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Donald, Edward Radonich

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Helensvile, Auckland, Helensville, Auckland, New Zealand
Death: Died in Whangaparoa, North Shore, New Zealand
Cause of death: Heart
Place of Burial: Snapper Rock, Nz, Auckland, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Mate Radonich and Ruby Radonich
Husband of Phillis Radonich
Father of Private User; Private User; Private User; Private User and Private User
Brother of Thelma Louise Simmons; Alice Antica Radonich; George Andrew Radonich; Gordon Radonich; Andrew Radonich and 7 others

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About Donald, Edward Radonich

Donald Edward Radonich

Donald Edward Radonich the 7th child of Mattie and Ruby was born on the 26th March 1920 at Helensville Auckland, and attended school in Albany and latter at Northcote College.

He was in the Army for a short spell, also belonged to the Life Saving Association, and also enjoyed competitive Boxing.

One of Donalds first jobs was in 1939 at Micheljohns Laundry in Devonport where he was responsible for the deliveries, it was here that he met Phyllis Leslie.

For Donald it was love at first sight, but for Phyllis her initial thoughts were that he was tall and lanky and not at all attractive.

Donald would make a bit of a nuisence of himself, following Phyllis around, he would also go to Phyllis's flat in Vauxhall Road bearing gifts of Vegetables, (we believe from Matties shop) And he was also known to pick bunches of flowers out of the local park and bring these to her as well.

With persistance on his side Phyllis eventualy succumbed to his charms, as a young couple they enjoyed dances and on one of these occasions he was heard to say as he looked across the room at Phyllis!! Iam going to marry that girl one day!!! They eventually did and were married in 1941 at Devonport and resided in Kiwi Road and later in Milford Road.

In 1941 Donald was Employed by Lydiards Boat Builders and whilst there his affinity with the Sea was born, His first boat was a Yacht and many hours of enjoyment were spent on the Water with Phyllis and first born Gary.

During this time also War was a major issue and Donald entered the NZ Airforce base at Hobsonville where he trained as a Mechanic and served for a number of years.

During this period Phyllis was at home with the children who now numbered four Gary,Gloria,Leslie and Richard, by this stage they had moved to Kaiwaka where Phyllis farther offered them the Farm house, Donald spent time communicating between Auckland and Kaiwaka to be with the family.

After retiring from the Airforce Donald was offered a position at the local limeworks, the family spent a number of years in the area and the moved to nearby wellsford where he took up the possition of Manager for the Wellsford Limeworks, During this time Donald became a member of the Buffalo Loge where he rose to senior ranks, it was also at this stage of thier lives that thier youngest Donna was born, shorty after the family moved back to Kaiwaka.

Feeling as there lives were stagnating Donald started to look for other work,and on Phyllis persistance applied for the possition of Prison Officer at Hautu prison farm near Taupo Turangi, It was thier that he got the nickname "Rocky" The family spent five years at Hautu and Whilst there Donald was involved in the local Rugby, which he loved and became a local Referee for the Tongariro District Rugby Union, he was also involved with the local Sea Scouts,a member of the photography club, he also ran the local Karting Club. He love Fishing hunting and was Famous for his Lead Flies.

Wanting to further his career a posion become avalable at the New Plymouth Prison and the family settled into a diffirent location, it was during this time when the famous George Wilder eluded the Law and escaped from the Facility. Even to this day the family fondly remembers the rumours that circulated regarding this escape and recalls that it was Donald who was in Charge that night.

Donald kept his interest in Rugby, but also discovered the Game of Golf, he joined the Ngamutu Golf Club and soon established a new Nickname "the Burglar" He had a handycap of 4 after only a few years.

Big Changes occurred in the family when at this stage of there lives thier daughters Leslie and Gloria decided to marry and agreed to a double wedding.

A new prison facility was to be opened in Paremoremo in Auckland and Donald was selected for a position thier, this fitted in well with Donald and Phyllis as thier children were all in Auckland, and this ment a lot to them.

After 3 years of service he retired from Prison duties and took up the position of Security Officer at the famous 246 Building in Queen street.

Donald and Phyllis purchaced a house in Beachhaven on the north Shore and with more time to spare Donald was able to concentrate more on his many hobbies and pleasures, Donald was known for his love for Cars and over the years owned many different types including a Model T Jaguar, an MG, sports and many V8s, also his passion for Boating was renewed and he purchased several Cabin boats over the next few years.

Wanting something different Donald and Phyllis decided to purchace a Dairy in Glenn Innes Auckland, This they worked for 2 years and the moved to New Lynn, Donald returned to 246 as a security Officer were he worked for the next few years, During this time they purchased thier retirement home at Stanemore Bay, Whangaparoa overlooking the Sea, something Donald always wanted. After being there for 3 years Donald Died prematurley in 1982 before retiring.

Phyllis and family fondly remembers Donald for a Husband and Farther who loved to be at home with his family, he loved to travel making several trips to Australia, Norfolk and Fiji, He was a man who did not drink or smoke (exept in his younger years) was not a gambler or risk taker but did love gadgets and spent untold mounts of money on the Biggest and Bestest of everything, No one was going to out do Donald, The family recall when Television first came to NZ Donald just had to have one, even though it meant erecting a sixty foot aerial on top of the house in New Plymouth, It didnt matter he had the first set in the area and was very proud of it.

Another great passion of Donalds was singing and it was not uncommond for him to serenade the family and friends with impersonations of his favourate singers Bing,Crosby and Jim Reeves.

Donald will always be remembered fondly by his family whether it was a Husband,Father or Grandfather (Gramps) Sadly missed by all.

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Donald, Edward Radonich's Timeline

1920
March 26, 1920
Helensville, Auckland, New Zealand
1982
April 1982
Age 62
Whangaparoa, North Shore, New Zealand
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Snapper Rock, Nz, Auckland, New Zealand