Our old mate Evan Smith died a week ago and was cremated on Friday.
Here is a wonderful eulogy from the Press yesterday. https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/122627605/life-story-the-cantankerous-bugger-who-saved-a-community
I liked the final part where Tom McBrearty commented on the visit of a Bellbird. The “they” referred to in the article is CCC:
While being filmed at the site of his old home he heard a bellbird there for the first time.
“That’s quite something. That gives me a real sense of hope for the future,” he said.
“I think that bellbird was saying to him, ‘come home’,” McBrearty said. “I want that bellbird to carry the promise that has been given to him and to make sure they deliver on it.”
In the Press article there was this wonderful photo. Evan was a “doer” and this picture summarises him really well.