Ron thanked for his ser­vice

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CON­TIN­UED FROM FRONT PAGE... ‘‘You need char­ac­ters like him (Ron Sage) in the world,’’ said SDC en­gi­neer Bruce Miller.

SDC Mararoa Waimea ward coun­cil­lor Brian Dil­lon said Sage had done ‘‘a hell of a lot for the com­mu­nity’’.

‘‘For a big num­ber of years he’s sat on that mower and didn’t get paid bug­ger all. I know you don’t want to re­tire Ron, but that time comes for all of us and your com­mu­nity thanks you for your ser­vice.’’

SDC deputy mayor Paul Duffy said Waikaia had a great rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a tidy town, and Sage had set the stan­dard ev­ery­one had come to ex­pect.

So what will he do to fill in his days now?

The coun­cil wanted to give him a clock for his re­tire­ment, but Sage wasn’t hav­ing a bar of it, say­ing he wasn’t go­ing to be ‘‘sit­ting around watch­ing time pass’’.

‘‘I’ll be keep­ing an eye on the joker that’s do­ing the grass now to make sure he’s do­ing it prop­erly,’’ he said.

Ron Sage has been mow­ing Waikaia’s grass verges for 45 years.

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