QSM for walk­ing track champ

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

Marl­bor­ough Sounds man Rod Eatwell, who ded­i­cated three decades to his beloved Queen Char­lotte Track be­fore dy­ing in a car crash last week, has been awarded a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal.

Eatwell, 90, was due to re­ceive the award in the New Year Hon­ours List, how­ever the gov­er­nor-gen­eral en­acted it early after he died in a State High­way 1 col­li­sion, be­tween Pic­ton and Blen­heim, last Tues­day.

Eatwell’s fam­ily re­ceived a let­ter from the hon­ours of­fice say­ing the medal had taken ef­fect from No­vem­ber 27, the date of his death.

‘‘I have the priv­i­lege to ad­vise the fam­ily and friends of Rod Eatwell that the award of the Queen’s Ser­vice Medal was ap­proved by Her Majesty The Queen be­fore his death, and was to have been an­nounced in the New Year 2019 Hon­ours List on 31 De­cem­ber 2018,’’ the let­ter said.

Eatwell’s son John Eatwell said the award was en­acted early so it could be an­nounced at the fu­neral, which was held on Tues­day at the Na­tiv­ity Church in Blen­heim.

Eatwell was con­sid­ered the grand­fa­ther of the Kenepuru Walk­way that later be­came part of the Queen Char­lotte Track.

He had ac­cepted the award about a month be­fore his death, John said. ‘‘He was very ex­cited about it, he was very pleased.

‘‘We’re very pleased for him that he knew about it and had recog­ni­tion for all his ef­forts.

‘‘As a fam­ily, we’re al­ways proud of all the things he did, but to get ex­ter­nal recog­ni­tion is also fan­tas­tic.’’

Eu­lo­gies were given by fam­ily mem­bers and for­mer MP Linda Scott on be­half of the Queen Char­lotte Track com­mu­nity.

Eatwell re­ceived the award for his ser­vices to the com­mu­nity and out­door re­cre­ation and his more than 40 years in­volve­ment in the Marl­bor­ough com­mu­nity.

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