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Farewell to a wonderful man - Geoff Tisch

Updated: Apr 17

We were sad to hear that one of our great volunteers and community stalwarts, Geoff Tisch, has died.

Geoff and his wife Linda contributed to Friends of Le Roys Bush in many ways over many years.

Geoff is remembered as a gentle and caring man and a man of the earth who had many fascinating stories to tell of his life as a young deer hunter in the South Island, working with Buckminster Fuller in the US and founding an adventure school in North America.

Geoff was a stalwart of many working bees - for example, leading the clearance of nutgrass in the wetland at the bottom of the Glade Place track, then being a major participant in the planting of manuka, putaputaweta and other natives in its place. His passion for organic gardening and soil health were a boon for Le Roys Bush - Geoff brought a load of his home-made compost to a tree planting at the back of the Senior Citizens Hall - the trees including a beautiful puriri flourished with his care.

Geoff supported the community in various ways and was well known for "driving" the Birkenhead Walking Bus and for being Santa on a Cycle at the Hinemoa Street Christmas party.

Whether it was applying his carpentry skills or his love and knowledge of nature, it was always good to share time with Geoff. He will be sadly missed. Our deepest sympathy goes to Linda and the family.

The following photos show Geoff participating in a number of working bees in and around Le Roys Bush.

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