Saturday 19 December, Kohimarama Bowling Club hosted two memorable events. The morning was a tribute to Mary and Leon Idoine, who perished in a vehicle accident on their farm at Pokeno, where they were still working in their mid-ninties. The Idoines were Members and Supporters of KBC for nearly four decades.  Previously planned memorials had been delayed and after Covid restrictions were lifted, the family and the club set the date for the morning of the annual Founders Day Competition.  It was kismet, that 19 December would also have been Mary’s 100th birthday. The family was well represented, recognizing and celebrating the ties that bond through bowls.  Robyn and John, Bruce and Dinah, Beryl and Grant and Malcolm and their sister-in-law Nola Idoine, niece Heather, and great-granddaughter Emily. Our Club Captain Margie Sorensen is also a niece of the couple.

Margie shared the many roles and characteristics the couple held:  Mary was a past president, coach and umpire. Leon had been strong with Mission Bay Men’s and although he joined St Heliers after MBMBC closed, he was a regular fixture at Kohi.  Players will remember they were great competitors and sticklers for the rules of the game.  Known as avid gardeners, it was natural for the memorial to have a garden theme. The family unveiled the inscribed memorial for the garden of remembrance, featuring fragrant rosemary.  A shared lunch and convivial play followed the tribute. Val Parry and Lynley Pritchard were our Founders Day winners.

As one of Kohimarama’s longstanding sponsors and a bowls advocate, Julie Kennedy recognized what the club meant to Mary and Leon, and sponsored the garden of remembrance commemoration.

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