Hon­our­ing Jerry Collins

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A public fu­neral for Jerry Collins will be held on Wed­nes­day, June 17, as the mo­men­tum gath­ers to re­name Porirua Park in his mem­ory.

Collins’ manager and spokesman, Tim Cas­tle, last week re­leased de­tails of two fu­ner­als for the Porirua leg­end.

Collins and his wife, Alana Madill, died in a car ac­ci­dent in France on June 4. Their in­fant daugh­ter is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The first fu­neral, for fam­ily, was sched­uled for Mon­day at North­ern United’s clu­b­rooms at Porirua Park.

The public fu­neral will take place at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Wed­nes­day, from 10am.

‘‘The fam­ily knows that Jerry was loved and ad­mired by the peo­ple of Porirua and be­yond,’’ Cas­tle said. ‘‘He was one of them and played a big role in the com­mu­nity. The fam­ily un­der­stands that many peo­ple want to join them in show­ing their love and re­spect for him.’’

Cas­tle said Collins’ body was brought back to New Zealand by a small group, in­clud­ing his cousin, for­mer All Black Tana Umaga.

He said the fam­ily wanted to thank Porirua City Coun­cil for mak­ing the arena avail­able.

Collins would be buried in a cer­e­mony for ex­tended fam­ily and friends af­ter the Wed­nes­day ser­vice.

Mean­while, a Face­book page cre­ated to gather sup­port to re­name Trust Porirua Park in Collins’ hon­our has more than 6700 likes.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son said re­nam­ing the main grand­stand would not be a prob­lem, but if it was the park there would be a big­ger process.

‘‘The grand­stand is a coun­cil as­set. We can call it what we want,’’ he said. ‘‘ How­ever, I sus­pect the name Porirua Park has been for­malised [un­der the Re­serves Act] and been named for the city.’’

A re­port from coun­cil of­fi­cers would be re­quired, with Porirua City coun­cil­lors to make any de­ci­sion on a name change.

Simp­son said there could also be a dis­cus­sion about ac­knowl­edg­ing golfer Michael Camp­bell’s 2005 US Open victory.

Jerry Collins will be farewelled at a public ser­vice in Porirua on Wed­nes­day.

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