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Alfred Pelvin & Betty nee Jacobs
Alfred Pelvin (b: 23 Apr 1923 at Waimate to parents Dick and Queenie Pelvin; Alf d: 23 Jul 2002 in Nelson aged 79Y; Crem: 27 Jul 2002, Ashes Marsden Valley Cem. Nelson, Block RSA Plot 1, 429)
School: Alfred PELVIN; Waimate Main School ; Reg. No 0620/2; Admission Date 4 Sep 1928
2/6/544 & 443449 Signalman 4th Brigade Div. Sigs. Also 4345792 Flying Officer R NZ A F in Canada and England
Alf mar: 14 Feb 1947 at Waimate to Margaret Bessie (Betty) Jacobs (b: 01 Feb 1922 in Waimate to parents Samuel Henry George JACOBSand mother Eliza Ann ATTWILL; d: 13 Apr 1996 in Stoke, Nelson; bur: 16 Apr 1996 Crem. Motueka)
Their two daughters:
Alf's sisters Mary and Rose: Their farewell tribute to their brother:
Big brother, father - uncle - tall, blonde, blue-eyed, handsome.
Alf was born in Waimate in 1923, the eldest child and only living son of Queenie and Dick Pelvin. He had four adoring - and adored - sisters.
We grew up in what would now be known as a pioneer cottage on the outskirts of Waimate - a very happy household with love and laughter, music and mandolins, and singing. We remember the telegraph boy on his bicycle with his telegram bag over his shoulder. His bedroom had drawers of 'boys' stuff which girls were never allowed to touch. His home made crystal set and a morse key which he had made himself were included. Recall the tap - tap - tapping as he practised for hours and remember his uncanny ability to remember long strings of numbers.
The Post Office in Waimate was a brick building and the telephone exchange was directly underneath a clock tower. Alf was on duty the night an earthquake came that shook the whole tower. He stayed at his post underneath that clock, not knowing if at any moment the whole building would collapse.
The war came and Alf was at Burnham
Military Camp. He followed the family tradition of service to King and Country - our father served at Galilpoll and
in France and his grandfather had served in the British Army, first
escorting convicts to Australia and then in the Sikh wars in India before
emigrating to New Zealand and settling in Timaru.
Alf went to Canada and trained as a wireless
operator at the Calgary Wireless School. Our days were brightened when
mail arrived. He wrote descriptively of Canada - Banff, Lake Louise, the
Calgary Stampede. Souvenir gifts for each of us -one, a handkerchief of a
bucking bronco - airforce wings and a maple leaf which was treasured
and Alf borrowed it back for an Air Force Reunion at Hamilton years
After the war, a new life. Alf's marriage to Betty Jacobs, a pretty, vivacious and highly talented young musician.
First to Fiji then back to Dunedin where they built a brick bungalow. Two daughters Bronwen and Jennifer then, a move to Oamaru, and the dark shadow of Bet's health begun to creep up on them.
It was a difficult time for Alf with two young daughters and a career with the Waterfront Industry Commission. His needs were supported by our mother and family at this time.
Next was Timaru. The
girls were growing up. Alf developed an interest in tropical fish and bred
axolotyls which were a bit creepy for visiting nieces, although they loved
his two turtles. Patiently and with great forbearance and tolerance, Alf
went through the trials and tribulations of reining in his two daughters.
It is a tribute to his strength of character that he could always rise
above the problems of his own life to help others.
Every couple of years or so, family celebrations were organised for "milestone" birthdays, or any other excuse really. Alf was always there - always photographing his nephews and nieces. He loved children. He nursed each and every one of his nephews and nieces when they were babies - all were special to him and he followed their lives with interest. On one occasion at a family gathering he listened as the next generation discussed their communications systems and swapped their business cards. He said "It's a whole new different world" and he set about mastering the challenge of his computer with the help of family.
His proudest moments were when Jenny graduated as a Master of Business Administration and when Bronwen's peers conferred on her Life Membership of the College of Midwives.
He was very conscious
that he was the last of our line to carry the name Pelvin. In his
retirement he developed an abiding passion to record the Pelvin genealogy.
He must have found every person named Pelvin in the world. He ended up
with a database of well over 3000 names.
We celebrate the life of
this truly good man. . . father, brother, uncle, friend.
Descendant input to up-date family pages is very welcome - more detailed information available on request.