The Neil Stocker Memorial Fund

The fund is to give special educational and training opportunities for apprentices or recently qualified young organ builders working full-time in New Zealand.


NZOPT Neil Stocker Memorial Fund

In the devastating earthquake of  22 February 2011 South Island Organ Company lost their 3 men - Paul Dunlop (Christchurch optician and organ enthusiast/volunteer), Scott Lucy  (3 years with the company after an earlier carrier as a marine surveyor with NZ Navy) and Neil Stocker who has devoted 42 years of his life to organ building. Trying to cope with the tragedy, Neil's wife Margret Stocker has come up with the idea of setting up the fund dedicated to Neil's loyal service to the company and his passion for his work. Neil being the modest man would be very humbled by this, yet in no doubt he would be extremely proud of young organ builders being given opportunities to reach their full potential.

The fund is administered by NZ Organ Preservation Trust, an established organisation that is a registered charity.

Donations to the NZOPT Neil Stocker Memorial Fund for providing special training opportunities for young Organ builders are welcome.

NZ Organ Preservation Trust (NZOPT) is a registered charity (CC40007) and NZ tax credit can be claimed for donations.

Westpac Bank, Sydenham Branch, 443 Colombo Street, Christchurch 8023

NZOPT Neil Stocker Memorial Fund – Account 03-0866-0171409-001 - SWIFT Code for International Transactions: WPACNZ2W

Please ensure your name is included in the direct payment procedure and for a receipt send your name and address to the NZOPT Treasurer Dr Richard Sedcole - or 52 Bayley Road, RD1, Fernside, Rangiora, New Zealand.

If you post a cheque (made out to NZOPT a/c Neil Stocker Memorial Fund) to the NZOPT Treasurer and require a receipt, please provide your address clearly.

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More Than a Pipe Dream pays homage to the highly skilled individuals in the South Island Organ Company who have dedicated so much of their lives to designing, building and restoring pipe organs, highly complex musical instruments as they are. In these pages you find the story of how this unique company first came to be formed. An impressive amount of detail will be unveiled of its development, achievements and adventures, including secrets of the instruments construction and the art of restoration, all of which is presented in a highly readable manner so that you will never feel overwhelmed by technical jargon.

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