At a funeral service today, Nelson man Murray Teece was described as a “renegade”, a talented musician and dedicated motorsport volunteer.
Murray’s body was pulled from the Waimea River last Saturday Night and hundreds of friends, family and workmates gathered at Annesbrook Church today to farewell him.
Murray’s younger brother David Teece says Murray was a self-described renegade and quite possibly held the record for the most canings at Marlborough College.
David says some of his early memories of his brother was being “babysat” by him. In reality Murray was driving him around in the back of his parents truck at high speed and unlicensed down the Blenheim back roads.
“I was somewhere between scared and delighted.”
David also has fond memories of listening to Jailhouse Rock on the radiogram during Murray’s parties he threw when their parents were away.
Murray moved to Taranaki before he came to Nelson with continued passions for motoring and music.
“He was a damn good musician and an excellent pianist,” says David.
Murray was also a fan of the bagpipes and would dress up in a kilt as a pipe band member.
David says Murray always found it easy to make friends, and had a lot of them. When Murray visited David in North America in the 70s David says he made more friends that he had.
Wayne Martin, president of the Nelson Speedway, says Murray was possibly one of the longest serving committee members at the speedway.
“Speedway gets in your blood. It’s a way of life and it travels down through your children.”
Murray operated the speedway water truck, maintained the track and occasionally raced. A video of one of Murray’s races was played at the funeral.
The service was ended with further tributes from Murray’s friends, readings and the recessional.
The 73-year-old was recovered from the Waimea River by police search and rescue teams after he did not show up for work on Friday.
Worksafe New Zealand is investigating the death.