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William James ( Will )

Sunday, 3 February 1985



Wednesday, 9 February 2022

Tragically on Thursday 10 th February, aged 37, as the result of an accident while doing what he loved.

Deeply loved soulmate of Amy (Sutherland)

Much loved and respected son of Pete and Kathryn; brother, brother-in-law, and uncle of Kirsten and Hamish Stevens, Finn and Sefton, and Annelise and Ben (McLean); son-in-law of Sub and Jayne Sutherland; brother-in-law of Craig Sutherland; grandson of Bill* and Nelly Impelmans and John* and Enda* Shand.

Loved nephew and cousin of Francis, Bernardette, Stephen, Rosemary, Terence, and their families.

Respected and loved by his many friends and work colleagues.

Will’s family are very grateful to the teams at Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust and Christchurch Hospital ICU for their care of Will and of us.

Donations would be appreciated to the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust.

A private service to celebrate Will’s life will be held on Wednesday 16 th February at 1pm.

The service will be live-streamed on:

Messages to 49 Pilcher Ave, Bluff or 34 Park St, Winton.

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing the lawns. Climb that goddamn mountain” ( Jack Kerouac)

*denotes deceased

Please find a link to the livestream below


Always thinking about you my mate. It breaks my heart I won’t see you again. We had plans. I don’t know what to do. I miss you.


To Amy and all your family.
We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and love go out to all of you.

Nigel and Sandra Finnerty


You've made our lives richer and wilder for us having known you, thankyou for being part of mine Willie.

I laughed and cried my way through the live stream, thankyou Family for making that happen for those of us that couldn't come laugh and cry in person.

So sorry that the world has lost you Willie, you'll never be forgotten.

Monique Gentle


HI Amy, Annalise, Sub and Jane, so sorry to hear of Wills accident. We treasure many good memories of our time with Will at Adventure Southland and on Cromwell College Tramps. We are thinking of you all

Bill and Marie Roxburgh


Our hearts broke when I heard of Will's accident. Will's big smile and kind eyes are how we will always remember him. Our love and strength is with you all while you farewell one of the best! xxxx

Hannah, Craig, Briar and Luke Drummond


So sorry to hear of this tragic loss, our thoughts are with you. Our condolences to Amy and the Impelmans family

Evelyne, Paul, Jasmijn, Bram & Kiki (Netherlands)


To Peter, Kathryn, Amy, and all the family,
Very shocked and saddened to hear of Will's passing due to his accident. Our thoughts are with you at this tragic time. Richard & Sandi Leith

Richard & Sandi Leith


So sorry to read of the sad loss of William ,Kathryn & all your family. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Sue & Donald Shaw

Sue Shaw


I’m so sorry for your loss Amy and family. Our thoughts are with you all.

Amanda Jeffries


So very sorry to read of this. Thoughts are with Amy and family. Will was a solid guy, had some great times spent on adventures. Thinking of you all.

Adam Hunter


Our heartfelt sympathy to you Amy & family on the sad loss of your partner Will

Jan & Tuna Ryan

Jan Ryan


What to say….
Soo Sorry for all who knew this wonderful man, Especially family and close friends.
Miss him every minute of everyday, and I will forever.
“Climb that goddam Mountain”

Simon Gentle


Dear Amy and families,
So sorry to hear of your tragic loss, thinking of you.

Beverley Payne


So very sorry to read of your very sad loss of your dear son and brother Peter,Kathryn and family.Thinking of you all.

Pam &David Drake

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