Roll of Honour
Friends of the Lions

May they rest in peace, in the arms of our Lord Jesus.

We honour the friends of the
Lions Club of Titahi Bay
who have passed away.

The men and women listed
are shown to pay
tribute to their
lives and their
to community service.

They have volunteered their
time as a friend to the
Lions Club of Titahi Bay.

Where whilst not a member directly,
have worked well with our club.

We feel their memory also needs to
live on for those who visit this page.



Vailima Smith-Luani

03 April 1954 to 27 November  2020
age 66 years

 Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her
loving family on Friday afternoon, 27 November 2020.  

Known as by many as Lima, she spent many years with
the late Rapheale and Olando as they all lived together.
Often supporting her two brothers in their Lions endeavours
and ensuring everything was in order for their day.

Lima is the 4th member of the Smith family to have
passed away and joins Olando, Raphaele, and Henry.

Our blessings and good wishes to the Smith family.

Peace be with you Lima


Bill Thomas

11 September 1949 to 06 June 2020
age 70 years

The legend that is Bill Thomas sadly passed
away on Saturday 6 June 2020. Bill was a
well known face at the Lions market, James
Smith Market, and as a teacher and
Kapa Haka member.

He was a founding President of Waitagirua
Lions (now called Aotea Railway Lions) and
held many positions within the club until he
left Porirua.

Bill helped set up and mentored several
Leo (young lions college clubs) and was
our district and National Leo's adviser for
more than several years.

Bill supported the Porirua Saturday Market
when it was in Cobham Court before he
headed south, where he served the
community well.

The people flocked to see him.

You would also often see Bill at the
Porirua Club so if you missed him at a
market place, you could catch him there.

Bill always had a joke or a cheeky comment
to make, and he could sell you a raffle ticket
even if you were not intending to buy one.

Bill may not have been living in Porirua for a few
years but he was and will always be part of the
Porirua Whanau.

7TTA was the class known by many who Bill
taught and many, many Facebook posts
referred to 7TTA when hearing and
commenting on Bill passing.

Rest Easy Koro Bill Thomas



John Wilce QSM

1934 - Friday 3 March 2017
age 83 years

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

I have always respected John for his incredible
enthusiasm and energy levels. When I started
Lions over 20 years ago, John was a very
effective Zone chairman for two years running,
Supported Titahi Bay Lions with our mid winter
swim (participated) and helped with our annual
citrus fruit project, even last year when straight
back from holiday. John has been the Secretary
of Mana Lions for many years, organised the
over 70's Annual Christmas party. John is and
was seen as guiding lion for myself and many
others. Will certainly miss but remember
him fondly. 

Lion Greg Koschak,
Titahi Bay, Wellington


Charles Bokany

17 October 1940 to 18 April 2014
age 73 years

Charles joined Lions Club of Waitangirua 1980s.
He had been Club President a couple of times,
and also Club Secretary for a period of time.
In the earlier years he took part in his clubs
regular activity of traffic control at the
Porirua Saturday Market. Charles leaves behind
a legacy of goodwill and fellowship for Lions.
He was also a Freemason.

His funeral was on April 24 at
St. Theresa's Church, Plimmerton


Fred Denz

1 December 1945 to 30 March 2014
age 68 years

Fred joined Porirua's Rotary club in 1990.
He was heavily involved with the club's youth
activities and was president in 1998-1999.
After being diagnosed with cancer is 2009,
he became involved with the Rotary club's
Relay For Life team, last taking part in the
event on March 15 and 16.

Fred was a supporter of
Lions Club of Titahi Bay,
would support the Porirua Saturday
Market and looked after the
'Welcome to Titahi Bay' sign
at the reserve near his house.

Lions Club of Titahi Bay were honoured
to be standing side by side with Fred's
fellow Rotarians, participating in the role
of Guard Of Honour as
Fred arrived and departed
from his funeral service.

His funeral on April 7 was at
Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua.


Katarina ( KP ) Pawa

11 June 1961 to 18 November 2013
age 51 years

Katarina Pawa (KP known to many)
passed away ith family and friends at
her side. KP being the mother to Lions
member Dawn Pawa, would often
get her family involved in the Lions
activities of her daughter Dawn and this
is why the Titahi Bay club has placed such
interest for including family
members from its members.

KP leaves behind family and friends that
remember the fair though strict gift
she gave to those all around her.