Members of Colin Jones’ family will receive a Stratford Citizen Award in his name. Photo / Provided
Colin Jones’ service to his community has spanned decades spanning a wide range of areas from school to athletic committees, the Young Farmers Club as well as local charities and firefighters.
Colin died on June 27 this year, just days after receiving a letter from Stratford District Mayor Neil Volzke telling him he was due to receive a 2022 Stratford District Citizen Award in recognition of his many years community and district service. . Colin’s family will accept the award on his behalf at the awards night in August.
Colin has given years of service to a wide range of groups and clubs over the years, taking on many volunteer roles in his community.
While farming in Toko, Colin served on the Toko Estate Board of Directors for 26 years and served on the Toko Hall Committee for 14 years, serving as Chairman for six years. He was elected to the Toko school committee in 1975, chairing it for four years and he was also an integral part of the organizing committee for the school’s last two jubilee celebrations.
In 1955 Colin joined the Young Farmers Club, where he remained a member until 1972. Over the years he held various positions within the club. Colin represented Stratford on the original Veterinary Services Committee, which was set up by members of the dairy companies in Stratford, Cardiff and Midhirst. He was chairman of the group when the dairy companies merged and played a vital role in leading the group through the changes until it became Taranaki’s Veterinary Center.
In 1974, Colin and his wife Trish were successfully nominated by the then Department of Agriculture to receive the AC Cameron Memorial Award. Colin was also a volunteer firefighter with the Toko Fire Department for three years in the late 1990s.
It wasn’t all farm work and no play for Colin, who was an avid sportsman and equestrian. He played rugby for many years and was a member of Stratford’s senior team that won the Taranaki title for three years under coach Don Carlson. He was also a member of the Douglas Cricket Club for just under 20 years, serving on the club’s committee and serving as chairman at one time.
Originally a member of the Stratford Pony Club, Colin later followed his father and uncles to the Stratford Harness Racing Club where he held various positions over the years including Treasurer, Vice President and President. Colin was made a Life Member in 2013 and has been officially recognized for his contribution to the Stratford Trotting Club over many years.
Colin was also a member of the Toko Bowling Club, joining it in 1974 and remaining so until its closure in 1999. He served as president, treasurer and committee secretary over the years, and was made a life member of the club in 1998 Colin didn’t let the club’s closure stop him from playing the sport, becoming an active member of the club and committee at the Stratford Avon Bowling Club.
Colin always sought ways to serve his community, and in 1980 he was inducted as a Justice of the Peace, at one time serving as Stratford Subdivision President. In 2020 Colin celebrated 40 years as a Justice of the Peace and is the third longest serving member of the Stratford Sub-Branch to date.
Colin was not someone to see retirement as a time to sit back and relax, choosing instead to actively serve his community as a volunteer for the Stratford Hospice Shop, a role he started in 2016 and continued until he was in poor health. down just a few months ago.
Stratford District Mayor Neil Volzke says Colin has spent his life serving others in the community.
“His service record makes him a deserving recipient of this award and we all wish we could celebrate with him.”