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Tuesday May 2 2017
Hockey stalwart farewelled
Fashion By Bridget Rutherford IT WAS Harewood hockey stalwart Bill Lynn’s wish to visit Nunweek Park one last time – and that he did. The Harewood Hockey Club life member and patron, and Canterbury Hockey life member died on April 22, aged 87. After his funeral last Thursday, his casket, which was illustrated with a photo of Nunweek Park, was wheeled out into the middle of the No 1 field. He was then saluted with a round of applause from those who attended, and later, a rum. “He was a great lover of rums,” former Harewood Hockey Club president Gary Spence said. He said Mr Lynn was always on the sideline to chat, lend advice and cheer on the players. “We call him a club icon and a bit of a treasure.” More than 500 people gathered to farewell the man known to many as ‘Mr Nunweek’ – about 20 of those were either current or past New Zealand hockey representatives. His daughter Sue Mardon said there were two sides to her father, his family side, and his
Gardening STALWART: Bill Lynn was a fixture on the sidelines of Harewood and Canterbury hockey matches. PHOTO: KYLE KNOWLES
Motoring hockey life. She said he was surrounded by women – his late wife Fay, daughters Sue and Phillipa, and his three granddaughters. But he did spend a lot of time with his son-in-law Ian Mardon, and loved the contact
with people at the club, she said. Mrs Mardon said Mr Lynn particularly liked watching the junior players come through the age groups. “He was particularly proud of his life memberships with Canterbury Hockey Association
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and Harewood Hockey. He really stepped up to his role as patron of Harewood.” During his 70 years at the club, Mr Lynn was involved with the construction of the original clubrooms, fundraised for the first turf to be laid in 1989, the construction of the changing rooms and the relocation of the clubrooms. He was also the clubroom bar manager for 10 years among other things. In 1996 he was named Canterbury Hockey Association Volunteer of the Year, and in 2015, he got a Lifetime Achievement at the Marriotts Hadlee Sports Awards, which was particularly special to Mr Lynn and his family. Following the February 2011 earthquake, Mr Lynn began making scrapbooks with photos and newspaper clippings about the hockey facilities and people affected. “It’s just something to keep me out of mischief,” he said at the time. A tribute from Canterbury Hockey said Mr Lynn was a fixture around the city’s hockey pitches, and his “smile and good nature were constants”.
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