This entry is a merge of Overend 80 (Profile Mgr Alan Gordon) and Overend 105. There are no doubts that these are the same person. The following is an extract from The Overends - My Fathers Family compiled & documented by Davids daughter Elizabeth Luckett...
David was educated at Woolston Primary School, just along Ferry Road from their home on the corner of Aldwins Road and later in a house opposite the Edmonds Baking Powder Factory. His secondary schooling was at Christchurch Boys High School, first at the site in Worcester Street which became the Canterbury University (now the Arts Centre) and then at the new site in Straven Road, Fendalton. David worked in seeds for The Farmers’ Co-operative and spent a little time in Wellington. He wasn’t keen on living in Wellington (probably missed the family) and returned to live the rest of his life in Christchurch. He worked as a clerk for Smiths City Market’s Auction Rooms and for Nelmes Auction Rooms at New Brighton on a Saturday. He was skilled at appraising china and furniture and often did valuations for Mr White, of White and Sons, Barristers and Solicitors. His job at the Auction Rooms often meant that he was called upon to help move heavy goods and eventually he had problems with his back. He got a position at R. Bell’s Auction Rooms with the proviso that he didn’t do any heavy lifting. This didn’t always happen, however and eventually he was forced to give up his job when he suffered a severe slipped disc in his spine. He suffered a great deal from this for many months until a friend referred him to a chiropractor which saw his return to work within a fortnight. He eventually secured a position at National Cash Registers and thoroughly enjoyed his time there. It was only for a short time, however, and he was laid low with a bad bout of flu. When he was hospitalised for this, it was discovered that he needed a heart valve replacement and was sent to Auckland Hospital for the operation. He had contracted pneumonia but it was decided to go ahead with the operation. His condition was such that although the operation went smoothly, he did not recover his health and died in Auckland Hospital at only 60 years of age with his family nearby. Kathleen had been boarding in Auckland to support him during this time. David followed rugby and cricket avidly and supported his children in their sporting endeavours. He was often in Linwood Park on a summer evening, fielding the cricket ball and bowling a mean slow off spinner. He was a non-playing member of the Linwood Rugby Football Club and was rostered along with other members to clean the club rooms when they were in St Asaph Street near the corner of Barbadoes Street. I often went with him. He was a very even-tempered man and his family meant everything to him. He was well thought of by all his contemporaries and he was very willing when help was required by family, friends and associated clubs and schools. David was proud to be invited into the Christchurch Masonic Lodge and was a member until his death. His father and brother Frank were also members. David adored his wife, Kathleen, and was very proud of his three children. David and Kathleen lived at 457 Cashel Street until about the mid 1940’s when the family moved to 173 Linwood Avenue. In 1953 the family moved to 105 Mackworth Street, where David’s widow lived until December 2006 when she went into a rest home.
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