ABEL - ERWIN - LEONARD GUY - WHANGAREI - NZ - 1961--1995
edmondsallan - Hello -In 1968 Jean and Wynn Abel shifted from their Hillcrest home to a 26-acre property, Malabar Farm, at Tamahere. They began breeding thoroughbred racehorses and owned several winners, the most notable being Van der Hum, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1976. Abel was a keen sportsman throughout his life, but his main interests were in cross-country and marathon running. He ran his first marathon in 1965. In 1981, at the age of 70, he won four different events (over 400, 800, 1,500 and 5,000 metres) at the New Zealand veterans championships, and in 1983 he won the 1,500-metre gold medal for the 7074 age group at the All-American Championships in Texas.
In 1982 the Abels sold their two remaining businesses, the Hillcrest and Glenview supermarkets, a decision based on Lens poor health (he died in 1982). In retirement Wynn continued with competitive running and breeding thoroughbreds. He was also a keen organic gardener and a member of the Soil and Health Association of New Zealand. He practised yoga for relaxation. Jean and Wynn sold Malabar Farm in 1989 and bought a villa in the Alandale retirement village in Hamilton. Wynn Abel died at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, on 1 May 1995; he had suffered from Parkinsons disease for 12 years. He was survived by Jean (who died in 1997) and his daughters.
Wynn Abels astuteness, business acumen and drive made him very successful in his field, and the communities he served held him in high regard. He is remembered as a modest and enthusiastically friendly man whose personal philosophy was to work hard, keep fit and have a positive attitude to life and business. Next time you are doing the family grocery shopping , say to yourself I know now how this all came about - Till we meet again -Regards - edmondsallan