Dennis John OLIVER (1932 – 2017)

Name

Dennis John Oliver

Gender

Male

Birthdate

13 August 1932

Birthplace

Wanganui

Marriage(s)

1956

Date of death

22 March 2017

Parents

  • William Oliver (1903-1978)
  • Irene Joyce (Joyce) Oliver, nee Gilling (27/9/1907-1990)

Children

  • Robert Oliver
  • Richard Oliver
  • Shelley Oliver

Primary education

Hawera Primary School

Secondary education

Hawera High School

Tertiary education

University of the South Pacific, Massey University

Biography

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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