Hawea people will remember that we lost one of our district’s ‘characters’ in a disastrous fire at Hawea Flat in January.
There will be a community “send-off” for Tom at the Lake Hawea Hotel (restaurant side) on Sunday 29th April starting at 3.00 pm.
Photo: Angelo Georgalli
Tom Jamieson had lived in our Hawea community for many years, initially in a series of caravans, but in more recent years in a cabin built for him by local friends near the Domain at Hawea Flat.
Tom was a familiar face to many as he cycled twice a week into Wanaka from Hawea Flat for his groceries. He was not a very ‘talkative’ person and seemed gruff and unresponsive to many. However, underneath this exterior he was a likeable character who had lived an adventourous, if lonely, life.
In a media article in January following the fire that took Tom’s life, neighbouring landowner Peter Ward described him as – “an absolute character – but not keen on talking. If you gave him a wave he would say next time, stop waving to me! He was originally from Scotland and I think he has been around about for 40 years. He was originally in the British Army and served in Northern Ireland and the Emirates. He then moved to New Zealand, working on orchards in Cromwell and retired up to this area. He was a bit of a recluse, but he was kind-hearted.” (‘Stuff’ 24th January 2018)