The New Zealand flag flies at half-mast above the Hamilton City Council Municipal Building today in honour of former CEO and Freedom of the City Holder Bob Eyeington, who died last week.
Mr Eyeington died last Friday. He was 80.
Made a Freedom of the City Holder in 1993, Mr Eyeington served as the Council’s Chief Executive from 1988 to 1992, during the mayoralties of Ross Jansen and Margaret Evans. Mr Eyeington held a number of roles with the Council before his appointment as CEO.
Current Hamilton Deputy Mayor Martin Gallagher was an elected Councillor during Mr Eyeington’s tenure as CEO and paid tribute to him.
“Bob was very hard-working, approachable and down to earth,” Deputy Mayor Gallagher says. “He had a strong sense of social justice and equality, and wanted to ensure ‘the ordinary Hamitonian’ was always considered and treated fairly. Ultimately, Bob was crystal clear that he was a servant of all Hamiltonians.”
Mr Eyeington’s funeral service is today, and will be attended by a representative of the Council.