Passing of Waihi Beach Life Member

Monday, 14 July 2014

It was with a great deal of sadness that we learnt of the passing of Waihi Beach Life Member Colin Major (79) on July 5.

Known to many as 'Tank Major', Colin joined the club in 1952 at age 15 and he shone at four and six man rescue and resuscitation. He was also a ski rider and boat rower.

Renowned for his wonderfully warm and congenial manner, Colin was extremely popular amongst his fellow lifeguards and club members. He was one of the club's oldest and longest standing members. He was also well known as the man who had the donkey rides for kids at Waihi Beach.

Colin's four sons all went through the surf movement and were very successful competitors. His grandson Shane is currently a Junior Surf member.

His last big effort for the surf club was being on the organising committee for the 100 year celebrations of New Years' Day sports.

Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Jocelyn, the Major family and their fellow clubbies at this sad time. A service to celebrate Colin's life was held in Tauranga on July 11. 


Colin Major (far right) with his wife Jocelyn, his son Craig and grandson Shane.

For more information please contact: 

Lisa Honeybone, Media & Communications Specialist, SLSNZ
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823