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Tribute to Claude Stratford (Aug 1910 - July 2013)

Written by Stephanie on July 28th, 2013.      0 comments

In August last year we posted a blog on Claude Stratford, one of New Zealand's health pioneers.  On 10 July he passed away, a few weeks from his 103th birthday.

With an interest that began as a child, Claude had a life-long affinity with bees and honey. He was 63 when he started the international health product business, Comvita, in 1974 and continued to take an active interest well into his final years. 

He started making and selling a range of bee products from the basement of his home in Paengaroa.  His idea was to help others - with a vision that included "caring for the community, producing natural products that work, and acting in a way which preserves the environment for generations to come".

Until he moved into his Te Puke retirement home at 96, Stratford was still driving and working up to six days a week.

Claude Stratford's 'Top 10 tips for living well'

  • A tablespoon of bee pollen every day - Claude had been doing this since he was 26.
  • A daily teaspoon of Manuka honey and a dose of Olive Leaf Extract (15 ml), two omega 3 fish oil capsules and a multivitamin tablet.
  • Persistence and at times - dogged determination - if at first you don't succeed, then try, try, try again.
  • A drive to help others is a strong motivator
  • An unswerving belief in the power of nature to provide a source of healing.
  • Dream big dreams and treat any setbacks as challenges to overcome.
  • Accepting people as they are, and believing the best of them.
  • Generosity of spirit.
  • Faith and prayer.
  • Read widely, keep up with the latest information about your interests, and have an open mind.
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