngaire McGregor

    Deepest sympathy to Colleen Diane, Michael and families and also to Keith’s sisters Elinor and Marilyn. There will be a good space at the bar at the Charter Club. RIP Keith

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    • Colleen Freitas

      Thank you Ngaire. I will pass on your message to the rest of the family

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  26. John Nancekivell

    So sad to hear of Keith’s passing, Colleen and family, he will be missed by all who knew him, a good man! RegardsJohn and Glenwyn Nancekivell

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  27. Margaret & John Atkinson

    To Colleen and family, our deepest sympathy, a good and hard working man now at rest.

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  28. robyn atkinson

    Sincere condolences to Colleen and family, on the passing of one of life’s true Gentleman
    Mike remembers him as a staunch, but fair Boss, he says the best he ever had, and I loved the dry wit, always a wry smile, and the genuineness of a great all-round Guy.
    He will be remembered with love and high regard by all who knew him, and missed by those he loved.
    RIP Keith, Fly High, you have earned it
    Mike and Robyn Atkinson

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  29. Doug & Yvonne Cochrane.

    Sincere condolences to Colleen and the Freitas family in your sad loss of Keith.
    RIP Keith.🌹🌹

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  30. Derek Blight

    Hi Colleen
    Sorry to hear about Keith’s passing. May you experience God’s presence with you. Sincerely. Derek Blight (Ex Safer Community Coucil.

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  31. Nancy Clark

    Sincere condolences to Colleen & family, & also deepest sympathy to Elinor & Marilyn
    From Nancy & Philip Clark

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  32. KEVIN ROBERT LALOR

    to colleen our deepest sympathy to you and family ,kieth liked to recieve pamphlets from me ,from lyn and kevin

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  33. Pauline Adams

    Colleen and family, sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. Great memories of our trips with the Pioneer crew, We had a lot of laughs, great fun and Keith was always happiest behind the wheel on the bus whether it was off to Reefton races or travelling round Aussie. Safe travels Keith, may you Rest In Peace

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  34. CARYL DENINGTON

    So sad and sorry our beautiful uncle is not with us any more. He is in our hearts and souls forever, we loved him so very much. Caryl, Michael and Harry Denington

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  35. Dave & Jenny Poole

    Condolences to the family and deepest sympathy to our cousins, Elinor, Marilyn and Robert.

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  36. Elinor Stratford

    On the 23rd July a heart stopped beating forever. Mine will never be the same. Keith You are my beloved brother who I have loved so much and forever. No one could ever understand how much I will miss you in my life. You were my confidante and so trusted with my thoughts and tears. You gave me so much throughout my childhood, growing up and into our ongoing years. I loved the way you also embraced my girls, their husbands and my grandchildren I will miss you so much and love you forever until it is my turn to join you and the rest of our much loved family.
    Forever in my heart. Rest In Peace

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  37. Valda & Allan Pattinson.

    Our deepest sympathy Colleen on the passing of Keith. We remember him well as a very kind and loving man. Honoured also that he was a second cousin of mine. RIP Keith.

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