Eugene Leo Eichstaedt (Mick)

Passed away on 08 Sep 2021

Eugene Leo Eichstaedt (Mick)

Passed away on 08 Sep 2021

Peacefully at Radius Heatherlea Rest Home on Wednesday 8 September 2021 aged 91. Loved son of the late Harold and Mary Eichstaedt. Loved brother and brother in law of Bill and Mollie (both deceased); Joseph (deceased), Cosmos(Pip) (deceased), Damian(Harold) (deceased), David and Mary (both deceased), Patricia and Bill Hopkins (both deceased), Rose and Reg Avison (both deceased), John and Frances (deceased), Anita(deceased) and Bill Swafford, Stanislaus (deceased). Loved by all his nieces, nephews and extended family.

Messages to the Eichstaedt Family may be left on Mick’s tribute page at eagars.co.nz/mick

A private service has been held.

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Our sincere condolences to Micks' family. He and Bill spent a lot of time putting world to right whilst Mick was at MiLife and also during our visits when Mick moved to Heatherlea.
RIP Mick, and to borrow your favourite phrase 'What wii be will be'
farewell our dear friend
Bill n Jacki

Jacki ( 14 Sep 2021 )

Mick was a fine bowler. He commenced at Kaimata, from where he won the central division junior champion-of-champions singles, before transferring to Inglewood. He formed a brilliant combination with his brothers, especially Pip. Together they combined to win the Taranaki Christmas pairs, a feat that will be remembered this December - 40 years after their famous triumph in the final over Vern Muir and Allen Robson. It was a career highlight for them both from a field of inexcess of 200 teams. Mick also skipped a team to win the high-powered Tauranga Open in 1979 and, like Pip, represented this province, in both 15 and 32-man sides. He had a memorable laugh and an accurate drive. I recall him driving the jack into the ditch and sitting on top of it on the 25th end in the first round of post section in the 2001 Open. It was a great pressure shot, much to the delight of his No 3, Alan Bishop, that saw the elimination of the defending champions, skipped by Mal Stewart. Mick came through a golden era in Taranaki bowls. He was a widely respected competitor and a consistent qualifier, regularly advancing through to the later rounds of post section. Well played, Mick.

Grant Hassall ( 14 Sep 2021 )