By PHILIP CHANDLER
Few people carry on voluntary roles till they’re 88.
One such is Queenstowner Alex Casey, who’s retiring as a Justice of the Peace after 48 years.
And if it weren’t for the Covid-19 lockdown cutting his workload and hastening his decision, he might have carried on.
Last year alone, he performed 422 tasks – those mostly involved putting his signature and stamp on documents.
Signing copies of passports was one of the most common, he says.
Casey started the role when living in Invercargill after someone — he doesn’t know who —
put him up for it, then carried on when shifting to Queenstown 33 years ago.
In earlier days, he often presided in court — ‘‘I really did enjoy that, you got to know a little about the law’’.
In Queenstown, he’s dealt with a huge number of Indians, doubtless due to recommendations from members of their community.
What made the job enjoyable, he says, was ‘‘meeting people and families that came often’’.
Casey’s only beef is ‘‘there’s so much we have to do now which I don’t believe we should be doing’’.
Examples are the likes of transactions involving out-of-town second-hand car dealers.
At a ceremony last Wednesday he was presented with a special certificate marking his outstanding service over the years.