Dennis John OLIVER (1932 – 2017)
NameDennis John Oliver
Birthdate13 August 1932
Date of death22 March 2017
- William Oliver (1903-1978)
- Irene Joyce (Joyce) Oliver, nee Gilling (27/9/1907-1990)
- Robert Oliver
- Richard Oliver
- Shelley Oliver
Primary educationHawera Primary School
Secondary educationHawera High School
Tertiary educationUniversity of the South Pacific, Massey University
Dennis came to Hawke’s Bay to rescue the YMCA which was in financial strife, setting up many youth-centred programmes aimed at getting young men into the workforce. He spent many years in Fiji and Samoa where he set up these programmes originally, with a view to bringing the Islands into the modern world. He also ran the development of U3A in Hawke’s Bay.
His father was from Cornwall, lived in Wanganui; older sister Laureen; maternal grandmother Janie Trerise from Cornwall; lived in Hawera from 1937 onwards
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