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23-9-1949 ~ 14-8-2021, after a courageous battle, in his 72nd year. Best friend and husband of Lynda, devoted dad and father-in-law of Brendan and Cath, Russell and Chantelle (Australia), Michael, Jessica and Geoff Blackmore, and Louise. Beloved grandad of Elizabeth and Benjiman; Jasmine, Jamika, Jack and Juliette; Ryleigh; Stephanie and Jennifer; loved brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend. “A beautiful soul has been taken”. Messages to PO Box 68, Whataroa 7857, or can be left on Wally’s tribute page at In compliance with Covid19 Level 3 Regulations, a family graveside service has been held. A Memorial Service to celebrate Wally’s life will be advised at a later date.