Today along with a number of our Lions Club members we traveled to Leeston in Elesmere to bid farewell and celebrate the life one of our number who finally lost his battle with serious illness,
Jim as he was known to all, crammed so much into his 81 years, his passing will most likely fail to elicit notice in the media but to those of us priveleged to have come within his orbit as he moved through his time among us, we have touched a very good man.
Educated at his local country schools he then gained a dip ag at Lincoln College.
Sport around his participation in the requirements on the family farm included rugby and in particular middle distance running with two successive national junior titles.
As an early successful entrant to a YFC Exchange opportunity, he won a trip to West Australia for six months.
Marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" for 53 years led to a wonderful family of children and grandchildren.
Farmer politics in Federated Farmers and a directorship of The Tai Tapu Dairy Company.
Early involvement in the massively successful AB program in NZ and with his herd at Doyleston led Jim to applaud his success in exporting Fresian genetics back to the Netherlands.
Serious involvement with the National Party at electorate level in support of Colin McLachlan, Ruth Richardson and Dame Jenny Shipley included electorate chair for the latter two
A ten year stint on the parole board.
12 years as a very loyal and contributing member of our service club,
All the while building a successful family farming enterprise that is continuing within his extended family.
These are but a small number of Jim's involvements in his community and his passing will leave gaps to be filled but the abiding memory for those he passes the baton to, what a grand life Jim lived, all without seeking reward or recognition, only an abiding passion to do that which he though right.
Farewell Jim, god speed, RIP