‘Go to’ man farewelled


Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JENNY LING

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.

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