Alexander Wilson Webster

Born in Tapanui
Passed away in Nelson on 22 December 2018
Late of Motueka
Aged 69 years
WEBSTER Alexander Wilson - Aged 69 years. On Saturday, December 22, 2018, at Nelson Tasman Hospice, dearly loved husband of Janet Marsh. Devoted father and father-in-law of Elizabeth and Kerry Young (Christchurch); Katherine Webster and Pravindra Narayan (Australia); and Anna and Reda Deboub (Algeria). Treasured Nanna of Chetan and Saurav; Poppa of Alexandria, Amelie, Sophia and Chelsea; Djidu of Yusuf, Amira and Zakariya. Cherished brother and brother-in-law of Stella and Kazuaki... Read more
January 2018 before we ever heard of mesothelioma... Alex and his five amazing  sisters. All the nine grand kids. Old friends from sixty years ago! Adrian Meston and Alex Webster. Final family photo - not easy when we span three continents! 25.11.1972.
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I feel privileged to have known Alex. Since meeting him many years ago at church, and then from time-to-time since then in Kaikoura, Thailand, and Auckland, and for a time working together closely in Christchurch, he epitomized from his youth what it means to be wise. He showed care and compassion during a difficult path in my life, and I am continually grateful for his loving support. Alex put people first, with his family central to his world. His love for humanity accompanied an inquiring and curious mind; always questing courageously for meaning and purpose, fearlessly tackling difficult questions. I am deeply saddened at his passing and will miss him greatly. Ralph Bathurst
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Alex and Janet came into our lives when we immigrated from the U.S. to New Zealand many years ago. Janet was the pastor at the Tauranga church we joined at the time. We came to know them as two of the nicest and finest people we'd ever met. We enjoyed their company at dinner and worked with Janet on numerous projects at the church. Although we had to return to the U.S. we've stayed in touch to this day. We miss New Zealand very much but we miss them even more.

Saying that Alex was a good man misses the mark because words are so inadequate. Alex's legacy lives on in his children and good work on this earth. We mourn his passing but celebrate his life as a good father, mentor pastor and husband.

We pray that the good Lord will ease the pain and loss that Janet is feeling, that the good memories of a life well-lived will outshine the sorrow of today as quickly as possible.

Many blessings dear Janet and family.

Love and hugs,

Rick and Sandy
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  • Caro Penney: I barely knew Alex when he generously agreed to host me while Janet was in Glasgow, 2 years ago. He gave me a memorable few days taking me to different places, feeding me well, and giving me quiet space. Thank you, Alex.
    • 6 months ago
When I see your smile on the photo, my memory flashed back to year 1990 at ISOM. Your eye are the same as that time. I forgot many stuffs but never ever forget about you and your phrase, “Choice is yours”
Thank you, Alex. Though it is sad to know that I won’t be able to find you there. Bye for now.

Hi Janet, may our Lord cover you with His love and mercy. And the Holy Spirit comforts you and your family.

Love,
Masako
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Alex - my memories of you are so special. As my youth leader 50 years ago (!) and when I stayed with you and Janet in Dunedin. So much fun. Can’t believe you’re gone but how much more will your family miss you! So much love to all - Janet and the girls and their families. Liz Taylor (Forbes).
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Dear Alex,

Such a short time knowing you, but long enough to learn how kind and thoughtful you were. You were giving your time so that I could learn about your country, but I learned as much about you - always patient, informative, helpful.

We stopped for an ice cream beside the road, opposite a small shop selling beers. You helped me choose which flavour you thought I might like best, then took me to the seats in a shady corner to sit in comfort, whilst you told me about hop growing, and other crops for which Motueka is known.

Wrapped up in that one instance - your thoughtful kindness, your patience, your generosity, your sharing.

Such a short time, Alex. But memories which will last for all time.

I'm so glad I was able to meet you.
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25.11.1972.
Dear Janet, Anna, Katherine and family.
Wayne and I send our love and deepest sympathy to you at this difficult and sad time.
We will always remember Alex as the gentle and wise person he was. His insight into the Word of God helped ground us to this day! Many lives were impacted positively by knowing Alex not to mention ours back in the Kaikoura days!
Our hearts and prayers will be with you all on the 29th and into the New Year. Wendy and Wayne Rees and familia xxx
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