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Remembered as the ‘finest of men’

The man killed in a forestry accident on Thursday has been remembered as the “finest of men” and a “beautiful son, papa, uncle and brother like no other”.

Walter Terence Collier, 56, died after a tree fell on him in the Raukumara forest 20 kilometres inland from Tokomaru Bay.

A death notice published by the family remembered him as “Our beautiful son, Papa, Uncle and brother like no other. You will always stand tall and strong in our hearts. ‘Pakaru' to say the least. Home will never be the same. Our number one feller, fisherman, and finest of men.”

Mr Collier is survived by his partner and daughter.

He also has three brothers and a sister.

His brother Hilton Collier provided a family statement today.

“Clearly we are distraught by the loss of our brother Terry in yet another workplace accident. While we do not wish to comment on the circumstances, this is by any measure a tragedy.

“Terry chose to work on that fateful day so as not to let down those who were relying on him. He could easily have spent the day on a family fishing trip. This is typical of someone who believed loyalty and keeping your promises were paramount.

“He leaves behind his lifelong partner Rimini, daughter Raemon and his beloved grandchildren.”

A service was held today at 1pm at Evans Chapel, before the casket was taken back to Porourangi Marae, Waiomatatini. The hakari will take place at 12 noon on Monday, January 13, followed by the funeral service at 1.30pm. Thereafter Mr Collier will be taken to Te Roto a Hineti Urupa at Kakariki Marae.

MOURNED: Walter Terence Collier, who died in a forestry accident on Thursday. Family have described him as a beautiful son, Papa, uncle and brother like no other. Picture supplied