Pakuranga United Rugby Club (PURC) mourns the loss of a faithful.
Mike Garner, who was managing director of PIC Insurance Brokers, died last Thursday after a short but courageous battle with cancer, the club said.
“Few people contribute to local sporting bodies in the way that Mike Garner contributed to PURC, from his early days at the club in the 80s and 90s to his days coaching the highly successful U85 Pythons and his multiple governance roles. with in our club’s committees and board,” PURC said.
“As his career as a business owner in the insurance industry grew, Mike’s generosity to many community clubs within our community also increased, including Pakuranga United Rugby Club.
“PIC Insurance Brokers has been our naming rights sponsor of the club since 2019 and, just before Mike’s passing, signed a new term as title sponsor.
“Mike’s support for rugby in particular is seen in his sponsorship of the county, Auckland and Waikato rugby unions and the Chiefs and Blues Super Rugby franchises.
“Our special thoughts are with his wife Robyn, his children Daniel, Rachael and Kristen and the extended Garner whanau.”
A funeral service is due to take place at Pakuranga United Rugby Club on March 16 at 2 p.m.