‘A legacy no one will forget’

David Bendell with wife Vicki at the Melbourne Cup in 2017. Photo: Supplied.

A much-loved husband and dad, who played a key part in shaping New Zealand’s hairdressing industry, has died.

David Bendell, 70, died at home near Picton on 19 February surrounded by his family.

The popular business owner and author leaves behind his wife Vicki and children Sophia, Lucy, Hunter and Amber.

Paying tribute to her husband, Vicki says he had lived his life to the full.

“David left a legacy which no one will forget.

“He doted on the children and was there for them every single day; enjoying in summer the water sports, fishing and going out for picnics on the boat.

“He had wonderful passions in life, adored his children and was so proud of them, Sophia, Lucy and Amber with their international dancing competitions and Hunter with his harrier running and mountain biking.

The keen runner had recently celebrated 50 consecutive years with the Wellington and Marlborough Harriers Club.

Originally from England, David was chosen by a talent scout looking for qualified hairdressers to teach in New Zealand and moved to Wellington.

He taught thousands of students over the next three decades and is credited with developing the syllabus and trade certificates for would-be hairdressers.

David spent his later years living in the Marlborough Sounds running the Waterfront Bed and Breakfast in Little Ngakuta Bay.

“David and I enjoyed hosting guests at our boutique bed and breakfast and David would take great delight cooking up a full English breakfast.

“He was a great chef and cooked all the family meals every day, he loved creating different meals and had a few signature dishes while sipping on a glass of wine or a cold beer,” she says.

Her husband loved living his life on or near the water and his love for anything maritime was evident in his life, says Vicki.

“David would never crave a more urban or suburban existence, loving our slice of paradise, with its watery front lawn and ever-changing view.

“He also said “Some people have a lot of land, and we have a lot of sea”, “We have everything from superyachts to fishing boats on our front lawn”.

A keen adventurer who enjoyed travel, David skied every year in Queenstown and achieved 40 solo sky diving jumps.

He will be missed by many, says Vicki.

“We commend you David on a very full life, a life so well lived.”

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