Saturday, 17 November 2018

WHITIANGA WEATHER

A tribute to Clive Moyle

By Jack Biddle

I surprised myself recently when I discovered I have been an Informer contributor for just on six years. Wow, how the time has flown!

Over my time with The Informer I have had the privilege to meet some wonderful people from all walks of life and all with a unique story to tell. Many of those people have left a lasting impression on me for all the right reasons.

And while the interviews can be relatively short at times and you quickly move onto the next assignment, some people are never forgotten and you are forever grateful for the opportunity to be welcomed into their homes and to be able to share a small part of their life with them. 

Clive Ronald Moyle who passed away on 28 September this year at age 79 was one such person. We met in late 2013. My brief was to meet up with Clive and his wife Julie at their home in Coroglen, where I was to do an interview about their two much loved restored cars.

Clive was a Ford man through and through and owned a 1961 MK2 Zephyr and a 1975 Ford Escort MK1. Both cars were immaculate, as was his garage that the cars called home. Having everything in its place and in perfect condition, I was to learn was Clive’s trademark in everything he did.  

Clive came across as a very genuine person from the first handshake. He made me feel welcome and was happy to share stories and not boast about his much loved cars and as it turned out, other toys he had around the property.    

Many readers will no doubt know or remember Clive and Julie, not as car enthusiasts, but as owners of the local milk run just on 30 years. They first started delivering milk into the Whitianga area in 1975, when Whitianga had a population of around 1,500 people.  The milk run was to expand over time, eventually taking in a much larger area.

Some others will remember Clive for his involvement in the local pony club or when he would help out Mercury Bay Area School by transporting gear down to Mt Ruapehu for the school ski trips.

Others will remember Clive as the milkman who gave them a job and a kick start in life. Many of those he employed remained friends for life. He was by all accounts a good boss and led by example, teaching both his employees and family the value of hard work. 

Clive also loved keeping in contact with family and those friends he made when he was a builder living in Pukekohe, where he become a foundation member of the Pukekohe Hot Rod club in the late 1960s. He would later follow daughter, Lisa, into racing a production sedan at the local Mercury Bay speedway track and went on to compete for 10 seasons. As well as racing, his contribution to speedway in Mercury Bay in other ways is a major reason why the sport was so popular among locals.

A heart by-pass operation during his racing days signalled it was time to retire the racing helmet permanently and look for another hobby still revolving around cars, but something that would keep the heart rate at a more desirable level. The two Fords filled that gap perfectly.

Clive’s grandson, Bodie Abrahamson, would eventually take up the speedway baton and continues to race at the elite level around New Zealand. His biggest fan up until his passing was his grandfather.

Clive you were a true gentleman and will be long remembered for your contribution to the community. I only got to sit down with you for a short time five years ago, but you made such a positive and lasting impression. How lucky were others who have known you for much longer and have spent much more time with you.

Rest in peace.

Pictured is Clive Moyle, who passed away on 28 September this year. He was 79 years old.

 

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