Winston Kingi Obituary, Death – It is with a profound sense of sorrow that New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby (NZWR) announces the passing of Winston Kingi, a cherished figure in the realm of wheelchair rugby. News of his departure has cast a somber pall over the close-knit community he held dear, leaving a void that will be difficult to fill. Winston Kingi, a man known not only for his prowess on the rugby court but also for his kind and affable nature, bid his final farewell.
Winston’s journey through life was interwoven with the fabric of the Waikato Wheelchair Rugby club, a relationship that spanned countless seasons and experiences. His commitment to the sport was unwavering, and he became an emblematic figure within the club, exemplifying the values of dedication, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. As a long-standing member, his contributions extended beyond the boundaries of the field, leaving an indelible mark on the club’s legacy.
His departure from this world has left a palpable void, not just in the Waikato Wheelchair Rugby club, but throughout the wider wheelchair rugby community in New Zealand. Winston’s warmth and genuine demeanor earned him a special place in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. His presence was a source of inspiration, a reminder that even in the face of challenges, one could approach life with a smile and a positive attitude.
In accordance with Winston’s wishes, his funeral is scheduled for Thursday. The service will take place at his residence, where friends, family, and members of the wheelchair rugby community are invited to pay their respects. As a testament to his vibrant spirit, attendees are encouraged to don bright and colorful attire, reflecting Winston’s zest for life. The service will commence at 1 pm, with a special moment at 2 pm to place his forever hat, a symbol of his enduring passion, and a final farewell cruise at 2:30 pm.
Following the service, an opportunity to gather and share memories will be provided, along with a meal (Kai) to honor Winston’s memory. It will be a time to reflect on the positive impact he made, to recount the moments of triumph and laughter he brought into the lives of others.
Winston Kingi’s legacy is one of resilience, community, and a boundless love for the sport of wheelchair rugby. His memory will continue to live on through the stories shared, the matches played, and the connections he forged. As the NZWR community joins in mourning his loss, their collective thoughts and heartfelt condolences extend to Winston’s friends and family during this challenging time. In celebrating his life, they find solace in the enduring legacy he leaves behind.