Eric George Henry Bird

14 Aug 1933 - 18 Mar 2020

BIRD, Eric George Henry:

Peacefully at Taranaki Base Hospital on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 aged 86. Cherished husband of the late Alison for 51 years. Much loved dad and father-in-law of Michelle & Steve, Phillip & Robyn, Nigel & Shirley, and Cherie & Jason. Treasured grandad of Jessie and Luke; Emma, Joshua, James, the late Jacob and Logan; Marcus, Ross and Yasmine; Michaela and Jack. Loved special brother of Joan and Hazel and brother-in-law Peter. Loved dearly by all his nieces and nephews.

Messages to the Bird family may be left on Eric’s tribute page at

To observe the Ministry of Health’s directive stating indoor gatherings of no more than 100 people, Eric’s life will be celebrated with invited family and friends at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Saturday 21 March 2020 at 10:30am, followed by a private cremation. For the wider community the service will be available to view live on Eric’s tribute page at .


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Michelle and Steve, and families my condolences on the passing of Eric, a wonderful man, awesome father may he now rest in peace with Allison in the caravan in the sky

Lyn Wallace ( 21 Mar 2020 )

to my favorite uncle. i thank you for the greatest memories. such a humble man much like my own father. you helped shape me to who i am today.
condolances to the family. love Ross Honnor and family.

Ross Honnor ( 21 Mar 2020 )

where do i begin. you were such a awesome great uncle. always felt well looked after when travelled with intercity as a child cos all the drivers knew i was your neice. not sure how thou. glad i got to see you again at grandads funeral. love you always uncle eric.

Melanie.peterson ( 21 Mar 2020 )

John and I send our deepest sympathy to you all. Eric was a loved member of our Primetimers group. He always enjoyed the friendship and stimulation which came from participating with us. Only last week we enjoyed his company once again. He will be missed there. God bless and love to you all

Lynette Hodge ( 21 Mar 2020 )

Our thoughts are with you at this time as you remember a very kind and loving man.
Sending love from Ed,Carolyn, Sam and Lucy Parker

Carolyn Parker ( 21 Mar 2020 )

My heart aches for Eric's loss he is now flying high with Alison, such a beautiful soul who welcomed my mother into his family lifestyle when she was growing up and always had his door open to us. my thoughts are with everybody. may his life be remembered for the man he was. RIP xx Helena Shaw

Helena Shaw ( 20 Mar 2020 )

My loving Great Uncle who i had fond memories visiting you and the family as a child when ever i was over that way. Will always cherish those wonderful times . You will always be in my heart forever. Your great niece Leeanne

Leeanne Peterson ( 20 Mar 2020 )

From the Shaw families up in the Waikato, our thoughts go out to all the family at this sad time, Eric is at peace now and his lovely spirit is with his much loved wife Alison. Eric was a caring, kind lovely person and always ready to listen or just have a friendly chat. Love to all Bev & Gordon💓

Bev ( 19 Mar 2020 )