BDM Ref - Birth 1914/2375, Marr 1953/3999, Death 1983/3569
Death Ref shows - age as 68 - cremated Taradale Cemetery, Napier - Bron chial Carcinoma - 1 year
Colin Samuel Clifton - Born on 21 April 1914, at Napier,
His early years were spent Market Gardening with his father, Albert Cli fton, at Poraiti, situated at the back of Napier Aerodrome. They drove f rom home in Charles Street, over to the site every day. There was a sma ll cottage situated on the property that had been purchased by the fami ly after Francis Stitson died in 1936. The main crops that they grew we re tomatoes which were railed to Wellington to the Market garden Auctio neers - Turners and Growers.
Later he was employed by Thompson and Hills, a cannery factory in Welle sley road, Napier. He obtained a Ticket (Certificate) to work the boile r at the Cannery and became a Certificated Stationary Engine Driver. At this point in his life he met Phyllis Pirie (whom he married) who also worked at the factory. During World War II he joined the Army and was s tationed at the camp at Dannevirke.
Colin married Phyllis Mabel Baker(nee Pirie) on 16 January 1953 at the T rinity Methodist Church, Napier. Phyl had been previously married but h ad divorced her first husband in 1952. She was born in Gisborne in 1917 to Albert Spencer Pirie, a Salesman and Evelyn Pirie, nee Mun-Brown.
After their wedding Colin and Phyl lived in Bedford Street, Marewa - mo ving, later on when the family grew, to Ward Crescent, Napier. Colin wo rked for Thompson and Hills until it closed when he moved to the Whakat u Freezing Works. Always a keen gardener he always grew plenty of veget ables for his family.
They had five children - Beverly (1953), Colin Albert (1954), Linda Mar garet (1956), Kristine Joy (1958) and Susanne (1960).
After a year battling cancer Colin died in 1983 at the age of 68, was c remated and buried in the Taradale Cemetery, Napier.
Phyl died in 1997 and was buried in Taradale Cemetery, Napier.