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It is with sadness that I read in the NZ Herald yesterday that Cherise passed away on Thursday after her long battle with Cancer.
Most of you who were members prior to 2020 will have known Cherise.
Nelson, her late husband was an active member of our club up until his death in 2019 and held the role of Club Secretary for a number of years.
When Nelson became ill, a number of members and partners assisted Cherise, who was also ill, in her home and to run their business to get it into a position to be sold. Ken Collins spent many a day working in and guiding the business and Cherise.
Colin Barnett
Colin was a member of this club from 1989 for three years and re-joined in 1997. While he was a
very active member of the club he will probably be mainly remembered as our Barbecue Chef
Supreme having been the self-appointed chef for practically every function we had as a club. He was
President of the club 2000 / 2001 and accorded a Paul Harris Fellow in 2005.
Along with Cheryl, they were a very social couple and always the life of any party we had in earlier
times. Many of us made the trip to Pikitu Marae for one of his birthdays I reckon it was his 60 th ,
others say even earlier and even as late as his 70 th (which I very much doubt). He resigned from our
club (and Rotary International) around 2010 – 2011 when they both decided to move to Taupo to be
closer to their son. They have enjoyed more than a decade of semi-retirement in Taupo before Colin
died last week of a brain haemorrhage. The funeral was held last Wednesday at Pikitu Marae and
was attended by six current and two past members of our club.
Thank you for the good times Colin. Those of us who knew you, knew just how much you had to
give. R.I.P. Colin Barnett - Paul Harris Fellow.