Jim gave great ser­vice to his town

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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.


Jim Wheadon

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