“Horsham Downs farmer Bob Dawson…. was a community minded man who put more in than he took out” – writes Charles Riddle in the Waikato Times.
For about 10 years the 86-year-old volunteered at the bush reserve, and was a long-serving JP, a voluntary chaplain’s assistant at Waikato Hospital, and a stalwart (and sometime president) of the East Hamilton Friendship Club, a social club for senior citizens.
He served on his local drainage board and council.
As with all good sorts, Bob would have been embarrassed at the idea of a public acknowledgement of his life, Charles Riddle says.
Chartwell Cooperating Church parish administrator Keri Anderson said Bob would probably be horrified to be the subject of an obituary, as he was a modest man.
“He devoted his life to helping others, but Bob would say ‘Oh, I don’t do much’.”
Number 8 Network had the pleasure of meeting Bob on a Winter’s morning at Pukemokemoke, where he was repairing the lookout with a group of friends of the bush reserve.
The group, all ‘retired’, had lugged tools, equipment, boxes of nails up to the summit for a full day’s work. We were inspired, and in awe at their energy, commitment and passion for getting stuck in.
Keith Holborow wrote an account of the day at Pukemokemoke for N8N, click here to read.
And click here for the full obituary in the Waikato Times.