Saturday, 16 January 2021

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Pat Doak memorial bench dedicated

In addition to Pat Doak’s family, members of the police, Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade and Whitianga Lions, as well as elected members from Thames-Coromandel District Council, attended on Saturday morning last week the dedication of a memorial bench in Pat’s name.

Pat served Whitianga as a policeman from 2005 to October 2019, when he unexpectedly passed away. He was much-loved. His funeral was one of the biggest Whitianga has ever seen.

The memorial bench was a Whitianga Lions initiative. The bench was built by Thames-Coromandel District Council and paid for by the Lions.

The bench was installed at the small reserve between the Taputapuatea and Tarapatiki bridges on Buffalo Beach Road in Whitianga. It was one of Pat’s favourite spots in Whitianga.

The dedication was led by Joe Davis, kaumatua of Ngāti Hei. When Joe opened the floor for contributions from those present, Pat’s daughter, Kathryn O’Shaughnessy, said although Pat’s death was a great loss, it caused all the people of Whitianga to become her family.

The plaque on the bench reads as follows, “In memory of Policeman Pat Doak. Served the Whitianga community from 2005 to 2019.”

Unfortunately, the bench was damaged in an accident on Monday this week when a vehicle reversed into it. Work to have it repaired started immediately.  

Pictured: All the members of Pat’s family who attended the dedication with Whitianga Lions president, Ernie Pitchfork (on the right).

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