Stalwart of rugby club dies
A funeral for Hastings sportsman, and administrator Leslie McCarthy was held at St Matthew’s Church, Hastings, today.
Mr McCarthy, who was 82, died at Cranford hospice on Friday.
In 1956 Mr McCarthy was made a life member of the Hastings High School Old Boys’ Rugby Club.
Two years ago he was presented with a souvenir rugby ball for 60 years’ service. He was the club’s longest serving life member.
He was educated at Havelock North Primary and the Waipukurau District High School before starting work in 1928 as a junior clerk with the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile in Waipukurau.
Mr McCarthy went on to become Hastings branch accountant in 1931 and chief clerk and training ofﬁcer with Dalgety, Hastings. He retired in 1976.
Toward the end of the Second World War he served in Italy.
He is survived by his wife, Rona, also a prominent sportswoman who represented New Zealand at the 1938 Empire Games, and their daughter Karin Hume.
Photo caption – Mr McCarthy