A com­mu­nity-minded vol­un­teer

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Hall (for an in­dus­trial kitchen).

An­other in­ter­est­ing task Tem­ple­ton has done is con­duct a funeral ser­vice at the re­quest of the de­ceased’s es­tate.

Last sum­mer, Tem­ple­ton com­men­tated at the south­ern tim­ber sports Christ­mas and New Year cir­cuit for the 29th year, call­ing at Cromwell, Gore, Otau­tau, River­ton, Co­lac Bay and Tu­at­a­pere.

He does the same at the Browns’ Sports Day in Jan­uary.

‘‘I did the South Is­land ax­e­men’s champs at Reefton this year,’’ said Tem­ple­ton, who is a life mem­ber of the Tu­at­a­pere Ax­e­men’s Ath­letic So­ci­ety and South­land-Otago Ax­e­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

‘‘I’ve been go­ing to wood­chop­ping since I was 7.’’

He com­peted for a few years but his pas­sion lies with com­men­tat­ing.

Tu­at­a­pere born and raised, Tem­ple­ton lived in the west­ern South­land town for 28 years.

He re­mem­bers the days the Tu­at­a­pere district had 15 sawmills, and be­ing aged 12 when his fam­ily’s home got con­nected to elec­tric­ity.

‘‘We got taught how to deer stalk and pig hunt­ing and how to han­dle a ri­fle.’’

His un­cles, An­drew and James Tem­ple­ton, opened the first gro­cery shop in Tu­at­a­pere in the 1990s.

Tem­ple­ton has lived in Aus­tralia and has been in River­ton for the past 30 years.

JAMIE SEARLE/STUFF 634513402

Peter Tem­ple­ton, a staunch sup­porter of com­mu­nity fundrais­ing and events in west­ern South­land.

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