Good doctor honoured a year on

23:00, Jan 23 2013

Three of Ralph Saxe's passions - flying, medicine and shoes - will serve as a reminder of how the Palmerston North doctor touched the community.

About 60 people packed into Radius Medical - The Palms yesterday for a remembrance ceremony for the pilot who died a year ago when the plane he was in crashed into Timona Park, Feilding.

Friend and chiropractor Brett Ireland also died in the crash.

The Palms clinical director Wayne Hayter said the turnout showed how many people missed Dr Saxe.

"As managing director here, he helped make this place the largest custom-built medical centre in the country."

Dr Hayter said Dr Saxe had helped set the centre on the path to becoming a fully integrated family clinic. ‘We are going to continue the vision he left."


Dr Saxe's widow, Joanne Saxe, unveiled a memorial made up of memorabilia belonging to her late husband. Included was his stethoscope, pieces of aeroplane paraphernalia and a photographic collection of some of his shoes.

Dr Saxe was a big fan of shoes, owning up to 80 pairs at one stage.

The words "behind every successful man is a fabulous pair of shoes" were inscribed underneath the pictures of the shoes.

Red Cross regional retail manager Renee Ramakers said donating shoes was an appropriate way to remember Dr Saxe.

"The money then goes towards projects like dementia care, Meals on Wheels and emergency response."

A Civil Aviation Authority report released this week found that a loose screwdriver lodged into the elevator control of the plane was the cause of the crash.

Manawatu Standard