Many years of ser­vice given to community

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

He is be­ing re­mem­bered as a ‘‘good and de­cent man’’.

South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil­lor Bar­rie Her­lihy JP died overnight last Tues­day in his Toko­roa home, af­ter ded­i­cat­ing al­most 50 years of ser­vice to the dis­trict.

Mr Her­lihy was serv­ing his first term as a coun­cil­lor af­ter hav­ing worked as its Civil De­fence man­ager for many years and was the coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive for se­nior cit­i­zens and the youth coun­cil.

He had also worked as a taxi driver in Toko­roa for eight years and worked with emer­gency ser­vices and emer­gency man­age­ment civil de­fence, lead­ing him to serve as a prin­ci­pal ru­ral fire of­fi­cer.

His work also saw him help in the re­sponse to Cy­clone Bola dev­as­ta­tion on East Cape in March, 1988.

He was farewelled on Mon­day at Papa o te Aroha Marae in Toko­roa.

Fel­low coun­cil­lor and long-time con­fi­dante Lyn Cor­ban said the 67 year old was the most gen­tle per­son she had ever met.

‘‘He was fair-minded, you would not find a more gen­tle per­son. He was a real pas­sion­ate per­son. He had a lot of pas­sion for youth and help­ing them. Bar­rie was just a good, de­cent man and very friendly.’’

Cr Cor­ban’s sad­ness over the loss of her ‘‘mate’’ of 40 years was clear: ‘‘I am re­ally go­ing to miss him. I have known him since I have lived here, and I’ve lived here for al­most 40 years. He was a sup­port base both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally.

‘‘ He was very community minded, fam­ily ori­ented, a good keen man,’’ she said.

With his wife, Julie, he raised three sons, vol­un­teered as a soc­cer coach, and was a mem­ber on school boards of trus­tees and par­en­tteacher as­so­ci­a­tions.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair ex­tended his con­do­lences.

‘‘ Our heart­felt sym­pa­thy is ex­tended to Cr Her­lihy’s fam­ily at this sad time. As a past staff mem­ber and as a coun­cil­lor, he was a well- known per­son in the community and will be sadly missed by many.’’

His pass­ing is also be­ing felt on the Youth Coun­cil and Toko­roa Se­nior Cit­i­zens where he was a coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Toko­roa Se­nior Cit­i­zens cen­tre man­ager Lynne Camp­bell said he would be missed.

‘‘He was one of those guys who you could talk to . . . He al­ways tried to help.’’

The coun­cil’s community de­vel­op­ment man­ager Amanda Hema, who worked along­side Cr Her­lihy on youth coun­cil ac­tiv­i­ties, said his work with youth was com­mend­able.

‘‘I can’t speak highly enough of Coun­cil­lor Her­lihy’s pas­sion for the youth of this dis­trict.

‘‘It was never about him im­part­ing his knowl­edge to the youth; it was more about him gain­ing en­light­en­ment and feed­back from them.’’

Un­der the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act there are sev­eral op­tions as to how to treat the va­cancy; this will be dis­cussed at to­mor­row’s coun­cil meet­ing.


PASS­ING: South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil­lor Bar­rie Her­lihy JP passed away last week and is be­ing re­mem­bered by fam­ily, friends and col­leagues for his pas­sion­ate and en­dear­ing na­ture.

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