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Ken Murati, an agricultural contractor in Taranaki, started with a hedge trimmer.

Ken Murati, who died Saturday at the age of 88, founded Kenji Murthy Limited, one of Tarnaki's largest agricultural contractors.

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Ken Murati, who died Saturday at the age of 88, founded Kenji Murthy Limited, one of Tarnaki’s largest agricultural contractors.

A Fingerwood man who built one of the largest agricultural contracting firms in Tarnaki once said it started when he picked up a hedge trimmer 60 years ago.

Ken Murthy, who died on Saturday at the age of 88 while holding a trimmer, became so skilled that neighbors asked him to take care of his hedges as well.

In 1962, he stopped farming to start Kenny Murthy Limited, re-establishing the Pew Pew Gas Line from Capone.

Now run by Murthy’s son Billy, the company has grown to 35 tractors, two corn harvesters and 15 balers, and works for 2,000 clients, including hay and sled balers, fertilizer sprayers, metal carting and Includes trenching.

The company employs 13 people in the winter, which increases to 35 in the summer months.

“We all worked for it at some point,” said Billy Murthy.

“He was a really good father. He was very kind. He didn’t have a bad bone in him.

Billy Murthy said his father was a man who was “not afraid of hard work”.

Ken Murati formed the largest agricultural contracting firm in Tarnaki.

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Ken Murati formed the largest agricultural contracting firm in Tarnaki.

“You always hear that as children they go to work at 5 in the morning and come back at 8 in the morning for breakfast.

Murthy, born in 1933 in Kemata, Inglewood, is the youngest son of Giovanni Murthy, better known as John, and attended Eliza Jane (middle school) and New Plymouth Boys High School.

He was farming with his brother Jack in 1953 when Audrey Schreiber passed by and stopped to talk.

They married in 1957 and lived together until her death in 2004.

The couple had six children, five sons and a daughter, Karen. However, the boys are better known by their nicknames: Graham “Fred”, Des “Poogle”, Calvin “Pop” (dead), Trevor “Cat”, and Newell “Bo”.

“It’s an Italian thing,” said Billy. “Dad always takes everyone’s name.”

There are also fifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

After his wife’s death, Murthy found a partner in Diane Collingwood.

His hobbies were hunting and fishing, and he was a long-time and valued member of the Anglewood Bowls Club.

The statue will be said goodbye to a private family funeral.

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