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Ian David PHIZACKERLEY Obituary
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Monday, 10 December 2018

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April 13, 2018
April 11, 2018
Jan and Alan Harmsworth would like to join Ian's family and friends in expressing our sadness at his passing. Ian and Rosalind helped us immeasurably when we first emigrated to NZ so long ago. Fay's hospitality when we visited Ian and Fay from time to time was always a happy event. Ian was one of natures gentlemen now lost to us.
Time passes. Memories remain.
April 10, 2018
Remembering a great mate, who was deeply admired and greatly respected for his superb craftsmanship, shared so willingly. Phizz, in his quiet way, always did a masterful job, without fanfare – no-one could match his expertise when it came to lofting out a boat - it was right everytime and he made it look effortless – taking the tumblehome out of a boat’s lines – as he did with Paul’s Reminisce; the beautiful jobs he did on the C&C 34 and Farr 1104 for Glass Yachts. He was incredibly modest and self-deprecating about his terrific skills and all the things he’d done in his life – they were many and varied. There were wonderful times with the crew at Glass Yachts – memorable Friday night beers around the sheet of plywood, sitting on nail boxes – dragging out the office swivel chair and tying Phizz in as, after a few, he had a bit of trouble staying on his nailbox! Busy days helping one another with our boat-building projects – working flat-stick with Phizz to get Munetra ready for launching before Christmas, with a bet on with Pol, who put up half a gallon of Rum that it couldn’t be done – what an incentive! Then when Pol saw it all coming together and realising he might have to actually buy the half gallon, he came out with a list of what had to be completed and though we complained bitterly about the tactic – we worked even harder and crossed off everthing on that list. We had to chase Pol up for the Rum and though I wouldn’t think so today so much – that Captain Morgan tasted great and the victory even sweeter!! We had some great times cruising together – he took Murray, Neil and Tracey, for whom Munetra was named, to all corners of the Hauraki Gulf one Christmas and he asked me to crew; we took Munetra up to the Bay of Islands as Phizz fancied seeing Her Majesty and the Duke, there aboard Britannia for Waitangi Day 1974. We spent a memorable night at the Duke of Marlborough drinking with the off duty crew members from HMS Jupiter – Phizz was a happy Pom amongst Poms that night and then, as they’d missed their liberty boat back to the ship, we took the boys back ourselves on Munetra; Phizz making a very tidy job of coming alongside Jupiter, where we received some complimentary words from HRH Prince Charles, Duty Officer aboard Jupiter, escorting Britannia, all of which certainly increased Phizz’s glow! Phizz was there for me when I built Concerto – helping with all manner of work. He was the expert when it came to laying teak decks. I can remember one particularly long day – putting Munetra on the grid at the Panmure Yacht Club on the early tide, then back home to my place to laminate up Concerto’s cabin top and back again to Panmure to scrub off Munetra! He shared his time, skills and tools without a moment’s hesitation. Phizz and Fay made a point of being there for the special milestones in Kate’s and my lives – our wedding, then 25 years later, our Anniversary, and DIVA’s launching and just recently, following our move to Papamoa, he and Fay made a special point of visiting us. It was my privilege to be his best man when he married Fay and I really admired and encouraged his example of the terrific level of fitness he achieved these last years. Our heartfelt sympathy and love to Fay and the children and grandchildren as you salute a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and, we, with all his friends, express our gratitude for the privilege of such a willing, and talented mate who was there and worked so willingly with us. Even though our contact after we left Auckland was intermittent, I’m so grateful for his wonderful friendship and I’m really going to miss him.