Waiheke Marketplace : February 9th 2011
10 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 9, 2011 NEWS WANTED NOW COMPLETE CARS from $100 to $2000 each 4x4's, Vans, Hiace, Hilux Trucks Diesel or Petrol Going or not $200 to $2000 Picked up, cash paid at your door! (some conditions may apply) All unwanted vehicles free pick up All Tractors & Machinery Top $$$ Paid Fridges, stoves and washing machines are welcome also. Phone 7 days - 022 6800 684 $CarKing$ Waiheke mourns 'face of good work' Service above self: Ken Sowden was always thinking of the ''underdog''. Handing over: Ken Sowden congratulates Bill Vickery on becoming Rotary president. Waiheke Rotary Christmas party: Ken Sowden in 2004 By GILL ALCOCK Large numbers of island residents gathered to say goodbye to a kind and good man'' last Thursday. Representatives from Waiheke Rotary, Wai- heke Island Council of Social Services and Wai- heke Tourism, plus Local Board members, friends and family packed out the venue, Santa Fe in Oneroa, to remember Ken Sowden who master of ceremonies Paul Cowan described as having lived a life worthy of celebration''. Those gathered heard reminiscences from his three daughters Jill, Jen and Jackie, his ex-wife of 18 years and son Jonathon who had trav- elled from Perth. Jill explained how she and her sister Jen had had no contact with their father until seven years ago when they met up at Mr Sowden's mother's funeral and that Jackie and brother Jonathon had only been discovered three years ago after using the social networking site Facebook. Luckily all had met up three weeks ago and spent a memorable day together when Ken did most of the talking, as always''. Ex-wife Carmel Sowden regaled stories of the couple's many exploits across the world from living in Australia and the United States to Europe and South East Asia. We were a great team,'' she said. She proudly told the gathering Mr Sowden had reached a three handicap at golf and had even beaten golfing legend Sir Bob Charles. Sue McCann, who knew Mr Sowden from their time on the Wai- heke Tourism Board, read a poem she had written for him called Lovely Ken''. She raised a laugh with the line always with some kind of scheme on his mind''. Representing the Local Board, Don McKenzie said two man- tras characterised Mr Sowden's time on this earth: Rotary's service above self'' and just do it''. While the rest of us were still scratching our heads, Ken was halfway to half done'', he said of Mr Sowden's energy and desire to succeed. Mr McKenzie told the gathering about some of Mr Sowden's projects that he had put into practise, including the Christmas voucher scheme for those less fortunate than himself'' that he helped organise through WICOSS and the home insulation scheme he had pushed very hard for''. Ken introduced youth to the marae involving 16 to 17-year-olds in Maori culture. He was practical and down-to-earth. He saw the need and did it,'' Mr McKenzie said. Denise Roche, speak- ing on behalf of WICOSS, told the gath- ering Mr Sowden's strength was in connect- ing us all''. He was the face of good work on the island.'' Rotary president Dave Cook said he was made an honorary member of Rotary in 2009. Wrapping up the speeches, MC Mr Cowan described Mr Sowden as always turning over stones'' with a never- ending flow of ideas''. He was ever the salesman and always a kind and good man.'' Former chairman of Waiheke Community Board Tony Sears described Mr Sowden as having mana. He had a great pres- ence about him. KenisamanwhoI have great respect for. He was here for the underdog --- the elderly and the less fortunate. He wasn't doing things for himself, he was doing things for the little guys.'' Mr Sowden died at Auckland Hospital on Saturday, January 29 after a fall outside his home the previous even- ing. A TRIBUTE TO KEN The following is a tribute to Ken Sowden, Rotary president 2006-2007, from the current president Dave Cook. ''Ken Sowden was a bastion of the Waiheke community, practising as he did the Rotary motto of Service Above Self. ''He was inducted a member of the Waiheke Rotary Club in 2004 and after only two years became president, and an honorary member in 2009. Ken's untimely death on January 29 after a fall is a sad loss to the community and to the Rotary Club of Waiheke. ''The practical nature of Ken's work is memorialised in a 2008 publication, the Waiheke Island Residential Aged and Retirement Handbook. ''Ken patiently compiled and won funds to publish this invaluable resource guide that sets out criteria for accessing local social, health, financial and recreational services to which retirees, the disabled and residents on limited incomes are entitled. ''Among the prog- rammes championed by Ken was the Christmas Voucher scheme that continues to bring cheer to some during the festive season, the insulation of older homes, and a scheme for visiting youth to experience marae culture. ''Rotary has lost one of its leaders and, in extending sincere sympathy to those close to Ken, pays tribute to his gifts of idealism and innovation to Rotary and to his work for the community.''
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