Min­is­ter had pas­sion for all life, in­clud­ing God’s work

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Ngatauiwi Lloyd Cross­ley Ngapo, bet­ter known as Lloyd or Chief, will be re­mem­bered for the many bless­ings he be­stowed at var­i­ous com­mu­nity func­tions as an Angli­can min­is­ter.

To his fam­ily he will be re­mem­bered as a ded­i­cated hus­band and fa­ther who al­ways put his fam­ily first.

Mr Ngapo was born at Manaia in 1947. At 8 years old he and his fam­ily moved to Man­gakino where his fa­ther worked on the Whaka­maru dam.

Mr Ngapo ex­celled at school even­tu­ally be­ing made head pre­fect at the then Man­gakino District High School.

He was an ex­cel­lent sports­man who suc­ceeded at var­i­ous sports in­clud­ing cricket, ath­let­ics and his beloved rugby.

While at school, Mr Ngapo would find his soul­mate, Gaynor Ross, the step­daugh­ter of the lo­cal doc­tor.

‘‘He in­vited me to a lo­cal dance, I said I would go if he would find a date for a friend of mine. I re­mem­ber say­ing to my friend we would go to the dance with them and ditch them.

‘‘ It’s funny when I think about it, be­cause it was that dance that pretty much sealed the deal,’’ Mrs Ngapo said. could no longer walk.’’ Mrs Ngapo said.

In 2006, Mr Ngapo left his job as a so­cial worker at Raukawa, when he was di­ag­nosed with kid­ney fail­ure.

He lost his bat­tle on Oc­to­ber 13, 2012 sur­rounded by his wife, chil­dren and five grand­chil­dren.

Mr Ngapo was in­volved in all as­pects of the com­mu­nity – as a mem­ber of the Toko­roa High School Old Boys, Forest­land Va­ri­ety Mu­sic Club and a staunch ad­vo­cate for an­i­mals.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Gaynor Ngapo, his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. De­cem­ber 29, 1947 – Oc­to­ber 13, 2012.

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