Saturday, 14 December 2019


After 57 years of serving the Whitianga community in a host of different ways, 85-year-old Vernon John (Jack) Cooper closed the doors of the building at 2 Monk Street, Whitianga for the final time in December last year.

From a qualified barber and a banker with a lovely wife and two children to a Catholic priest, Father Tony Delsink, the priest of St Patrick’s Catholic Parish in Whitianga and St Mary’s Catholic Parish in Tairua, has packed multiple lives and many experiences into his 75 years.

Living on the Coromandel has many pluses. Great beaches, friendly people and a real sense of community spirit. The Peninsula also has incredible emergency service staff available at the end of a phone call. It is often said that you can get to hospital quicker from the Coromandel than if you were to suffer an accident or medical event on the outskirts of Auckland and that’s something Auckland resident, Ian Robertson, was very grateful for back in January this year.

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