Dave Bell, 1941 – 2018

by Helen Martin
South Head resident Dave Bell has died, just one week after being made an Honorary Life Member of the Auckland Agricultural and Pastoral Association.
He grew up as one of six children on a large dairy farm in Broadlands, half way between Rotorua and Taupo. When he was six the family moved to Henderson, which was still a very small community. At the age of 19 he went share milking in Trigg Road, Whenuapai before going farming on South Head, where he ran a 250-acre dairy farm for 28 years. He was always mad about horses, and after selling the farm he moved to Kumeu, where he and his partner Trish followed their interest in breeding and selling thoroughbreds. The couple eventually moved to South Head, continuing their interest in horses there.
He had a broad interest in all farming matters, giving many voluntary hours to the Auckland A and P in roles including convenor of the livestock committee, goat and sheep steward, Vice President and President. He was an active member up until his illness this year.
Dave is survived by his partner Trish, his three children and several grandchildren.

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