Laid to rest
The life of Wanaka pilot Steve Combe, 42, pictured with wife Steph, was celebrated by family and friends at a service in Wanaka on Saturday. A family statement described Combe as an ‘‘incredibly special husband, father, son, and brother’’. He would be remembered ‘‘for his faith, dedication to family, and willingness to help others’’. Combe was involved in many charitable fundraisers including for orphaned children in Papua New Guinea, the High Five-O Challenge for mental health and the Holy Family School. He served in the Royal Marines in Iraq, Kosovo and Sierra Leon, and flew with Wanaka Helicopters, Queenstown’s Over the Top, and in Papua New Guinea. He and fellow pilot James Patterson-Gardner, 18, died in an accident near Queenstown on February 19. James was a farewelled last Thursday at a private service in St John’s Presbyterian Church in Arrowtown. James’ mother Louisa Patterson, known as Choppy, and father Murray ’Mo’ Gardner, and Mo’s sons Tim, Jono and Sam said in a statement they had gathered to remember ‘‘the much too short life of our beautiful son, and brother James’’.