Ronald Leslie Pelvin - Born 04 Apr 1917 Waimate; Died 16 Aug 2009 L. Hutt
Les went to school at Waimate, to the Waimaitai School and in 1930 the family moved to Totara Valley near Pleasant Point to take up a farm there enjoying a life typical of country lads of the day.

During the War years he saw action in North Africa and Egypt and he started his career as a Traffic Officer with the Timau City Council immediately after returning from active service in WW2. In 1955 he took his family to live in Carterton in the Wairarapa serving there until until 1977.

Respected for his well mannered and polite air of authority he brought the erring road law breakers into his confidence and dealt firmly and with those who persisted - an impeccable "nice guy traffic cop" image gaining respect from all.

Many a nervous applicant taking their first driving licence were put at ease with his kind and helpful words during a practical road test or when involved in unfortunate accident scenes, Les would efficiently and quickly direct services to help injured so the road could be cleared. He set up School Road patrols and visited schools bring safety to thousands of children over the years.
Les was awarded the Long Service medal and Good Conduct Medal for his work with the Ministry of Transport.

In Carterton he is best remembered as the craggy-faced, barrel chested traffic cop who jealously guarded his patch, enforcing the law in an even-handed and fair manner while retaining the respect of the travelling public who knew he was boss.

In retirement, he was an active member of the Carterton RSA club and the Golf Club and drove the school bus and gardened for the Carterton Town Council so keeping active and involved.

In 1984 he remarried and he and Madeline moved to Hutt ten years later. Recent health concerns meant a period at the Riverlea Home before they moved to a unit and regained their independance.

Les will be remembered for the gentleman he was - for his contribution to others and the gift of happy memories left with those he loved and those that loved and respected him



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