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Rolleston man Paul Clarence Dunlop, 67, was part of a team of eight dismantling an organ at the Durham St Methodist Mission Church when the earthquake hit.

He was killed with two men from the South Island Organ Company, while other workers managed to escape.

Paul was a well-known Christchurch optometrist whose family practice has served the community for more than 110 years.

He ran Paul Dunlop & Associates on New Regent St with his wife Sue, who manages the business, after completing his optometry qualification in 1965.


His business profile says he took a special interest in contact lens fitting and in behavioural optometry, particularly learning difficulties for children.

Paul held a number of national and international speciality positions, currently serving on the national registration board and as president of the College of Optometrists.

Other interests included piano and pipe organ playing, and he enjoyed being in his home workshop.

Paul was a good friend to John Hargraves, who said he "was a lovely man", a pipe organ enthusiast who played for the parish.