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Sandra May (Sam)

Tuesday, 6 March 1962



Monday, 16 August 2021

To view Sam's service, for those unable to attend, please click on the live-stream link below.

Kopae: Sandra May ‘Sam’

It is with a broken heart that we announce the peaceful passing of Sam, at home on 17/08/2021.

Cherished wife, soulmate, and cycling buddy of Wally.

Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Kali and Jamie, Daley and Sue-Anne.

Amazing Nanny of Willow.

Loved eldest daughter of Bev* and Gerald* Coghlan (Mossburn).

Much loved sister and sister-in-law of Ailsa and Graham, Dina and AJ, Kelvin and Wendy.

Loved Aunty of her many nieces and nephews.

Loved daughter and daughter-in-law of Jessie and Rameka, Coby and Hine.

Loved Sister-in-law of Alf and Ann, Bodie, David, Christine, Vinnie, Leigh, Hemi, and their partners.

Due to Covid restrictions, funeral details will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Hospice Southland.

Messages to Kopae Family, C/o 69 Bond Street, Invercargill 9810.

Please find a link to the livestream below


That was a truly inspiring tribute and memorial service for Sam. Wally, it must be so comforting to know what rich whanau connection and support you have. Couldn't be there today and can't be there tomorrow because isolating but thoughts are truly with you and your family. Best wishes, Peter Redpath.

Peter Redpath


A beautiful soul who left way too early. Sam your infectious laugh and deeply caring heart was a treasure for all who knew you. Keep sending your beautiful love down to us all. Till we meet again Aloha

Julie and Max Anderson


Only the beautiful Angel's are called free and Rest In Love Sam (Sandy). To Wally and whanau, so sorry for your loss. Kia kaha & much love💜

Sandy Hiku


Our love and sympathy to you Wally, Kali, Daley and families on the very sad passing of Sam, thinking of you all.
Karen & Colin Johnson
Bluff/Stewart Island

Karen & Colin Johnson


Wally, and your extended family. So very sorry to hear about Sam's passing. This is supposed to be the time of life when you get to celebrate all your achievements in life, together, particularly around your children and grandies. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time! Sincerest condolences, Stephen McGregor

Stephen McGregor


Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Sam
Fond memories back when our children went to St Theresa's School
North Invercargill with yours
Kind regards
Colin Karen Telfer and family

Colin, Karen, Telfer, and family


To Wally and family. We first met Sandy when we joined the RNZN together in Feb 1980. Sandy (as we knew her then) was a very determined born leader. A fierce competitor during all our training and much loved and respected. We are very saddened by Sandy’s untimely passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

Ally Thompson and Ann Harrison


So saddened to hear of Sam's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Fly high Sam.

Sharon & Mike Butler & Family (ex Regent Street)


So sad to hear of Sam's passing. Sam was such a lovely person whom I had deep respect for. It may be many years since we did our nursing training but I have always fondly remembered you. Fly high beautiful lady. Arohanui

Jaylene Barwick


Hi Wally & family. I'm really saddened to hear of Sam passing and my thoughts are with you at this time.

Barry Smith - Otatara Landcare group


My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Sam was a wonderful lady and it was a privilege to have known her.

Tim Maynard


Oh dear Wally i met Sam a long time ago with my neighbours janine and dave, she was such an awesome lady, too young to be gone, she will be dearly missed, so sorry for your loss, Priscilla

Priscilla Martin


it is with sadness that i read of sams passing this morning all my love to you all . She was one lovely lady and another one taken too soon . Thinking of you all at this time love

paddy patterson cromwell


Sam 'Sandra' so shocked to hear of your passing remember well boarding school days at St Caths Incercargill condolences to your family and Wally Ailsa and Karli and Daley.

Clare Zyskowski (nee Moynihan)


Sam was a lovely person who will be deeply missed.

Wayne Murchland

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