Graham Charles FORTUNE

Auckland, Auckland


FORTUNE, Graham Charles CNZM Former Secretary of Defence. Resident of Wadestown Wellington. Died suddenly 19 March 2016 in Auckland. Loved husband of Kate, beloved father of Jacki and Chris, devoted Grumps to Ben and Nicolas. A service for Graham will be held at Romaleigh Chapel, 31 Ocean View...

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Dear Kate and family , Graham was a significant mentor in my early years at MFAT. He was always clear in his advice, maintained a sense of humour and driven to always do the best. Such a vital person who helped my professional direction. I'm so pleased I saw him last year - timeless, full of energy with the same sharp wit. A loss to all but memories remain forever. Thoughts are with you. Mary-Anne Crompton

I will always remember the kindness of Graham and Kate in taking me to orienteering events when I first arrived in Canberra to explore the job market. Vale Graham.

Kate and Family,
So sorry to hear of your very sad loss. We always valued Graham's easy going friendship and Terry will miss competing against Graham at orienteering events out in the forest.
Elaine and Terry Brighouse

Dear Kate and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, as well as the extended family members, here and overseas.
Clare and I were so shocked and saddened to hear of Graham's sudden passing.
We were so great-full having caught up with you both recently.
Condolences from Mark and Clare.

Dear Kate, thinking of you particularly today, and I will be at your Wellington service when it is held.
Graham, as Secretary of Defence, was a marvellous manager, and he was particularly well regarded by women in the Public Service who had worked with him, as he had always done a lot to ensure equal opportunities for women, and to encourage them to take such opportunities. He also was a kind and caring manager to all of the people who worked there.
John and I always enjoyed...

To dear Kate and Family
our heartfelt thoughts are with you all at the sudden loss of Graham. It was so special to us that we caught up with you both at your home in December.
We will look forward to attending the Memorial service in Wellington. Condolences from Denise and Mike, Napier.

Kate and Graham on the Tongariro crossing, January 2015

We met Kate and Graham on a walking holiday in Spain just a few years ago and rapidly became good friends. Graham was always so well-informed, interesting and fun to be with; we spent many hours in happy conversation with him and Kate on our hikes or over a long meal together. Graham loved New Zealand and put together a wonderful itinerary for us when we visited the country in January 2015. It culminated in the Tongariro crossing, done jointly with Kate and Graham; an unforgettable trip...

I was one of many junior officers at MFAT that had the privilege of working closely with Graham Fortune. It was an extraordinary thing to watch entire rooms sit up and pay attention when he began to speak or, in the case of one gathering, when he raised an eyebrow in consternation. There was much in his manner and intellect for junior diplomats like me to aspire to and we are grateful for having had that opportunity. My deepest sympathies to you, Mrs Fortunte, and your family at this...

Hi Kate

Pauline and I are so saddened by the news of Grahams sudden death. We remember the short time we had with you both in Ottawa many moons ago and I recall the many great times Graham and I shared at KHS.

Athol @ Pauline Meder