Jack Passes away at 97

Hukerenui's community hero Jack Morgan has passed away peacefully, two months after he and his wife Lorraine celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. He was 97.

Mr Morgan was a well-loved member of his community, who created a true legacy with the Jack Morgan Museum opened in 2010. 

Daughter Shirley Henwood said at 97 years old, he was ready to go. "We are very lucky to have had him so long," she said. 

Granddaughter Diane Henwood said his support of his entire family had been huge. 

"He helped Grandma with her Cubs (Scouts) and has been a big support for her, especially in recent years," she said. 

"He was very supportive of all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren." 

Ms Henwood said he passed away peacefully at Whangarei Hospital on Thursday after his health took a turn for the worse. 

Mr Morgan's sixth great-grandchildren was born on his birthday, a month ago. "It was very special," Ms Henwood said. 

Mr Morgan spent his life farming. He was appointed to stay in Northland during World War II to help the women work the farms. He contracted to farms from Ohaewai to Motatau.

"He worked for everyone in the community," Ms Henwood said. 

He spent time working for the A&P; Society, the local golf club, he was a welder, and was a life member of the Hukerenui rugby club.

Ms Henwood described the Jack Morgan Museum as a community tribute to her grandfather.

The museum opened in 2010 next to his local watering hole, the Hukerenui Hotel, and features a wide array of items he collected in his lifetime. Mr Morgan would visit the museum on his modified ride-on mower. 

In April Mr Morgan received the Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary's highest honour.



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