Ron thanked for his service
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.