Jim gave great service to his town
boys Robert and Christopher take part in sports.
Jim’s love of skiing saw him join the Matamata Ski Club as a teenager and the Wheadon family spent a number of holidays up on Mt Ruapehu.
Taking the yacht out on the water while holidaying at the family bach was also another favourite pastime of Jim’s.
Jim always wholeheartedly supported local projects.
He worked on the toilets at Firth Tower, was actively involved with the establishment of Matamata’s Skate Park and helped build the stage at Railside on the Green to name a few.
Jim believed a bronze statue of Wiremu Tamihana should be erected in Matamata township. His passion for history was infectious.
Twelve years ago, Jim was invited to be the patron of Matamata Brass and he soon realised how important it was to have an active band in the community. He threw everything he had into his role and helped the band find its feet again.
At the age of 70, Jim decided he wanted to learn how to ride a horse.
This involved expeditions to Taumarunui where he would go on treks with his mates. Age was no barrier when it came to a bit of excitement and adventure.
Jim passed away on February 8, after a short illness. He was 72 years old.
He is survived by his wife Joyce and sons Robert and Christopher.