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At the Wakannl Road Board this mornlog the Chairman said that before they did any business It would be only tight that h& should officially acquaint the members of the Board with the death of Mr O. 0. Fooks, their Olerk and Surveyor. He was euro every member deeply regretted the death of their Surveyor, which cama quite unexpectedly, and he thought the Board should p»ss » vote of condolence with Mr Fooks' relatives. He (the Chairman) had had Intimate dealings with Mr Fooks, and had found him to be a gentleman deterring the respect of all. The ratepayer* f Wakannl wonld mles him greatly Me Brown siid that he thoroughly agreed with what tbe Chairman had Bald, He had known Mr Fooks perhaps longer than any present, and had had close dealings with him, sometimes on troublesome matters, and he (Mr Brown) could Bafely say that, he had never met a more thorough gentleman, all his dealings being straightforward and honest. He did not kcow of the death of their Surveyor till he read it m the " Mail," end he was thunderstruck expecting that he would have met Mr Fooks at the office that day. He would move the following motion as the last tribute ho could pay to his friend :— "That ; the Board is sincerely eorry to hear of the death of Mr Charles Compton Fooks, who for many yeais faithfully and satisfactorily served the Board sb Clerk and Engineer, m whom the many amiable qualities which constitute the gentleman were happily united and whose loeb we deplore as tbat ot an intimate and personal friend ; tbat a copy of this reso'ation be forwarded to Mr ifooke, senior." 1 Mr Lill eald that he bad great pleasure m seconding the motion Mr Brown had 'just read. Mr Fooks, ha was sure, was respected by everybody who know him, He had known Mr Fooka persona' ly fcr the last 13 years, and had bad dealing with him both as a ratepayer and as $ member of the Board • He had respected 9 and he felt aure all the ratepayers re* spewed, Mr Fooke as a gentleman who was ever unbiassed m the discharge of his duty — a duty, too, tbat often placed kirn m awkward positions, but which ha always disrfr p^ed faithfully %ad impartially! He could puarcely rbaliae if, when ho hear! on I'uaesday morning that Mr Fooks was de«d anJ burfcd, expecting at he did to meet that gentleman ftt the present- meeting of tbe Board.

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THE LATE MR FOOKS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1987, 3 November 1888

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THE LATE MR FOOKS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1987, 3 November 1888

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