TRIBUTE: Harcourt Rawlings
Born 23 May 1929 – Died 30 December 2010
I was always drawn in by Harcourt's unassuming manner, his amazing knowledge and the stories of his experiences. I don't think I ever heard the same story twice, and if I did, it didn't matter – I enjoyed it just the same. Harcourt was involved in countless community activities over the years. His initiative and ingenuity played a major role in his vast and varied contributions to the district which could never be measured. In my opinion, Harcourt was an icon in the district. In his time spent with us in the Otorohanga Vintage Machinery Club, he seemed to always have something on the go.
Whilst I've been reflecting through past Club newsletters, it's easy to see that Harcourt was always in the thick of it with Club projects and events which he wouldn't have missed for the world.
I've always enjoyed my time with Harcourt – his modesty, his sense of humour and his dedication. It was an absolute privilege to have known him.
- Malcolm Boggiss