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Arthur William (Bill)

Tuesday, 22 July 1930



Sunday, 16 July 2023

At Southland Hospital on July 16, at the age of 92, Shirley's beloved husband of 66 years passed away. He was a greatly cherished father and father-in-law to Ann and Graham, the late Ross and Belinda, Jane and the late Keith, Sally and Dene. He will be remembered as a treasured grandfather to twelve and a beloved great grandfather to six children.
A private cremation was held on Tuesday 18 July.

Bill’s life will be remembered at a gathering on Sunday 23 July, 1.30 pm at Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill. Those wishing to attend are warmly welcomed to join the family for this event.

Many thanks to Bupa for their care over the past months. Sincere thanks to the staff at Southland Hospital for their respectful caring and support in his last days.

Please find a link to the livestream below


So sad. Bill was a lovely man and I will always remember our links between Invercargill and Swinnerton School in the UK. I finally met him in Aus and had great time with him. RIP Bill

Dave Watkins


Fond memories of my time working with Bill at North School. Always innovative with technology and supportive to all staff and students.

Colin Anderson


Never forgotten. Thats the life long influence of Mr Bodkin, headmaster at Waikaia Primary School early 60's. Had his work cut out at times but kept us grounded, earned our respect and delivered discipline timely and when necessary. Happy family memories. Sincere condolences to Whanau.

Colleen Moffatt


Shirley and family - my deepest condolences on the passing of Mr Bodkin, everyone’s favourite teacher at Waihopai School - such a caring, gentle man.

Diana Bonisch ( Millar)

Diana Bonisch


To Shirley and Family - So saddened to hear of Bill's passing, my condolences to you and the family. I remember Bill from our teaching days when he was Principal at Invercargill North. It was so lovely to meet up with both Bill and yourself again, when we moved to Alexandra, and more especially with you at the Bridge Club when it was held in Clyde. Special memories of both occasions.

Joy Hughes


Sorry to read of Bill (Mr Bodkin's) passing. He was the best teacher I ever had. Through the years I have thought of him many times. The job he did for us all at Dunearn school was great. Teaching children of all ages in the classroom, driving a lot of us home after school plus a lot of other important work no doubt. I remember him coming to play rugby with us all in the playground at lunchtime. We were all happy when he played for our team. I'm sure he did many great things for the education system during his working life.
I know you will all have great memories of him at this sad time.

Jeanette Enright (Bailey)


To the Bodkin family
I have fond memories of teaching at Invercargill North School with Bill as Principal. Bill was very kind, a great support, and a veritable gentleman. Condolences to the family, RIP Bill.

Brenda Crozier


To Shirley & family , I will always remember Bill for the years he taught at Dunearn school all my primary years , driving the school bus , morning & after school … picking us all up every day….. my deepest sympathies

Lesley Robertson… née Mackintosh


Deepest Sympathy for your loss
In can remember Bill all those years ago at Waikaka School.
Rest in Peace Mr Bodkin and you to Ross you were a great classmate.

Karen Erdman nee Peters


Shirley and Family.
Heartfelt sympathy on your sad loss, Bill will be missed terribly by you all. Keep the memories close to your heart. Always remember the fun and laughter and think of Ian often as that is what he would want you all to do. Love to you all.

Jan Paice and Bev Broomhall

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