‘Two-for-one’ cou­ple get com­mu­nity recog­ni­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Ted Guy was Wa­haroa through and through – and if Ted was, then so was Eva.

The pair were mar­ried for 56 years and spent much of their time to­gether work­ing to­wards a brighter fu­ture for the town. Ted even came to be known as the Mayor of Wa­haroa and the com­mu­nity was dev­as­tated when he died sud­denly in 2010.

The pos­i­tive in­flu­ence he had in the town can still be felt and has been com­mem­o­rated in a bench seat ded­i­cated to both him and Eva.

Ted was born in Mata­mata and, apart from three years spent liv­ing in Cam­bridge, spent his en­tire life in Wa­haroa.

He and Eva were mar­ried in 1954 and they moved into their house on Car­roll St on Guy Fawkes Day in 1955.

Over the years, they were in­volved in ev­ery­thing from the Wa­haroa Main­street and Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee to the Wa­haroa Ten­nis Club.

Their two daugh­ters Elaine and Sandy at­tended Wa­haroa School (now Te Kura o Wa­haroa) and Ted was on the school com­mit­tee.

He also had a strong in­volve­ment in the Wa­haroa Ath­let­ics Club for 50 years and Eva for al­most as long.

‘‘Wher­ever Dad went, Mum wasn’t far be­hind. They were a two-for-one deal,’’ said Sandy.

They looked af­ter and pro­moted the St David’s Church and dec­o­rated it for Christ­mas for 17 years.

‘‘I al­ways mowed one side of the church lawn and Ted did the other side,’’ Eva said.

Ted was a vol­un­teer for the budget ad­vi­sory ser­vice and the chair of the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Chest.

The cou­ple also ded­i­cated time to the Mata­mata Har­ri­ers, Keep Mata­mata Beau­ti­ful, the Wa­haroa Do­main Board, the Wa­haroa Me­mo­rial Hall and St Andrew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church.

Ted’s con­tri­bu­tion to Wa­haroa was recog­nised with a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal in 1992.

Eva is still com­mit­tees.

She has also kept up a tra­di­tion started by Ted called the ‘‘emu walk’’ other­wise known as pick­ing up lit­ter.

‘‘Wa­haroa was our home and I think you have got to look af­ter your home,’’ said Eva.


sev­eral com­mu­nity

Crafts, knit­ting and gar­den­ing keep her busy and she uses them to raise funds for St David’s Church, which is in need of earthquake proof­ing.

Eva said she it was a sur­prise to have her name on the bench along­side Ted’s.

Sandy said she was ‘‘ re­ally, re­ally proud’’ of her par­ents and ev­ery­thing they had con­trib­uted to Wa­haroa.

The bench is be­ing un­veiled at 1.30pm on Satur­day at the rest stop in Wa­haroa.

Com­mu­nity minded: Long-time Wa­haroa res­i­dent Eva Guy holds a pic­ture of her­self with late hus­band Ted af­ter he was awarded a QSM.

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