New Zealand: Farewell to ‘Daffodil Dick’

Booth is one of the oldest names in Carterton and three generations of Booths have taken up public life.

Dick Booth, who died peacefully last Saturday aged 86, was one of four in his family to have served on either Carterton Borough or District Council.

Before Dick’s time on council, AE Booth was mayor, then Howard Booth and then Dick got in John’s ear and nudged him on to council to become Booth mayor number three.

Dick’s cousin John is not sure where the next council Booth will come from but apparently there are several options.

“Dick and I were some 20 years apart and there are many Booth offspring around Wairarapa,” John said. “Who is the next craziest to be a mayor?

“I had a lot to do with Dick as our family farms are close by. He’s always been in my life and my mentor when I was elected to council.

“We spent many hours talking through things over a cup of tea.”

Dick Booth served on the council for 21 years and alongside him for even longer was his mate David Lowes.

Dick and his family are famous for the Middle Run daffodil paddocks where people can ramble over several acres of daffodils and pick them for a donation to St John’s and Plunket every year.

Read more at the Wairarapa Times-Age (Karen Coltman)

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