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Sylvia Doreen Ross (nee Hawkins)

June 12, 2024

09/01/1940 – 12/06/2024
Sylvia passed away peacefully in Te Nikau Hospital, Greymouth, aged 84 years, surrounded by her family. While we are sad, we are also relieved as Sylvia suffered from a stroke a week prior and the damage was irrecoverable. Loving wife of the late Ron Ross, dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Peter and Traci, Tony and Heidi, treasured Nana of Mitch, Denva, Ruby, and Zara, loved sister, sister-in -law, aunty and special friend of many. She touched all our lives, and her footprint will remain etched in all our hearts. Messages to 67 Southernwood Road Hokitika, or can be left on Sylvia’s tribute page at A special funeral service to celebrate a wonderful woman and her life, will be held at Saint Andrews United Church, Fitzherbert Street, Hokitika, Saturday,June 15, commencing at 1:30pm. Private cremation to follow.


  1. Suzanne Theyers

    My dear cousin Sylvia was a beautiful lady. Sylvia always had time for a chat and adored her boys and Grandchildren. Such a loss. All my love to Peter and Tony. Rest in love Sylvia xxx

    • Michelle & Roland Urmson

      Our condolences to Silvia’s family. Sylvia was such a special friend and was so appreciative of St Andrew’s live-streaming of the church services. We will miss her bubbly personality her positive character and most of all her interest in our family. RIP lovely friend.🙏

      • Jacquie and Peter

        So sad to hear Sylvia has passed she was a lovely lady who always had a smile and a chat whenever we met. May she rest in peace.

  2. Heather Dryburgh (nee Robinson)

    Peter, Tony and families, sending my condolences. Sylvia was an amazing woman, so thoughtful and caring to many, including my Mum.

    • Wayne & Daryl Davidson

      Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Family of Sylvia, she was a lovely lady.

    • Jill Robinson

      So sorry to hear, thinking of you all

  3. Eileen McLeod

    My condolence to Peter, Traci, Tony, Heidi and Family’s. Sylvia was a wonderful lady and always up for chat. Love to you all. ❤️

  4. Renee & Ben Patterson

    So sorry to hear of Sylvia’s passing, she was such a beautiful kind lady, always smiling and always had time for a chat. She will be greatly missed not only by her loving family but our community as a whole. Thinking of you all Pete, Traci and family.

    • Frances Stapleton

      Please accept my sincere sympathy on the death of Sylvia
      Sylvia was a special woman in our community
      I will miss my chats with her on my way to church at All Saints Sylvia was our neighbour at All Saints
      Rest in peace Sylvia

  5. Debra-Ann Howat

    Sorry to hear of Sylvias passing..

  6. Cheryl Hutchison

    Sincere sympathy and special thoughts in your loss of Sylvia. A gorgeous woman inside and out. A caring thoughtful lady who will be missed by her loving family and all who have known her and the community of Hokitika.
    RIP Sylvia.

  7. Karen and Peter O’Reilly

    Very sad news. Sylvia was a lovely lady who always had a great smile and great heart. Condolences to all the family.

    • Nancy Woolhouse

      Thinking of you all at this sad time.

  8. Helen Savage Savage

    Condolences to all the families. Fond memories of Sylvia. A lovely lady.

  9. Jane Wellard

    I was very sad to hear this news. Sylvia was a lovely person and a stalwart in the community. My thoughts are with all her family at this time. She will be much missed.

    • Yvonne Simpson

      Sylvia was a treasure and a delight. I appreciated her keen interest, bright eyes and quick smile. My condolences to Sylvia’s family and I wish you peace and a garden of memories that you keep close.

  10. Andrea Beecroft

    Oh I am so sad to hear about Sylvia’s passing what a beautiful lady she was. Her comfort to me when I lost Neil, was wonderful. Ron and Neil were such good friends and Sylvia and I were so happy about their friendship. Rest in peace beautiful lady.

    • Anju Jose

      Very sad to hear, Sylvia was a loving and caring lady, I have experienced many times when I stayed with her.You always be remembered. Deepest condolences to all her family. Rest in peace.

  11. Di Kemp ( Radomski)

    So sorry to hear of Sylvia’s passing. I can remember her from when I was little . Always so lovely and had a beautiful smile. Rest In Peace 🥰

  12. Chris and Martin Cuff

    Sincere Sympathy to Peter, Traci, Tony and Heidi and families. Very sad news, Sylvia was a lovely , kind, warm lady who was always interested in everybody and loved a chat, you will all miss her. RIP Sylvia

  13. Colin

    Condolences to Peter, Tony and all your family. Sylvia loved a catch up in the supermarket and a laugh every time I saw her. Colin and Mary Wilson

  14. Suzanne Dent

    Such a lovely kind hearted lady. So sorry for your loss.

  15. Liz Mehrtens

    Sad to hear of a dear lady Syllvia,s passing always cheerful and a friend to many in our community. thoughts are with the Ross family at this time.

    • Karla Jones

      I’m so sorry to hear of Sylvia’s passing. She was such a lovely happy lady. Thinking of you all at this very sad time xx

  16. Liz Mehrtens

    Thinking of the Ross family at this time a very cheerful positive lady .

  17. David Spud Gorrie

    So sad to hear of your lost Pete and Tony and family such a lovely lady she was as sharp as a tact loved having a chin wag with her. Truly a coaster. Spud and rach ❤️

  18. Gail Bradley

    So sorry to hear of Sylvia’s passing, what a lovely lady she was. The world was a better place for having her in it. Condolences to Sylvia’s family, may she rest peacefully.

  19. Huili Soh

    I’m very sad to hear about the news. Slyvia has been so lovely and kind while I was boarding at her place for 3 years back in 2013-2016. Rest in Peace Slyvia ❤️🌹

  20. Sue Stewart

    Dear Sylvia, such a beautiful and friendly woman. Treasured memories. Loving prayers for your beloved family.

  21. Kay and Jack Davidson

    Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Treasure the wonderful memories she has left you with. Sylvia was a kind and generous person and will be greatly missed.

  22. Noeline Minehan

    Deepest sympathy to you all in your sad loss

  23. Adrienne Arnold

    So sorry to hear this news. My deepest condolences to all families. Loved having a chat with Sylvia. Beautiful lady.Thoughts are with you all
    Tony and Adrienne Arnold(Dimmick)

  24. Joanne bill

    Our thoughts are with you all. Sylvia was a lovely lady and will be greatly missed by you and the community.

  25. Shane Lang and Kim McPherson

    Our deepest sympathy Tony and family.

  26. Adrienne Coleman

    Condolences to you all. Sylvia was a very special lady, always greeted me with a smile, I have very fond memories of her.

  27. Robin, Christchurch

    Lovely memories of my childhood haircuts from Aunty Sylvia, and many visits to her Bealey Street home. Mum (Noyle) is so upset to realise she won’t get to chat again to cousin Sylvia. Last memory of seeing Aunty Sylvia was when I took Mum to see her, they went over old photographs and stories together of their childhood times together.

  28. Dale Thompson

    It is so sad to hear of Sylvia’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of Sylvia and the chats over the years. She was a delight and a wonderful friend to Joan especially in her last few months. Sending all the family our love Stuart and Dale Thompson

  29. Annemarie Greig

    I will always remember you kind words and lovely smile! You were a very special lady! Condolences to Sylvia’s family.

  30. Noeline

    Big hugs to you all xxx
    Sylvia will be dearly missed

  31. Marilyn Paterson

    Sylvia was a neighbour when I was a young girl. She always showed such kindness and caring. She was a hairdresser with fantastic cutting skills, and a much loved member of the community.Sending much sympathy to you all. Marilyn and Malcolm Paterson.

  32. Janet Ornsby

    Sincere condolences to you all

  33. Raelene McMullan

    My condolences to Sylvia’s much loved family. I so enjoyed our intermittent contact over the years. We enjoyed a lovely catch up at the plane table very recently. She always had a lovely spark to her.

    • Frances Thomas (Ross)

      R.I.P. Sylvia, condolences to all the family

  34. Liz and Kyle Scott

    Our deepest sympathies to you all

    Sylvia was such a lovely friendly lady

  35. Lindy Roberts

    Such sad news. Hokitika has lost a lovely lady who for decades always took the time to find out how things were going with you. Always sweet, kind and sincere. Always interested in art, too, and avidly kept up her practice with the Hokitika Art Group. Condolences to her family and gratitude for how she brightened our community in her own special way.

  36. Peter and Jeanette Howat

    Our condolences to Peter, Tony and families . Sylvia was a lovely lady and a good friend of Olga Howat over many years. Peter and Jeanette Howat, Perth Australia


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