FAIRLEY, Elston Innes (Barney)

FAIRLEY, Elston Innes (Barney)

30 March 1922 - 9 May 2020

FAIRLEY, Elston Innes (Barney)

Service Details

24 May, 2020
11:00 am

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Royal NZ Navy, Service No. NZ4701

Passed away peacefully at his home in Rotorua on Saturday 9 May 2020, aged 98 years.

Beloved husband of the late Stella.

Much loved father of Rob.

Grandfather of Alice, and Michael.

Great Grandfather of Ella.

Much loved uncle of Arthur, Mack, Nigel; Ross, John, Rowan; Shona, and Stephanie; Nigel and Clare.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Rotorua Hospice would be appreciated and may be left at the service.

A service to celebrate the life of Barney will be held at Osbornes Funeral Director’s Chapel, 197 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua on Sunday 24 May at 11am. Regrettably, attendance is by invitation only. 

However, a livestream is available from osbornes.co.nz/tributes.

Thereafter, private cremation.


  1. Farewell Barney, I’m proud to have called you my uncle, fair winds sailor. Love Steph

    Steph, Australia
  2. Whilst visiting Barney and Stella, just before Christmas in 2017, I had excruciating toothache and although Barney was retired he kindly went to the trouble to quickly arrange for the aggressive tooth to be extracted by a dentist friend. We then travelled onward to Havelock North for a pain free Christmas. With very fond memories of our time together and grateful thanks, Bernard, Essex, UK

    Bernard R, Danbury, Essex, UK
  3. Remembering Barney with enormous affection. His great kindness and generosity to myself, my sons and grandchildren both here in the UK and NZ. Thank you Barney and Stella for the many happy times we spent together. Gillian, Danbury, Essex, UK.

    Gillian, Essex UK
  4. Barney was a much loved uncle and a man of many talents. One of my earliest memories was attending his wedding to his beloved Stella in Henderson Auckland with all the Fairley clan. Nana Fairley bought a new hat for the occasion, which had a long pheasant tail of which she was most proud because it added inches to her diminutive height. We were driven to the wedding by his oldest brother Errol who had a just bought a new large American Plymouth car of which he too was too immensely proud. However he was alarmed that the pheasant tail would damage the interior of the new car!
    When I was 12 and a pupil at Waipu school Uncle Barney kindly gifted me his hardly worn leather cricket boots which took a bit of getting used to as we usually played in bare feet.
    Barney had an Encyclopaedic knowledge of the breeding of every race horse running in New Zealand at that time. This greatly impressed his brother Des but sadly not Des’s wife Innes. He was also a brilliant golfer – and got a University Blue from Dunedin, a skill which he retained well into his 80s when he used to score under his age.
    I was very honoured to receive from Barney the book he received as a school prize in 1935 ‘The Gael Fares Forth’ written by one of Barney’s ancestors, Norman Roderick Mc Kenzie. This story was a romantic tale of Scottish migrants from Nova Scotia to Waipu. Barney was immensely proud of his Scottish ancestry. We always enjoyed Barney and Stella’s visits to the UK and impressed with the amount of touring they fitted into these visits.
    Barney will be remembered with admiration and enormous affection by all who had the honour to know him.
    Farewell dearest Barney
    Ross, Ann, Ciara and James

    Ross Fairley, London, England
  5. Barney, what a gentleman, what a smile. My mother’s cousin, on his father’ side.
    He and Stella, along with Robs, were the first members of the NZ Fairley family to make it across to the UK after the war, when he brought his dentistry skills to a practice in London.
    It was wonderful for our families to meet and get together for the first time.
    I was then fortunate enough to visit NZ through business from the early 70’s onward so had the opportunity of visiting the family in Rotorua at least a couple of times.
    Barney and Stella then made a trip to the USA at the time of 9/11 and, having been diverted to and enjoyed a few days in Honolulu at the expense of United Airlines, finally made it over to the USA to visit Stella’s brother in Oregon where, by chance Liz and myself were living. A more than enjoyable time was spent by all when they stayed with us on a couple of occasions. We still remember the size of their small suit cases for such a long trip!
    Fast forward to March 2018 when Liz and myself had a day in Auckland en route to Sydney from Valparaiso when Robs and Kristina kindly brought Barney up from Rotorua to meet up with us. There he was again with that everlasting smile, we sitting down and chatting over lunch as if it was only yesterday when we last meet one another. The time regretfully flew by.
    What a man and what a wonderful relationship he had with Robs. Just like two brothers.
    We will miss you Barney, more than you could possible imagine, but it’s time to let you go and join Stella. She’s bound to ask ”What’s been keeping you Barney’?”

    All our love David and Liz Johnson, Norfolk, England.

    David and Liz Johnson, WISBECH England.
  6. Many happy memories of times spent down the Mount with the gang, Jim and Isobel, Barney and Stellar, Godfrey and Barbara and us. How we used to put the world to rights!

    Sue and Martin Eastman, Tauranga

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