In Loving Memory of William Robert Hone Manga

We have gathered here to pay our respects to the memory of William Robert Hone Manga, who passed away at the remarkable age of 97. His journey through life was one filled with love, resilience, and the wisdom that only time can impart. William departed this world in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by generations of his beloved whanau.

The news of William’s passing brings both sorrow and gratitude. We mourn the physical absence of a man whose presence touched the lives of many, and we are thankful for the abundance of memories, teachings, and love he leaves behind. The significant impact he had on his cherished family is evident as generations of whanau gathered around him during his final moments.

A private memorial service to honor William’s life will take place this evening. It will be a sacred space for reflection, the sharing of stories, and the embrace of family. As the sun sets, casting its golden hues over a life lived to the fullest, those who knew William personally will gather to pay tribute to the enduring legacy he leaves behind. It is a time to remember the love that bound the family, the laughter shared, and the wisdom passed down through generations.

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the love and support shown during this difficult time. The outpouring of support from friends, extended family, and well-wishers is a testament to the profound impact William had on those around him. In the days to come, additional information will be provided, allowing the larger community to participate in commemorating a life that deeply moved people and left an enduring legacy.

An update regarding the memorial service has been shared, welcoming all to Geards at one o’clock today. This gathering transcends formality, embracing anyone who wishes to pay their respects. It reflects William’s lifelong promotion of community and inclusivity.

Following the funeral, a poignant ceremony will take place as William returns to his home on Roma Road, a place resonating with the echoes of his life’s journey. Bringing him home for the night symbolizes connection and continuity, allowing family and friends to spend precious hours together in peaceful reflection.

William’s journey continues to Te Paatu Marae, a place of deep cultural significance and ancestral connections. Here, he will rest until Wednesday, the sixth of December. The marae transforms into a temporary sanctuary, a space where William’s spirit lingers, and those who knew him can pay their respects.

The final chapter unfolds with the burial service at Te Paatu Marae at ten o’clock on Wednesday morning. It will be a heartfelt tribute to a man guided by love, values, and tradition. The journey will conclude with the burial in Pukemiro Urupa, located on Roma Road in Ahipara, a resting place uniquely significant in William’s life.

The words “When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there” carry a sense of faith and continuity. They encapsulate the belief that William’s spirit will endure, that his presence will be felt in the collective memories of those who knew and loved him. It speaks to a connection beyond earthly existence, a relationship that transcends the physical realm.

As we come together to bid our final farewells on earth, we celebrate not only the passing of a life but also the enduring spirit that touched hearts and moved many. With his remarkable journey of 97 years, William Robert Hone Manga leaves behind a legacy characterized by love, resilience, and a profound sense of community. In the days ahead, as members of William’s family, friends, and the broader community gather to pay their respects, the threads of his life will be woven into the tapestry of shared memories, cultural heritage, and the lasting bonds of whanau.