53 years’ service to the community was marked today when Stanley Letica was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations.
Stanley has been a resident of New Lynn all his 95 years and his ministerial duties have been carried out there since being made a Justice in April, 1964. A boilermaker by trade at the Otahuhu Railway Workshops, he was Chairman of the local Railway Tradesmen’s Association in 1952 when he toured China, meeting both Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai. Stanley went on to management in the Railways with senior positions at Otahuhu, Wiri and Westfield before being made Manager at Parnell Locomotives Depot in 1964.
He retired after 40 years (mandatory) and “re-invented” himself , joining Westpac as Branch Bank Manager until his second retirement in 1987. His working life not done, he became Contract Manager for the Auckland Shows Board, involved with all the entertainment over the years at the showgrounds including Torvill and Dean’s extravaganza on ice. He finally retired in 1999.
Stanley was an avid, and handy, golfer until very recently. He still drives his car, lives independently and, he says, he’ll continue seeing people as a Justice of the Peace for as long as he is able.
Today’s function at New Lynn RSA was attended by family and friends, and Immediate Past President of our Association, Garry Nicholls.