Chief coroner Deborah Marshall has paid tribute to the contribution and service of Hastings based Coroner Christopher Devonport who died at Hawke’s Bay Hospital on 23 January after an accident at his home.
Coroner Devonport (64) has served as a coroner for the past 11 years, based in the Hawke’s Bay region. He was one of the first full time coroners, appointed when the Coroners Act 2006 came into force in 2007.
Prior to this, Coroner Devonport worked in private legal practice on the East Coast of the North Island for 30 years. He was well connected in his community, having served on the committees of various service and sporting clubs, philanthropic trusts and school boards.
“Coroner Devonport will be remembered by his colleagues as a quiet and hardworking coroner who was dedicated to his family,” said Judge Marshall.
“He was always willing to take on extra work if asked and as one of the first full-time coroners appointed in 2007, contributed greatly to the way in which the coronial service has developed.
“I extend my sympathies to Coroner Devonport's family, friends and colleagues. He will be greatly missed.”
Coroner Devonport is survived by his wife Chrissie and two adult children.