Bob Vine, Upper Hutt, New Zealand and his interests
Christmas 2019 – Greetings from the Vine Family & the Year in Retrospect.
Another year full of memories, family, friends and fun has passed quickly by.
This is my Cousin Francis Edwards from Grandma Kruse’s family, in fact her Nephew. Francis obviously a Springbok supporter (he was born in Rhodesia) sadly passed away in Canterbury, Kent on 3 November aged 96. A few years back I was delighted to be able to lunch with Francis and his daughter Angela Lumsden in Canterbury.
Other sad losses through the year included John and Jean Dever. I first met John and Jean through my time serving on the Board of the International City/County Association based in Washington DC. John was eminent in the local government scene world wide and Judy and I were extremely fortunate to have made his and Jean’s acquaintance.
On 3 May Judy’s Niece Kim and family Julia and Jack lost Husband and Father Steve to Oesophageal Cancer. Steve was loved by and an integral part of our family and is sorely missed particularly by Kim, Julia and Jack. May he Rest in Peace.
All in all the year has been an exciting and fulfilling one with family being foremost in all of its events. Unfortunately through circumstances we were not able to catch up with Wade’s 2 boys and girls in Australia except for a couple of Skype calls. We must work hard to remedy this next year.