Sad farewell to bubbly local

Tragic loss: Hollie Hewitt with hubby Duncan

A Queenstowner who died last Sunday, aged 34, will be remembered for her bubbly personality, ability to make people laugh and beautiful singing voice.

Hollie Hewitt, a well-known staffer at real estate firm Ray White Queenstown, suffered a brain bleed earlier this month.

Boss, colleague and friend Bas Smith says the community is in shock.

He describes Hewitt as humble and the core of the Queenstown office.

“We are such a close team. Hollie was so passionate and made us laugh every day.

“We will never forget her – it’s just so sad and hard to believe that she is gone. She will be sorely missed and she was hugely loved.”

He and co-owner Cameron Reed have been amazed by the outpouring of love from friends and colleagues.

They’ve received emails and calls from people across the country.

Reed puts it down to her ability to get on with everyone on a professional and personal level during her four years there.

Reed: “It only proves what an amazing friend and born administrator she was. You cannot say that about everybody in business.”

He described Hollie as an incredibly loving wife to hubby Duncan and mum to the couple’s dog Sid.

“They were true soul mates,” Reed said of Hollie and Duncan.

“Their relationship was incredibly strong which was lovely to witness.”

Hewitt will be farewelled this coming Saturday.

Her hubby is encouraging anyone who knew her to dress brightly to reflect her personality and love of life.

Hewitt was having lunch two weeks ago on St Peter’s Church grounds with close friend Beth Chisholm when she suffered the medical event.

She was flown by helicopter to Christchurch Hospital and admitted to the intensive care unit.

Smith says she was surrounded by friends and family when she died.

A service of remembrance will be held at 1pm on Saturday, Moonlight Country, Morven Ferry Road, Queenstown.

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