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Gary Francis Armiger and Alan Gunderson
20 January 1942 - 8 January 1990 and 11 October 1933 - 30 August 1990
For more detail, a high-resolution version of this image (about 5 times wider than shown above) is available for download here. Broadband is recommended - file is big (10.5 Mb).
This panel forms part of Block 3 of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
From the stories folder that accompanies The Quilt to displays
This panel was created for Gary and Alan who were such good friends they had purchased a home together even though not partners, and died within months of each other.
Although not directly worked on by Gary’s family much of the panel reflects their input - his love of lilies, the clouds with rays of rainbow colour, the tears - their tears, the suggestion to include Alan on the panel, the cross of Gary’s. The airplane and “NZ” were added to indicate how much they travelled - particularly to South Africa where they both lived for many years.
Alan loved concerts and went often with friends. His passion was the theatre and music, of all kinds - from modern rock operas to jazz to classical. He was a designer of women’s knitwear for Glengyle for many years. He was a reserved, caring and gentle man who was welcomed into and very much became a part of the Armiger family.
Gary was a hairdresser who trained under Monty Winter, enjoying his hairdressing for many years. However, he was a traveller for Bendon when he died. He had a quick sense of humour which forever had his friends laughing. As “the life and soul of the party”, he was often outrageous and, certainly, poured the best martinis in New Zealand! He also had a quieter side which made him a good listener who offered reasoned and supportive encouragement to his friends.
Both Gary and Alan enjoyed the finer things in life. Included among their most treasured possessions were dedicated, loving relationships with special friends and Gary’s family.
They are still missed every day.
If you knew Gary and/or Alan and wish to add your memories to this page, or wish to remember a loved one with a strong connection to New Zealand who has been lost to AIDS, you may do so on this page.
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