Arno MINNEMA
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MINNEMA, Arno:
Unexpectedly died on 26 April 2017, aged 55 years. Beloved husband of Paul. Cherished son of Maxine and Max. Loved brother of Ron, and Ingrid, Ross, Brett, Kurt, and Glen and their families.
"He has played his final performance."
A celebration of Arno's life will be held at the Te Rapa Racecourse, Ken Browne Drive, Te Rapa, Hamilton, on Friday, 12th May 2017 at 1.30pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to National Heart Foundation, PO Box 19155, Hamilton 3244, or these may be left at the service. All communications to the Minnema family C/- PO Box 5523, Frankton, Hamilton 3242.



Published by Waikato Times from May 9 to May 11, 2017.
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ARNO MINNEMA
On Friday afternoon the 12th of May a group of about 350 ladies and gentlemen entered the Te Rapa racecourse venue to say farewell to our son young Arno Minnema. Arno was on a cruise from Sydney through Wellington, Tahiti, Honolulu to Vancouver with partner Paul and their best friends Peter and Karen to celebrate Peter's 60th birthday on May 1.
On April 26 at dinner the night before docking at Papeete Arno felt very unwell. He and Paul went to their stateroom but after a while Paul went back to dinner. On returning he found that Arno had passed away. His heart had stopped. A very sudden end to a hectic existence as a promising young actor of 55 years. He had a wonderful to way get people reach their potential.
A heartfelt Thank You for your kind attention and sympathy shown with your cards, flowers and little treats. We as his family are forever grateful for the wonderful love, kindness, warmth expressed by your presence during that afternoon.
Maxine & Max Minnema
May 31, 2017
To the Minnema family. Our very deepest sympathy from the McColl family
Ross McColl
May 26, 2017
Miss you so much already Arno xoxox Thank you for being you and bringing so much love and light into all our lives, so much love to you paul, the love you two shared was more than anyone could dream for in a whole lifetime xoxox
Leigh Hunt
May 16, 2017
We are thinking of you all in this very difficult time.Especially Paul our hearts just goes out to you.I have fond childhood memories of Arno,and through to his Adulthood years.
Debbie Miller
May 16, 2017
I believe I went to Glenview Primary School with Arno. So sad that he has gone so young, but heartening to learn of his talent and that he touched the lives of so many.
My sincere condolences to Paul and all his family.


Kathy Mill
Kathy Mill
May 14, 2017
Paul We have just today learnt of the loss of Arno and we are just so very sorry he will be greatly missed by you and all of your family and the vast circle of friends you both had, thinking of you at this very sad time with lots of love Uncle Donovan and Aunty Margaret
May 14, 2017
Fly with the Angels sweet man.
Sue Palmer
May 13, 2017
You touched the heart and lives of so many Arno you will be sadly missed. You will never be forgotten. Our love and deepest sympathy to Paul, family and friends. A bright Angel has left the stage. Fly high sweet soul.
Sue, Frank, Peter and Alice Palmer
May 12, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
missy cooke
May 12, 2017
We bonded even though we never met, over 8 yrs our friendship grew. Touched by your inner grace and smile, I loved you Arno Minnema. Go peacefully! Love and Light my friend!
Althea Quartironi
May 11, 2017
Such a shock to hear of your passing Darling, I will always treasure the many memories of you. Much love to all your beautiful whanau and especially Paul, Fly High with those Gorgeous Angel Wings.xoxo
Joanne Ryder
May 10, 2017
Arno, you came into our lives as the wonderful "Julian" for our dance show years ago, and then enveloped us into your wide circle of friends. Your heart was huge, your zest for life overflowed, and you will be forever remembered with love. Our thoughts are with Paul at this truly sad time. Fly with your angels forever. Lynne & Tony
May 10, 2017
Fare thee well my friend. You lit the stage wherever you went, and left it glowing long after you finished. Love and light to Paul and family.
Dave Moore
May 10, 2017
So the final bow has been taken and the curtain is down Arno - your vibrant spirit though will never be lost. You have left far too soon. Loving thoughts to Paul, your family and friends especially Chrissie.
Chris Quirke
May 10, 2017
My "brother-from-another-mother" and very special friend who gave so much to my family and to our wider family will always be a part of each of us. We are richer for having been able to share a world with you in it, and I will always cherish the memories of shows we were in together, usually getting up to some form of hilarious mischief. You are still here with us, brother, albeit now in a different form with the angels. Our deepest sympathies and continuing friendship goes to brother Paul, we're with you whenever you need us.
Bevan Thomas
May 9, 2017
A great man, touched so many. Will be missed by all. Thoughts and love be with you Paul and family.
Lisa Walker
May 9, 2017
Gone but never forgotten. One of the most outgoing people who will always hold a spot in my heart. Love you uncle Arno.
Matthew Minnema
May 9, 2017
Love and thoughts to all Arno's family and close friends. Such a sad loss. Xox.
Genevieve Bishop
May 9, 2017
A delightful brilliant shining star gone too soon. You have left Arno shaped holes in many hearts. Love to your family, Paul, your many friends and your beautiful girls. Sadly missed.
Alison Lamberton
May 9, 2017
A shining light gone too soon,our thoughts and love go out to all the family to help them through this time of grief and hard to understand loss of their loved one,we are with you, Dawn and Bob Laws.
May 9, 2017
the Osbornes
May 9, 2017
My darling Arno, we cannot see you but you are with us. An angel loved by us all. I sang with you yesterday, it was our goodbye. Watch over Paul ❤
Gayle Williams
May 9, 2017
Arno, you were such a loving, bright and entertaining brother-in-law. We will miss you. Love to Paul.
Llorien & Leon Johnson
May 9, 2017
Paul remember no one can take your wonderful memories away from you..Arno will be very missed in theatre world.
Francie Gray
May 9, 2017
A shining light gone to soon. Our deepest Sympathy to Paul, family and friends.
'I believe in Angels'
Sandra and Grant Cleaver
May 9, 2017
Gone so soon and so young. Sorry for your loss Paul and Families. xxxxx
Maree Jameson
May 9, 2017
Such a sad loss! Arno touched many lives with his kindness, generosity and his artistic talent. A smile gone too soon.
Sandy Rawlings
May 9, 2017
My deepest sympathy to you Max and Maxine at the loss of your son. Will catch up soon. Love and hugs Monica Booker
May 9, 2017
Fly free go and make every one laugh and smile may u rest in peace for ever remembered love light generous xx
Lou Illsley
May 9, 2017
I believe there are people that are disguised as angels that walk the Earth and their soul purpose in life is to connect, give and pass on joy to others such as our Arno. With the heart of a velvet touch and a passion for life through the hearts of all people. Though nothing can bring back the hour of slender in the grass, the glory in the flower, we will grieve but also find strength in what reminds behind.
Shelley Goodman
May 9, 2017
'The lights call out it's time to go the band is ready to start the show' from The Ode to Burlesque gifted to me from Arno. I will miss you my dear, crazy, cool, larger than life friend. Much love and light - Michelle xxxx
May 9, 2017
My thoughts are with Paul, and Arno's family at this sad time. Sorry am unable to come to the service.
Robyn Gunn
May 9, 2017
The rainbow of my life grew eternally brighter the moment I met you, Arno you always told me the hero lies in me, my darling cherub you are eternally my hero, my Angel, my bestie who I will hold dear in my heart..love from Lollipops xx
Chrissie Frew
May 9, 2017
Heartfelt sorrow of this loss not only for Paul and family but to all the people Arno has touched in some way during his short but wonderfully creative time on earth. He believed in angels I am sure he will be one.
Lorna and Neil Ashton
May 9, 2017
The colours of my rainbow became the brightest the moment we met, you showed me the j'oire de vivre you will shine forever in my heart, love you my darling cherub....your Lollipops xx
Chrissie Frew
May 9, 2017
We will miss you Uncle. Always so friendly, loving, generous and entertaining.
Emma Johnson
May 9, 2017
Fond memories of dynamic, generous Arno
You shared your LOVE and LIGHT with so many diverse people and we will always remember you with Love and Light! XOXOXOXOXOXO
Simone Paul
May 9, 2017
I have a very fond memory of Arno at whitianga and celebrating with us after at our bach rip arno
Jennifer Mexted(cole)
May 9, 2017
MINNEMA, Arno:On 26 April 2017, our son (Arno Minnema) on a cruise to Vancouver with his partner Paul, totally unexpectedly passed away, aged 55 years. Our children, Ron and Ingrid, and Helen, Allan, Fabian, Bradley, Matthew and we, Max and Maxine are intensely saddened. To attend Arno's funeral please come to the Te Rapa Racecourse, Ken Browne Drive, Te Rapa, Hamilton, on Friday 12 May 2017, at 1.30pm.

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