the passing of an era - Eric Chard 1929 - 2011

1 November 2011

It is with sadness I report the death of Eric Chard recently.  Eric was the sole remaining Chard, as grandson of Richard Chard who emigrated to New Zealand in 1885. Richard established Chard Farm as a market garden to supply the local goldminers initially and in later years the farm was converted to cropping and dairying.  I have fond memories of Eric occasionally driving out to the farm in his old Morris Minor panel van, dressed up with a tie for the occasion and showing off the place to some cousins.  Eric was a true gentleman and a devout Christian of the Salvation Army faith.  He didn’t have a mean bone in his body. A lovely man.   Rest in peace Eric.


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