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Home Local News GHENT, John Charles Dalzell (Johnny).

GHENT, John Charles Dalzell (Johnny).


John Charles Dalzell (Johnny).
2 July 1939 – 15 December 2020.
Dearly beloved and cherished husband of the late Betty for 57 years.  Adored and loved father of Katrina (Kate) and Rebecca (Bex) and respected father-in-law of Paul Third and Steve Johnson.  Treasured grand-father of Nick, Caleb and Jayden. Loved “big cousin” of the Morris clan and a much loved brother-in-law and Uncle to all his nieces and nephews.  Over 40 years involvement with karate and was a much admired and respected karateka.  Sensei John was made a Life Member of Okinawan GoJu-RYU Karate-Do Federation and achieved his Shodan (black belt) in three styles Kyokushin, Goju-Ryu and Goju-Kai.  He represented New Zealand in world karate tournaments in the 1980s/1990s.
Hana wa sakuragi, hito wa bushi – among blossoms the cherry blossom, among men the Samurai.
Following Johnny’s wishes a private cremation has taken place and the family will have two celebrations of Johnny’s life mid-January in Cambridge and in  Wellington TBA.  Messages for the family can be sent to 1 Norglen Lane, Riverhead, Auckland 0820.