Obituaries – June 2020

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Obituaries – June 2020

Margaret King
was a Northcote strength from her birth on 18th June 1934 at Nurse Harding’s
Nursing Home in Onewa Road just a few doors up from St Aidans. Her mother,
Florrie Robertson, and the Robertson family lived in their home in Gladstone Road
as a Northcote family icon for many years, and Florrie herself was a willing and
respected resident of Northcote also for many years. This included her association
and assistance to the life of the church congregation.
Margaret followed her mother echoing those links to Northcote interests including
support and work related to them.
Margaret was a pupil of Northcote Primary School and Northcote College. She was
a valued pupil of Northcote Presbyterian Sunday School. She was a member of
the Northcote Girl Guides – an interest she retained all her life.
She met and married Malcolm King, and the ceremony was held at Northcote
Presbyterian Church, where later she and Malcolm became ordained as Elders.
Following Malcolm’s profession they had several transfers and were away from
Northcote for a spell with teaching positions at various locations from Ruawai to
BeachHaven. but always their interests remained linked to Northcote. It was while
stationed at BeachHaven they took up residence at Papa Place Birkdale where they
quickly renewed their strong and very active interest in the Community of St Aidans
and to which they both pledged a long and strong support in activities and
management. Whether it was –
Administration via Eldership
Or social events requiring organisation such as the Annual Floral Concert and High
Tea.
Help in the Sunday School.
Organisation of the “Kids Friendly Fun Night.”
Offering as “extra staff ” at the Northcote Primary School.
Margaret could be confidently relied on to raise her hand and be one of the first to
say “here I am – I’ll help”.
She was early to assist in activities apart from St Aidans. Outstandingly she was
heavily involved in the Hospital Auxiliary for which official recognition was
forthcoming by the award of the Queens Service Medal (QSM).
In short – Margaret was an invaluable member of St Aidan’s Parish Council and of St
Aidan’s Congregation, and an outstanding Northcote Citizen. Both will greatly miss
her leadership and friendly presence.
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David Graham
passed away peacefully at Bert Sutcliffe Village on 6 May aged 91 years. He was an
elder at St Andrews for many years and a valued member of the pastoral
committee. His life was one of service for family, community, church and
Rotary. Loving husband of June, married for 65 years. We extend our loving
sympathy to his family.