LOW, Darryl Graham (Daz, Lowie). 14 November 1974-11 September 2021.
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dearly loved son, brother, brother-in-law and uncle on Saturday, 11 September 2021 at Christchurch Hospital; aged 46 years. Son of Graham and Jan (Janice), brother and brother-law of Karen and Russell Keen, and Gary and Michelle. Super fun and mischievous uncle of Jason and Therese (Sweden), Daniel (Whitby), Samantha, and Paige; friend to Caleb and the late Sheryl; and loyal companion and best friend of his Jack Russell terrier, the late Sophie. A special thank you to the medical staff of Ward B5 at Christchurch Hospital for their dedicated care and support of Darryl.
A service to commemorate Darryl’s life will be held on Monday, 20 September at 10.30am. Please wear something bright in Darryl’s honour. (Attendees by invitation only due to Covid19 Level 2 restrictions). Tributes may be left on Darryl’s tribute page at frasersfunerals.co.nz/tributes where a live-stream of the service will also be available. Messages may be sent to 85 O’Byrne Place, Invercargill 9810.
“Reunited with his loyal companion, Sophie … Forever Young … Exit, Stage right.”
We are devastated to have lost you, you made some of our work days lighter and funnier, and we loved our chats. We made each other laugh which is nature's therapy. We were sad to notice your absence more and more in past years and were aware you had a struggle on but were private about it. We enjoyed hearing about Sophie, Caleb, Sweden, and you supported Sheryl so much. Caroline in Finance loved you and you were a great comfort to her as she went on her cancer journey and you were at a medical appointment during her funeral in 2016 so were unable to speak at her funeral. I trust you had the comfort of your closest friends on your final journey as you were such a comfort to others. You were part of the Hagley institution and thank you for taking the time to farewell my time there in March after 25 years, love Judy ,Head of Finance
Jan and Mike
He used to say that he looked forward to our Christmas shows all year, he loved the drive up in various beautiful cars and I looked forward to him coming, he gave me the confidence to do what I did from the moment he walked in through the studio door each year. Our work, together with our friends from the Royal NZ Ballet, made hundreds of dancers and audiences happy. And I know his talent as a theatre teacher reached hundreds of Hagley students and Children’s Theatre kids.
As a Director I first knew him through his production of “A Servant with Two Masters” and I first saw him onstage in one of his shows with his students, he was luminous with those haunting blue eyes and his quick delivery.
Being a servant of the two masters of his inner self, I do believe he was closest to his real self when with us working and partying with Ballet Arts and at this terribly sad time I shall hold on, through my tears, to the memories that pour out from all those years and his happiness at being amongst us.
That’s the Darryl I will hold in my heart.
Love to you Razzle Dazzle and remember “Always look your Best!”
Louise Hawke Director Ballet Arts Nelson
Death arrived at the end of this Winter
And he took you away
I hope you are no longer suffering from the pain
I hope you are no longer suffering from your sickness
I hope you are free from everything and being carefree
I will treasure the moment you shared time with us.
Your cheeky jokes, your ridiculous laugh, your kind heart, your outrageous remarks, and all the fun things we have done together will be in my memory cave.
The death arrived earlier
And no traces have been left
Just like as always have been
My empty soul is hungry
The sorrowful wind blows right and left
‘Razzle your Dazzle’ is what he told us Sheryl used to say to him. He definitely dazzled. I can picture him sneaking in and clowning around behind Cam’s back while he was trying to teach.
He wrote a song for our Tai Tour van which had us in fits of laughter. The same van that he drove us calmly (I was crying) back to base after the 2011 earthquake.
In reference to a comedy, he used to refer to us as a village, and we all had our roles. I thought of myself as the village crazy. Daz was there for me through a crazy time, in a very calm, patient and accepting way. I’m not sure I ever thanked him properly for that.
Daz gave me the chance to teach children through his baby company; Stage One. I have a memory of him sitting on the floor of the Open Stage, in a circle with young children, playing drama games. They absolutely delighted in him. And he in them. It was magical.
I know I only knew a small part of Daz, and that there are many hurting much more than me right now. I am thinking of you especially, Cam. As Flimsy as it may sound; my condolences to you all.
Words can't express the shock and sadness to hear you have moved on to wreak comedic havoc in another world. I only wish I had made time for that well overdue catch up much sooner.
You have been a huge part of so many lives, not only your family and close friends, but all the lives of the young (and not so young) people, who were graced to be part of the Hagley Theatre Company family over many years. You will leave a huge gap, and will be missed by many.
I for one, will be standing for the ovation of your final curtain.
Much love to you - my tutor, my colleague, my old friend.
I hope the clouds can support the giant glass of wine that will be waiting for you tonight, and go easy on the sarcasm up there - they might not be ready for you!
All my heart & respect, Mandie xx
Thank you so much.
Love Wendy, Jonathan, Monty and Pippi
God thought you were getting tired, And the cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you And whispered, " come to me"
A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest.
God broke our heart to prove to us , he only takes the best. A bright shining star has left us but will always be shining down on us.
Sincere Condolences to you all Graham & Jan, Karen & Russell, Gary & Michelle and families.
Bev ( Her Highness ) and Dave Christchurch