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Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village - Meet Ray Bastin

As the new boy at Ngaio Marsh my thoughts go back 80 years to the first time I was a new boy at Waimairi School in 1932. I have spent most of my life in the Papanui area and have witnessed vast changes in that time. The tram lines originally went up the North Road a considerable way and also up to the railway station. From about 1935 most trams went only as far as the roundabout in the centre of the shops.

I was sent to Sunday School in 1937 and I attended Christchurch Boys High School from 1941-45. We were excused from school as soon as VE (Victory in Europe) and VJ (Victory over Japan) were announced and we rang the Church bells for two hours on both occasions.

In 1946 I was an apprentice to Mr L J Dale in his pharmacy and worked there until 1950 when I worked for the Reynold Pharmacies. In 1955 I opened a pharmacy at the corner of Innes Road and Cranford Street.

In 1953 I married Joan Conder and in 1959 we built a home and became the parents of two sons and one daughter, and eventually eight wonderful grandchildren. I retired in 1991 and Joan and I enjoyed three holidays in Europe during the following years.

Sadly Joan passed away in 2012 after 59 years of very happy marriage, which left a huge gap in my life. Happily, since living at Ngaio Marsh that gap is starting to get smaller. Thanks to all the staff and residents who are a wonderful team to spend my retirement years with.

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