Bill Davies passes away after golf course discovery

Bill Davies (supplied)
Bill Davies (supplied)

An elderly Auckland man who was found alive after he went missing for five days has died.

Bill Davies, 75, walked out of his rest home in Albany on the North Shore on September 9 and was found lying motionless in a golf course the following week.

In a statement this afternoon, SUB Football – a club Mr Davies founded – confirmed he passed away in North Shore Hospital yesterday. He had celebrated his birthday just two days prior.

After being found on September 14, Mr Davies had been taken to hospital in a serious condition.

He suffered from PSP, which required daily medication and affected his mobility, balance and ability to think clearly. He also required a walker.

The man who found him, Dane Hawker, said he thought Mr Davies was dead.

"He was not in a good way."

North Shore Golf Course operations manager Bruce Davies believes the grandfather-of-three had been lying there for a while.

"Spending five days out in poor weather took a massive toll on Bill's already fragile health," SUB spokesperson Rebecca Stitt said.

"We are thankful that his family were able to spend his last days with him and we are proud to continue his legacy of SUB Football – the game he loved."

Mr Davies founded SUB Football 17 years ago, running competitions each summer in the Auckland Domain, Pt Chevalier and Royal Oak, also expanding to Melbourne, Australia. In 2014 he reluctantly handed over management due to his declining health.

Mr Davies' family have asked their privacy be respected at this time.

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