Ninness Funeral Home
17 Kenepuru Drive
Porirua, Wellington
Donald John (Don):
Of Newlands. Passed away peacefully on Sunday, 31 May 2020, aged 58 years. Dearly loved dad to Emma, and Steven. Much loved eldest son to Elizabeth and the late Jack Blackmore. Eldest brother of Susan, Graham, and Lynda. Partner to Sarah, and friend of Jill.
A positive man, who will be missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Mary Potter Hospice would be appreciated and may be made online. Messages for "the family of Don Blackmore" may be sent c/- PO Box 50 347, Porirua 5240. Due to COVID restrictions, the capacity of those attending Don's farewell have now been reached. You are invited to view Don's service via the live stream link at
on Monday, 8 June, commencing at 11.00am.

Published by Dominion Post from Jun. 3 to Jun. 6, 2020.
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My heartfelt condolences to the family. Don was a work mate at both EDS and at Transpower. I shall remember him as a gentle generous and modest man who brought high levels of competence to everything that he did.

A man of great standing in every sense. He left things always in a better state than he found them. I will miss him.
Neil Brown
June 15, 2020
Wow, Don was a workmate back in the NZMP, Fonterra days. A very bright guy, a fountain on knowledge and one who could provide guidance and thoughts for our team members. RIP Don.
Noel Wilson
June 10, 2020
The world has lost a true gentleman, a talented, humorous and creative spirit and a proud dad. I will miss our chats at work here at Todd and feel sad not getting to know you better. In our last conversation you told me about your 'kids' and how proud you were of them. Rest in peace Don.
Liesbeth Koomen
June 10, 2020
Don was so brilliant and yet so humble, a true gentleman. I will miss his sense of humour and his cheerful greetings.
Doug Hendricks
June 8, 2020
RIP Don. A man tall in body and spirit.

It really was a pleasure to watch your service (via live stream) and hear all the anecdotes from your family and friends - many of which rang very true, especially your work ethic and big-old-Mensa brain.

I will miss you deeply as both a colleague, and a friend. You really were a joy to work with and to just be around. "The Don" indeed! No doubt you will get a special mention from me at this year's Xmas party (if they let me host it again).

Until we meet again on the other side. You bring the cheers, I'll bring the beers.

Your friend, Cameron Pentecost.
Cameron Pentecost
June 8, 2020
I first met Don at Telecom when I was a Junior Architect and he was the man to speak to. We ended up team mates for a number of years and I remember him as kind, patient, considerate, diplomatic (when reigning in my outlandish ideas), always with a good humour about him and always keen for a drink and chat. Rest In Peace mate, thank you for everything. Sending his family my condolences.
Jonathan Thomas
June 8, 2020
I have very fond memories of Don from the New Players days. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Jan Prattley
June 8, 2020
Rest in Peace Don - will never forget you. Don and I go back to college days when we got into all sorts of ventures and mischief together. While the years have gone by and we spent less time together, I have always considered Don one of my beats friends and am so sad to lose him now. Farewell Don - while I am sad for myself that you have moved on, I am eternally grateful for all the time we had together and Deb and I will always keep a place for you in our hearts.
Chris and Debra Harris
June 8, 2020
It's incredibly sad to hear the news of Don passing and I'd like to pass my condolences to the family. Don was such a wonderful man - I met him when I did the Wellington Law Revue and he was there for all of the eight years I did the show. I'll always remember the banter through the director's comms and Don's most fabulous "God Mic". He was such a lovely, talented, and genuine man. He'll always hold a special place in my heart. Jade Neale
Jade Neale
June 8, 2020
Don was a wonderful man who will be incredibly missed by everyone in the community. The Wellington Law Revue would like to extend our most sincere condolences to the family. Don was involved with the Wellington Law Revue for many many years and had a profound impact on everyone involved. He was kind, talented, witty, genuine, and he will always be remembered as one of the greats. The Wellington Law Revue.
Wellington Law Revue
June 8, 2020
Don was a good friend and workmate from many years ago at the DSIR. A gentle man with a great sense of humour - rest in peace, Don
Steve and Cathy Walshe
June 7, 2020
Don had a great Soul even when we were teenagers, tearing around in Don's old white Toyota Corona. He always a smile to share. Found an old boys brigade photo just last month, with us all in clean smart uniforms, brought back great memories. Don you may have left us too soon ,but you will not be forgotten. And to Sue, really sorry for you and your families loss. Love you all Craig
Craig Freeman
June 7, 2020
First met Don and Sarah at a quiz night with joint friends and then a number of quiz nights after that. Don had a fantastic general knowledge, great sense of humor and was a team player that encouraged others. Unfortunately we never won a quiz, more to do with the rest of us. :-)
We worked briefly at the same organisation where he demonstrated his passion and enjoyment for his work and was always keen to share his knowledge.
Was a pleasure and privilege knowing you. Rest in peace mate.
Wayne Symons
June 6, 2020
One of the nicest guys i have ever worked with. Condolences to his family and many friends
Simon Skelton
June 5, 2020
Don was one of the loveliest, gentlest, kindest and most good-humoured people I've ever had the pleasure to know. He'll be greatly missed by the Wellington theatre community for his technical expertise and heart of gold. RIP, Don xxx
Tanya Piejus
June 5, 2020
What an incredible loss for the family and the world. A true gentleman, absolute heart of gold and so genuinely authentic. I feel very privileged to have met you Don and been a part of your life (work) and been enriched by your humility, humour and kindness. I will have a few pond wines and raise my glass in honour of you xx
Natasha Dauphin
June 4, 2020
How lucky we are to have had someone so special in our lives that makes saying goodbye so hard. A gentle man that will be missed by so many. Sending strength to Em and family.
Bridget McLaughlin
June 4, 2020
Don was an amazing man, a friend and a colleague who I worked closely with over a few years about 10 years ago. He stood by me at hours of need, alway stood calm, but was mighty in my respect and admiration. He openly showed love for his family and was a lovely, lovely man. I am saddened by his loss but privileged to have stood beside him as a colleague, by more so, as a friend. My love and condolences to all his closest friends and loved ones.
Colin Brown
Colin Brown
June 4, 2020
Rest In Peace Don , the world is a lesser place for the loss of such a kind gentle hearted man. Thoughts & condolences to your children , partner & family.
Lara Hill
June 4, 2020
Don was such a gentle soul, almost always smiling whenever I had the pleasure of spending time with him both at work and socially.

Rest well my friend.
Dushan Joseph
June 4, 2020
I have so many memories of silly times with Don back in the old New Players days - a wonderful guy who I will always remember with fondness. Love and best wishes to his whanau, Tania
June 4, 2020
Don was a real Gentleman, and a pleasure to know.
We enjoyed coffee on many mornings, and I enjoyed helping him with his stage lighting.
He has left a mark!
John Warriner
June 4, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and our dear friend Sarah. Don was a very special individual, who we shared a laugh with and got to know through Sarah. Always the gentleman.
Rebecca Murphy
June 4, 2020
My love and thoughts are with you all. Don was one very special person, loved being part of the shows we did. Forever a gentleman. RIP Don XX
Karen Jones
June 3, 2020
BLACKMORE, Donald John:Passed away peacefully, aged 58 years, on 31 May 2020. Dearly loved brother and brother-in-law of Sue and Stu, Graham and Nicky, Lynda and Andy. Uncle to Matt, Amy, Ryan, Josh, Dion, Melissa, Zak and Chad. Many thanks to the team at Mary Potter Hospice. Forever in our hearts.

June 3, 2020
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