Hundreds of people gather at St Mary's Church in Northcote
for the funeral of Bessie Gotingco. Photo: NZ Herald/Greg
The eldest son of Blessie Gotingco has paid tribute to
his mother in Auckland today.
In a heartfelt tribute at her funeral this afternoon John
Gotingco described his mum as "simply the best", and a
devoted mother who lived for her children.
"There is a big void in our everyday lives, a space that she
occupied, and that will never be filled," he said.
In a touching eulogy, he described the family's gratitude for
the love and support shown by Blessie's workmates and the
He also praised his father Antonio as a "beacon of light and
a pillar of strength" to the rest of the family at this
Mourners packed St Mary's Catholic Church, Northcote, to
capacity, forcing some to stand.
Many of the mourners at the requiem mass are dressed in
green, Blessie's favourite colour, while others are wearing
green ribbons on their lapels.
The alter of St Mary's Catholic Church in Northcote has been
adorned in flowers and there are numerous photographs of the
At centre stage sit her ashes, in a box covered in
Blessie was cremated earlier this week in a private service
for her family.
Her family - husband Antonio, sons John and Vincent, and
daughter Bea - are sitting in the front row.
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ