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Twaddle QSM Passes On
of the Rotary Club of Taradale were saddened to learn that one of their longest
serving members had died. Robert (Bob) Bruce Twaddle QSM passed away
peacefully in Summerset surrounded by family members on the morning of the 6th
July 2018, a few days short of his 94th birthday.
Bob will long be remembered as the
Foundation Principal of Taradale High School. In 1969 he appointed a team of 10
talented teachers, and despite unfinished grounds and buildings, the school
opened on 3rd February 1970, By the time he retired in 1984, Taradale High
School had become a co-educational high school that had gained great support
from its local community as its students accumulated not only a wonderful
academic record, but recorded high levels of achievement in a wide range of
cultural and sporting activities.
By 1975, with Year 13 students now
being prepared for Bursary and Scholarship exams (as they were then), Bob, his
staff and the local community felt the school was ready for self governance and
a Board of Governors was established breaking away from the Napier High Schools
Board which had established the school in 1970.
Until he retired in 1984, Bob
guided the school as it grew to a role of about 1000 students. A broad based
curriculum was established with provision for Maori learning. Japanese was
introduced early, leading later to the school attracting significant numbers of
overseas students. Wide ranging activities were provided so as to allow all
students to be involved away from the classroom. Academically students from the
school were achieving results in national exams as good as if not better than
other comparable schools in Hawke's Bay.
Without question, the establishment of a very
successful high school serving the Taradale community, is and ever will be, the
shining beacon of Bob’s illustrious career.
Bob and wife Nan
Bob attending a Rotary Celebrity
Dinner with grandson Nathan, National and Olympic rower.
Bob was born in 1924 and was
educated at both Palmerston North Boys’ High School and Wellington College. He
then attended Victoria University in Wellington, graduating with a Master of Art
(English) with Honours. He taught at a number of schools including Wanganui
Tech, Freyberg High School (10 years), and PNBHS. In 1965 he was appointed
Principal of Paeroa College and remained there until 1969.
In 1948 Bob married Nancy
Randall (“Nan”) while they lived in Palmerston North. Over those early years,
they had 6 children, John, Maggie, Judith, Lynne, Alison (Ali) and Bruce. Nan
was a talented teacher in her own right but gave up the classroom and with Bob’s
support, raised an extremely successful family.
Sadly Nan never saw the full
development of her family as she died in 1986, just after Bob had resigned from
Taradale High School.
Bob joined the Rotary Club of Taradale in early
1970 and gave 44 years of service. He took up many roles within the Club.
1978 he was inducted as Club
President and he used his role to lend weight to an idea put forward by the
late Kel Tremain of establishing an educational fund to support talented
students needing funding to pursue higher education.
1988 the Club honoured him by
making him a Paul Harris Fellow.
1993, following the death of club
Rotarian, Kel Tremain, the education trust fund was re-established as the
Kel Tremain Memorial Education Trust (KTMET). Bob served from 1997 to 2010
as the Trust’s Deputy Chairman.
He was for a period responsible as
the Club’s contact with Rotary Foundation. He assisted members requiring
funds for projects through RI’s Matching Grants scheme.
He was the Club’s publicity
officer and for a period of time produced the club’s newsletter.
He served as the Club’s contact
with the developing Community College, now known as EIT. He promoted this
link helping to organise the annual Club awards to two students who had been
selected by the Institute.
1996 He was a member of the
Preserve Planet Earth committee with Ron Ward and helped with planting trees
to establish Dolbel Park.
1996 With the help of Club
members, he helped promote the Taradale Probus club (now the Friendship Club
of Taradale) and was a past chairman an d life member.
1998 He joined
a group of club members visit Tomakomai North Rotary Club in Japan.
Tomakomai and Napier enjoy a sister-city relationship.
Bob was very community minded and
gained wide recognition and respect working for local community organisation
In 1992 he
became a foundation member and secretary of the Taradale Development
Association. He became widely admired for his tireless work on behalf of the
local business community.
In 1995 he
helped set up a Trust called the Taradale High School Foundation which
supports activities within the school that are not funded from the core
He was a
foundation member and served several years as president of the Taradale and
District Community Development Association. During this time he promoted and
helped raised funding for the lighting of the Taradale Town Clock. The
Rotary Club assisted with funding and labour. Club member Robbie Symons
installed the cabling for the lights and Past Club member and Past Napier
Mayor, Dave Prebensen installed the ground lights.
1992-2000 Bob was a member
of the Friends of the Taradale Library and was the driving force for the
establishment of anew library.
He assisted Ron Ward and a
group of concerned citizens worried about the potential loss of the local
Taradale police station. He organised the collection of 9000 signatures in
14 days and this helped win the case.
For his work in the community he was
awarded a QSM honour in 2005.
Bob discusses the lighting of the
Taradale Memorial Clock tower with Dave Prebensen and Warren Cooper
Bob greatly enjoyed Rotary
fellowship but resigned in 2014 because of ill-health. He lived a life
epitomized by the Rotary motto of “Service above self”. He was always
giving, and in doing so touched many people who loved him for his warmth, his
great sense of humour, and for the work he had done which affected so many
lives. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on as long as there
is a clock tower shining its light out on the citizens of Taradale.
Taradale Town Hall
The Town Hall is an attractive assembly hall
available for use by the local and wider Hawkes Bay community.
Hire the Hall
Puketapu Auction and Fair
The Club holds an annual Auction
and Fair (PAF) on the property of Roger Alexander at Puketapu. For more
information click the following link
The Trust supports the education and training
of therapist and nursing staff working with children and youth in Hawke’s Bay in
co-operation with the HBDHB. To learn about the Club's involvement in this
Dolbel Reserve is a passive Council
Recreation Park of some 18ha on the Western Hills of Taradale.
Memorial Education Trust.
Kelvin Tremain Memorial Education
Trust administers a fund for the benefit of students NZ wide and can partner
with other similar trusts globally.