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Richard John Penrose

November 27, 2022

On November 27, 2022 (suddenly), aged 67 years.  Much loved husband of Julie, loved father of Melanie and the late Kori, Kevin and Renee.  Adored grandad of Paige and Paris, Cody and Marley.  Loved son of Maud and the late Doug and son-in-law of Peter and the late Dianne Thompson.  A loved brother, brother-in-law, uncle and cousin, and a good friend to so many, Richard will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  Messages to the Penrose family C/- 43 Sale Street, Hokitika or leave a message on Richard’s tribute page at

A service to celebrate Richard’s life will be held at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Seaview Terrace, Hokitika, on Friday December 2, commencing at 2.00pm.  Private cremation to follow.

Thompson Funeral Directors Ltd. Hokitika

Members of The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand


  1. Karla Jones

    Mel I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you, your mum and your daughters. Sending love and hugs xxx

    • Adele Stuart

      Julie .Mel Kevin Renee. My Deepest Sympathy to u all R.I.P Richard

      • Melissa Diedrichs

        To Mel and Whanau, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all at this sad time

        • Carlene Packham

          Thinking of you at this sad time

      • Shirree Thomson

        I am so sorry for your loss sending my condolences to Julie and your family

    • Pete and Annie Breeze

      Arohanui mā to you all whānau ❤️❤️❤️

    • Winnie matthews

      Our aroha goes out to Mel and whanau on the loss.of your papa,grand dad,thinking of yous at this sad time,he was awesome man,and always say hello,good sort

  2. Tish Kelliher

    So sorry to hear of your loss Julie and family.
    Kind Thoughts.
    Tish Kelliher

  3. Sharyn and Butch Symons

    So sad to hear this Julie. Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thinking of you all and sending love

  4. Diane Craig

    Oh Julie and Family. What a shock to read this. We are so terribly sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all. Love Diane and Craigy.

  5. Lexy Cowlin

    To Julie and family.
    Very sorry to hear of Richards passing.
    My condolences to you all.
    Lexy Cowlin.

  6. Kelvin & Shirley Grant

    To Julie, Mel ,Kev and families, thinking of you all at this very sad time. Lots of love from Kelvin & Shirley

  7. Linda Wilson

    Julie and family so sorry for you lose it was such a shock to read this,
    Sending our condolences
    Linda and Russell Wilson

    • John Truman

      To julie and mel and kev and all grandchildren. From very early days richard came to stay with his sister and myself during our short time at Hokitika where he met a sweet young lady julie.The rest is history.Richard was very funny guy whom brought a lot of hapiness to the world. We will all miss you richard jt

  8. Suzanne Theyers /Vercoe

    Very sad news to read that Richard had passed away. Richard was a fabulous guy. He always had time for a chat over the fence. Julie please accept my condolences of your dear Richard. Resting in love Richard with your Teddy dog.

    • Fiona Hurren

      Julie,Mel,Kevin and family’s. Thinking of you all, sending my condolences.

  9. Cheryl Hutchison

    Deepest sympathy Julie Mel and whanau. Richard was a lovely guy and will be sadly missed.
    Thoughts and prayers for you all.
    RIP Richard.
    Cheryl Hutchison

  10. Joe Mason

    Kia Ora Julie Mell
    Paige and Paris

    I am so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing

    Kia kaha

    joe and whanau

  11. Grant Symons

    Sad news . Condolences to Julie and family

  12. Don Neale

    Really sad to hear of Richard’s passing, he was such a nice fella.

  13. Tineke Mann (nee Craig)

    Passing our love and thinking of you all, so sad to hear of this news. Such precious memories with Richard, especially with the fishing and get together as kids, such a beautiful soul, love to you all 💖

  14. Carole Hebbend

    Mel and family, so sorry for your loss of you dad and grandad.

  15. Karen

    So very sorry to hear of Richards passing. So totally unexpected.
    Sending our condolences and love
    Karen and Tony thirpe

  16. Rosemary Matthews

    So sorry to hear this sad news Richard was a great guy. Condolences to you Julie and family. Rose n Rex Matthews.xx 🌹🌹🌹

  17. Debra-Ann Vercoe

    Sorry to hear of Richard’s passing.. he was a good neighbor.. many condolences from the Vercoe family

  18. Christine

    Sending our Condolences and Aroha to you Mel, Paige, Paris and your whanau. From Don and Christine 💐

  19. Linda Gardyne

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

  20. Robyn Huxley

    So terribly sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. In total shock. My love to you Julie and all the kids.

    • Doug & Yvonne Cochrane.

      Our most sincere condolences to Julie, Melanie, Kevin and families in your loss of Richard.
      A good guy gone far too soon.
      A lot of good memories from our Kung Fu days and our New Year day excursions.
      Our thoughts are with you all.
      RIP Richard.🌹🌹🌹

  21. Glenys and Paul

    So awful to hear of Richard’s passing. Thinking of you Julie and Family at this sad time.

  22. Judith Nicoll

    So sorry to hear of your loss, deepest condolences to Julie and the family

  23. Ann Bradley

    My condolences to Julie and all the family. Such a nice guy. So sorry to hear the news.

  24. Bev Manera

    so sorry to hear this sad news. deepest sympathy to all his whanau and friends. He will be sadly missed.

  25. Abi Field

    so sorry to hear this, thinking of you all in this sad time ❤️

    • Cindy gilbertson

      Julie and family so sorry for the lost of Richard thinking of you all at this time Cindy and Murray.

  26. Tarn Murtha

    So sorry for your loss Mel. Sending lots of love to you and your family

  27. Geoff Brain and family

    Sad news, We grew up together in Papanui, Wonderful times. Condolences to the family.

  28. Paulina Tulloch

    Unbelievably sad. A hole in your universe. There are no words. Im so very sorry for you all. .

  29. Anthea Keenan

    To Julie, Mel, Kev and families our deepest sympathy and thoughts with you all. Big Hugs from Rex & Anthea

  30. Peter Haver

    Julie and family. so sad to hear of your loss condolences to you all

  31. Spring Munro

    Gee Richard,….. You left too soon!!

    Who is going to make me cups of tea and try and solve the worlds problems? You were teaching me how to become a good bastard and what am I to do now?

    Remember when I get up there, I take milk with no sugar. You might also have tell the big guy to get off my chair when I arrive.

    Christ, is that the time? I am out of here! Now I am going to have to go home to play some loud music and I’ll be thinking of you..

    See you on the other side.


  32. George Brown

    Ooh mate no words to express the sadness at your passing .

    Julie,Mel and Whanau please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Dick ,

    A good man taken far too soon .

    Love and respect ,

    Euny and George ,

  33. Kim Sheppard

    So very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing.
    Deepest sympathy to you Julie, Mel and Kevin

  34. Rob & Pam JJeffcoat

    Well Richard this was unexpected.
    We’ve only known you a short while, We’ve been Neighbours for couple of years now and we were only just getting to know you as a very kind a genuine man.
    Were going to miss our chats over the fence. Pam said thanks for the box of lemons and we’ll drop some Lemon Shortbread off for Julie. See you on the other side.

  35. Ian Harrison

    So sad Mel and Kevin. A good Man RIP

  36. Pauline Adams

    Julie, Mel, Kev & family sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. He was a good bugger and have fond memories of many a night at the workshop having a few beers. Rest In Peace Richard. Petal

  37. Rose Keenan

    Julie & family, so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.

  38. Raylene Sandrey

    Thinking of you all at this very sad time Raylene Sandrey


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