A man who died after a pruning accident at home yesterday was a popular friend and beloved grandfather, his wife says.

Bert Chaney's wife, Elaine, said her husband, 75, was a well-liked man who had lived in Stokes Valley for 48 years.

"He was very popular with everybody."

Mrs Chaney said her husband had lots of friends in the neighbourhood.

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He fell from a ngaio tree he was pruning at home.

Mrs Chaney found her husband after the accident yesterday.

His grandchildren called him "Grand-Bert" and Mr Chaney was fond of DIY and working on his house and garden.