(of North Canterbury) On January 9, 2021, peacefully at Christchurch Hospital after a short and well visited stay, aged 83 years. Husband and soulmate of the late Chris. Loved father and father-in-law of Graham and Jane, Michael and Zoe, and his special wee girl, the late Jocelyn. Devoted and cherished grandad of Amanda, and Daniel; Alexander (deceased), Rosie, and Caitlin; Claudia, and Sammie, and great-grandad of Tyler. A respected uncle and friend to many. A special thanks to the staff of Christchurch Hospital, Ward 24, for their attentive and compassionate care of John, and to the staff and residents of Charles Upham Retirement Village Rangiora, for welcoming John and making his home for the last year an enjoyable one. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late John Black, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Stroke Foundation NZ or Parkinson’s NZ would be appreciated. In accordance with John’s wishes, a private service has been held.
Farewell ‘King of the Black’s’ aka ‘Rabuka’, you will be dearly missed