Home' Greymouth Star : December 30th 2015 Contents Greymouth Star
2 - Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Greymouth 21-year-old Mike Gunter
had just started planning a career as a
helicopter pilot — but then his life was
turned upside down in November when
he was diagnosed with a malignant
and aggressive brain tumour. Now he
and his family — who are still reeling
from the sudden death of their 15-year-
old son Matt during routine surgery —
are facing a new challenge — a fight
for Mike’s life. Although the tumour has
been removed, the cancer cells remain
in his blood and so after Christmas
he will begin chemotherapy and
radiation. But doctors have been frank:
without immediate intervention, Mike
will die. In February, the family will
take Mike to Germany for alternative
immunotherapy, at a cost of $150,000.
A Givealittle page has been set up for
on-line donations, and the Greymouth
Star has opened a bank trust account
for public donations in Greymouth.
Every few days the family will update
the fundraising barometer here, toting
up all donations from Givealittle, the
trust account, and collection boxes at
Olsen’s Pharmacy and The Warehouse.
fight for life
The ASB account number is:
12 3168 0056845 00 and include
reference: Mike Gunter Appeal
ANISY FUNERAL HOME
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
On Sunday December
27, 2015 at the family
home in Rimu, tragically
taken, aged 67 years.
Beloved husband of 45
years of Gay, devoted
father and father-in-
law of Vaughan and
Cherie and Mark Reeves
(Brisbane), and Daniel
(also Brisbane). Loved
Jordon, Jazmine, Tiana,
Richelle and Kirrie-Lee.
Loved son of the late
Letitia and Alex, and
loved brother of Beryl
and Hudson Brook and
the late Cyril, Alex and
Margaret. A loved uncle
of all his
and nephews and a
good friend to many.
Messages to 346 Wood-
RD3, Hokitika 7883,
or e-mail: vaughan-
A service for John will
be held at St Andrews
United Church, Fitzher-
bert Street, Hokitika on
Monday January 4, 2016
commencing at 1.30pm,
private cremation to
Phone (03) 755 7993.
WARD, Leo Joseph. —
The family of Leo
would like to thank all
of their relatives and
friends for their support
at the time of Leo's
illness and passing.
A special appreciation
to the Greymouth
Palliative Care Team
who made it possible for
Leo to be at home
surrounded by his
family. We also thank
each and every person
who visited, sent a
card or attended Leo's
service. Leo will be
missed by many and
remembered with much
The Eastman family
wish to thank all those
lovely people who sent
cards for Ray.
December 30, 2014.
The year has gone so
fast with many a tear,
But memories silently
kept of the one we love
and never forget.
Marcus, Tracey, Shelly,
Shaun, Amber, Cameron
LUCAS, Greg (Luke).
— December 30, 2007.
Love family and
Passed away peacefully
on Tuesday December
29, 2015 at his home.
Alan will be sadly
missed by his loving
children Sally, Ben and
Jenny and all his family
and friends. Messages to
387 Camerons Road,
7805. Flowers respect-
donations to the West
Coast Cancer Support
Group, PO Box 81,
Greymouth 7840 would
be appreciated or could
be made at the service.
A celebration of Alan's
life will be held in the
Anisy Ceremony Centre,
77 Shakespeare Street,
Greymouth on Saturday
at 3pm followed by
cremation. Resting in
the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Greymouth’s heritage walk
A former West Coast Regional Council chairman,
Hokitika butcher and lifetime Kokatahi farmer, Bill
O’Reilly, has died. He was 84.
From the 1960s Mr O’Reilly ser ved in a number of
local government roles, namely as a councillor on the
former Westland County Council in the 1970s before
ser ving on the old Westland Catchment Board then as
a councillor on its successor, the West Coast Regional
Council, for about 18 years.
He stepped down from the council in the early 1990s
following a term as its chairman.
Mr O’Reilly was the third of five generations of
O’Reillys who have farmed continuously at Upper
Kokatahi since 1874.
He remained active and interested in farming while
also keeping well abreast of local public affairs and
news with the latest digital technology, his daughter
Jane O’Reilly said yesterday.
“He was always doing something and certainly
retained quite an interest in the farm,” she said.
Mr O’Reilly combined the family farm with butchery
for many years. In partnership with his late brother
Charlie he ran O’Reilly Bros Butchery in Hokitika,
on the corner of Tancred and Stafford streets, until the
business ceased in the early 1990s.
Mr O’Reilly was a devout Catholic and remained
a keen advocate for the little church of St Paul, at
Kokatahi, where his funeral was held today.
The O’Reilly home was a regular Mass centre from
the 1870s until Mr O’Reilly’s father and namesake Bill
put up the money to enable St Paul’s Church to open
in about 1928.
Mr O’Reilly died suddenly but peacefully on Boxing
Day. He was predeceased by his wife Ursula (nee
Moynihan) a number of years ago.
Greymouth Heritage Trust
president Robin Ross, left, members
Barrie Brown and Gary Hopkinson,
builder Fred Douglas and translator
Richard Hsieh install heritage
panels at the Coal River Park, on the
Greymouth wharf, this morning.
The trust has also put up panels
on local Chinese history, including
some at, and near to, the pumping
station on the floodwall.
They were translated into Chinese
by Greymouth resident Richard
Hsieh, who is from Taiwan.
Mr Hsieh said he translated them
into an older form of Chinese,
similar to what the West Coast
settlers would have used 150 years
ago, but still readable to people
Translator turns back the clock
New heritage panels are going up all over Greymouth.
LAURA MILLS walked from the railway station to
the Coal River Heritage Park, taking in the town’s rich
history along the way.
The panels at the Greymouth railway station.
The colourful panels at the start of the cycle trail, on th floodwall. From left, the history of the town, the
history of the wharf, and the Maori settlement.
One of the panels about Chinese settlers.
Two of the panels at the Coal River Heritage Park,
installed by the Greymouth Heritage Trust.
Links Archive December 29th 2015 December 31st 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page