Tristan da Cunha Obituaries
Tristan da Cunha celebrates the lives of islanders who have passed away.

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Obituary for James Green

By his daughters

James Patrick Green passed away on Saturday 9th February 2019. The funeral took place the next day.

James Green

James was born on the 16th October 1943 to parents Frederick and Alice Green, and was one of eight siblings.

He evacuated to the UK with the other islanders in 1961 when the volcano erupted. While in the UK he joined the Merchant Navy along with some other islanders and worked on the Castle boats.

On returning home James married the late Letitia Green (née Lavarello) and had six children. He worked for the Tristan Government until 1966 then joined Tristan Investments fishing factory in 1967. At the factory James was responsible for all the glass fibre work that took place and became highly skilled in that line. He was also a skilled and successful fisherman, both skills he later passed down to his sons. During James years at the factory fishing boats were built on the island using a glass fibre mould, they were not imported.

James loved visiting his plots at the patches and took good care of them. He was often seen before his illness carrying food to his cattle.

Like most island men who have a love of the sea, he got great satisfaction from sailing in his longboat the British Trader to Nightingale Island and back. He also loved the outdoors and enjoyed mountain trips when he was much younger.

James was a caring loving gentle person with deep sense of family responsibility. When he was not watching his favourite programme "Mrs Brown's Boys" He loved to sit and discuss fishing and the areas best to place fishing gear with his sons, sons-in–law and grandsons.

James is survived by his loving sons, Grant and Desmond, and daughters Linda, Teresa, Lillie, Amanda and Samantha; sisters Martha and Francesca; brothers Benjamin, Kenneth and Terence, sons-in-law Cliff, Ricky, Jeremy and Adrian; daughters-in-laws Carlene and Donna, grandchildren Ivan, Steve, Justin, Leanne, Poppy, Kora, Calvin, Hannah and April; and great grandchildren Sophie, Ethan and Che.

He will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank all those who sent Sympathy messages.

Obituary for Ernest Repetto

By Richard Grundy

Ernest Louis Repetto, known to everyone as "Ernie", passed away on 30th September 2018 aged 92. Ernie was born on 20th April 1926, the third child of Arthur and Edith Repetto (née Swain) and had seven brothers and sisters. He married Daphne Swain on 22nd July 1957 and they had one son Clive who sadly passed away in April 1969 aged 10.

Ernest Arthur RepettoEarly in 1956, at the age of 29, Ernie and his friend Harold Green were chosen by John Heaney to join the Gough Island Scientific Survey (GISS). They both proved good friends and sturdy companions in the exploration of the island's rugged terrain and Ernie's boat-handling skills proved invaluable, enabling the surveyors to reach outlying islets and headlands. Always cheerful, deeply knowledgeable about island seas, weathers and nature, and willing to try almost anything (except seal meat), Ernie and Harold made a major contribution to the scientific success of the expedition. In 1968 Ernie and Daphne were kind hosts to Nigel Wace and Martin Holdgate on their return visit to Tristan and Gough.

Returning to Tristan in 1963, after his family's evacuation to England in 1961 due to the volcanic eruption, Ernie left behind his parents and the majority of his family. Only his brother Michael returned with him to live on Tristan.

Ernie was a generous and kind person with a strong personality. He was always willing to help others whenever he could. He loved going out fishing, both from factory boats and off the beach, working in the Potato Patches and travelling to Nightingale Island in his longboat "Margaret Rose".

When he passed away, Ernie was the oldest man on the island. All who knew him will miss him, but he leaves behind many happy memories.

Ernie's wife Daphne died a year ago, but he is survived by his sister Violet in the UK, and many nephews and nieces.

Passing of Lewis Glass

By Dawn Repetto

We are sad to announce the passing away of Edward "Lewis" Glass at 3:00pm on the afternoon of the 19th February 2019, aged 70, after a short illness.

Lewis was a member of the Island Council for many years. He was Chief Islander from 1991 to 1994, and was acting Administrator for short periods during this time. He was appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 1995 for services to the dependencies of St. Helena.

We expect to add a full obituary in due course

Lewis Glass

Passing of Timothy Green

Death announcement for Tristan da Cunha islander Timothy Green, who passed away 25th January 2019, aged 70.
27-Jan-2019
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Obituary for Rupert Swain

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Rupert Swain, who passed away 20th August 2018, aged 74.
1-Sep-2018
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Memorial Service Announced for former Admin Peter Wheeler

Peter Wheeler, who was Administrator of Tristan during the volcano years, died on the 6th May 2018. His memorial service will be held in early September 2018.
16-Aug-2018
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Obituary for Lucy Swain

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Lucy Swain, who passed away 17th June 2018, aged 83.
19-Jul-2018
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Obituary for Tina Glass

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Tina Glass, who passed away 4th January 2018, aged 47.
19-Jan-2018
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Obituary for Andrew Glass

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Andrew Glass, who passed away 28th December 2017, aged 92.
17-Jan-2018
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