A full military funeral was a fitting farewell for a man remembered by his son as "always in command".
Major Thomas Neville (Tom) Turner was buried at Aramoho Cemetery yesterday, following a funeral service at Dempsey & Forrest.
Brigadier John Dennistoun-Wood told the funeral service Major Turner was proud of his 20-and-a-half-year military career which began with training at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was in the Royal New Zealand Infantry, 2nd Battalion. He served in Malaya and Vietnam and spent a number of years working in military intelligence.
After leaving the military in 1978, Major Turner worked as a teacher.
Simon Ewing-Jarvie, also a former infantryman, met Major Turner when both were living on boats in the Marlborough Sounds and described his friend as "comfortable with his eccentricity".
He said Major Turner was a pool shark who liked a good debate. He was also a kind man who helped elderly people in the community.
Son Tom said his father was "always in command", a reflection of his military career.
"He planned, he decided and he acted," Mr Turner said.
One of his father's favourite quips was "If I wake up in the morning it's a good day. If I get to 1700 hours I'm going to celebrate".
Major Turner's final journey was on a gun carriage from the entrance to the cemetery to the RSA section where he was buried. His casket was accompanied by a military escort, firing party and drummers.
Following the ode read by veteran Mac McCallion, the firing party fired three volleys and a bugler played The Last Post.