'Detective' very community-minded

Last updated 05:00 13/02/2013

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Renowned anthropologist Ashley Montagu once said "the idea is to die young as late as possible".

New Plymouth man Frank Morine did just that when he died on Sunday after three months of poor health aged 100.

Mr Morine's daughter, Elizabeth Farndon, remembered her father as a humble and dignified man who was very community-minded.

A Justice of the Peace for 44 years, Mr Morine was awarded a QSM in 2007 and a Citizen's Award in 1985, recognising his service to the community.

Born in September 1912, Mr Morine was educated at New Plymouth Boys' High School and became a chartered accountant, owning his own firm, Morine and James, in New Plymouth years later. He was a member of the Home Guard and the Bomb Disposal Squad during World War II and became a reluctant hero when he saved a colleague from drowning offshore from Belt Rd during a bomb disposal threat.

Mr Morine was a member of New Plymouth Rotary Club for 63 years, serving as president, secretary and treasurer. He was involved with a number of community clubs, including lodge, bowling and harriers.

In a personal capacity, Mr Morine was an avid gardener and vegetables were his speciality.

He walked to work almost every day for more than 30 years and was well known because he dressed smartly and often wore his trench coat, tweed hat and briefcase. School girls at New Plymouth Girls' High School believed him to be a detective.

In terms of an explanation for his longevity, Mr Morine always believed that, for men, the companionship of a good woman added years to their lives.

Men, look after your wives - they are more precious than you realise, he would say.

He and his wife, Grace Morine, nee Smeaton, had six children - Francis John (deceased), Margaret Garrett, Bruce, Elizabeth Farndon, Alistair and Ian. They had nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Elizabeth Farndon

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