The Chadwick family has been overwhelmed by generosity and fond memories as they wrestle with the shock and sadness of John Chadwick's death.

Family spokesman Monty Morrison said that in the 48 hours since Mr Chadwick's body returned to his Kawaha Pt home, there has been a steady stream of visitors.

Mr Chadwick died suddenly in Rotorua Hospital about 2.30pm on Friday with his wife, Steve Chadwick, Rotorua mayor, at his side.

Mr Morrison said support had come from his legal fraternity across the country who would be unable to attend the funeral due to work commitments.

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Past legal partners and local judges Louis Bidois and Denise Clarke were among those who had visited.

Recognising the involvement Mr Chadwick had in Te Hunga Roia Maori o Aotearoa, the Maori Law Society current presidents Opher Cassidy and Tavake Afeake had come from Auckland to pay their respects.

Mr Afeake, who co-founded the society with Mr Chadwick, spoke fondly of him to the family.

Mr Morrison said he spoke mostly of the times they had spent in the Chadwicks' house formulating all those plans.

"For Steve after the shock of what happened on Friday, the comments that have come in, seeing all of the familiar faces has been a comfort," Mr Morrison said.

"This has been a wonderful time to share in her grief, but celebrate his life. The house is one of sadness, but also of remembrance."

Te Arawa's paramount marae, Te Papaiouru, is being prepared for the arrival of Mr Chadwick's body at 9am tomorrow.

"The marae has been readied for a large arrival, significant groups from John's background in the East Coast and Wanganui and parliamentary colleagues of Steve will be arriving," Mr Morrison said.

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"Everyone is welcome to come and share time with John, a warm welcome is extended to all."

The funeral service will take place at Te Papaiouru Marae at 11am on Tuesday. A private cremation will follow.