IN MEMORIAM

IN MEMORIUM

The Old Boys' Association regrets to announce the passing of the following Old Boys. The Association offers it's sincere condolences to all Old Boys, their families and friends who have been struck by their great loss.

Keith Ernest Gibbs (1952)

It was almost exactly a year ago that we acknowledged Keith Gibbs' 70 years of association with Pretoria Boys High School. This was done at a Friday assembly and it was fitting that his beloved wife Di was there by his side as the school rose to acknowledge this remarkable achievement - firstly as a Form I boy who rode to school on his bicycle from Riveira and later Sunnyside, ducking through a hole in the fence to gain access, then as a master where many a boy was brought to a shuddering halt by the words "That Boy", as an Old Boy and finally as the first curator of our school museum, a position he held for 13 years and one he loved so much.

Mr Gibbs was one of the first staff members I met, along with my family, as we walked around the school for the first of many times. He was tasked as part of a welcome to the new Headmaster and his family to show us round the school. This would be the 6th Headmaster he had worked with. He took us into his special place, the museum, where he explained as he had many times over, the history of the school and, what the school meant to him and to so many thousands of people. It was very clear how much it meant to him but this was also the first indication I had of the man himself and his special, caring nature as he showed me a photograph of my father in the Sunnyside U15 tennis team and the register entry of my father from 1951 which he had taken the trouble to find. This was important to him that I felt part of his school.

From the time when Keith first entered these gates in January 1947 to last week, when, despite being terribly ill and in great pain, he asked to see his beloved school again and was driven round as per his request with his family, Keith described Boys High as his own happy place, a place where he felt home and where he felt he belonged. It is going to be hard to imagine Boys High without Keith.

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1970 - VERNON MATTHYSEN
2008 - MURRAY DAVIS LYNCH
1940 - BRIAN NEWBY
1952 - KEITH ERNEST GIBBS
1957 - PETER CHARL COMBRINK
1976 - TREVOR ZWAY





THE SCHOOL PRAYER

O Lord, God of Truth
Whom to know is everlasting life,
And to serve is perfect freedom,
Grant that we may draw near to thee,
In thought, word and deed.

Inspire us with the love of Thy creatures and Thy laws,
That in all humility and teachableness,
With patience and understanding,
By honest and earnest labour,
We may seek after knowledge as a blessing that cometh from Thee.

Whether it be in our part to teach or learn, to rule or obey,
Make us feel Thy presence in our several duties,
Filling us with reverence for thy beauty and wonder of Thy universe,
And pouring on us a spirit of justice, gentleness, and mutual goodwill.

Thus by Thy grace, may we use this house of learning,
that we may prepare our powers of body, mind and spirit, to advance the
good of man and the glory of God.

Amen


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