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Condolences to Colin Moore's family (updated)


Colin Moore of Austin Rd tragically passed away on Friday 5 June

Well known author, columnist and outdoorsman Colin Moore tragically passed away before his time. We will miss Colin, a long time and popular Greenhithe resident. Our best wishes to Fran, Naivasha and Rupert.

Colin is known for his travel writing, having been travel editor at The Herald for many years, his books such as 'Take a Kid Outdoors' and his adventure articles and columns in Wilderness Magazine. His writing has been acknowledged in the Qantas Media Awards.

The funeral will be held on Thursday 11 June, 3pm at Dil's Schnapper Rock.

See NZ Herald article:

The notice reads:

"Moore. Colin Arthur. Died on Friday, 5 June 2009; Aged 63 as a result of an accident at Taupo Bay, having caught a feed of fish. Loved husband of Fran, best father in the whole wide universe to Rupert and Naivasha, and besotted companion of Bonnie. A Service to celebrate Colin's life will be held at the North Harbour Chapel of Dil's Funeral Services, 185 Schnapper Rock Road, Albany on Thursday, 11 June at 3pm. In lieu of flowers donations for a memorial bench to the Taupo Bay Progressive Association, RD1, Mangonui, Northland would be appreciated."


Web site members can use the comments section below to leave messages for the family.

Where are you Colin?

Posted by stephanie hoogenboom at 2009-06-14 22:34
Ruby and I attended the funeral of Colin Moore last Thursday. Ruby turned to ask me a question and part way through realised the answer, but that was o.k. because I had been thinking the same thing. Where is Colin? All these people that we associated with the Moore family over the years and one of the most important was missing. I didn't realise until his untimely death just how much I really like Colin and how much I took his presence for granted. I have been reading 'Take a kid outdoors' (thanks Naivasha!) and really wish that I had had this book 10 years ago when Ruby was a baby. I know if I had followed Colin's very practical and simple advise, that Ruby would have a better opinion of outdoor activity and adventure. We took a trip to Bethells beach on Saturday and Colin was at the fore of my mind. It was a stunning outing which Ruby declared 'fun' (hooray!) and I feel I have the inspiration of Colin's word to thank for persevering with trips in the outdoors for my sometimes jaded 10 year old daughter.
Fran, Rupert and Naivasha, we love you all and feel deeply for your loss of this vibrant, grumpy, crazy and lovely guy. I cannot put into words the sorrow I feel for you. Kia Kaha...

Steph and Ruby

Colin Moore

Posted by Andrew Loudon at 2009-06-25 00:15
So sorry to hear of Colin's accident. In the early 1970s he worked for a time on the Yorkshire Post in Leeds, UK. I and other YP journalists at that time remember him fondly as a real professional with a dry sense of humour. A gentleman.
Andrew Loudon, ex-Daily Mail, UK.

Colin Moore

Posted by Nigel Holmes at 2009-06-25 01:31
So sorry to hear of the death of Colin.I worked with him in the 70's in Leeds at the Yorkshire Post along with Sheila Crampton, now my wife. We spent many evenings in the pub with Colin. And he taught me to play chess, I never did beat him. Our thoughts are with his family.
Nigel and Sheila Holmes (UK)

Colin Moore

Posted by Ian Gretton at 2009-06-29 10:00
Shocked to hear to sad news of Colin's death. We worked together on the Yorkshire Post in Leeds in the 1970s and had stayed in touch ever since. We even met up again about 20 years ago when Colin was, briefly, in England.

About six years ago, Colin, Fran and family showed great kindness when my stepdaughter Sarah and her boyfriend were travelling during their gap year and were unfortunate enough to have their car and belongings stolen while in North Island. As a result, Sarah and James became friends of the Moores, and between us we have been delighted to have had both Rupert and Naivasha as guests when they have been in the UK. I know how proud Colin was of his children and he emailed photographs of both of them on their graduations.

Barbara and I send our heartfelt condolences to Fran, Rupert and Naivasha and all of Colin's family. He was a thoroughly nice and decent bloke.

Ian Gretton, Brighton, England


Posted by Tammy Raffkind at 2012-04-18 15:43
I met Colin and his wonderful family about 12 years ago when they visited Summit County Colorado. His love for his wife and children and the great outdoors was inspiring. I have never forgot him, he made such an impression. Truly saddened to hear of his passing. The world lost a wonderful man. My love to Fran and the kids.

Tammy Raffkind