Prepared and read at the service by John Ombler, officiating.
As we began this afternoon, I said that Dion was pretty amazing guy, and that he crammed a lot into his 90 years.
Of course there are stories we haven't heard—like when Dion chose the Otago harbour (with the tide in) as a carpark. Or the time he was a pupil at Waitaki Boys' High and they found his alcohol still.
We have heard of his passion for gardening, his compassion in his community service, his adventurous outdoor recreation.
We have heard how respected he was in his management roles, where he was light on hierarchy and heavy on humanity.
We're heard of Dion the family man, the loved and loving husband, father and grandfather — and uncle — and friend.
Dion was special, and it has been special for us to gather here, in a garden setting, on the Otago Peninsula — close to his and Noelene's childhood homes — to share memories and to celebrate Dion's life.
Thank you for being a part of this.
In closing, there will be a musical piece, followed by refreshments here at Glenfalloch.
For those who would like to continue, there is an invitation to Jenny and Alwyn's place in St Leonards, for drinks and nibbles.