30 Dec 1937 - 29 Oct 2015
30 Dec 1937 - 29 Oct 2015
Passed away peacefully at home with his family around him on Thursday October 29 th , 2015. Much loved husband of Julie and loved father and father in law of Michael and Marie, Chris and Rose, Stuart and Jenny, and Paula. Loved grandfather of Campbell and Johanna, Alexandra, Jono, Lilly, Harry, Samuel, Joshua, Dominic, Jordan, Letesha, and Shelley and Great granddaughter Pippi. Loved brother and brother in law of Violet and Bill Patterson (deceased), Brian (deceased) and Denise, Linda and Vic Cooke, Jeff and Pat Parsons and Shirley Baylis.
A service for David was held at The Napier Sailing Club, West Quay, Ahuriri on Monday November 2 nd at 1pm. Followed by interment at the Western Hills Cemetery. Tributes may be left at www.dunstalls.co.nz or posted to The Devine Family C/- PO Box 1055, Napier.
Dear Julie, Mike, Chris, Stu and Paula.
We have just returned from a week in the mountains and found out this morning that Dave passed away last week.
Ma and Pa have been overseas for a month but are due back later today also, but I see below they have heard the sad news.
Our thoughts are with you all.
Dear Julie, Michael, Chris, Stuart and Paul,
I was very saddened to learn of Dave^'s passing, and Judy and I extend our heartfelt sympathy on your loss of a husband and father who will be sadly missed by all of his family.
We had been looking forward to seeing Dave again soon after our return from the UK next week, so are very shocked by his death. We are presently in Melbourne, visiting Sarah, and are sorry not to be able to gather with you all on Monday afternoon, as we will not be returning HB until late afternoon on Tuesday.
The 8 years Dave and I spent in partnership were some of the best of my 40 years in private practice. We had a good rapport and understanding which I will always remember, and value greatly. His willingness to take on anything and have the confidence to see it through was amazing.
We will be praying for a good day tomorrow, and the consolation of family and friends.
With our love and kindest regards,
Ralph and Judy
Dear Julie,My deepest sympathy goes out to you and the family on this sad loss. I have nothing but fond memories and respect for David.From High school days (he was a year after me) but very quickly his skill at cricket brought him under notice and we played in the same team.In later years as team mates in the N.H.S.O.B. rugby team and as a member of the Maraenui Golf Club it was always a pleasure to be in his company. An all round sportsman and a warm,decent human being he will be sorely missed by many.
Loving Cousin of the late Barbara Oliver and late Marie Littlefield, Loving Aunt of the late Ada Hook, loved Uncle of Louise, Stuart (Ollie) Joanne and Elaine...Love is the greatest thing Around, A man with many smiles xx Love to the Family
A true Gentleman, Dave was well liked, and respected, by all who had the good fortune to know him.
Please accept my condolences
Hard for me to accept that Dave is no longer among us. I started at Napier Boys High as a 3rd Former in 1955 when Dave was an exulted senior in the Upper Sixth (Head Prefect, captain of 1st XV and 1st XI). However I was later to get to know Dave quite well during the couple of years in the mid-sixties when I worked in the Surveying team at Lands & Survey. In many ways this group was a complete contrast to the received wisdom of how the civil service worked. No 37 & 1/2 hour week there. Instead, it seemed to me that there was an endless competition between all to see who could finish jobs in the least time and at the least cost. Dave always pushed to be the best in this respect. He seemed to have the oldest gear (e.g. vehicle, theodolite) but this was never a concern to him as long as the job got done. Betting on games of 500 was endemic. Another competition area seemed to be always having bets on things like who could step out a chain distance most accurately. I still recall a few country jobs I did with Dave and the energy he put into getting the job done. I thought I was reasonably fit but always had to push hard to keep up with him. On country jobs Dave's practice, before we left to come home, was to do the necessary calculations to prove the traverse work we had done. To do this I recall being in back-country huts and doing night time calculations on a hand-cranked calculator by the light of a Coleman Lamp. Dave seemed to enjoy the rural environment. One evening after tea we walked the whole length and back of the Te Waka ridge on the Maungaharauru Range to see what the view down on Puketitiri was like. Rest easy Dave - I have many fond memories of you.
My brother Ralph was in a surveying partnership with Dave for some years. Ralph has been traveling in the UK and I have sent him an email of Dave's passing.
May you all find comfort at this sad time and may your great memories live on of a Husband, a Dad, a Cousin, a Friend ...
Love to you all.