A tribute to Christopher (Chris) Brian William Sprigings (1963 - 2007)
  Christopher (Chris) Brian William Sprigings
  1963 - 2007
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Message from Dale Young - Schoolmate
Incredibly shocked to hear of Chris' passing. Chris and his family were incredibly kind to me and Chris was a good mate, I think I went to the Sprigings' house most days after school. I often think of him and the great jokes we shared.

Message from nicole bond - 1st true love

Oh My..

I was on here paying respects to a friend when I saw Chris's name, and I thought no it can't be.  But sadly it was. Chris was my first true love, but at 16  and just starting out, life was a challenge and we both had things to achieve. We had lots of fun and it was always a laugh watching Chris climb in and out of the escort with him being so tall. I was looking at the photo gallery and the 21st picture with him and the family made me cry, I was there and he wanted me in that photo but I was too nervous and shy,so I spent that time in the kitchen hiding. I am so pleased that he went on to marry and have 2 lovely children as short as it may have been. His wife and son have so many memories of a lovely man, friend, husband and father. I wish you all the best.

nicole bond

Message from David Drummond - Workmate

I came across this sad news when reading through Old Friends.

I met Chris at Sanyo and still remember his influence on all of us 'younger' apprentices.  Chris certainly made working there fun and interesting, and as mentioned previously he was always taking things to the extreme at times.  I remember the time (and still laugh) when he replaced one of the light bulbs in a car radio I was to test with a match bomb.  The noise, flames and Chris's explanation to K Nash that a capacitor was reversed as I sat there with my still smouldering T-shirt and ringing ears.....

I also remember Chris's determination to buy a commodore and how he managed to save and buy this new GM product while most of us were still driving around in old cortinas.

RIP Chris, Im sure we all have our own private thoughts and moments of your influence in our lives.

Message from Cherie Brass - School friend

Gosh ...

I came across this tonight, after checking into the Old Friends site.

I knew Chris from Papatoetoe High School days. They were some of the best days of my life - filled with memories of mostly happy times and great mates.

Although I think we all get caught up in 'life', relationships and putting our 'roots' down in various places ... we all have a 'soft spot' for memories made earlier in our lives. For me - it was at High School and when I remember Chris .. I remember him being SO TALL with a sparkle in his eye, cheeky and always up for a bit of mischief!

I too, had a very wise and lovely old Nana ... who always told us that death was never the 'end', but the beginning of the next chapter. Both my Nanas reached 100 + years and have never 'left', they're in my laughter & tears, my successes & failures - just a thought away.

Even so ... its' never easy at all and the tragic loss of a daughter as well is so saddening!

My thoughts, love and well wishes to all Chris's family. I hope in time, your full & treasured memories of their lives will be thought of - instead of the tragic day they left.

Hugs to all,


Message from Rosalie Sprigings - Wife



Remember the laughs

Remember the smiles

Remember the times we had for a while

Remember the good

Remember the bad

Remember the love that we once had

Remember with a smile

Remember with a tear

Remember the times you held me in fear

Remember the kisses

Remember the hugs

Whatever you do, don't forget US

Message from Sammi Cribb - workmate At Sanyo

I was going thru old friends and OMG I saw Chris.... he was a great guy, always friendly and came to my farewell and met my family, when I left sanyo to live in Australia..

Great sense of humor and a all rounder great guy..

My heart goes out to you all..God Bless


 Sharanne (Sammi)

Message from Phil Joss - Work mate

Just looking through old friends web site when I saw the news!

Even though I hadn't spoken to Chris since the Sanyo years, I still remember his out going personality, what a great guy! Always had an opinion on everthing. I well remember the day he decided that we should take turns in the mens room at Sanyo smoking the biggest cigar I have ever seen. I don't think my lungs to this day have recovered.

Rest in peace my friend.





Message from Joanne - Sister
HAPPY 45th CHRIS. I'll have a toast to you today. Miss you heaps. Love you always. Jd

Message from Peter Grierson - Old School Friend

I am truly horrified and saddened to learn that Chris and his beautiful daughter have been taken from his loving family way too early. I am an ex school friend and yes, I am guilty of not having had any contact with Chris, or indeed most of the rest of the school colleagues from those days.

But it shocks me that another comparitively young person of my generation has gone, and his lovely daughter with him. I can not begin to imagine how much pain his wife and family have gone through, and continue to go through.

I always remember him as tall! He was the only son out of 5 kids I think, and I remember heading off to his house behind Papatoetoe High a few times after school, and him being part of the group, with me, involved in "going missing" at the Thursday recreation periods. I recall fish and chips on someone's lounge floor before heading back to class, and I remember him as being a bit of a loon at times!

I am sincerely saddened that he has died, and as trite as this may sound, I hope that the rest of his family is working through the grief and managing as best they can.

My wise old grandmother, now long since dead, used to say that when you lose people that you love, they never really leave you, they are just "sitting on your shoulder". I believe that that's where he is, and I hope that he is enjoying the view.

Best wishes and long may he stay in your hearts and on your shoulder.

Peter Grierson.

Message from Joanne Key - Sister

I miss and think of you everyday. Twelve months have passed and it is still so hard to believe  you are no longer here with us but you are always in our hearts & memories.

Love you, Jd.

Message from Mohammad&Forough Hajifathaliha - Friend from Iran

I remember  the first time I saw a tall man walking around the cold store with his new camera later I knew he had bought it in his way to Iran from some where in far east.He was so happy finding somebody from Iran who knows a little English so he could discuss a lot of questions he had in his curious mind.

We talked about every thing in the world and especially a lot about Iran's culture and people.He was so interested in learning the language and by the end of his second visit he had a good vocabulary in Persian.He was a man always joking with every body in the cold storage and where ever he was,there was always laughter and happiness.

It is really intersting that we didn't see each other for 6 years untill we moved to USA 7 months ago and you can see how small is the world,he came to US and to Prosser which was just 50 Km far from Tricities where we are living,so fortunatly we had the chance to see each other and have dinner and speak again about every thing especially about his new home which he showed us in google earth and his family which he loved them so much.He still hadn't forgotten Persian words and we all enjoyed remembering the days we had together with Paul in Iran,He loved Iran so much and he always mentioned Iran as his second country.

I know my English is still poor but I know too that he can understand what I mean,we have missed you so much Chris and we can't believe that you are no more with us,we will keep forwarding interesting emails to chrissnz@gmail.com,and we are sure you are sitting somewhere checking your emails and having one of those nice,big and soundly laughs you always had.

We are sure that you are in peace with your lovely Amy and want you to know that we will never forget you.

Rose and Matt we think of you too please keep in touch and let we know what ever you needed in US or Iran.



Message from Shelly Priest - Annoying work colleague

I'll always remember Chris's cheerful face, his cheeky nature and his gentlemanly ways.

We always joked around, but we were both the type to get the job done, so we would know that by the end of our conversation (usually on  the phone from some far away place) we would have had a few laughs and have got the job done at the same time! ha ha ha! :-)

I remember him as the tall, kind of quiet guy, kind of serious looking, but with a great sense of humour.

He was the kind of guy  who I could joke around with as one of the boys, but would also open the door for you or help you with a heavy box.

You'll be deeply missed everywhere Chris, my thoughts are with you and my best wishes with your family.

Message from Carol Campbell - Work Colleague

Having Chris come on board with Compac Sorting Equipment 6/7 years ago brought sunshine and laughter into my working days.  I am on the front desk and take the incoming calls.  In this male populated company it is at times difficult to pick the voice on the other end of the phone as one of the guys would phone in, expecting me to know who was calling.  But rather than ask who I am speaking to, I let the conversation flow until I know who it is. Chris, along with a few of the other guys who have been with CSE for years, have their special greetings when phoning in.  When I answered calls hearing a very cheerful voice saying, 'Hi Sweetie', I knew it was Chris and I also knew I was in for a few laughs. In our many, many conversations over the years, both via phone and in person, we did not only discuss work issues but also talked about what was happening in our lives at present - what our families/kids were up to, projects we had on the go (which Chris always had!), etc.  During these conversations it was always so evident the devotion and love Chris had for Rosalie, Mat and Amy, as well as his extended family, and also the immense pride Chris had in Mat and Amy.

Chris was always so positive in his outlook and such a happy person.  I don't think I can remember him not having a smile on his face.  A truly wonderful man.  I'll miss him and his 'sunshine' nature, his wonderful stories (like his time in Iran) and I'll miss his 'Hi Sweetie'. 

Rosalie and Mat, you are in my thoughts.



Message from Susan, Elizabeth, Joanne, & Kathryn Sprigings - Sisters

Christopher Brian William Sprigings… Chris


Kia ora Bro – he always greeted all of us with his cheeky grin.


Chris was born on 27 October 1963, Mum & Dad finally changed the recipe and had a much wanted son after three daughters, Susan, Elizabeth & Joanne.

He was the little brother, hard to believe, for a while anyway, until another sister Kathryn arrived and he became a big brother.

Life in this family of girls must have been tough but he was always busy living life.


We would like to share some special memories of Chris’s childhood with you.

-   He dug a huge hole in the back garden – he was heading for China

-   He built a platform up the willow tree when he was about 7 and dropped concrete blocks to the ground – he told Mum he was squashing elephants

-   But he loved animals – from the eels he collected,  Columbus his pet mouse, the stray puppy that followed him home from Old Papatoetoe, the bantam chooks Solo and Little Girl, and of course his special dog Bailey

-   He loved to see how things worked, even if that meant pulling his sisters toys apart – his room was full of parts – there is still a V8 engine under Joanne’s house

-   He & Dad worked on rebuilding the engines of the family cars and he used all the skills he had learned, to rebuild his own cars and invent all number of solutions to other mechanical problems.

-   He wasn’t always a Holden man, his first car was a Mark 1 Escort,  then an Austin A40, a Viva, a Leyland P76 all came before his blue Commodore

-   He was always the entrepreneur, at the age of only 10 he tried selling kisses for $10 each – we don’t think there were any takers

-   He was never idle as a kid, having 2 paper rounds, and working his weekends helping to renovate the local youth center and later cleaning boats at the boatyard

-   As a big brother he looked after Kathryn, doubling her on his bike, taking her on his paper round, or later to his work Christmas party

-   As he got older he took on the role of protective big brother particularly when it came to spiders, both big and small

-   His love for camping started way back – he was the fastest at putting up the awning on the caravan and great at sussing out the campground on arrival

-   The walls of our Papatoetoe house rocked with his music, literally and he had an amazing knack of reciting Monty Python word for word

-   He was always hungry, his “hollow legs” must have needed pies as he often went out for more food, before breakfast after school or after dinner

-   From a young age he was always tall - able to reach anything, handy for painting ceilings but not good when going though doorways, once nearly knocking himself out as he ran for his burning toast

-   One Christmas his present to Rosalie was a beer crate for her to stand on to make it easier be kissed


Following in his sisters footsteps he attended Papatoetoe East Primary, Intermediate and High Schools and then started his first full time job at Sanyo as an apprentice radio technician, then on to New Zealand Steel in the smelter control room, Warratah Piggery, Apata Packhouse, and Compac.


Chris - a man who knew his own mind – who did the best for his family – who knew what was important - nothing was ever a problem – he had a wicked sense of humour – he was a loving caring man. We all know he was a big guy, but he was much bigger on the inside.


Chris - a great son - a wonderful husband – father – brother-inlaw - uncle – mate - and most of all, our brother.


We love you Mo

from your Mum, Dad, Lulu, Libla, Dodo and Person.


Message from Nigel Libeau - Former co worker
Having worked at Apata for almost ten years till 2004 I knew Chris as a co worker, at one stage my manager and as one of the "go to guys" knowing if machinery broke down or computers malfunctioned you would soon see his lanky frame wander in - just as when he moved on to compaq.- and not long afterward it would be problem sorted.Even though I didn't know him as well as many of you I was still very much saddened to learn of his and his daughter Amy's death.He was always friendly to all of the staff and many of us remember him taking time to inform us of his experiences when he went over to work in Iran for a period.We appreciated that.So my prayers and condolences are with all his close friends and especially his family.As I saw it he really was a nice guy.


This memorial was created by
Matthew Sprigings
on 07/01/2007

Brief Tributes to

Tribute placed by
MARY White (Anderson)
on 08/09/2011:

I thought I would look you up but found you here!! :( . thanks for the fun memories at PaP High xx

Tribute placed by
Mohammad Hajifathaliha
on 16/01/2009:

Hi Chris I have missed you a lot man Rest in peace my friend

Tribute placed by
Joanne Key
on 04/01/2009:

Remembering you today Love you always Joanne

Tribute placed by
Dinesh & Tharangi Dias
on 02/01/2008:

Rosalie & Matthew, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tribute placed by
Donna, Kelly and Shannon Lloyd
on 27/10/2007:

Rosalie and Matthew, thinking of you today

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