Pauline French-Wright

27 May 1951 - 10 Apr 2021

Pauline French-Wright

27 May 1951 - 10 Apr 2021


Unexpectedly at Wellington Hospital on Saturday 10 April 2021, aged 69.

Loving wife and best friend of Lyal for 55 years.

Adored Mum of Guy, and Lucy and Daryl (son-in-law).

Super Gran of Hugo, Ollie, Finn, and George.

Pauline loved her community.  Please consider a donation in her memory to Alzheimers Taranaki , Look Good – Feel Better Taranaki , and Riding for the Disabled .

Messages to the French-Wright family may be left on Pauline’s tribute page at

A service to celebrate Pauline’s life will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Tuesday 20 April 2021 at 1pm, followed by a private burial at Awanui Cemetery.

Following the service you are warmly invited to join Pauline's family at The Devon Hotel (walking distance from Te Henui Chapel) for a time of fellowship and light refreshments.


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Lyal and family
Very sad to hear of your loss of Pauline.
Our thoughts are with you as we remember her warm, vibrant personality and the closeness of your family. Pauline's passing will leave a huge hole in your lives but many fantastic memories.
Sincere condolences to you all
Les & Lesley Black

Les Black ( 24 Apr 2021 )

Dear Lyal
I am so sorry to hear you have lost Pauline. She was such a lovely person and you two were such a fantastic unit for all these years. I know you and your family will be devastated - it is not fair. My thoughts are with you.
Bruce McLean

Bruce McLean ( 23 Apr 2021 )

Dear Lyall

We were very sorry to learn of Pauline's passing. She will be missed by you and many others and leave a big gap in your life.
It is some time since we caught up with you in New Plymouth but we will always remember Pauliene for her friendly welcome.
Our thoughts are with you.

Kindest regards
Andrew and Jo Nuttall

Andrew Nuttall ( 22 Apr 2021 )

The team and Board at Alzheimers Taranaki were very sorry to hear of the loss of Pauline. She was a big supporter of our cause, devoting her time and energy to the organisation of our charity galas and for this we are truly grateful. Our thoughts are with Pauline's family and friends at this sad time. Rest in Peace.

Helen Frank ( 22 Apr 2021 )

A light has gone out in your lives, but a new one will shine brightly in your hearts forever. Our thoughts and sympathies are with you all,
Dave & Trish Dent

Dave & Trish Dent ( 21 Apr 2021 )

Lyal, Guy, Lucy & Daryl,
We were all very sorry to read Pauline's obituary in the Chch Press last week. We are all thinking of you and want to pass on our deepest sympathy to you & family.
I was hoping to make it to the funeral on behalf of Ian, Liz, Helen & myself but Dad is now very frail and we are spending as much time with him in Chch as we can. We told him about Pauline and he was very sad to hear what had happened and asked me to pass on his sympathy to you as well.

Renwick, Liz, Helen & Ian French-Wright ( 21 Apr 2021 )

Dearest French-Wright Family,
I knew Pauline via the Tennent Family.
And wanted to thank you for being able to watch the service online. wow! it was amazing. I cried and laughed and sat silent for 2 hours. And all the time Pauline smiled away.
There was a little blonde girl whom I had seen in the Devon Hotel on Monday and when i looked at her i saw Pauline!! i asked about her and yes she belonged to the family.
if you watch the service back she is flitting around like a happy little butterfly 🦋 I think she knows Pauline is there with you all.

much love De

De Dawson ( 21 Apr 2021 )

Lyal, Lucy, Guy and families, I watched a beautiful ceremony on line yesterday farewelling the beautiful Pauline. Such a wonderful tribute to such a wonderful wife Mother Grandmother and friend to so many. I will never forget Paulines kindness to me in tough times. Love to you all Louise Walton.

Louise Walton ( 21 Apr 2021 )

Pauline was a lovely friend as a Look Good Feel Better Volunteer.
I enjoyed our chats about our grandchildren, it was evident her family meant the world to her.
I will miss her dearly, especially her beautiful smile.

Jan Lord ( 20 Apr 2021 )

To Lyal,Guy and Lucy and the extended family
May many happy memories be of some consolation in the days ahead.
With our most sincere thoughts
John and Jil Irving

John and Jill Irving ( 20 Apr 2021 )

So sorry to hear of your sad loss. Pauline was a very lovely and elegant lady; a good soul who will be missed by all who knew her.

Kathleen and Mick Hollis ( 20 Apr 2021 )

Dear Lyall, I'm so sorry for your sad and unexpected loss. I am with you in spirit this day . Your tribute was so beautiful for such a beautiful person . Someone rare indeed . I still remember as a child meeting you and Pauline at Auntie Margaret's and going to this amazing wedding . Pauline seemed so glamorous to me and Janet . I remember hearing all about you from Margaret before the wedding ,in your absence -she approved . Your telling of the visit to Italy with Pauline where Uncle Finn hid was not something I knew much about . I understand the setiment of telling -such selfless acts of courage by people who did not know him . It puts life in perspective and was no doubt a special significance for Pauline . She really did shine from inside and out. You had a special gift of a true life soul mate.
I hope that Guy,Lucy , and family can find peace.
Janet represented me today at the service. I have been on IV antibiotics unexpectedly myself due to sickness and could not travel today as planned .
God bless and keep you all -David .

David McLean ( 20 Apr 2021 )

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to Lyal and the Family.
Pauline was a very special lady in so many ways. She supported a huge number of folk while in Al Khor with dignity and humour. A tragic loss.
The world is a much sadder place with out her.
Tom & Jo Marshall

Tom Marshall ( 20 Apr 2021 )

So sorry to hear about Pauline. Sending my wishes to you all. 🌺

Sue Ahearn ( 20 Apr 2021 )

Our thoughts are with you Lyal, and family.
Kindest Regards, Marlene & Steve Burmester

Marlene & Steve Burmester ( 20 Apr 2021 )

It has been many years since I have had contact with Pauline , Lyal and all my wonderful cousins . I am sad to here the loss of Pauline. My heart goes out to Lyal and Family.We are with you in thought! Steve Tess ,Terri and Jack Townsville Australia .

Stephen Peters ( 20 Apr 2021 )


I was so very sad to hear of the passing of Pauline. It was so nice to have both of you in Qatar while I was there. You both had a lovely, friendly manner and I enjoyed getting to know you. Sending best wishes your way.... for strength, comfort and peace.

Anne Maree

Anne Maree ( 20 Apr 2021 )

To Lyal and family.

Very sad to hear of your loss.
The Young family has many fond child hood memories of time spent with the Osborns on our farm in Canterbury and enjoying, what was then, the traditional sunday picnic with friends, parents and grandparents.
Our very best to you all.

Roger Young.

Roger Young ( 20 Apr 2021 )

Dear Lyal and family, we send our love across the oceans.

Your best friend has passed so we send comfort and prayers.

Pauline is a temarkable lady who we remember for her gentleness and kindness.

We know even as she has passed that her spirit lives on through you and your whanau.

Arohanui from Allen, Gina, Milly, Oskar and Olivia.

Allen, Gina and family ( 20 Apr 2021 )

To Lyal and family,

We were so sorry to hear the news of Pauline's passing. She was a wonderfully kind and caring person and an integral part of Team French-Wright. She will be missed by so many but we are all the better for having her in our lives.

With all our love,

Martin, Helen and William

Martin and Helen Jones ( 20 Apr 2021 )

She was a very lovely lady.
We are thinking of you Lyal.
Best wishes
Ele and Tony Miles

Eleanor Miles ( 19 Apr 2021 )

Dear Guy and family .
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time .
kind regards Ron, Stephanie and family Collins

Stephanie Collins ( 19 Apr 2021 )

⁣⁣My heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to you and your family Lyal on the sudden and sad loss of Pauline. Thinking of you.
Kind regards
Margaret McDougall

Margaret McDougall ( 19 Apr 2021 )

Such sad news, a beautiful lady. I have always admired your elegance and confidence. I have treasured memories of my early days at AKIS especially the ANZAC bbqs at your house. Condolences to Lyal, your children and grandchildren. x

Cherie Sinton ( 19 Apr 2021 )

Such an elegant lady. Always kind. Pauline saw the best in everyone. In our work with Special Ed. pupils, Pauline was always prepared to try anything. Always positive, always full of energy and smiles. A joy to work with.
My sincere condolences to Lyal, Guy, Lucy and families.
Arohanui June and Simon Moseley

June Moseley ( 17 Apr 2021 )

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Lyal, Guy, Lucy and Daryl, and Hugo, Ollie, Finn and George. I send my love to you all on the sad and huge loss of your precious wife, mother and grandmother. I know she love you all so much - and she was so incredibly proud of all her family, you were everything to her, and she always lit up when talking about you.
To me Pauline was a truly amazing lady and I feel so very lucky to have her for a friend. She was always so kind, always looked beautiful and never seemed to age as the years went by. She also had a beautiful heart and has been a dear friend - always there supporting me when I most needed it, like helping me through chemo. She also had a great sense of humour and we had a lot of laughs together over the years. We started on the same day at Spotswood College in the same class, and it was a joy working every day with her for the 9 years she worked there, followed by a lasting friendship. I will truly miss her and will treasure all the memories.

Mary Turner ( 17 Apr 2021 )

Such sad sad news. In recalling memories of Pauline, she always has that warm, wonderful, fun loving smile..We are forever grateful to Lyal and Pauline for letting us stay in their beautiful, peaceful villa one Christmas rather than share our space with noisy visiting teenage offspring and pals..such a godsend!! Thankyou! so generous .Our sincere condolences to the family.xx

ClaireJackson-Mee ( 17 Apr 2021 )

Great memories and lots of fun times remembered by us all. Pauline was a much loved and treasured friend in our walking and 'kayaking' group.

Kim, Lee, June, Janet, Lyn Beverley and Chas
The L8 Starters Group

L8 Starters Walking Group ( 16 Apr 2021 )

Dear Lyal and family,
Connor and I send our deepest sympathy.
Pauline was such a strong and kind woman. I will always remember her huge smile.
May she rest in peace.

Anita and Connor Al Khor ( 16 Apr 2021 )

Dearest Lyal and family,
⁣⁣⁣i cannot begin to express how sorry and sad I am to learn about your immense loss. Pauline was such a kind, amusing and caring person who loved life, Lyal and her family with a deep passion. You were both such inspiring role models in Al Khor and working for you ⁣and enjoying your friendship was indeed an honour.

"Death leaves a heartache difficult to heal:
Love leaves sweet memories no one can steal."

Farewell dearest Pauline, rest in peace.

Kerrie Bacon ( 16 Apr 2021 )

Dear Lyal and family,
We are so sorry and very sad to hear of your loss. When you both came to Akis, it was like a breath of fresh air to have two such warm and caring people added to the staff and community as a whole. We are all thinking of you at this very sad time.
Sue, Phil and Charlotte Akers

Sue Akers ( 16 Apr 2021 )

Lyal and all family,

I am truly saddened to learn of your loss. Sending love, strength and condolences your way.

Jason Holden

Jason Holden ( 15 Apr 2021 )

Lyal and family, sincere condolences on your loss, thinking of you all and passing on much love and best wishes.

Ashton Peters ( 15 Apr 2021 )

Arohanui ki te whānau pani i tēnei wā.

Jason Renau

Jason Renau ( 15 Apr 2021 )

The whole Davies family is truly saddened to hear of Pauline's very sudden and unexpected passing. We remember her as a humourous and patient colleague and also as a very talented dyslexia assistant and high praise from Arthur (now 23, then 13) who describes Pauline as 'sound', that ranks her as up there with the best and certainly worthy of his teenage brain remembering fondly.
We know you will all be devastated by this huge loss but some comfort may come from knowing just how much of a positive influence Pauline was in so many lives.
love and prayers from Kevin, Lucy, Freddy, Henry, Arthur and Joseph x🙏🙏

Lucy Davies ( 15 Apr 2021 )

To the French-Wright family and especially to Lyal,
I am truely saddened to hear of the news of Pauline's untimely passing. She was a wonderfully warm and friendly person who made everyone feel welcome. I'm sure, she is deeply missed by you all. My thoughts are with you all.
Kind regards,
Jill Wetherall (AKIS).

Jill wetherall ( 15 Apr 2021 )

Warm hearted, amazingly generous to everyone she met. We will always be fondly remember her generosity and the time she gave up for us in Qatar, especially when it came to garden BBQs, Waitangi day celebrations and All Black games. I know you were Lyals rock in a time in Qatar when he needed your support the most. An Incredible women.

Vernon Family ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Dear lyal and family.
We were very sad to hear about Pauline.
Our thoughts are with you!
Regards Bernie Thomas

Bernie Thomas ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Dearest Lyal and family
We are so saddened to hear this devastating news. Pauline was one of a kind- an absolute gem loved by all. She had such a big impact on so many folk at AKIS- and the two of you as a team made a huge contribution to making AKIS the wonderfully happy and caring place it was. We will always remember her with great fondness. Sending you and yours our deepest condolences, with lots of love.
Mark and Coral Jardine

Mark and Coral Jardine ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Dear Lyal and family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We have such fond memories of you both during our time at AKIS. Our heart goes out to you all. Dominique and the Chandler family. x

Dominique Chandler ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Tribute to family of Pauline French-Wright. Our heart-felt condolences go to Lyal and family. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. From Lyal's former students at LHS (Kimihia) class of 1980/81 including Roy Tikau, Wayne Hutcheson, Paul Hobbs, Dean King, Dave Reid, Steve Bray, Jim Sole, Andrew Rutledge, Angela Burgess, Anthony Lefale, Pam Thomas, Helen Zanders, Karen Howison, Margaret McNeil, Robyn McGregor and Earle Borrell

Earle Borrell ( 14 Apr 2021 )

When I think of Pauline there are so many positive adjectives that come to mind and I've really struggled to find the precise words to capture who she was to me. I think above all, I would choose 'warmth' and 'joy'. Pauline was a very genuine person. She had no airs or graces and displayed such natural empathy and warmth to those around her. She was also someone who naturally delighted in the happiness of others, expressing this in her words and reactions. We shared many 'mum type' conversations, both of us having immense pride and love for our children. She did find my obsession with arriving hours before a production to ensure a front seat highly amusing. Pauline is someone I would very much like to have seen again. Time in her company was always so enjoyable; her sense of humour, with a good sprinkle of naughtiness, led to many wonderful conversations. Such a gracious hostess with Lyal, she will be sorely missed. I hope that Lyal and family find some comfort in the many, many tributes that will be paid to her.

Trish, Oscar and Harriet ( 14 Apr 2021 )

I was so shocked and saddened by the news of Pauline's sudden passing and my heartfelt sympathies and condolences go to all the family. Pauline will be a huge loss, there is no doubt, and to Lyal in particular. She was a kind and generous lady who touched my life albeit briefly but she will be fondly remembered and I feel lucky to have known her. My heartfelt condolences to Lyal and all the family. She will be greatly missed xxx

Julie Thompson ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Lyal and family - I was shocked and saddened to learn of Pauline's passing - such a lovely lady. I know you will all miss her very much and hope that happy memories will help you through this very sad time. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

Pam O'Byrne ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Dear Lyal,

I was so sad to read yesterday that your dear wife Pauline
had passed away.
I always remember her as a lovely girl, and so enjoyed
meeting you both at your Dads home. So long ago now.

Please accept my deepest sympathy Lyal. How you will
all miss her.
With my fondest love to you, Guy and Lucy. My
thoughts are with you.

Judy Mercer.

Judy Mercer ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Sincerest condolences to Lyal, Lucy and Daryl, Guy and the boys. Such a hard time for you all at the moment, just remember to dig into those wonderful memories you have of Pauline. She was such a lovely, warm, funny, classy and sophisticated lady. Much love from Sharon and Pete Nickel, Georgia and Sophe Crabtree xox

Sharon Nickel ( 14 Apr 2021 )

We were so shocked and saddened to hear the news of Pauline's untimely passing. Such a lovely, kind and friendly lady gone too soon. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with Lyal and his family at this unbearably sad time.

Love Mick and Linda Allcock

Mick Allcock ( 14 Apr 2021 )

We are so sad to hear of Pauline's sudden passing and our thoughts and prayers are with Lyal and family. We remember many happy evenings with Lyal and Pauline enjoying a wee ginny together. Pauline always welcomed us to her home with her lovely smile. Always gracious, elegant and kind. Rest in peace special lady.

Janette and Bradley Roberts ( 14 Apr 2021 )

We are both so sorry Pauline has been taken from you too soon. Pauline will always be remembered for her infectious smile, sense of fun and genuine kind heartedness.
Pauline was a stoic community member a wonderful friend and a constant support beside Lyal. A loving fun Gran who was so proud of her Grandies. we are so sorry for your loss, Pauline gave so much. Heartbreaking for you all.

Dee and Jonathan Trapski ( 14 Apr 2021 )

To Lucy and family,
Alan, Hannah and I are shocked to read of your Mum's sudden death. we are thinking of you as you process and adjust to life without your Mum, and Gran.
Sue Chapman

Sue Chapman ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Pauline worked as a Special Needs teacher at Spotswood College during the 1990s. I so much enjoyed her bringing students to computer classes where she encouraged them all in such a delightful and caring way. Pauline was fun-loving, interesting and excited at the progress her students made. Her beautiful nature endeared people towards her. Her family, the community and all her friends and colleagues have lost someone very special. Pauline made a great contribution in helping to make our world a better place. Love to Lyal and your family.

Margaret Gaze ( 14 Apr 2021 )

To Lyal and family
Our deepest Sympathy and love,
John & Carolyn Vasta ❤️

John & Carolyn Vasta ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Pauline was a wonderful lady who welcomed everyone whilst we worked at AKIS. She was a happy and caring person and will be sadly missed by many. She had a happy and infectious smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lyal and your family.
Love and best wishes from Angela, Zoe and Georgia Hiscutt

Angela Hiscutt ( 14 Apr 2021 )

i am so very sad to hear of the untimely passing of Pauline. From her much loved home and family in NZ she came to our tiny bit of desert to support Lyal and all the AKIS family. Pauline welcomed all new staff with warmth and sense of fun and I know that she is remembered fondly by all who met her there. Our sincere condolences to Lyal and the family and may Pauline rest in peace. Ann & John Walters

Ann & John Walters ( 14 Apr 2021 )

We were so sad to hear the news. Pauline was one of the most friendly,warm, loving and gentle ladies we know and was a friend and colleague.Pauline was the first person we met when interviewing for AKIS and then meeting Lyal we knew we wanted to be part of the AKIS family. Pauline was a true lady who adored Lyal and her family.We are so grateful that we had the pleasure of knowing you and thank you for all the wonderful memories you leave us with. Lyal and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Rose and Craig Nicholson ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Thoughts are with Lyal at family at this time. I was so sorry to hear of your loss.
Pauline was a big part of our AKIS family, always there with a laugh and a smile along with warmth and friendship.

Sonia Warren ( 14 Apr 2021 )

Taken too soon. Pauline was a loving and caring person who made our life so much better in the desert. A person who loved life and who shared her home with so many at AKIS. Her gentle manner and her fun loving spirit will be sadly missed. Rest in peace. All our love to Lyal and family. Geoff and Jill.

Jill Dell ( 13 Apr 2021 )

I'm so sorry for your loss, and will be thinking of the family. 💜

Georgia ( 13 Apr 2021 )

Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you all at this sad time. It was a privilage to have known such a lovely lady.

Diane and Alistar Jordan ( 13 Apr 2021 )

I had the privilege of knowing Pauline when we worked together at AKIS- such a warm, caring person with a great sense of fun. Sincere condolences to all her loved ones, and especially to Lyal to whom she was utterly devoted.

Sue Holt ( 13 Apr 2021 )

Sending my deepest sympathy to Guy and his extended family at this very sad time. Take care of each other.
Kindest regards
Melissa (Ex Naki..Novotel MIQ Nurse)

Melissa Kennington ( 13 Apr 2021 )

What a shock to see Paulines untimely passing You will have lots of family support but still is nice to know you have the support of friends
Kays many years working together and the happy times at Abel Tasman will always be with us
Regards to all the family Rohan and Kay

Rohan Wills ( 13 Apr 2021 )

We are so very sad to hear about Pauline, such a wonderful,caring Lady .We have so many great memories of our time spent with both Pauline and Lyal at Akis,and were lucky enough to visit thm both in NZ a few years ago .Sending our heartfelt condolences to Lyal and family.
Love Lesley Andy & Family xx

Lesley Jones ( 13 Apr 2021 )

We are so. so sad to hear about this. Our time in Al Khor was much better with Pauline and Lyal taking care of us.
Pauline was muched loved by everyone.
Our thoughts, and prayers are with Lyal and family.
May She Rest In Peace.
The Madine Family

Jarlath Madine ( 13 Apr 2021 )

I just wanted to send my deepest sympathy to you all at this very sad time.
i have very fond and happy memories of my time working with Pauline in Christchurch.
You will all have such wonderfull memories.
My love and thoughts are with you.
Georgy McRae.

Georgy McRae ( 13 Apr 2021 )

Sad news Lyal & family. Although we hadn't caught up in recent years except at Ngai Marsh Christchurch visiting Margaret. Have fond memories of Pauline and her first ski school trip to Temple Basin where you both met.. Love at first sight.
Peace surround you
Lois (Walker/Young).

Lois Beckwith ( 13 Apr 2021 )

Lyal, Jaynie and I send our sympathy for the loss of your beautiful Pauline.We remember times at earlier school reunions in your company, and although we havent seen you for sometime, we are truely saddened for you and your family, and we send our kindest wishes Lyal. ✨✨
Bill and Jaynie Abbott

Bill & Jaynie Abbott ( 13 Apr 2021 )

So very sad to hear the news on Pauline Although we hadnt seen either Pauline or Lyall for many years, always remembered the special days working with Pauline & how coincidental that Jeremy & Sian have become such good friends with Guy. Sending our love and sincere sympathies to you all.
Nick & John Fisher

Nicola Fisher ( 13 Apr 2021 )