Ded­i­cated rugby man touched peo­ple’s lives


Central Leader - - NEWS - By ALASTAIR LYNN

He gave 80 years of ser­vice to the sport he loved.

Auck­land Rugby owes a great deal to Dave Dal­gleish, 88, who died on June 12.

He was an ac­tive ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Auck­land Rugby Union, Pri­mary Schools Re­gional Rugby Union and Teach­ers Eastern Rugby Club.

In 1997 he was made a Mem­ber of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for ser­vices to rugby.

He was born in Gis­borne in 1927 and his fam­ily moved to North­cote to fol­low his fa­ther’s work as a ship­ping engi­neer.

In Auck­land his love for rugby grew and spurred a strong con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal scene.

His eldest daugh­ter Janet Dal­gleish says her fa­ther was al­ways mo­ti­vated to help in any way he could.

‘‘He had many dis­trac­tions and rugby was prob­a­bly one of them,’’ she says.

‘‘He was al­ways a prac­ti­cal man, just wanted to get on and do things. He had an amaz­ing abil­ity with peo­ple.’’

Af­ter leav­ing school Mr Dal­gleish spent a few years work­ing in car­pen­try un­til a friend inspired a ca­reer change to teach­ing.

And af­ter hang­ing up his boots in his mid-20s he was not one to sit idly on the side­lines.

He lived in Green­lane and over the years held al­most ev­ery ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tion at Teach­ers Eastern Rugby Club, while also hold­ing lead­er­ship po­si­tions in sev­eral Auck­land schools.

Auck­land Pri­mary Schools’ Rugby Union pres­i­dent Howard Perry first came un­der his leader- ship as a teacher at Pasadena In­ter­me­di­ate.

‘‘Dave thought of school ad­min­is­tra­tion as quite straight­for­ward,’’ Perry says.

‘‘He was a hard work­ing man who ex­pected his teach­ers to work hard. He spent enor­mous hours volunteering in rugby but also his ded­i­ca­tion to his teach­ers was huge. He was a leader.’’

He inspired loy­alty. While prin­ci­pal at Hen­der­son In­ter­me­di­ate, Janet Dal­gleish says her fa­ther had much of the staff in­volved in ‘‘ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar work’’.

‘‘I found all his staff were in­volved in Teach­ers Eastern in some way or another,’’ she says.

‘‘He touched a num­ber of peo­ple’s lives.’’

Dave Dal­gleish is sur­vived by his wife Ver­leen, chil­dren Janet, Karen and Suzanne, and five grand­chil­dren.

A fu­neral ser­vice was held on June 17.

The late Dave Dal­gleish.

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