William (Bill) Rundle Gribble

10 Apr 1950 - 13 Sep 2021

GRIBBLE William Rundle (Bill), Suddenly but peacefully at his home on the farm, Stuart Road, Eltham on Monday 13 th September 2021.  Dearly loved husband of Gail for 48 interesting years.  Much loved Dad of Will and Kate (Eltham), Anna and Nick (Pukerua Bay), Rachael and Eamonn (London), and the late Michael.  Best beloved Grandad of Nina, Celia, Molly, and Ned.

Loved brother and brother-in-law of Mike and Liz, Annette and Murray, Kay and Robert, Chris and Elaine, and Pauline, Stephen and Ian and their families in the UK and the USA.  Loved uncle of all his nieces and nephews.

“The light in our lives is gone but will always live on in all of us.”

Invited family and friends will celebrate Bill’s life on Friday 17th September 2021 at 11.00am.  His wider community are invited to join us via the live stream on his tribute page at eagars.co.nz/bill.


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we have both known Bill since we were teenagers we loved him as a dear friend ,admired his enterprise and what he achieved in his life . We will truly miss his visits full of laughter and inspiration RIP Bill , our love to Gail and all the family
Bob & Liz

Bob and Liz ( 22 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gail and family,
We are so saddened with Bill's passing and can't imagine your grief at such a loss. We were so pleased we caught up with you both in Opunake in July. We loved his wit and cheeky smile and it is so true the comments of him being such a gentleman.Love and support from your Wellington Hickey family.

Chris & Ruth Hickey ( 21 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gail,

Prayers and condolences to you and all the family. It was wonderful to be able to watch the service and hear such beautiful tributes to Bill. I will offer Mass for you and for Bill tonight here in East Sussex. Every blessing, Tristan (Lorraine's son)

Tristan Cranfield ( 18 Sep 2021 )

Beautiful service! Bill was certainly a well loved person & lead a full happy life. Thanks to modern techology for allowing us to be there. I hope you felt our virtual hugs. Kia Kaha to all the family.
Lorna & Christine Litchfield xo

Lorna Litchfield ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Fond and happy memories of Bill.
Our hearts go out to you all.
What a lovely service, a wonderful tribute - so grateful that we were able to be a part of it.
With love
Trish and John Butler (UK)

Trish and John Butler ( 17 Sep 2021 )

To all the family, my sincere condolances. I'm so pleased i got to see both Bill and Gail at Dads funeral. Bill be be sadly missed and my best wishes to all his family and friends. I managed to get to see it live so thank you. Mandy Turner (Australia)

Amanda Turner ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Thinking of you all at this difficult time, Selwyn and Kim Duthie

Selwyn Duthie ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gail & family,
Really saddened to read of the big loss of dear Bill.

He was such a real gentleman and a wonderful man who was well respected. He led Opunake High School well when I was secretary to the Board. Always treated everyone with great respect and his guidance was fantastic for our school community.

Treasure all the wonderful times you shared together as a family.

Deepest condolences
Lyn Collins & family

Lynette (Lyn) Collins ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gail and family.
So so sorry for your loss. I know Bill will be sorely missed as he was such a great guy.

Take care.
Tanya and Tony Henderson/Field

Tanya Henderson ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gail & Family,

Tommy and I are sending lots of love to you all.

Bill was a fabulous character & had such a big heart, he will be missed!

Beth & Tommy

Beth King ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gribble family,
I am so sorry to hear of Bills passing. He was a great man and neighbour. I have many great memories of family bbqs and christmas water fights with you all. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

Nadine Oughton ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gail and family,
I was deeply sadden to hear of Bills passing and send my condolances to you all in NZ as well as Stephan and Pauline in the UK and Ian and family in the US. Our families friendship go back many years but there has been a very special bond between Bill and yourself with James, the fun he had with you guy on his trip to NZ and the middle of the night phone calls. thinking of you all love Helen x

Helen Sarchet ( 17 Sep 2021 )

So saddened to hear of Bill's passing, knew him from many years ago and more recently on his visits to see Stephen and Pauline.
Ian his yougest brother was a great friend, in our younger years!
Our thoughts are with all the Gribble family at this sad time.
Roger and Caroline Lingham.

Roger Lingham ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gail And Family

Sorry to hear of Bill's passing, he really touched the lives of people he met and I know he'll be a great loss to the family.

When I came to NZ on my travels in 2003, I came home a changed person which lead me on a journey through life which i'm continuing back home. A large part of that was visiting you on the farm and getting to know you both. I have many fond memories of my times on the farm. Your extended family in the UK is thinking of you in these sad times.

Best wishes
Jon King

Jon King ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gail and family, so very sad to hear about Bill's far too early departure. Before we met, everyone told us 'You'll like Bill" and they were right. He really was an exceptionally lovely man. Distance meant our paths passed infrequently but we so enjoyed every visit and really appreciated Bill's kindness to our daughters and their partners (both in the pub in England and on the farm in New Zealand!) Thinking of you and sending you our love. Una and Mark xx

Una and Mark Adderley ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Cousin Steve here in uk. We will join you for the service. Our thoughts are with you xx

Steve Sharpe ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gail and family, we send you so much love and prayers at this difficult time. Bill and Gail you have been so kind to our family as we have travelled in New Zealand. You both went out of your way to make us feel welcome and we will never forget Bill leading us around the high spots of Taranaki distict including up the mountain! Beth and Tom and Jon all beniffited from your kindness and support when far from home. We will never forget our family in NZ and the kindness and good humour of our cousin Bill. May he rest in peace.
Ian and Caroline and family. xxx

Ianand Caroline king ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gail
my sincere condolences to you and your family on the very sad news of the passing of Bill. Always one with a smile and one for great banter...especially chats over the football.
( thats soccer not rugby) .
My warmest wishes
Danny Mariner

Danny Mariner ( 17 Sep 2021 )

Gail and family

This is so sad. Deepest Sympathy to our Vickers and Gribble cousins from your litchfield cousins. I will always treasurer the memories of Bills kindness and humour. R.I.P Bill

Christine Litchfield ( 16 Sep 2021 )

To Gail and family, my condolences to you all, the Gribbles were one of my great herd test farmers, it was a pleasure to herd test with Bill and you made me most welcome in your home. Fiona Instone(nee Horn)your herd tester 1981-83

Fiona Instone ( 16 Sep 2021 )

I was really upset to hear this sad news. Bill was just the loveliest person and in our Riverlea School days I always felt we were in safe hands with Bill leading the Board.
He always called me Mrs. Drylie (so respectful.) He was the glue that held the family together and I know you will miss him so much but remember the good times.
I send my warmest love. Maureen (Drylie)

Maureen Drylie ( 16 Sep 2021 )

So sad to hear that such a lovely, warm and friendly man has gone far to soon. and a huge hole left in all the hearts of the Gribble cousins. Bill, your happiness and joy for life will always stay with us forever.

Lucinda Curtis ( 16 Sep 2021 )

Dear Gayle and Family,

We were so saddend by the news of my beloved cousin's death but how wonderful that he died at home with you having just fed his calves. I have so many memories of growing up with Bill on the farm and the good times we had as one large family.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory

With much love

Lorraine and Michael

Lorraine and Michael Cranfield ( 15 Sep 2021 )

Gail & family,
With deepest sympathy at the sad passing of Bill. Rodney always remembers the good times when Bill first arrived in New Zealand. VW bug brothers.
Thinking of you all
Rodney & Raewyn Carley

Rodney & Raewyn Carley ( 15 Sep 2021 )

You may not have been my Uncle by blood but you were definitely my Uncle by Love.
I remember when Rob brought me to the old farm for xmas and I instantly felt welcome and accepted. You always showed genuine interest in what was going on in our lives. You were the man in Kiedis's eyes, killing dragons and letting him drive you around on the farm bike, these are special memories he will have for life. You know yr nephew is a man of few words but know he loved and respected you immensely. You will be missed by all that knew and loved you. Give your beautiful boy a huge hug from us all. Love always Nella, Rob n Kiedis.

Donnella Mattock ( 15 Sep 2021 )

condolences to the gribble family. you will b sadly missed Bill.
from Bennett family

Maree Bennett ( 15 Sep 2021 )

Gail & Family.
So saddened to learn of Bill's passing. What a great inspiration Bill was to so many people. Thomas & Dayna certainly got the most amazing start to their farming career on your farm, and I know that will always be treasured by them both. Sending nothing but love and kind thoughts to you all as you carry on your journey without Bill. Treasure your memories and rest easy now Bill. A beautiful person gone way too soon.
Love Nola Higgins & Robbie Benny

Nola Higgins ( 15 Sep 2021 )

We feel sad to hear of Bill's passing, our thoughts are with you all. "As long as the sun shines.........the wind blows.......the rain falls.......
.the soccor ball rolls......Bill will always be remembered." Love Len and Sharon

Sharon & Len Adamson ( 15 Sep 2021 )

To Gail and families
So sorry for your loss may all your happy memories get you all through this
sad time Thinking of you all
Irene and Gavin Howells

Irene Howells ( 15 Sep 2021 )

Its with much sadness that we see the passing of Bill, thinking of you Gail and all the family at this very difficult time.
Kindest regards
Peter Ayles

Peter Ayles ( 15 Sep 2021 )

Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Always remember when we were neighbours on East Road.
Peter Fairclough, Penny, Jamie and Sarah

Sarah Clements ( 15 Sep 2021 )

We are sorry beyond words for your loss. Our thoughts are with you all at this very sad time. Love from Michael, Nic, Addison and Claire

Nicola Bryant ( 14 Sep 2021 )

Dearest Gail, Will and family. So shocked and saddened at this news. Our love and thoughts are with you at this time.

Sonya Douds ( 14 Sep 2021 )

So sorry to hear about Billy"s passing -he was a great guy and we remember all the fun times we had playing Soccer for Stratford and the after match functions. I got to know Will through my shop in later years and sold them many tools. I know he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Gary & Glenda Fraser. Stratford

Gary Fraser ( 14 Sep 2021 )