A.W.S. LONGLEY, M.B.E., J.P.
First elected to the Central Hawke’s Bay Electric Power Board in May, 1926, Mr A.W.S. Longley died on 31 May, 1980.
Apart from two small periods, Mr Longley continued as a Board Member until his retirement in 1971, 45 years after his first election. He served two years as deputy Chairman and four as Chairman of the Board.
He was born in Yorkshire, 93 years ago. First a school teacher, Mr Longley eventually became a farmer.
His has been a life member of public service – 33 years as a member of the Patangata County Council, a Justice of the Peace for over 60 years, active in the Porangahau Anglican Church for over 70 years, a Past Master of his Masonic Lodge, having been a Master both in 1935 and 1963, President of the East Coast Rugby Sub-Union for 17 years, and a President of the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union.
Though Mr Longley was a Power Board member from 1926 onwards, he did not receive an electricity supply to his Wimbledon home until 1955.
Mr and Mrs Longley were married for 70 years, and he is survived by his wife.