Laid to rest

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

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’’.

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