Ex-mayor of Waipawa dies
Former Waipawa mayor Eric Charles Kingston, QSM, died at Mount Herbert Home in Waipukurau at the weekend.
Mr Kingston is remembered for his commitment to Waipawa where he lived most of his life.
He went to Waipawa Primary School and Waipawa District High. He took a keen interest in the former Waipawa United Football club, becoming a life member and patron.
He was also an hononary [honorary] member of the Waipawa Fire Brigade.
Mr Kingston was associated with the Waipawa Borough Council for many years. He was town clerk in the late 1940s and 1950s and was mayor from 1961 to 1974.
His presentation of the Queen’s Service Medal reﬂected his dedication to his community.
Long-time friend John Hokke, Otane, said: “He (Mr Kingston) was a man prepared to work for Waipawa more than just 40 hours a week.”
Mr Kingston was legal clerk for the Waipawa branch of Lee, Mackie, Hacker, and McKay for many years.
In 1961 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace.
The Manchester Unity Lodge was a life-time interest. Mr Kingston was associated with Abbotsford Lodge for 60 years, and was a past District Grand Master of Hawke’s Bay. He was also a past master of Abercorn Masonic Lodge.
Bowls, the Waipawa Rotary Club, and senior citizens also claimed his time.
Mr Kingston is survived by his wife, Eileen, and son Stuart.