Friday, 3 July 2009

R.I.P Jonathan McCarthy

Founder of S.E.A. (Surfers Environmental Advocacy) local Sumner surfing identity and lawyer Jonathan McCarthy passed way on June 24th. A funeral service was held for Jonathan yesterday in Christchurch attended by family, friends and surfers from throughout the country. ‘Fang’ was held in huge regard by everyone who knew him with St Anne’s Church packed to overflowing with attendees spilling out to the street. A great send off was held to celebrate his life and the local crew all went for a surf after the service.

There will be a paddle out at 9.00am Sunday 5th July at Sumner beach in front of the clock tower to celebrate his life. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Jonathan was a tireless campaigner as an environmentalist and put in countless hours lobbying at all levels to protect surfer’s interests and preserve and protect our coastal treasures.
He is a huge loss to the local community and surfers throughout New Zealand.

He is survived by his adored wife Di and daughter Rima. A trust fund has been set up for his daughter Rima with donations to be sent to Trust Fund for Rima Box 17582 Sumner, Christchurch.
Guardian of the sea, protector of the environment, champion of the underdog, kia kaha brother.

Payments can be made by cheque payable to,

White Fox and Jones fco Rima McCarthy Trust
and can be posted to White Fox and Jones at PO Box 1353 Christchurch 8140
Payments may be made by electronic banking to
White Fox and Jones Trust Account BNZ Christchurch Branch 020800 0548015 00,
reference Rima McCarthy Trust 38327.1.

Kua hinga koe te totara nui, te kaitiaki o te taiao
You the great totara tree the guardian of the environment have fallen
Hoki atu i te rangimaarie i runga i to paparoa ki nga ngaru roa o te Kaihanga
Go in peace on you longboard to the endless waves of our creator
E kore rawa koe e warewaretia
You will never be forgotten
Haere atu ra e hoa

Farewell our friend

Above article sourced from

Another article sourced from The Press by MARC GREENHILL



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