09 Jan 1932 - 06 Apr 2021
Passed away peacefully on April 6th, 2021 at the age of 89. Beloved father of Chris, and Martin, cherished brother of Phil, much-loved step-father, and father-in-law, grandfather, and great-grandfather of his sons' families.
All of our lives have been enriched by his love and he will be dearly missed.
Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend Brian’s funeral which was held in the Dunstall Memorial Chapel, 19 Edwardes Street, Napier on Tuesday 13th April at 1pm. A private cremation was held after the service.
A special thanks to the staff at the Taradale Masonic Rest Home and Hospital for their care, love and support whilst he resided there.
A tribute to Brian or messages for his family can be made via www.dunstalls.co.nz or C/o PO Box 1055, Napier, 4140.
So sorry, Chris and Martin, to hear of Brian's passing. Thinking of you and your families at this time.
Brian’s hands move over the wood
Checking to see if the pattern is good
Making sure the grain lines up as it should
Brian’s hand move over the wood
The design in his head has troubled his brain
But he smiles as he worked when each answer came
Passing the wood through his saw he reached for his plane
Joining the corners and squaring the frame
Fitting a drawer till its trim is true
And easily glides before it gets through
Or adjusting a hinge to give it its due
Restoring the wood or making it new
Beauty and strength of wood are his trade
And it pleases the eye in the things that he made
His garage smelled of oak, rimu and pine, waxes and oils his pieces refined
Bringing to life things well designed
Withstanding the test through the passage of time
The beauty inside is released as see sands
Brian seems to know what his heart understands
With his eye for proportion and the skill it demands
Brian passes his spirit through the tools in his hands
Thank you for including us, so far away in the UK, in such a beautiful service for a very special man. The love and respect that his family and friends showed for Brian is testament to what a very lovely man he was. As Jo’s family we met Brian many times over the years in the UK and New Zealand and were always struck by his kindness, generosity of spirit and great sense of humour. He was an outstanding soul and we are very glad to have known him. Love to Martin, Jo, Catherine and Amy, Chris and all his family at this sad time.
Having worked with Brian for 16 years till his retirement and then keeping in touch after that myself and my family had the privilege and pleasure to know Brian as a true gentlemen. Always one with a story or joke. Brian's skills in the building & joinery industry were amazing and I learnt alot of my skills including life skills from Brian for which I will never forget, He will also be remembered for all of the joinery and furniture items he has made over the years for friends and family including my daughter and these will live on forever. Time to hang up the apron for the last time. RIP Brian thanks for being a part of our lives.