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John Charles Andrew

Sunday, 10 November 1957



Saturday, 4 May 2024

After a short illness, with whānau at his side. He leaves behind his loving wife Debbie, his children and Mokopuna.

John was the son of Norman and Marjorie Christie and brother to his five sisters, he will be dearly missed by his whānau whānui.

A service celebrating John’s life will be held on Thursday the
9th of May at 1 pm at the Christian Centre, 165 Leet Street, Invercargill.

Ka hinga te totara rangatira, moe mai ra, moe mai ra. Ma te atua koe, e manaaki, e tiaki.

Please find a link to the livestream below


To Debbie and Whanau
I’m so sorry to just hear of JC’s passing… have fond memories of him and his contagious laughter and banter back in the days working at the Northern Tavern.
Send you all my love of a good man.

Issie Milne


John, yesterday you were farewells with tears, laughter, stories, songs and Haka. You were surrounded by people who loved and appreciated the man you were. One of my earliest memories is of the day you walked for the first time in a garden in the sunshine. Bye John, love you.

Alison Christie


Always enjoyed John's company. First met John in the Liffey St day's (early 70's) then we played for Star in the early 80's, good Number 8 driving the ball forward, very strong man, most enjoyed when we won the under 23's, I think 1982 under Les Flint, good times...

Ian Johnson


To John's family my deepest sorrow. He was a good guy and very funny. Knowing he will be missed
very much.
Gwenyth Davis / Martin

Gwenyth Martin


Sorry for your loss Debbie and Family. Our thoughts are with you.
Still can't believe your gone mate. Going to miss see you round, having laughs and our chats John. Gone but never forgotten.

Bruce Watson (KiwiRail)


We are both saddened by John's recent unexpected passing.
We have many fond memories of John, from a young boisterous lad, to a lovely friendly adult, and we were lucky enough to recently enjoy some time with John and his family members. We know he will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.
Unfortunately, we are unable to attend John's service, but we will be thinking of you all. Cherish your lovely memories of John.

Carol and Rex Baxter (Earnscleugh)


We will miss the "debates", the laughs and the memories. Know that you were loved by so many. Fly high little brother.

Love from Bernice & Noel, Angela & Matthew and families

Bernice & Noel Hassed


Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling at losing my mate of 55 years. You were my constant companion on rugby trips and fellow couch potato. Thanks for the memories.



Saddened to hear of John's passing. He was a valued member of the wider Kiwirail family, and his infectious laughter and BIG voice will be missed by everybody who had the pleasure of knowing him.
My deepest sympathy to all of John's family at this difficult time.

Kind regards

Mark Bryan (Kiwirail)


Sorry to hear of the loss of John, he was a great workmate and friend and will be missed.
From Balclutha track gang Neville Nathen Barry Damo

Neville Martin


Dear Debbie and whanau.
On behalf of the KiwiRail Executive Team and our Board, we express our deepest sympathies at this time. John was highly regarded and admired by his peers across KiwiRail and there is a deep sense of sorrow amongst his team of KiwiRailers.

Peter Reidy (Chief Executive, KiwiRail)


Hi Debbie and Whanau,

My deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time. I've been reflecting on John's presence and the impact he had on all of us. I can't help but smile when remembering his contagious laughter/banter and his ability to find humour in the smallest things, like those office pillows during our time in Springfield in 2017. His spirit will always be remembered fondly.

Sending you all love and strength as you navigate through this loss.

With heartfelt sympathy,

Luke Wells (Kiwirail)


Hello Debbie and Nathalie,

John's passing leaves behind a legacy that won't be forgotten amongst the Kiwirail team, we had a few laughs this morning reminiscing some of the things John used to say and some of his antics.

Our thoughts go out to you and your family at this time.

Brodie Neville (Kiwirail)


Kia ora Debbie and Nathalie,

Deepest Sympathies, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Warm regards,

Hy Thiele (Kiwirail)

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