Mayor marks passing of former Brigadier

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4/03/2019 11:00:00 a.m.

4 March 2019

Former Brigadier Ian Thorpe was a man of enormous stature, both in his military career and as a civilian, Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says.

One of the country’s highest ranked and most decorated former army officers, Mr Thorpe died during the weekend, aged 88.

“He was a great man who served his country and contributed to his community,” Mayor Chadwick says.

“Following on from his highly decorated military career he was involved in sailing in his community, was a stalwart of the Tarawera ratepayer group and was part of the team that led the Manahi apology.

“We have lost someone who made an important contribution both to New Zealand and to the Rotorua community.

“He considered himself to have been fortunate in life. We consider ourselves fortunate to have benefitted from his military and community service.

“Our condolences go to Pat, his wife of 60 years, and to the whole Thorpe family.”

Above: Former Brigadier Ian Thorpe addressing this year’s ANZAC Day civic ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Former Brigadier Ian Thorpe addressing this year’s ANZAC Day civic ceremony.

 

 

 

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