21.3.1934 - 7.1.2022
Maurice has cast off his shore lines and set off on his last great voyage. "Departures are always the same. There is the one wave that is the first and the last wave that you notice, the first gentle lift and fall of the dark hull under your feet. And with it the world falls away from you quite suddenly and softly, like a word you have spoken. Whatever your reasons for setting out, a lightness and a loneliness gather under your heart. From now on the only rhythms are the sea's rhythms and the only voice is the senseless incantation of the waves. All about you gather the distances; the remoteness of the stars is there only to remind you of the unsoundable depths touched by the narrow keel, and every morning opens around you the perpetual horizon." – Robert Finley.
Much loved by his wife Katie and countless family and friends in New Zealand and around the world. A private cremation has been held.
Published by Nelson Mail on Jan. 11, 2022.