Jim Butzbach attended Colin Adams’ Valedictory Ceremony on behalf of the club yesterday He will be providing a report but has asked for all club members to receive a copy of the dedication written by Marg and Stephanie that was read out at the ceremony
Colin George Adams – aka CASH or Grizz
Sadly Hokitika has lost one of it’s “Good Bastards.” This may sound harsh, but on the West Coast it is a prestigious title that not all deserve.
Colin lived on this earth for 79 years. He was a son, uncle, husband, father grandfather and a loyal mate and loved by many.
Colin joined the Hokitika Lions Club back in 2006 with the intention of being helpful and do some socializing at the same time.
For 10 years he served the people of Hokitika as a member of our Lions club, he loved getting in and helping with the projects.
Colin’s role with our club was Den Keeper. This suited him and his personality. He loved to potter with things, sort things, fix things, clean things, hoard things, weld things, he like to keep busy.
Colin was adamant that he did not wish to go up the official ranks of Lions, he was happy and felt at home in the den.
He was a ‘team player’ when the weather was suitable he joined with the team of ‘wood man’ gathering, splitting fire wood for fundraising projects. During the hours spent at the yard, many stories were shared, many jokes and much light hearted ‘banter ‘amongst the team.
He helped gather dead car/truck batteries which were collected to be recycled, this enabled much of the same team of Lion’s blokes get together and make a difference to the environment as well as making more money for club funds.
Colin was a member of the “Black Powder” Club, he had a passion for old guns and making noises with cannons etc. Last October he prepared Hokitika’s iconic cannon in readiness for firing off as part of the towns 150th celebrations.
Colin also served two deployments for his country during the Malaysia emergency, during the years 57-59 and 61-63. He was a member of the Hokitika RSA and had a good group of mates that he enjoyed to share more stories over a cold beer at the end of a busy week.