Vale: Tom and Ellen Manderson ‘parent figures to a generation of footballers’

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Past and present members of Papatoetoe FC have paid tributes to club stalwart Tom Manderson who has died in Waikato Hospital, aged 90.

Manderson and his late wife Ellen were key figures at the South Auckland club in the 1970s and 1980s.

In a social media posting, the club acknowledged the contribution by the Mandersons:

“The Manderson family were well-respected and popular club members during the 1970s and 1980s.

“Tom and his wife Ellen were parent figures to many of the younger generation due to their lovely friendly nature and hard-working demeanours.

Tom Manderson.

“Tom, you will be greatly missed (as is Ellen) and thank you for your many years of friendship. Love and condolences to the Manderson family. Kia Kaha.”
Son Kerry made the following tribute to his parents:

“Wonderful father and married for 67 years until Mum passed last year.

“What a full life you made. Auckland and club champs as a sprinter; Ellerslie, Auckland and North island rep in rugby league, A-grade mechanic, successful farmer. Loving husband and father of five and grandfather and great grandfather.

“Worked as masseur to Papatoetoe FC during the glory years in the national league.

“Well-earned respect and love by many.

You taught us all so much and now is your time to rest.
Go well dad, it’s time to rest, be with Mum.”

Main photo: The Papatoetoe national league squad from 1983. Tom Manderson is extreme right on the back row.


Thomas George Manderson 1932 — 2022

The following notice appeared in the NZ Herald:

MANDERSON, Thomas George. On 1st July 2022, peacefull at Waikato Hospital. Aged 90 Years. Much loved husband of the Late Ellen (Mandy). Dearly loved dad of Pam and John, Phillip and Leah, David and Judy, Peter and Catherine, Kerry and Robyn. Cherished Granddad / Poppa of 10, and great-grandfather of 15. Loved brother of John and Bev Manderson. The Service for Thomas will be held at the Hamilton Park Cemetery Chapel, 395 Morrinsville Road, Hamilton 3216 on Friday, the 8th of July at 11:00 AM. All correspondence for the Manderson family c/- Woolertons Funeral Home, PO Box 276, Hamilton 3240. Woolertons’ Funeral Home, Hamilton.

Ellen Grace (Mandy) Manderson

MANDERSON, Ellen Grace (Mandy) (nee Robertson). On 10th November 2021 peacefully at Waikato Hospital. Much loved wife of Tom for 67 years. Dearly loved Mum of Pam and John; Phillip and Leah; David and Judy, Peter and Catherine; Kerry and Robyn. Cherished Grandmother of 10 and Great- Grandmother of 15. Loved sister of Rose, Richard and the late Norm, Gairn, Doug, Jack, Ruth and Donald. After many battles,


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