Topic: William James Lecky (1907-1972)

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William James Lecky appears in a Waitekohe No. 3 School photo taken in 1914. He was the brother of my first cousin twice removed's wife - Debbie McCauley

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William James Lecky (known as Pat) was born in Waihi on 2 April 1907. He had a twin sister called Vera Grace Lecky who died, aged 4, on 28 September 1911 (reg. 1911/5856). Their parents were Harry Francis and Sarah Jane Lecky (nee Earl) who married on 3 August 1901. An account of Harry and Sarah's wedding appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on 18 September 1901:

As a result, I presume, of the present and prospective prosperity of Katikati, I have the pleasure to state that I hear of no less than four weddings expected to eventuate before Christmas, while in addition to two marriages reported in a recent letter, Mr Harry Lecky joined the army of Benedicts by wedding the daughter of Mr S. Earl, junr. Mr Lecky is a member of an old and respected Country family in the County of Antrim, - the owners of the far famed Giants Causeway, - and first came to New Zealand as a cadet to Mr Stephen Goss - while two vacant properties have been sold within the last fortnight through the agency of Mr E. F. Buckworth, of the Junction House.

William appeared in a 1914 photograph of Waitekohe No. 3 School in Katikati which can be accessed by clicking here.

Katikati No. 3 School: Waitekohe (1914)

He married Thelma Myrtle Ham-Young at Katikati on 20 November 1932. Thelma was born in Palmerston North on 26 January 1909. She died at Katikati on 1 September 1991. They had one child together:

  1. William Dudley Lecky

William James Lecky died in Tauranga on 6 March 1972 (reg. 1972/31380). His obituary appeared in the Korero of Katikati in April 1972 (Vol. 58):

OBITUARY In March we were saddened to lose two of our residents, each well known in his own way, and our sympathy goes to the wives and families. Pat Lecky was Katikati to the core, being a grandson of early pioneers and had spent all his life in the district. His family farmed the property opposite Works Road where Pat, his sister Ivy (Mrs Barraclough) and brothers Frank and George rode to the Waitekohe School. Driving vehicles was destined to be Pat's life work, starting with a taxi plying between Aongatete and Waihi. This was owned by Ollie Dunton, who had the service car licence. Later Pat drove for Jack Cloutman when he had his carrying business in Katikati and when it disbanded Pat had his own business first called W. J. Lecky, and later it became Katikati Carriers. Through all the years Pat was dependable and trustworthy, a great favourite of all the farmers. His easy going friendliness extended to the children as well, and when he visited the farms there was usually children eagerly waiting for his truck to appear. His marriage to Thelma Young linked another pioneer family, and the couple had one son, Dudley, who is carrying on the family business. Ill health crept up on Pat and his wife's selfless devoltion during that time was quite wonderful.

 

Sources:

Bay of Plenty Times (18 September 1901).

Korero of Katikati (April 1972, Vol. 58).

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William James Lecky (1907-1972)


Year:1907
First Names:William James
Last Name:Lecky
Date of Birth:2 April 1907
Place of Birth:Waihi
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:6 March 1972
Place of death:Tauranga
Spouses name:Thelma Myrtle Ham-Young
Spouses date of birth:26 January 1909
Spouses place of birth:Palmerston North
Spouses date of death:1 September 1991
Spouses place of death:Katikati
Date of marriage:20 November 1932
Place of marriage:Katikati
Fathers name:Harry Francis Lecky
Fathers date of birth:30 December 1870
Fathers place of birth:Calcutta, India
Fathers date of death:24 February 1929
Mothers name:Sarah Jane Earl
Mothers date of birth:5 May 1882
Mothers place of birth:New Zealand
Mothers date of death:30 October 1950
Mothers place of death:Katikati
Name of sibilings:Edward George Lecky, Francis Harold Lecky, Vera Grace Lecky, Kathleen Ivy Lecky, and Robert John Lecky
Name of the children:William Dudley Lecky