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from 1948. He mar­ried Doreen in 1950 and they had three sons – Ian (Marty), Roy and Ver­non. In the early 1960s he was en­ticed, along with hun­dreds of other Brits, to New Zealand. But the job of chief draughts­man at Nivens in Palmer­ston North was re­stric­tive and in 1969 he moved to Toko­roa to work at the Kin­leith mill as a project en­gi­neer.

His re­tire­ment in 1986 sim­ply meant he in­creased his com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Mr Pilott served at pres­i­dent of the Toko­roa Cos­mopoli­tan Club dur­ing the 1980s and helped with the town’s bud­get ad­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Fol­low­ing the death of wife Doreen three years ago he also joined Lions and be­came pres­i­dent of the Toko­roa RSA.

To his fam­ily he was the man with the Beau­ti­ful Mind. His com­pre­hen­sion of maths was ex­tra­or­di­nary and his abil­ity to teach it suc­cess­fully re­mark­able. The man who left school at 14 spent re­tire­ment time at For­est View teach­ing sev­enth for­m­ers. The first stu­dents of his no-non­sense ap­proach were in tech­ni­cal schools, math­e­mat­ics and en­gi­neer­ing classes in Bri­tain, Palmer­ston North and fi­nally Toko­roa.

In 1991 he en­rolled at Massey Uni­ver­sity and six years of corre- spon­dence study saw him capped with a bach­e­lor of sci­ence in maths.

Those maths skills were also sought by clubs and from 1964 he be­gan an in­volve­ment with soc­cer clubs as trea­surer, firstly with This­tle in Palmer­ston North, then with Toko­roa – where he also found him­self con­trol­ling mat­ters on the field as a ref­eree.

He gained his New Zealand badge and con­tin­ued to ref­eree well into his 80s for Toko­roa women’s and school teams.

Stan and Doreen Pilott were also well known through­out clubs in the Waikato for their ball­room danc­ing and would of­ten travel great dis­tances to find a band that would play their type of mu­sic. The cou­ple, who met in a dance hall, passed on their tal­ents through classes in Toko­roa.

One of their three sons, Ver­non, re­mains in Toko­roa with wife Sue as owner of Pilott Au­to­mo­tive. Marty once taught at Toko­roa High and is now man­ager of a lan­guage school in Welling­ton, and Roy, whose work ca­reer be­gan at the South Waikato News in 1975, is edi­tor of the Taranaki Daily News.

Mr Pilott’s fu­neral was held last Fri­day at the Toko­roa Cos­mopoli­tan Club.

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