A MUCH-LOVED and community-oriented man was farewelled at the Opotiki De Luxe Theatre in Opotiki yesterday.
Fraser Logan Cameron QSM pulled in a full house at his last appearance at his much-loved theatre.
Having started his electrical business in Opotiki in 1959, his last day of work at his business was Friday, August 16. He died 11 days later.
Mr Cameron was a founding member of the Opotiki De Luxe Theatre Community Trust in 1979 and has been involved in several capacities, including providing maintenance and lighting for the theatre, and serving as treasurer, secretary and president of the trust.
He was president of the Opotiki Rotary Club from 1985 to 1986 and from 2005 to 2006, and club treasurer from 2016 to 2018.
He was also a past national president of the Cameron Clan of New Zealand.
Mr Cameron worked for several different companies, fixing their electricity and being available for call-outs any time of day.
Which all goes some way to explaining the many and varied community members attending his funeral.
Daughter Mary-Anne said her father had started working at the age of 15, also taking on night school to learn mathematics, which then enabled him to start his electrician apprenticeship.
“He got a gold medal as an apprentice,” she said.
Fast forward to 2019 and Mr Cameron was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal, but did not quite make it to the investiture ceremony.
Opotiki Mayor John Forbes, during the funeral, said Mr Cameron had a sharp mind and that he was “a community asset”.
“In the council we deal with all sorts of assets, but one of the most important assets are our people.”
“It has been bestowed on me to, on behalf of the Governor-General, present Fraser with his Queen’s Service Medal.”
Many lovely anecdotes were recounted by family members, including being asked to do electrical stocktaking, witnessing Mr Cameron’s trait of helping people in need, which possibly included talking to Jehovah’s Witnesses.
From youngsters, a common theme of a stern man wearing white overalls who had extraordinary skills with a wooden, extendable ruler soon appeared.
“He had an easy smile.”
Mr Cameron had also recorded many movies with his video camera and they are set to become clan folklore.
Monday’s funeral began and ended with bagpipe music from Colin Cameron, Tristan Sanders and Eliot Fenton.
An administrative matter was also sorted during the ceremony, after it was mentioned that
Mr Cameron had been involved with the Opotiki Rotary Club for 51 years.
Opotiki Community Theatre Trust chairwoman Ellie Collier said Mr Cameron had been involved with the theatre longer than he had been a Rotarian.
“He was with us first and we claim him,” she said.
Mrs Collier said Mr Cameron had thought she could count when she joined the theatre trust.
“He was disappointed when I used a calculator,” she said.
“He was an amazing person, someone to look up to, and I am thankful to have known him.”
Fraser Cameron was the dearly loved husband of Elaine and father of Shona, Stuart, Darryl (deceased) Mary-Anne and Vivienne, father in law to Jeff, Irene, Rhys, Butch (deceased) and Paul. He was the loved Poppa of 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.