Benjamin Nicholls Obituary, Death – Our hearts are heavy with grief as we extend our deepest condolences to the Nicholls family on the passing of papa Ben. This loss has left a void in our hearts, and it is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to a man who was not only cherished but also held in high esteem, not just within our community but throughout the wider world. At the recent Ngati Rupe meeting, which took place at Marsters House on Monday, September 18th, the news of papa Ben’s passing weighed heavily on all in attendance.
Sir Tom, in particular, expressed deep sorrow at the news, his emotions reflecting the profound impact that papa Ben had on the Ngati Rupe community and beyond. Sir Tom took a moment to remind everyone of the pivotal role that papa Ben played in all matters concerning Ngati Rupe. In a poignant display of respect and honor, those gathered at the meeting, representing the Ngati Rupe tribe and beyond, stood together in unity. They observed a minute of silence to pay their last respects to this remarkable man who had left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Papa Ben’s legacy will forever endure in the stories, memories, and the lives he touched. His contributions to the Ngati Rupe community and the wider world serve as a testament to his character, wisdom, and unwavering dedication to the betterment of all. As we say our goodbyes with heavy hearts, we hold onto the hope that, one day, we will meet again. Until that glorious day, may papa Ben rest in peace, surrounded by the love and admiration of all who knew him.