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Larry Ross - Obituary

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Born: 25 November 1927 Died: 18 April 2012

The Secretary Founder of the New Zealand Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Committee has died aged 84. Mr. Ross established the organisation in 1981 and coordinated the campaign around the country to achieve 105 nuclear free zones declared at local council level. That provided the necessary foundation of support for the central government policy of a New Zealand Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the 1984 election. This was enshrined in the Nuclear Free Zone Act of 1987.

He initiated neighbourhood peace groups to lobby their councils, through his public lectures, media interviews, educational materials and marketing tools. This included the national petition, NZNWZ logo, badges, stickers and factual information about the horror of nuclear weapons and war and what people could do to help stop nuclear weapons. The campaign was based on the 1978 United Nations Resolutions advocating that individual countries declare a Nuclear Free Zone as a valuable contribution to nuclear disarmament and global security.

Beloved father of his children Laurel, Gregory, Kathy, Mark, Darrell, the grandchildren and great grandchildren and his companion Brenda Crocker.

Emigrated 1962 from Montreal Canada to Christchurch New Zealand with his wife Shirley and six children in order to work more effectively for prevention or survival of nuclear war. He continued his work as the New Zealand Nuclear Peacemaking Association until 2007 when he was forced to retire due to illness. He lived a pleasant simple life until the Easter stroke and died peacefully in Princess Margaret Hospital.

He will be remembered by those who worked in the NZ Peace Movement.

There will be a Heritage Funeral Service at 3:00pm on Monday 23 April in the Baptist Church at 2 Balcairn Street, Halswell Christchurch

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