‘Go to’ man farewelled
He was an influential coach and administrator for New Zealand athletics and a selfless man who helped the community.
Joe McManemin, a man who holds a long list of sporting achievements, died on August 5, aged 91.
He leaves behind two daughters, Diane O’Connor and Jan Maconaghie, who live on the North Shore, and son Murray McManemin who lives in Melbourne.
He had four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The funeral was held at St Mary’s Church in Parnell on Tuesday, followed by a private burial at Purewa Cemetery in Meadowbank.
McManemin was a pharmacist who owned a chemist in Mt Roskill for more than 30 years.
Daughter Diane O’Connor says her dad was giving, selfless and ‘‘rich in character’’.
‘‘In the pharmacy, people would come in and he would be their proxy doctor,’’ she says.
‘‘They’d come to him as a counsellor and mentor.
‘‘Anyone who had a problem he was there, he put anyone else’s needs before his own.
‘‘He was like a community ‘go to’ person for all their needs.’’
McManemin was a leading national junior and senior sprinter during the 1930s and 1940s.
The Royal Oak resident became a top sprint coach for the likes of Maurice Rae and Doreen Porter.
He was involved in the victories of Peter Snell, Murray Halberg and Barry Magee at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games in his role as athletics section manager.
McManemin was general manager of the New Zealand team to the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games and Chef de Mission to the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
He was a member of the organising committee for the 1950 Auckland Empire Games and the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games.
He was instrumental in bringing the 1990 Commonwealth Games to Auckland.
Athletics New Zealand communications manager Brett Addison says McManemin was a past president and life member of the organisation.
‘‘He was a very influential person through the 60s and 70s with his involvement in coaching and administration,’’ he says.
‘‘He touched the lives of many people in sport. And he was a pretty good athlete himself.’’
McManemin was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1974 Queen’s Birthday honours and received the Queen’s Service Order in the 1990 New Year honours.
O’Connor says her father retired at aged 58 and went on to be a Justice of the Peace at the Auckland District Court.
He was also a wedding and funeral celebrant.