Arthur Finch – Tribute

Arthur Finch, a long standing member of the North Otago Branch and the N.Z. Radio D.X. League died on Sunday February 23, 2014 aged 86. Arthur was born in Wellington on 13 April 1927. In 1932 the family moved to Hillscreek where his Father had found work on the Falls Dam. In 1935 they shifted to Katiki then Shag Point. In mid-November 1936 they shifted to Oamaru. Arthur then attended the Oamaru South School and from 1941 to 1944 he attended Waitaki Boys’ High School. Arthur worked on a farm at Becks for four and half years returning to Oamaru to work at the Woollen Mills and then to Gillies Foundry. He contacted T.B. and was in Waipiata Sanatorium for about ten months. He worked there afterwards as an Orderly/Nurse for about five years. He went to the Ranfurly Hospital where he became Ambulance Driver, Storeman Clerk, bathed patients and took X-Rays. In 1974 he shifted to Hamilton to work at Waikato Hospital as a Storeman, becoming Stores Clerk in charge of the Dressing Store returning to Oamaru in 1989.

Arthur joined the North Otago Branch in 2000 and served as Treasurer for many years. He handled the finances for all the Conventions held in Oamaru and was always very conscientious and accurate in carrying out his duties. He was always the perfect gentleman and we will all miss his friendship at meetings, conventions and at Waianakarua.

Peter J. Grenfell

2 March 2014.

One response to “Arthur Finch – Tribute

  1. Arthur was our branch Treasurer and he kept the books as neatly and tidily as he did everything in life. His garden was spotless as was the house, car and everything else. Arthur was a quietly-spoken, laid back character and nothing flustered him.
    He retired from the Hamilton Hospital to Oamaru where he has a sister, several nephews Arthur was a keen SWL and found it an interesting past-time for retirement now that he had given up harriers. He was proud of his time with the Franklin Harriers Club and in retirement went on long (and very fast) walks around the Oamaru hills. He was also a very keen swimmer and ran up big lap numbers at the local pool making swimmers much younger than him feel very inadequate!

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