A tribute to John Eldridge (1933 - 2006)
  John Eldridge
  1933 - 2006
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Message from Nola Eldridge - Wife
Nola, Rachel, Michael, Shonagh, Eden, Alana and Craig wish to express our most sincere and heartfelt thanks for the expressions of condolence at John's sudden and untimely passing. The warmth shown has been a great support to us all. The Eldridge family in and from the U.K. warmly join their thanks to these.

Message from Annette & Stephen Henry - Friend


Our sincere condolences to you and the family for the untimely passing of John.

His humour, good nature and practical approach made him a great guy and one of the very best directors. His directing work at 1994 PABF in Wellington was second to none.

We will miss him.

Love, Annette & Stephen

Message from Maurice Eldridge - Brother

I saw this on the wall of a café in Taupo two days ago and thought of my Bruv. – Maurice




Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved and attractive body. Rather to skid in sideways, no money left, beer in one hand and a good woman in the other. Body thoroughly used up, totally worn out; and screaming;

WOW what a ride ! ! !”

Message from Anthony and Kathy Ker - friend



Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.  John is remembered for his humour, thoughtfulness and his enjoyment of Bridge.   No matter how busy he always had time to stop and chat.

His obvious enjoyment he passed onto others and he will be sorely missed.


All our love

Kathy and Anthony Ker

Message from Dean Sole - Bridge Friend

So sorry to hear of John's passing.

A true gentleman with one of the best demeanours at the table, who always had time to resolve any issues I brought to him.

Love to all his nears and dears.

Dean Sole


Message from Mal Thurlow - Friend

I have known John for 50 years and we first met when he arrived in NZ and joined Telecom and he worked with me for two years before he left for Bell Punch servicing Totaliser Machines at the various race courses around the Wellington area.

I was moved to Wellington by Telecom and met up with John again and worked with him part time at the various Race Tracks.

He eventually left Bell Punch and rejoined Telecom were we met up several times and I lost contact with John during the 90s

My condolences go to Nola and his family

Mal Thurlow now retired

Message from christine stack - friend
What a great man _ calm with such a wonderful smile and demeanour. We will never be able to replace him at the Napier Bridge Club. He has left a huge gap. Rest in Peace John

Message from Christine and Peter Shears (nee Shafe) - Friend
Sincere condolences from the Shafe family UK and USA.

Message from Maurice Eldridge - Brother


My Bruv and I grew up in a family with their roots in Victorian England. As kids we played in the street and learned to amuse ourselves with our mates to a set of values that stood us in good stead for the rest of our lives. On the not infrequent occasions when we did fall out he usually won because 1½ years age difference was a lot in those days.

As we grew older the difference meant that he went into national service well before I did and he got the travel bug when his application for posting (first choice; far east, second choice; middle east), only got him as far as Greenford. About 25miles from home!!! So when he found out he could get a leave travel pass with a ‘Via’ on it, his route went from Greenford to Edmonton via the Outer Hebrides. We can see his gesture that went with that.

His determination to emigrate to NZ when demobbed caused a lot of grief at home but no-one had a chance of dissuading him. His first trip home was typical. He just knocked on the door of the family home without any hint that he was coming. The fuss was unbelievable. For many years, too many, we would be very lucky to get a couple of letters a year. I can still hear his homily ‘No news is Good News’

Then with the advent of email and talking (and then video) over the web it got to be more like a family chat, regularly and often. As our visits to NZ became a little easier our ties resumed in a way that was as if it had always been, ribbing and rivalry included. Mum and dad would have been proud of their boys. John was just like his dad always ready to help out any way he could, as some of the other tributes I have seen have shown. Thank you all.


Message from alan doddridge - friend
We were so sorry to hear of John's passing, Nola. He will always be remembered by the bridge community for his knowledge, patience and unfailing good humour. Farewell old friend. Alan Doddridge and Jenny Wilson.

Message from Alan & Janet Moss, England - Long-time friends

It was with disbelief and deep sadness that "the gang" in the UK learned of John's sudden passing on Saturday and many messages of sympathy were expressed by those who have attended Maurice's garden parties for John and Nola's visits and his own birthday. Nearly always 100% attendance. For myself, Alan, being 2 months older than John our friendship goes back to our parents, when we lived a few doors away from each other and grew up together, and the many memories of our escapades together have crossed my mind. John's mum used to call me his shadow, which was great because I could always blame him for getting me into mischief. Where John was I was in those days and many a strong word was adminstered by Reg Eldridge when we were naughty. Even during the war we managed to have a good time and later in our teens even better, great memories. We learned to play bridge in the old air raid wardens' underground bunker at St Martins Church, so I can claim to have had a part in his eventual great hobby. At this very sad time, please accept our deepest sympathy. Janet and Alan Moss

Message from Martin Oyston - Friend
A great friend and mentor in the twinkle of an eye I would swap your place for mine if it could be done. A lesser place the world is now That with the setting of this great son We lose such precious gems of wisdome, patience and honour Never did we think would come the day When John would yield to mortality and leave us speechless in the void Nakid of the essence of soul With which he clothed us for so long My heart doeth crumble at the weight of loss that Nola and his family must bear Yet blessed in the knowledge That the end came quickly The light from a million stars will travel forever in the eternity of space with his soul wrapped and intertwined as one of the great gifts in time we shared for an instant in history Farewell my friend .. my mentor

Message from Lois Smith - Rotorua Bridge Club

On behalf of the Rotorua Bridge Club and my self

Sincerest sympathy our thoughts will be with you next Friday.


Message from Valerie Gardiner - Bridge Acquaintance

Nola and Family

Our Thoughts are with you at this difficult time - CD tournamants wont be the same.

Val Pascale & Luke Gardiner

Message from Anne Barr & Pete Benham - Friends
Thank you John for giving us so much of yourself and leaving us so many fond memories of the times we all spent together.  Sincere and heartfelt condolences to Nola.

Message from Anna Herries - Friend
Nola So sorry to hear of your loss. It is a loss as well to all of us in the bridge world who liked and respected John for his good sense, knowledge and humour. Anna

Message from Judith & John Bishop - Friends

John touched our lives for such a short time, but we have memories for a lifetime.

Nola, may you find peace and comfort in the days ahead from the memories of your shared love.


Message from Merle Marr - Friend


Very sad John is no longer with us

I have known him 35--40 years,while first playing with Sam Nutt,when John & he shared many jokes together when we were in Wellington.

In latter years it was nice he moved to Hawkes Bay where we had a great circle which he joined

John & I had many discussions about bridge movements & rulings           He was a great organiser & will be missed so much.

Most of all we will all miss him as a friend

Merle Marr

Message from Anton Ferrari - Friend & Bridge Colleague


I was shocked and saddened to hear of John's passing. I have great memories of him as a bridge player and director during his times in Lower Hutt and further afield. John was one of the most practical men I have met. There were no problems just "opportunities".

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sincere condolences to you and your family.

Anton Ferrari

Message from Gary & Shirley Hanna - friend

  "You can't play 5 card spades and call it Acol!"  Stern but good natured directions from John at the start of a Hawkes Bay Congress.

John Eldridge was a long time friend of some 35 years.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  A lovely man who will be sadly missed by all.

Sincere condolences to Nola and family. 

Message from Brian Fitzsimons - Friend
Ring John Eldridge he will know. So many times I have heard that message in answer to a bridge problem or question. John, we will miss you greatly, your unfailing good humour, your honesty. I will miss your stories, the laughter that always followed. Your passing leaves a huge void in all your friends lives.

Message from Alan & Judy Turner & McLeod - Friend
Dear Nola We were shocked and saddened to hear of John's sudden passing - we will miss his cheerful smile at so many of the tournaments we play in. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. With love, Judy McLeod & Alan Turner

Message from Anisia Shami -

Dear Nola,

My thoughts are with you at this time, I and many others will miss John at bridge.

Anisia Shami

Message from Russell & Leslie Watt -


Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. John will be missed around the country for his pleasant manner and willingness to help all bridge players. We thoroughly enjoyed his stay with us last year.

Russell & Leslie Watt

Message from Barry Jones - Friend

Really sorry to hear John has gone.

Will sure miss his wicked sense of humour.

I reckon four things probably sum up his attitude to directing and probably to life in general as well.

1) Have fun
2) Play Fair
3) Common sense.
4) Don't be bloody stupid - Just get on with it !  

Message from Trudy Lange - bridge player

Dear Nola.

My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Kindest regards from

Trudy Lange

Message from -

We in Thames will always remember John as the guy who said ``Yes, sure'' when asked, right out of the blue, to direct our inaugural January festival. He and Nola made it happen for us. He'll be missed, so very much, by all who knew him.


This memorial was created by
Allan and Denise Barclay
on 23/10/2006

Brief Tributes to

Tribute placed by
Ruth Lewis
on 09/11/2006:

John was a good friend to all at the Rotorua Bridge Club. Our thoughts are with Nola. Ruth Lewis

Tribute placed by
Maria Lunn
on 30/10/2006:

Bridge at the Chateau with a great director = fun + laughter Rest in peace John

Tribute placed by
Chris Stack
on 28/10/2006:

A great smile and warmth,who taught me to love bridge,we will always remember you

Tribute placed by
Helen & Tim Healy
on 27/10/2006:

Shocked and sorry to hear of the loss of John.Our hearts go out to you

Tribute placed by
Roy Ballard
on 27/10/2006:

Nola I was very sorry to hear about John. He will be sorely missed. Roy Ballard

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