RIP John Falloon

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Former National Party cabinet minister John Falloon has passed away. While he mustered the strength to cast a vote during his final weeks, one of his final wishes of seeing a National-led government elected was not granted.

From NZ Herald:

He will be best remembered in his role as Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, but also served as Minister of Statistics, Minister in charge of the Inland Revenue Department, Minister in charge of Friendly Societies, Minister of Racing and Associate Minister of Finance.

Despite the lofty Cabinet positions Mr Falloon never forgot that his first allegiance was to the people of his Pahiatua electorate, and like Sir Keith Holyoake before him, he gained a reputation of being able to greet many of his voters by name.

At Bideford, where he lived, he was known as a neighbour who would stop at nothing to help anyone in the district and one of his last acts before falling ill was to help plant a kowhai tree in memory of Linda Warrington — a rural postie and neighbour — who drowned in last year’s horrendous floods.

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