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Kevin John Edwards

August 12, 2023

On Saturday August 12, 2023, peacefully at home with his family.  Dearly loved husband of 56 years of Fran.  Much loved father and father-in-law of Tracey, Rebekah and Rob Varricchio and the late Leah.  Dearly loved grandpa of Krystal, Sarah, Micahla, Marco, Lorenzo and Sophia and great-grandpa of Zac and Jessica.  Loved brother of Graham and Chris and a much loved uncle.  Messages to the Edwards Family 102 Hampden Street, Hokitika 7810 or may be left on Kevin’s Tribute page at [email protected]

Following Kevin’s wishes a private cremation has been held, a memorial service for Kevin will be held at a later date.


  1. Vonnie Cherry

    Fran and family so sorry for your loss.

    Doug and Vonnie Cherry

    • Trace


  2. Roberto Varricchio

    So sad another good man gone R.I.P Kevin

    • Shaun and Susan Drylie

      Fran, Tracey, Rebekah and family our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. I always enjoyed my chats with Kevin and admired his positive outlook on life, his love for his family and the contribution he made to the Hokitika community..

  3. Diane & John Craig

    To Fran and Family. So very sorry for the loss of Kevin. Deepest sympathy to you all.

  4. Charlene

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts are with the family

    • Sharyn and Butch Symons

      Deepest sympathy at this time Fran and family. Many happy memories I’d Dairy days

      • Jill Foster

        Condolences to you Fran, Tracey, Rebekah and family. Kevin was a lovely man with a beautiful singing voice. Thinking of you all.

  5. Myriam & Lida Schouten

    Thinking & praying for you all in this time of sadness & grief.

  6. Collleenn Astwood

    Thinking of you all at this sad time, Colleen Astwood nee Blair

    • Doug Cochrane.

      So sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing.
      Sincere condolences to Fran and family.
      Remembering Kevin especially through the Trans West years.
      RIP Kevin.🌷🌷

  7. Lois Meldrum

    Fran and family I’m very sorry for your loss. Kevin was a lovely man and I always enjoyed our chats. A true gentleman that never complained.

  8. Don Neale

    Very sorry to hear this. Kevin helped to keep Hokitika men’s hockey going in the 70s and 80s and always took an interest in how we’re going. All our best wishes to you Fran, Tracey and family, from the Hokitika Hockey Club.

  9. Helen & Steve Boon

    Our love to Fran and family.
    Kevin’s life was one of faith and of song.
    Ed Sheeran’s song Supermarket Flowers is very poignant.
    He wrote it for his mum when her mum died.

    Old hymns express the hope of faith in Jesus.
    Abide with Me…
    I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless,
    ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
    Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
    I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

    Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes.
    Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
    Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain glories flee;
    in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

  10. John & Margaret Atkinson

    To Fran and family our deepest sympathy in your sad loss of Kevin

  11. Ron Burt

    Sorry to hear of Kevin passing, hope you have many happy memories.

  12. Nicola Walsh

    Fran, Tracey, Rebekah and family, my thoughts are with you at this sad time. Kevin was a lovely man.

  13. Liz and Kyle Scott

    Condolences to you all
    You will always have great memories off you Hubby, Dad and grandad and friend
    lots love.xx

  14. Jacquie Evans

    Our Thoughts are with you at this time Fran and family lots of love to you all

  15. John and Glenwyn Nancekivell

    Fran, and Family, we are so sad to hear of Kevin’s passing,

  16. Gina straker nee Blair

    Thinking of you all, condolences to you all x

  17. Christine and Martin Cuff

    A true Gentleman. RIP Kevin.

  18. Murray and Marie Olson.

    To Fran and Family condolences to you all, Kevin was a Gentleman and a Great neighbor for many years. RIP Kevin.
    Murray and Marie Olson.

  19. Lyn Robinson

    Dear Fran and family, so very sad to read of Kevins passing.Hugs to you all…..Lyn and Erl Robinson Kumara Junction

  20. Frances Stapketon

    My sincere sympathy to you Fran and family
    I enjoyed my chats with Kevin when I phoned re the Cancer Support lunches K evin was a brave man during his long health journey
    May he rest in peace and rise in glory

  21. Lorenzo Varricchio

    It’s Lorenzo here grandpa, I love you so much, rest in peace 🕊️❤️

  22. Cherie Moore

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Kevin,
    I have good memories of Kevin growing up.
    You are in my thoughts over this sad time,
    Remember the good times

  23. Jan and Steve Scott

    Fran and family so sorry to hear of your loss of Kevin. RIP
    Fly high.

  24. Karen McLeod (nee Broadbelt)

    My sincerest condolences Fran and family. So sad to hear about Kevin. I have so many wonderful memories of time at your house. Love and prayers your way.

  25. Annemarie Greig

    Fran and family so sorry to hear of your loss. Will always remember Kevin’s beautiful singing. Thinking of you all!

  26. Michelle & Roland Urmson

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Condolences to you and your family Fran. He was such a gentle soul and he loved his family dearly. Roland and Michelle

  27. Jim Lawrence

    Dear Cousin -I was sorry to hear of Kevin`s passing. I enjoyed his company at Grey High so many years ago, plus his cricket and hockey skills. It was always good to see him board the bus at Kumara Junction on his way to GTHS. All the best Fran and family.


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