Rodney Seymour Roberts Greensill

05 Sep 1936 - 07 Apr 2021

Rodney Seymour Roberts Greensill

05 Sep 1936 - 07 Apr 2021

GREENSILL, Rodney Seymour Roberts ‘Rod’ read his last sheet of music on April the 7 th , 2021 surrounded by his best friend, soulmate and loving wife of 63 years Annette, his three children, Rhys, Layne and Sara and his best ‘fluffy’ friend BJ.  Rod lived his life for his family and gave his love to their partners Bridget, Helen and Michael.  His greatest pride was being ‘Gangang’ to Loren, Nicholas, Grace, Lauchlan, Kitty, Harry, Jonathon, and Jack.  Additionally, he is survived by his brother Ormond and sister Cynthia.

Although a private person, Rod spent his life working for and with many people – most of whom he liked.  He regarded the friends made during his time, as a teacher, a counsellor, a mediator, a farmer, a bandsman, a horseman and a judicial officer of the courts, with utmost pleasure.

A learned man, he travelled where he wanted to travel, laughed inappropriately at every chance, was trusted by his friends and lived his life to the fullest. Please show your support and our eternal gratitude to Hospice Taranaki and the unconditional support that they have shown our family, by making a donation in lieu of flowers. Messages to the Greensill family may be left on Rod’s tribute page at

A service to celebrate Rod’s life, will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Saturday 10 th April, 2021 at 10:30 am followed by a private cremation.


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Dear Annette. so sorry to hear of Rod's passing . im so glad I caught up with You both last year . Rod leaves a wonderful legacy of Leadership and integrity. a wonderful example . My deepest simpathy. Robin Hunt

Robin Hunt ( 14 Apr 2021 )

A wonderful man who will be greatly missed by his dear family and friends.

Chris and Karen Egbars ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Dear Annette
We are very sorry to hear of Rod's passing. He was a true gentleman, and we will always remember him for the twinkle in his eye and his great sense of humour. He wil be sadly missed not only by his family, but by the wider brass banding community as well. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
All our love, Mike and Sue Ford.

Mike Ford ( 12 Apr 2021 )

Our deepest sympathy to you in your sad loss. We were saddened to hear of Rod's passing and sorry to have missed his funeral. He was such a gentleman- kind, with a mischievous sense of humour, a lovely smile and an infectious chuckle. He was a great source of wisdom, help and encouragement to so many. RIP Rod. Liz and Grahame Bingham.

Liz Bingham ( 12 Apr 2021 )

What a wonderful memorable service in honor of Rod and his commitment to family and the wider community ❤

Peter & Raewyn Blair

Raewyn Blair ( 10 Apr 2021 )

Annette, Rhys, Lane, Sara and families.
I have just sat with Elizabeth and Keith and watched the live streamed service for your beloved Rod . It was a lovely tribute to a wonderful man who will be sorely missed by many.
It meant a lot to Elizabeth to be able to see the service . Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
RIP Rod.

Karl and Marg Parfitt ( 10 Apr 2021 )

Rest In Peace Rod, great memories for sure. Annette and all the extended whanau - condolences and best wishes.

Pete Bennett ( 10 Apr 2021 )

Annette and family
so sorry to read of Rods passing. we had so much fun over the years hunting on the Greensill farm. helping the hunt with the beach races with you Annette. Phil and I send you all our love and condolences at this time ❤️

Jen Blyde ( 10 Apr 2021 )

Annette. I'm so sorry we are unable to be there in New Plymouth to share in Rod's final "do". Leigh and I are in Timaru supporting the Timaru band in concert. From being my guidance counsellor at school (probably should have taken his advice on a career.... 😊) to sitting next to him in the band for over 30 years, we had quite a connection. Banding hasn't been the same these past couple of years without "my left hand man" beside me. But what memories I have! Raynor and Soraya send their love along with ours to you and your family. With love Morrine

Morrine Martin ( 09 Apr 2021 )

To Annette and Family,
our condolences and thoughts are with you all.
Rod was always a gentleman and fun to be around. we loved having you both stay with us and us staying with you. Such lovely memories.
Sending lots of love .
Marlene and Raymond.

Raymond and Marlene Skett ( 09 Apr 2021 )

⁣⁣⁣⁣The Spotswood College Alumni extends its deepest sympathy to the extended Greensill family on the passing of Rod. Rod wa a teacher at the College for 22 years (1964-1985) and was a well respected Guidance counsellor and mediator by both staff and students and his dedicated service to the College will never be forgotten. His guidance and advice would have changed the lives and careers of hundreds of his students who will also be saddened by his passing. RIP Rod.

Phil Gayton ( 08 Apr 2021 )

Dear Annette and family. My deepest most heartfelt condolences are with you and your family upon hearing of Rod's passing. I am grateful to have meet Rod and shared great banter and many a laughs with him and will miss him dearly. xoxoxoxo

Sharon TSB Westown Branch

Sharon Hunt ( 08 Apr 2021 )

Dear Greensill family
We only had the pleasure of meeting Rod during our last evening in New Zealand as he & Annette had been on a cruise. He was the loveliest man, so friendly & welcoming, interesting & full of interest, I'm so pleased that we had the memories & photograph of that time. Our love & condolences to you all, may he rest in peace, safe in the knowledge he was loved.
Marina & Brett

Marina Powell-Cullingford ( 08 Apr 2021 )

Dear Sara, Annette,Jack and the rest of the whanau,
our hearts go out to you at this time. Please know you are all in our thoughts.
Rod was a wonderful man who never failed to make an impact in any room he was in. The love he showed to his family was clear testament to the esteem he felt for you all.
His interest in people was one of most endearing traits and you always felt he was genuinly intetested in your answers during conversations. I will miss our catch ups.
Go with love and our very best wishes dear Rod. You will all be in our thoughts on saturday.
Janey, JJ and Zak.

Jane Fallaver-Jones ( 08 Apr 2021 )

Sending my condolences to you all in the passing of Rod. Special memories of the family and Spotswood associations our families had. Thinking of you.
Kind regards Gillian Scanlon (nee Frank)

Gillian Scanlon (nee Frank) ( 08 Apr 2021 )

Dear Annette and family.
It was a privialage to work with Rod over so many years. Always a gentleman .
So glad I was able to have the opportunity to see him on the 27 March, what a lovely afternoon.
God Bless

Pat Dombroski ( 08 Apr 2021 )

Dear family of Rod.
I'm so sorry to hear of Rods passing. He was a great colleague and I owe much to him for his help and advice.
I'm sorry I can't attend the funeral as I have myeloma and am on chemotherapy.
Sincere regards
Ernie Priestley and
Pip Abernethy

Ernie Priestley ( 08 Apr 2021 )