Murray Robert Rook

03 Jun 1959 - 16 May 2020

Murray Robert Rook

03 Jun 1959 - 16 May 2020

ROOK Murray Robert:

Murray’s round was called off early on Saturday 16 May 2020, aged 60.

Dearly loved husband of Kaye.

Loving Dad of Blair and Maree, Zoe, and Jared.

Doting Pop of Indie, Arlo, and Felix.

Adored brother of Greg and Fiona, Terry and Gaywyne, and Vicki.

Loved by all his nieces and nephews.

Invited family and friends will say farewell to Murray at Eagars Te Henui Chapel on Friday 22 May at 2pm, followed by a private cremation.

Murray’s wider community is invited to leave a message with their photo on his tribute page at, where his service will also be live streamed.

In preference to flowers, pleae consider a donation to St John North Taranaki Area Committee.


St John Taranaki

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Was really looking forward to catching up with you Muzz, after the lockdown. That will have to wait for a bit now..
You were always chirpy and keen to help (and have a beer), no matter what.
Will miss you mate.
Too soon.

Noel Butler ( 28 May 2020 )

Very sorry to hear of your loss Kaye and family. Thinking also of you Greg and Fi. It's been a while since we met Murray but we remember him as being a real character.

Dennis & Evelyn Mills ( 25 May 2020 )

It's been a tough day saying goodbye to someone who has been around my whole life, someone I just expected to
be around forever.
Strong, healthy and so alive... so full of enthusiasm and a great sense of humour... a solid part of my solid family, which has now been broken down.
It just seems so surreal and so unfair when someone leaves so suddenly, especially when it is so unexpected.
We will all miss you Uncle Murray. The Mac do's will never be the same without your sense of humour and your sense of urgency to help Grandma when she needs you.
The early days when you didn't realise your strength and would horsey-bite me and tickle me, thinking it was funny, until I cried. Carrying me down the hallway on your foot like I was a featherweight, I actually thought you were bulletproof.
Unfortunately life can be so unfair, but we will remember you and savour the precious memories we have.
Until we meet again 💗💗💗

Tracey Toole ( 22 May 2020 )

Kaye, Blair, Zoe and Jared so sorry for the loss you're experiencing for such a great man. He may be gone but will be very hard to forget such a big personality.

Murray you were one in a million, the first of the in-laws to make me feel part of the family and the one I'd know was always keen for a beer and laugh at all the family get togethers. You'll leave a big hole wherever you've been, but always remembered fondly by all those that you've met along the way.
Will always remember your best tip for my shitty golf "bend your knees like you're about to sit on the toilet". Rest In Peace big man and know that you'll be dearly missed.

Brendan Toole ( 22 May 2020 )

To Kaye and the Rook family,
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Murray's sudden departure. He was a legend in so may ways. My memories of Muzz -
-Hearing about him and the Rook family in the Star rugby days via my brother in law Barry Shotter
-Muzz picking up the challenge of looking after the kids at Woodleigh Cubs when no-one else was able to
-Playing the odd round of golf and then the "banter" (a great word used a lot today) about Westown and New Plymouth Golf clubs
-Always looking after us with any Electrical advice and supplies
RIP Muzz - you really were a good bugga, and all our sympathies to you Kaye and the wider family.
Craig and Jan Knowles

Craig and Jan Knowles ( 22 May 2020 )

Rooky was a person that made everybody he met feel like one of the family! I only got to know Rooky through golf at Westown GC, (15 years ago)but became a ardent admirer of his peole skills. He inspired me to just enjoy the game of golf and not take it too seriously. He also taught me to just watch what happens before poking your oar into some situations.(Many a time on our tours he would just sit back and watch was going on then decide who was going t get some grief!! Haha) I also was one of the lucky ones to go on tour (Taranaki Terrors) with Rooky, once to Queenstown and then to the Sunshine Coast Australia. Both were some of the best times of my limited golfing career and will never be forgotten. He was one of the quiet people but when he spoke eveybody listened and a lot the time he was giving somebody a bit of stick!! I'm sure we will find some way to honour Rooky so he will never leave our memory and will support the charity of Kaye or the Rook familys choice!

Colin Webby ( 22 May 2020 )

Murray, you were one of a kind. A big loving bear, but sometimes a scary one lol..I will always cherish the time we had together, you were someone I will always respect and miss from the bottom of my heart. I am going to miss hearing your voice. It's just never going to be the same without you.Thinking of Kaye and your family at this sad time.


Stephanie Bostock(Jenkins) ( 22 May 2020 )

Dearest Uncle Murray,
I still cant believe you have left us. So many memories you have left us with from horsie bites, wedgies and helping me to walk on the ceiling. I cant say I have any bad memories of you, you were cheeky and funny and the Mac Christmas will never be the same without you.
love you
Your neice Krissy and family

Krissy Riddick ( 22 May 2020 )

To Kaye and family

i would like to pass on my deepest condolences to yourselves and to all of Murrays family members and friends.

I first worked with Murray in 1988, and immediately worked out that he was a good bugger.

Murray later became one of my main customers when i joined a supplier company to the electrical industry.

I always found to him be a fair but firm negotiator.

Murray always seemed to have a smile on his face a hearty welcome.

One thing that will always stay with me, was that I had been away from the electrical industry for a number of years.
I joined the company I am with now and took over the Taranaki area.

One of my first calls was to (then) Stewarts Taranaki. When I walked through the door the very first thing I heard was the strong voice of Murray of saying " bugger hes back". as soon as I heard that I knew I was going to be have a very good day.

Murray I had the privilege of calling you a friend, and you will be surely missed by me and many others.

Greg Mayson

Greg Mayson ( 22 May 2020 )

Dear Kaye and family,
A fitting tribute to Murray today, for sure. Having known Murray from the T&J days (when Ken was a customer) many of us have shared the road of life with Murray - and thoroughly enjoyed the journey with him. From myself, and on behalf of those who dealt with Murray at Kraus & Naimer, please accept our condolences and we hope you find comfort in your memories of Murray at this difficult time. He was one of the good guys. RIP. Bruce Robb

Bruce Robb ( 22 May 2020 )

Condolences to Kaye & family. Murray was an absolute top bloke who will be sorely missed by many. Rest in peace Rookie!
From Smoki & the team at J A Russell Hawera.

Jonathan Farmer ( 22 May 2020 )

Fond memories from
Rotorua. Kia kaha.

Deb Owen ( 22 May 2020 )

Good down to earth bloke. From Tim and I and the team at Firstflex, Rest Easy Murray and by reading all the comments you have left your mark on a this earth. Fly High mate.

Elder and The team at Firstflex. ( 22 May 2020 )

Murray, a friend through school & later through work, he is and will be so so missed.
sympathys to all the Rooks.
Peter & Wendy Snowdon.

Peter Snowdon ( 22 May 2020 )

We will surely miss you Muzz. Your ready banter and your cheeky sense of humour, always ready with the quick comeback to get us laughing. Also very caring and kind as well. A loving father and husband and super friend. Se dear to so many. May you rest in peace with your everlasting 5 handicap. Love to all the family. xxxGaylene

Gaylene Phillips ( 22 May 2020 )

Hugs to all the Rookies. Surely is a sad loss. Love to you all xx

Leanne Stowers ( 22 May 2020 )

To Kaye and family - our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. We have had some great times together, always with lots of laughter. Kaye, we will keep in touch. RIP Rookie.
Love from Greg and Denise Stachurski

Greg and Denise Stachurski ( 22 May 2020 )

Dear Kaye and Family,

Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

We will miss Muzz a lot and will be forever grateful for his support, advice and constant ribbing. He was a legend in the industry and we wouldn't be where we are today without him, we will miss seeing the big man everyday.

Such a loss that will be felt for a long time.

Shane, Hayley and the team at Electro Plus

Shane Read and the Electro Plus crew ( 22 May 2020 )

Rookie was in Kiwi slang a "good bugger". It was always a pleasure to be around him on or off the golf course. He had a positive slant on life and this rubbed off on you when in his company. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.
Heartfelt sympathy to Kaye and family.

Graham Mora ( 22 May 2020 )

The big man leaves a big hole and not only on the golf course Murray we will all miss you. Our love and thorghts go to Kaye and all that loved this big man.
When I first met Murray he was on training wheels he rode a wasp to work I called it a scooter he called it a bike 50 cc with gears. We went on to have kids and Blair came to Woodligh Cub group where I was the Cub leader I tryed to get Murray to become a leader he only wanted to help he was there every cub night and all the camps but at camps Saturday mornings no Murray to be found the call of the little white ball was to much, for the rest of the camp he was all in, thanks big boy.
Its been over 40 years me on one side and Murray on the other side of the counter It was always great to see him when we went in to get gear or just blow wind at each other farwell my friend.⛳🏍

Brian and Tracey Downes ( 22 May 2020 )

Muzz you will be greatly missed by myself and all the guys plus girls. you taught me a lot at Stewarts and those values will always be with me. I'll miss your wit the most always made me laugh.

Nathan Strachan (and the guys at rapidwire) ( 22 May 2020 )

The world wont be the same without you Murray.
You are a true legend and im so very grateful for the time i shared with you. Thank you for the happiness you brought me and the lessons you taught me.
I will never, ever, forget you ❤️

Maera Lewell ( 22 May 2020 )

Rest in peace Muz. A true gentlemen. my condolences to Kaye and family.

Steve Bradley

Steve Bradley ( 22 May 2020 )

To Kaye and family,

Muz was a great man with a larger than life personality. Will miss his laughter and big heart that surrounded us. Such a loss to all.

Much love

Robbie Pringle ( 22 May 2020 )

So sad to lose such a goodie..... Muzz, you were one of those people who made the day better.... your banter, jokes and just you!
We'll all be looking out for Kaye, we all love her too!
Kia kaha to you all!
Kate and Terry Doherty

Kate and Terry Doherty ( 21 May 2020 )

Shocked at the sudden passing of Murray, our thoughts are with you all.

Peter and Sharon Christensen ( 21 May 2020 )

Codolences to Kaye and those left behind, I know Rookie passing too soon will leave a massive gap. I always thought I would catch up again one day, hopefully now it will have to wait a while. My earlier memories as a youngster watching him burst onto the rugby scene with Star and his serious knee injury, through to playing alongside him, his year of playing softball, the straight advice he always gave even if it wasnt what you wanted to hear are ones that will stay with me forever. I am fortunate to have known Murray Rook.

Mark and Angela Ryder ( 21 May 2020 )

Murray was a good friend and a top bloke. He will be sadly missed.
Dave, Trish and Letitia Barnett

Dave and Trish Barnett ( 21 May 2020 )

To Kaye and Family, sincere condolences on your sudden loss of Murray. I always enjoyed a great relationship with Murray - such a bright, positive person with a great sense of humour. I know he will be missed terribly by you all and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ian Smiley ( 21 May 2020 )

Sorry to hear of your loss Kaye and family. Fond memories for both the kids and I of the times we would visit John at work. Murray greeted us warmly, always with a bit of cheek. He will be missed. Take care.

Christine Nana, Javon and Jacinda McCallum ( 21 May 2020 )

So sorry to hear of Murrays passing. He was always good fun to be around, and was always a pleasure to deal with in the various roles he has held within the local electrical wholesaling industry He will be a huge loss.
My condolences to all family and friends.

Lyall Scott ( 21 May 2020 )

To Kaye and family,
I am so sorry to learn of Murray's passing. He epitomised the life and soul of Westown Golf Club and was always the best of people to deal with in my days of working there.
My thoughts will be with you on Friday afternoon.
Rest in peace Big Man.🏌🇬🇧

Graeme Cooper ( 21 May 2020 )

Kaye, Blair, Zoe, Jared - very sorry to hear of your loss.
Starting from the days of rugby nearly 40years ago Rookie was a great friend. The fun of rugby days, cricket games, golf, bbqs, beers, advice, support, Mur was a good mate and will be sadly missed. John Broadhurst and family

John Broadhurst ( 21 May 2020 )

Dear Kaye and family

We send our love to you all and wrap our arms around you Kaye, we will so miss catching up with Murray. Was always a good time lots of laughs, good banter.

Aroha nui Gary and Lill Benton

Lilllian Benton ( 21 May 2020 )

Certainly a shock to hear of your passing on Murray.
Great memories from early rugby days and social gatherings.
Such a friendly soldier, taken too soon.
Condolances to Kaye and family.

Buzz & Debbie Campbell ( 21 May 2020 )

To Kaye and Family
Murray was one of the good ones of this world and will be very saddly missed
Our thoughts are with you all
Womble Karen and Nikita

Dave Wildbore and Karen Belczacki ( 21 May 2020 )

To Kaye and Family, we are shocked and saddened to hear of Murrays passing. We have had lots of fun with Murray since first meeting him 42 years ago at Star Rugby Club, and always looked forward to catching up on every trip back to New Plymouth. He will be sadly missed by us.

Brian & Judy Axten ( 20 May 2020 )

To Kaye and Family, We are very saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Murray. From early rugby days with John to golf days with us both, Murray will always be remembered as a good mate. Our thoughts are with you all.

John & Debbie Masters ( 20 May 2020 )

To Kaye and family. We were shocked to hear of Murray's sudden passing. Our thoughts are with you. We had some good battles in the club champs over the past years. RIP Muzza.
Tony & Sue

Tony ( 20 May 2020 )

A truly good bugger taken from us far too soon. Till we meet again mate.

Ray Peters ( 20 May 2020 )

Sorry to hear of Murray's passing.This photo of some of Murray's cousins was taken at our last family reunion. He will be greatly missed. Love and hugs to Murray's family from the Rookie Cousins.xx

Lynne Ryan ( 20 May 2020 )

Saturday's at the Golf Club just wont be the same, Rest Easy Rookie

Shane Robbertsen ( 20 May 2020 )

thinking of you all at this sad time, our love and thoughts go out to all the Rook family
love Rod & Maryann Cavey

Maryann & Rod Cavey ( 20 May 2020 )

To Kaye and family,
So very sorry to hear of your loss.
I have fond memories of Rookie.
He will be sadly missed.
Helen Russell

Helen Russell ( 20 May 2020 )

To Kaye and loving family. We will all have a big hole left in our hearts. Sadly miseed. Will always remember the good times we have had. Love John and Jeanette

Jeanette & John Paki Paki ( 20 May 2020 )

Great memories fishing. Days like this with Murray will be sadly missed.

Keith Herbert ( 20 May 2020 )

To Kaye and Family
We are so very sorry for your sudden loss, our heartfelt thoughts are with you all. We have many fond memories of Murray and know he will be missed by all who knew him.

Wayne (Zed) and Jenny Zaloum ( 19 May 2020 )

Sorry to hear the sad news.
Our thoughts are with you all.
He always had smile on the golf course and like a few beers after a round of golf.
He was a bloody good kiwi and always there to help people.
Rest in peace mate.

Don Openshaw ( 18 May 2020 )

Our condolences to Kaye and family. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Always looked forward to catching up with Murray when we travelled back to NP and discussing how things were going. I enjoyed those golf afternoons, the electrical trips away, and although a few years ago now, the odd game of rugby. A gentle soul with a huge smile. Dean and Stacey McEldowney. Bunbury, Western Australia ⛳🏆

Dean McEldowney ( 18 May 2020 )