David Bedford

David Bedford was one of New Zealand's leading human resources and industrial relations executives. He had a senior career heading these areas in both the Electricity Corporation of NZ and Telecom New Zealand. He also was later a Councillor and then Chairman of Environment Canterbury. He had an outstanding career and was much admired and liked by his many friends and colleagues. This brief Tribute acknowledges his fine qualities as a leader and as a person.

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Rob Cameron

Rob Cameron was an outstanding New Zealand economist who advanced the cause for good economic policies in many areas during a distinguished career. He encompassed both years at the Treasury and in the merchant bank and corporate advisory worlds. He was a specialist in corporate structure and governance and financial market matters. His firm Cameron Partners became a leading player in these area in New Zealand. He advised governments, corporations and charitable organizations. This Tribute illustrates why he will be missed so much by his wide range of friends and clients. Rob was an outstanding New Zealander.

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A Tribute to Ben McMillen

As CEO of Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Ltd, I recruited Ben McMillen to be the Chief Operating Officer from 1993 until 1996. He came to NZ from a senior executive position in what was then Bell Atlantic. He made an outstanding contribution to the transformation of Telecom into a strongly growing vibrant organisation which was to become the largest listed company in New Zealand. Ben passed away on 12 April 2016 in the United States. These brief notes pay a tribute to him.

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Barry James Gibson’s 70th

I had the privilege of speaking about my brother-in-law, Barry Gibson, at his splendid 70th birthday gathering at Airlie Beach in Queensland on 30 April 2016. His qualities of wit, storytelling, roguish charm, deep friendships, abiding love of family, an always positive attitude to life, and great generosity and kindness to others, are such as to warrant placing on record. This brief speech does that. Friends and family came to Airlie Beach from Japan, England, New Zealand and all over Australia.

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Eulogy for Dr. David Waite

2 November 2014

Dr David Waite was for many years one of Wellington's leading GP's, a skilled physician, a clinical senior lecturer, a greatly valued consultant, a highly regarded expert on asthma, neurology, and occupational health, and a senior Medical Advisor to a number of large corporations. He was an outstanding medical practitioner and was greatly devoted to and liked by all those patients who came under his care. He loved music and the environment, about both of which he was very knowledgeable. He loved his family and was very proud of his children. He was devoted to his wonderful wife Janet. He also happened to be my close friend and cousin. I was honoured to be able to pay a tribute to an outstanding man and a fine New Zealander.

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Eulogy for Dr Colin Gillion

Apr 2013

Dr Colin Gillion was a leading economist who worked variously with the New Zealand Department of Statistics, the NZ Institute of Economic Research, the National Institute of Economic Research in the United Kingdom, Victoria University of Wellington, Cambridge University in the UK, the Reserve Bank of NZ, the OECD in Paris and finally the International Labour Organization, the ILO, in Geneva. The eulogy pays tribute to his outstanding contributions to economic research and his fine characteristics as a person, a family man and a friend.

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Tribute to Robert McLeod on his Contribution as Chairman of the New Zealand Business Roundtable

17 Feb 2011

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Margaret Deane

October 28, 2008

My Mother Margaret was orphaned at 18 months. She met my father Reg when she was 16 and they became wonderfully inseparable. For my sister Jill and me, the close-knit family became our rock. We benefitted hugely from our parents’ great depth of affection, their kindness and caring, and their perpetual guidance (as was the way for our generation). They gave us much love but also a strength and a framework which was to be the underpinning for the rest of our lives. My Mother was multi-talented and loved people. Here is my tribute to her at the time of her funeral in October 2008 in Masterton.
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New Zealand Listener - Tribute to Reg Deane

4 September 2004

Roderick Deane, Telecom Chairman, pays tribute to his Father, Reginald (Reg) Roderick Deane general manager of the Wairarapa Electric Power Board and president of the Electrical Supply Authorities.
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Reginald Roderick Deane

January 7, 2004

My Father Reg went to war as one of a group of eight in the RNZAF. He was the only one to return home. So my Mother Margaret and my sister Jill and I were extremely fortunate. He was a fine father and a real community person; he was modest and kind; intelligent and sharing of his knowledge; a leader in his industry and communities; and a person who added so much to the lives of others, including particularly to his family. He was an outstanding administrator and a real leader. The huge debt I owe him could never be described adequately. He and my Mother were seriously in love from the day they met and it was a love which never wavered. Here is my tribute at his funeral. He passed away in January 2004 in Masterton.
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Joyce Gibson (nee Wheeler)

June, 2002

I met Joyce, Chas’s wife, in 1961 when Gillian’s family met me at the Railway Station on my first visit to them in Gisborne. I immediately fell in love with her and we remained the very closest of friends throughout her life. She lived her life for her family, for her friends and for other people. Her generosity and kindness knew no bounds. She was a marvellous cook and a great caregiver to many. I never heard her say a cross word (even when we all often travelled together). This is my tribute to Joyce on the occasion of her funeral. She was one of the loveliest people I have ever known. Joyce left us on 16 June 2002 in Gisborne.
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Charles Ernest Gibson

August, 2001

Charles Ernest Gibson, husband of Joyce, father of Gillian, Barry, Jan and Ross, and proud grandparent, died on 20 August 2001. He was the most wonderful man, a loving and deeply caring husband, father and grandfather; a warm and empathetic friend to many; one of the world’s wits but never unkindly; always generous and great company; a farmer and a splendid gardener. As one of his sons-in-law I was asked to do an eulogy for him. Words do not do him justice as he was such a special person. But here is my tribute at Chas’s funeral in Gisborne.
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