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.
Howard Richard Soulsby (4 October 1940 - 22 April 2017)
A quiet gentleman has left us.
Howard attended Pretoria Boys High from 1954 to 1957 when he matriculated: he was a boarder in Solomon House for those years. He passionately loved the school and revisited it whenever possible. He loved wandering around the grounds and buildings, reminiscing happily about the various teachers, sports, friendships and funny stories that populate any memories of school days. He fondly attended his various anniversary dinners: what an emotional day the 40th anniversary was, with the school assembly and singing of the school song: Forty years on. After the weekend’s activities, he insisted on visiting Mr Abernethy, headmaster for all of Howard’s years at the school. Mr Abernethy was by that time very frail and weak but responded with some joy to being visited by a past pupil. This was a mark of the man who was Howard - that he took the time to remember others, always! He also spent a night sleeping back in his old dormitory in Solomon House with several of his peer group - how many past pupils have taken the trouble to do that? - something to tell the grandchildren!
Howard qualified as a chartered accountant from Wits University and worked in auditing for some years. He moved into commerce where for a time he was Financial Director of Hollosec, within the Robor group. He left there to move into a family-related business and finally, as a post-retirement position, ran the bursar function at a school for some twelve years. In spite of increasingly poor health, these twelve years were probably his happiest working days as he loved the gentle school environment and the people, while still finding scope to use his many years of financial expertise.
He married Susan Yorke in 1972 and was the doting father of two charming daughters: Kim and Ceri Lee. Both girls made him proud with their careers and have given him four delightful grandchildren. Visiting them in Cape Town and England was a wonderful excuse to travel. In fact, it was during a trip to Cape Town that his health finally declined and he was admitted to ICU in a hospital in Tokai, where he died. Howard suffered a significant heart attack in 1991. Medical science, wonderful doctors and Howard’s pure determination pulled him through, although he struggled with the after-effects for the rest of his life. In spite of medical opinion at the time, and a significant number of CCU stays and heart procedures, he enjoyed to the full a further 26 years of very meaningful life. He bore his health problems privately and stoically and was always intent on keeping up with his family.
Howard loved sport: he played rugby and cricket at school. Post-matric he joined Potch Old Boys Hockey Club and later, Fairmount Tennis Club. As his health declined, he was forced to become a passive sport-watcher - he did that avidly, from cricket to rugby and many others and especially enjoyed watching his grandson play hockey, cricket and soccer. He loved anything to do with the sea and enjoyed fishing and traipsing over any ships he could, from Simonstown to London and Edinburgh. No holiday was complete without a visit to any harbour within reach. He had a deep interest in matters of history (the family always felt he had missed his vocation: he should have studied History and moved into academia) and was always keen to enter debate about battles, discoveries and simply anything to do with the Romans. He and Sue lived in the UK for eighteen months - a feast of Roman investigation!
In preparation for a very delayed retirement, Howard and Sue bought a tiny caravan with the intention of exploring South Africa. Sadly, his time was too short to achieve more than six happy trips.
Howard was a very special person, as family and friends will attest. He was first and foremost a gentleman. He was honest beyond any doubt and had a work ethic that any would admire. His integrity was beyond dispute and his endurance was an example to all. Once he started an undertaking, he saw it through at whatever cost.
Howard will be so missed by all he leaves behind. He was proud of PBHS and the school can be proud to have had him as a pupil.
Sue Soulsby, Kim Soulsby, Ceri van Rensburg and grandchildren
John Michael Verster (1964)
John Michael Verster of the Class of 1964 passed away on September 14 in Hermanus following a lengthy battle with Prostate Cancer.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann, two sisters, two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
The son of Oliver John (known as Tim) and Natalie Carole (known as Bordie), John was born in Krugersdorp in 1947 and grew up in Pretoria. He was initially schooled at the former Mrs van Bergen's Milner Street prep in Waterkloof, followed by two years at Brooklyn Primary and two at Arcadia Primary.
Graduating to Boys High in 1960, he proudly became a member of the ‘German Class'.
After matriculating, John completed his first degree at the University of Pretoria, in Economics, Psychology and English. This was followed by an Honours degree at University of Stellenbosch, then a master's in psychological measurement and doctorate in cognitive science, both completed through UNISA.
He commenced his working career at the National Institute of Personnel Research in Johannesburg headed then by Dr Simon Biesheuvel, where he met and married Biesheuvel's daughter Mary Ann. She eventually became head of the Management Development unit at Wits Business School, among other roles.
Dr Simon Biesheuvel was a prominent commentator on the social and political importance of race problems and more specifically the study of race, culture and the psychology of African personality under the South African climate of apartheid and its development at all cultural levels.
At the NIPR John' focus was on research and research leadership; he published widely on research themes involving human development and social change; and was the recipient of national and international awards for research excellence. He was also a NATO-sponsored member of an international Advanced Study Institute aimed at promoting peace through inter-cultural understanding.
Recruited to Standard Bank in the mid-1980s, he spent 15 years there as Human Resources Director, and was sponsored to Harvard Business School in the US, where he completed the Advanced Management Programme for global business leaders.
On leaving the banking group he was appointed an emeritus professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
John and Mary Ann retired to Hermanus several years ago, he became involved with the Whale Coast Conservation Foundation of the Western Cape, and served as chairman of a public benefit organisation, Hlumelelisa, dedicated to giving failed citizens a fresh start in life. His role there was interwoven with another eminent PBHS Old Boy, Paul Bruns.
Cherry Schroder (1944 - 2017)
Cherry Schroder, beloved wife of Bill and mother of Tracey, Glenn and Bradley and adored mother-in-law and grandmother, passed away peacefully on 14 August 2017. A service to celebrate her life was held in the Abernethy Hall at Pretoria Boys High School, on Tuesday, 22 August 2017.
Click below to read a selection of tributes which were conveyed on the day.
John Illsley - Second Master, Pretoria Boys High School
Gail Bloemink - Bill Schroder's Secretary 1990 - 2009
Nick Ferreira - Head Prefect 1997
Robert Clifford (Oki) Turner (1968)
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of Oki Turner's passing on the 15th June 2017.
I believe he was a Solomon House boy, 1968.
Oki became another victim of a brutal farm attack in Haenertsburg, and died of his injuries later.
I have attached a photo of us, taken in 2001 on the occasion of the school's 100th anniversary, Oki is on the right of frame.
He was a gentle, caring soul, and is remembered with much love.
Norman Schram Rodseth (1940)
It is with sadness that I write to advise that Norman Schram Rodseth, born 05/05/1923 passed away in Cape Town at the age of nearly 94 on 15/03/2017.
Alan John Foot (1950)
"My dear old Dad, Alan John Foot passed away today, the 4th of June 2017, he was 83 years old.
Dad attended Boys High from 1946 - 1950. He was the second generation of "Feet" to attend our special school, following my Grandad, Percy. I was privileged to be the third generation to do so and fondly recall finding my Uncle Rob Foot's (my Dad's brother) name engraved on a desk in Mr Henry's class on my first day at school.
My Dad loved the school and was proud of having played for the water polo team and particularly for the 1st Rugby XV in 1949 and 1950. In fact, his rugby prowess and in particular his crash- tackling was apparently well known at the time and led to a lovely little anecdote which has emanated from the School on the Hill.
Dad was injured at some point during the rugby season and this seems to have caused concern, to the extent that even the legendary Bob Fair expressed himself on the subject. In class one day he enquired of my Dad; "How's your Foot, Alan?", to which my Dad responded; "Fair, Sir!"
This (true) story has been oft- repeated, much to my Dad's amusement and with some artistic licence. The only version which worried him, a touch was the one which had Mr Fair saying; "How's your Foot, Foot?" and my Dad retorting; "Fair, Fair!" My Dad assured me that he would never have been so disrespectful to Mr. Fair.
My Dad played rugby for Harlequins for many years and practiced as an Architect throughout his career in his town of birth, Pretoria. He married my late Mom, Sonya and they produced my sister, Lara and myself. They were both doting grandparents of Lara and my children.
Dad was an unassuming, patient, calm gentleman with a dry wit and considerable intellect. A well- read man of progressive political thought way before this became popular, he loved sport, reading and music and always had a naughty twinkle in his eye.
He will be sadly missed by his loving family."
Sydney Frank Burke (Syd) (1951)
Syd was married to Jennifer Roberts whom he met on the train going to school. Jen was at Girls High. She stayed in Devenish Street and was close to a station just down from where she stayed. It was easier to go by train than a couple of busses.
I was very keen on Jen but Syd was the leader. During the Polio Epidemic in 1948 the three of us played golf together on open fields at Affies and on the playing fields of the school during the break we had from school because of the Polio.
Syd played his first round of golf on the Military Golf Course. Sadly my move to Johannesburg broke our close friendship.
Herewith a list of his sporting achievements taken from various Pretorians while at Pretoria Boys High School and after he left school:
Admission No 6760 15-01-1946
Birth Date 13-03-1934
Home Address - Erf 526, Pretoria Gardens, Hercules
1947 - Burke U14A Cricket Team
1948 - Rugby Third Team Colours
1949 - Third Team Cricket Colours, Second Team Rugby Colours
1950 - Second Team Cricket Colours
1951 - First Team Cricket Colours, Second Team Rugby Colours, Captain Town House Senior Cricket Team that won the Inter-House Cricket League, Matric University Pass
1954 - Selection for NE Transvaal Cricket Currie Cup
1957 - Old Boys Hockey lost the services of Syd Burke
1961 - Congratulations are also extended to Syd Burke and Eddie Barlow on being selected to represent South Africa. (Old Boys Cricket Section)
1962 - Hockey - Transvaal Team Inter Provincial Tournament: P Duke, S Burke, A Hofman, N Leathern, P Corbett, J Corbett.
Inter-Town Games - Pretoria "A": P Duke, S Burke, A Hofman, N Leathern, P Corbett, J Corbett.
1963 - Hockey - Inter-Town Seniors "A" Syd Burke, Nigel Leathern, Keith Verdoom, John and Peter Corbett
1964 - Hockey - Inter-Town Seniors "A" Peter Duke, Syd Burke, Peter Corbett, John Corbett, Frikkie Oosthuizen.
1979 - Old Boys Golf Day - Senior Champion - Syd Burke
1980 - Old Boys Golf Day - Senior Champion - Syd Burke
- Keith Gibbs
Winston John (Dielo) Ritchie (1990)
It is with sadness that I inform you of the sudden passing of Winston John (Dielo) Ritchie, Solomon House circa 1986 to 1990 on Monday 29 May 2017. He resided in his town of birth, Standerton, and leaves his wife Sarena and four daughters.
He was in the employ of the family business, Ritchie Auto.
- Pierre Schnetler
Brian Freedman (1965)
Please note that my husband Brian Freednan, who graduated from PBHS in 1965 sadly and suddenly passed away on 16th May.
He was cricket captain and loved to speak about his time at the school.
Vaughan Desmond Abernethy (1963)
Vaughan was born on 18th January 1946 in Walvis Bay, South West Africa, now Namibia, which at the time formed part of South Africa.
Vaughan's father was employed by the Department of Customs and Excise, resulting in the family having to move often from town to town until finally settling in Pretoria, where he attended his beloved Pretoria Boys' High School and Matriculated in 1963.
At Boy's High Vaughan:
- participated in rugby, Captaining the School's Second team in his Matric year;
- was a Student Officer in the School's Cadet corp;
- and was a School Prefect.
After completing his schooling at Boys' High, while Vaughan underwent his military training in Bloemfontein, Bethlehem and Potchefstroom, his family moved to Port Elizabeth.
Upon completion of his military service, Vaughan joined them in Port Elizabeth, where he commenced working for Barclays Bank (now First National Bank).
After a short time in the bank, Vaughan spotted an advert in the local newspaper offering positions to non-qualified seaman to work their passage on a Norwegian cargo ship to Japan. As Vaughan's father was still employed at Customs, he was able to arrange for Vaughan to work his way as a deck hand to Japan. Vaughan duly resigned from the bank and set off for Japan.
Following Vaughan's return from Japan a few months later, Vaughan rejoined the bank in whose employment he remained until his retirement in 2005.
As a young, single bank Clerk, Vaughan was appointed as relief staff to the various bank agencies throughout the Eastern Cape.
During 1968 Vaughan accepted a transfer to Butterworth in the former Transkei. It was in this small town in the Transkei where he met Charmaine. According to Vaughan, he was the most eligible bachelor in Butterworth for two reasons - firstly, he owned a motor vehicle and secondly, he was transferable out of Butterworth.
Vaughan was later transferred to Port Elizabeth and he and Charmaine were married in 1972.
Marion and Paul were born a few years later and Vaughan and Charmaine's lives were never the same again! Vaughan always supported his children in every aspect of both their academic and sporting pursuits which resulted in Vaughan travelling all over the Eastern Cape to watch Paul's School Rugby Matches and even driving a car full of screaming school girls to hockey matches around PE.
Vaughan was a keen Blue Bulls Supporter, and often commented that he was the only Blue Bulls supporter this side of the Orange River He even received a Blue Bulls Rugby Jersey awarded to him by Frik du Preez, a former Blue Bulls Rugby Legend. Paul and Vaughan would religiously watch Saturday rugby matches together as well as any other current sporting events.
Marion shared in the Vaughan's love of good old fashioned "Cops and Robbers" Movies and TV, especially any BBC Detective Series or Murder Mystery from Inspector Morse to Chicago PD. He was known to drive the family crazy though, with his repetitive watching of the classics "Dinner for One" and John Cleese as Basil Fawlty in "Fawlty Towers" and Peter Sellers in "The Pink Panther", which even though he'd seen a million times, he would still laugh hysterically.
Vaughan was a supportive husband and partner to Charmaine. She worked for a number of years at Standard Bank, and Vaughan used to joke that he "was sleeping next to the enemy", but they had so much in common and always put their children first. Vaughan loved everything about Charmaine. He loved being in the garden trimming the Bougain Villas and raking the leaves in the front garden, as he took such pride in the loving home he and Charmaine created. He even sneakily asked Marion to organise flowers for Charmaine on their 44th Wedding Anniversary last year, a few days after he'd being discharged from Hospital. He scored big points with Charmaine for that one! You couldn't slip anything past him!
During Vaughan's 35 years in the bank, Vaughan would be transferred to various branches throughout Port Elizabeth, ironically finally retiring as the Branch Manager at the Kempston Road Branch of First National Bank in 2005, where he started at a bank clerk 35 years earlier.
Approximately 12 years ago Boys' High attended a rugby festival at Grey High School. It was then decided to start a local Old Boys' Association with Vaughan later assisting on the Eastern Cape Committee, where he assisted with the planning of the Annual Eastern Cape Old Boys Dinner, the 11th holding of which will take place this Friday.
Vaughan was also instrumental in organising his 50th Pretoria Boys' High School Reunion in 2013 by bringing together the class of 1963 from all corners of the world.
He received recognition for his contribution to the Old Boys, by being conferred with the title of Honorary Life Vice President of the Pretoria Boys' High School Old Boys Association.
Vaughan was also very involved in the Mill Park, Linkside and Environs Civic Association.
As a result of being admitted to the different Wards and Units to St. George's Hospital under Dr Dupper, he became well known to most of the Staff. They were all so fond of him and his joke telling and eagerness to get up and follow all their recommended exercises and instructions. Thank you so much to the Medical staff, Unit Managers, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Administration Staff, Food Hostesses and Porters at St. George's who cared for him like their own family and for the extra treats and spoils he received from you all!
Vaughan's qualities are best summarised in a letter received from Tony Reeler, Head Master of Pretoria Boys' High School:
" He is a true gentleman - kind, thoughtful and helpful and I found him nothing less than the perfect host. He is humble and sincere, avoiding the spotlight and preferring to do the work in the background. He shies away from any form of recognition but I want him to know how special he has been to me ever since he welcomed me so warmly as the new Headmaster seven years ago. There are very few human beings in the world with the qualities he has which is a pity because our world be so much better were it filled with more Vaughans. My thoughts are with him as he battles this disease - one he has fought without moaning, complaint and without seeking attention."
Charmaine, Marion and Paul would like to thank everyone for their love and support, thoughts and prayers during this time, too many to mention by name.
From my side I am sure that you will all support me in saluting and paying tribute to Charmaine, Paul and Marion for their example of selfless devotion and sacrifice in caring and supporting their beloved husband and father during his illness until the end. We hold you close to our hearts and in our prayers as you now walk on this road less travelled. We trust and know that once the pain has gone and time has brought healing you will be left with a wealth of the most kind and loving memories of Vaughn to sustain you and keep him in your lives forever.
Brian Matheson Stewart 1955
It is a privilege that I have been invited to write an obituary to my longstanding friend Brian Stewart, who passed away at the age of seventy nine after a short but severe illness borne with great fortitude. This was soon after his birthday on 24 February 2017. His passing was an extremely sad event for his family and his many friends and of course for me. I feel a deep senseof loss now that he is no longer with us.
I was fortunate to have known Brian since the age of four when we attended his grandmother's kindergarten in Bourke Street, Sunnyside. This was during the war years. If my memory serves me, our time in kindergarten was from about 1942 to 1945. After this we were enrolled in Sunnyside Primary School which was zoned as a feeder school for Pretoria Boys High. Consequently, both Brian and I began our memorable high school years at Boys High in 1951. Little did we know how privileged we were to be a part of this remarkableeducational institution.
At Boys High, Brian was quite simply, a very clever pupil. However, he never traded on this gift. He was in fact, "one of the boys". Always game for adventure and fun with an aptitude for risk taking which I suspect may have cost him his prefect's badge. He was also a frequenter of "smoker's koppie" until he became a cadet corps NCO, tasked with the occasional responsibility of raiding the smoking emporiums on the hill to flush outthe smokers. I'm sure this must have irked him somewhat.
I also vividly recall us sitting on our bikes at home-time at the now non-existent corner of Lynnwood Road and Roper Street, together with Francois Theron, Hendrik Davel and Gerrit Bon, checking out the Girls High and St Mary's girls on their bikes and debating their many merits tucked away in drab gymslips.That's about as far as we got though!
Brian loved sport and as I recall participated in cricket, rugby and athletics. He was a particularly fast 100 yard sprinter. He and his good friend Joe Leps, left me standing when we had our first athletics trials in Form One. I was considered to be an ace sprinter in primary school, but that all changed when the pond became bigger. This is a lesson that Boys High has taught manya self-confident "new- pot".
After completing matric Brian and I went our separate ways. He had chosen a career in accounting and after completing his articles in Johannesburg, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and moved to Pretoria. Brian started out with the attorney's firm George Mackenzie and Co. and ended up with KPMG where he became a valued partner in the firm. He married his first and only true love, Thelma on the 1st of April 1961 and from this union there were four much-loved children, Roderick and Jonathan, Catherine and Elizabeth. No prizes for guessing what schools they went to! All of them have done well in their respective careers and were their parent's pride and joy.
After matric I elected to go the Naval Gymnasium at Saldanha for a year and then chose a naval career as my vocation in life. Thirty years later, I was appointed to Naval Headquarters in Pretoria and it was only then that Brian and I were able to pick up the reins of our friendship once again. I had two daughters at Girls High at the time and Brian's one daughter wasteaching there.
What a remarkable friendship it has turned out to be. I could not have wished for a better friend than Brian. His sterling qualities became even more apparentas I grew to know him better in adult life.
Brian loved Boys High with a passion and was one of the most loyal and forthright Old Boys I have ever met. Honesty and integrity, as well as a great sense of humour, were qualities that shone through and must have endeared him to many who were to make his acquaintance throughout his life. He was one of the most principled people that I have known, with no grey areas in his persona.And yet, he remained humble and unassuming - unless goaded!
When the new headmaster, Bill Schroder and his wife Cherry, arrived at the School in about 1989, Brian as I recall, was serving as a school board member. He and Bill became great friends over time. When Bill embarked on his ambitious and meritorious fundraising effort to build a new school hall, together with expanded educational facilities, he called upon Brian to be the fundraiser for our matric year of 1955. Brian accepted the challenge without hesitation and then roped me in to help. Needless to say that under Brian's competent leadership we were one of the first years to reach our target. A glutton for punishment, Brian also played a leading role in our forty, fifty and sixty years-on reunions. That was my friend Brian with his sleeves rolledup!
In closing I have to mention that Brian was a fund of information on the whereabouts of Old Boys and the School's history. In this regard his memory was quite remarkable. I carry a mental picture with me of seeing Brian at the Johannesburg Old Boys monthly lunches at the "Thundergun" Steak House in Northcliffe, wedged between a brace of beefy Old Boys of some bygone era, just enjoying being "one of the boys" once again, wrappedin a cloak of School fellowship. He could not have been happier.
I will missBrian immensely, as will all who knew him as I did.
- Trevor Beddy (1955)
Michael Barron Lamb 2002
My younger brother Michael Barron Lamb died on 6th February 2017 in Bristol (United Kingdom) shortly after being diagnosed with malignant skin cancer. Michael was a day boy at Boys' High for all of his five years of high school. After leaving school Michael went on to serve in the British Army. I have included the obituary which was written and read out at his funeral service by his best friend.
Today we say goodbye to Michael Barron Lamb, the husband of Barbara the son of Moira and Peter, a brother, a soldier an airborne legend and a friend. My name is Justin and it has been one of my greatest honours to call Mike my friend.
Mike was born on the 17th December 1984, the sixth of seven children and sibling to Gregory, Richard, Victoria, Christopher, Peter and Joanne. I only had the pleasure of meeting Moira, Mikey's mum, about a month ago but it was at this first meeting that she told me, rather mischievously, that she needed one more, she needed that one more to get Mikey. Baby faced, red cheeked and playfully naughty. Qualities that he seemed to retain into adult life. I did not have the pleasure of knowing him growing up but his childhood sounds idyllic and he would often tell me stories of his life growing up on the farm. I can only guess that it was the wide open African spaces and the sense of freedom nurtured by a loving family that installed in him a sense of wanderlust. Inevitably Mikey got the travel bug and travelled to the United Kingdom to join the Army.
To his family I can only offer this comfort, although separated by the physical distance between you, you were never far from his thoughts and he carried you in his heart. Throughout the years I have come to know each of you, Mike shared his hopes and concerns his memories and aspirations for each of you. Your pain and joy were his. He loved you all and no one could have asked for a better son or brother. I cannot fathom the depth of your loss and I offer you my sincerest condolences but know that a part of Mike's legacy is that you are not alone, and should you need it, his military family are here for you.
Perhaps it was his dad and brothers back ground in medicine that led to him pursuing a career in medicine or perhaps it was his own innate sense of empathy. Whatever the reason he found himself in the Royal Army Medical Corp. He was entrusted with the lives of soldiers who were at their most vulnerable and needed the most. It was a duty that he upheld with due diligence and performed better than any man or woman I have met. On the battlefield he set about his task with a cool efficiency and calm that belied the chaos that surrounded him. He instilled in others that same sense of calm purpose and I can say without question that there are some here present today because of him. Not one to shy away from a challenge Mike saw fit to serve with only the best and his resume includes such units as 16 Medical Regiment, The Parachute Regiment and the Special Forces (22nd Special Air Service Regiment).
I of course like many here today knew him as Lamby and our paths first crossed nine years ago at 16 Medical Regiment where he was already establishing a name for himself as a highly competent and capable soldier having just returned from what would be one of three operational tours of Afghanistan. Prior to this deployment Lamby showed his mettle on an airborne exercise by jumping from a plane with kit that nearly doubled his own weight and every time I hear or tell this story the weight seems to increase. Lamby was the lightest and most junior soldier on that plane. He did not complain, he accepted his responsibility with the professionalism that we have come to know and rely on and when that light turned green he threw himself into the abyss without hesitation. It was widely accepted that Mikey made the hardest jump that day.
I tell this story as it demonstrates the courage that he possessed, a courage that I draw inspiration from, a courage that he lived his life by, a physical courage that was tried and tested in the fiercest of battles in Afghanistan to the inner courage that he portrayed in his last days living with a cancer that took him, took the best of us far too early.
Lamby seemed to naturally possess the qualities that we all aspire to. Albeit hidden by his humble nature and often disguised by his eccentricities. Loyal to a fault he valued his friendships, family and loved ones, at times to his own detriment. Fast forward six years and we found ourselves posted to Hereford. I was having an issue with pest control and a rogue pigeon. Lamby offered me his air rifle and boys being boys we needed to test it first, all the road signs on camp provided us with the perfect targets. Unfortunately, the police did not approve of our shenanigans and promptly arrested us. Loyal to a fault, when questioned Mikey vehemently denied my involvement, insisting that he acted on his own and I was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time. To my knowledge he never told anyone of my involvement, it wasn't an issue for him. He did what he felt was right and he lived by it, another Lamby lesson.
He had an amazing ability to keep people connected and I think this was one of his most endearing qualities. The migratory nature of our work would often mean that people would lose touch with each other we'd slip through the cracks. As people left and got on with their lives it was Mikey that kept us all together. Through him I heard how James was getting on offshore, or how Paddy had moved back to Northern Ireland, Stoltzy was an international jetsetter or how Cav was still a penguin in Australia and we'd laugh at another one of Smudges jokes. He made you feel as though you belonged and that you had a place.
It goes without saying that he was a phenomenal friend but in my opinion it was the meeting of his wife Barbara that brought out the best of him and showed us a different side to him. I remember when he met Barbara on a trip to Thailand. The moment that he came back and started talking about this girl he met on his trip I knew that this would be something special. I don't think he knew it yet but it was evident to all around him that this was no ordinary girl. In all the time that I knew him I had never known him to talk about someone the way that he spoke about you Barbara. He would often tell me that he didn't have time for relationships and opted for a lifestyle whereby he had a grip bag at the door, packed, living his life on a 30 min notice to move. With you, suddenly there were plans, he wanted to go places with you he wanted to meet family and introduce you to his. He started building a life and I think that caught him a little off-guard. He would often come to me for advice, on what should he say, how should he act what should he do? I told him he'd already lost if he was coming to me for advice. He would share stories about you, showing that you were always there in his thoughts. You challenged him, made him think and loved him. In turn he loved you in ways that he didn't think was possible. It could not have been easy for you both. Your work and lifestyles coupled with the fact that you lived in separate countries would challenge any couple and yet you guys found the strength to make it work. Sam, who as you know spent a lot of time with Lamby on his last tour said it best, it was hard for you both but Lamby loved who he wanted to love and lived how he wanted to live. It was hard but he chose to love you and to be with you it was his choice and that makes what you had very special.
Barbara you were robbed of a life with a man that loved you unconditionally and would have given you his all. Thank you for giving me the chance to see you two get married and thank you for giving me the chance to say goodbye. I know that he could not have been with anyone else but you. You two understood each other and loved each other and I am so sorry that you did not get more time together.
A couple of months ago I had a conversation with Hainsey, who said rather poignantly at the time that people were still trying to do what Lamby did, still trying to achieve what he achieved. He inspired us all and I look at the faces I see here today and I know that we all have a Lamby story. A story from loving parents, A war story, a Saturday afternoon at the coffee cart story, a private quiet story between a man and his wife. These stories bind us and connect us and in the coming days, weeks and years will support us. From the day that he came into the world to the day that he left. He gave so much more than he took, he excelled at life.
Goodbye my friend, Godspeed. we'll never forget you.
Jacobus Pierre Roux 1950
Pretoria - Pierre Roux, a retired judge of the Gauteng Division of the High Court who tackled cases such as the right of gay people to marry, died last week at the age of 84.
Announcing his death on March 3, the Judge President of that division, Judge Dunstan Mlambo, said Roux had 17 years' active service at the bench before his retirement in 2003.
According to media archives, Roux presided over the application that first set South Africa on the path to legalising gay marriage.
Marie Fourie and Cecilia Bonthuys had approached the court for their union to be legally recognised by the Department of Home Affairs, as a challenge to laws which stated that only men and women could marry.
In 2002, Roux dismissed the application on a technicality - they had not challenged the constitutionality of the Marriage Act.
The case went on appeal, and eventually the Constitutional Court in 2005 found that the definition of a married couple in the Marriage Act was unfair, discriminatory and unconstitutional and in 2006 the laws were changed to recognise their union.
He had also presided over an attempt at seizing the assets of apartheid era military doctor and cardiologist Wouter Basson.
Basson had headed a secret chemical warfare unit and his charges had included drug trafficking, fraud and embezzlement, murder and conspiracy to murder after he did not seek amnesty from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
In 2002, Roux set aside an order authorising the then-National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka to seize assets valued at R44m from Basson while he awaited trial. Basson was eventually acquitted.
Mlambo said that Roux was born on January 13, 1933 in Pretoria and matriculated at Pretoria Boys High School.
He graduated from Stellenbosch University in 1955 with a BA LLB degree and was admitted as an advocate in 1956, and took Silk in 1977.
He was admitted as an advocate in Botswana in 1976.
During 1982 and 1983, he was an acting judge at the then-Transvaal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court and in 1986 he was permanently appointed as a judge of the same High Court, Pretoria.
Roux had also acted as a judge at the Bophuthatswana High Court, Mmabatho, during February 2002.
He retired in 2003 at the age of 70.
He leaves four children, Charles, Pierre, Andrew and Nan, and seven grandchildren.
Mlambo said that Roux's eldest son, two of his daughters-in-law and his son-in-law all followed in his footsteps in the legal profession, as advocates.
Jenni Evans, News24
Jacobus Ferdinand Jan Dragt (1946)
It is with regret that I have to advise you that my brother Jacobus Ferdinand Jan Dragt passed away on the 21st December 2016.
He matriculated at the end of 1946. He was a keen hockey player and a fanatic speed boat pilot, in which sport he earned Transvaal colours. After school he joined the staff of the Johannesburg Building Society where he met his wife to be, Doris Joyce Dorling.
After a few years he tried his hand at running his own business but returned to banking when he joined the then South African Building Society in Durban.
He leaves two sons with their families and five grand children. At the end of 1989. he retired to Port Shepston on the south coast of Natal. When his wife passed away in 2012 he returned to Durban where he passed away due to poor circulation problems.
Andre R Dragt (Matric 1957).
John Willis Ewart Hollely (1959)
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of John Hollely on the 1st of February this year at the age of 74. He was a prefect, he matriculated in 1959 and was the Dux of the school that year.
He graduated from UCT with a B.Sc Hon. degree in Mathematics in 1963. He was a very good golfer and played for Northern Transvaal and Western Province. He lived and worked in South Africa, England, United States and The Netherlands. His last employment was as General Manager and Europe Marketing Manager for Kumba International BV when he was based for eight years in Amsterdam.
He retired with his wife, Margie, to Plettenberg Bay in 2008. One of their favourite pastimes was visiting many of the game reserves in South Africa. He was also very actively involved with the NSRI.
John was, without doubt, a very special and caring husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and brother. All who knew him were immensely impressed by his humble and caring attitude to life and people. He was a very proud Old Boy of Pretoria Boys High.
- Peter Hollely
Walter Heyman Edelstein - 1929 To 2016
Wally, as he was fondly known by most people, attended PBHS from 1941 to 1945. He sadly passed away on 3 November 2016, aged 87 years. He started at PBHS as a boy of 12 years old and matriculated at such a young age that he was not able to attend the army or do military service. He followed in his father's footsteps (Robert) who also matriculated in 1914 from PBHS and similarly as his father, became an attorney and thereafter an advocate. His son, Alan, matriculated in 1974, also from PBHS.
Wally practised as an advocate for over 17 years, after completing his legal education at TUKS. He left the bar and joined the side bar where he practised as an attorney until he retired in 2008.
He was highly respected in the legal profession and gave mentorship and guidance to many legal practitioners over the years, many of whom are still practising law today.
In 1982 when his son, Alan, was admitted as an attorney, there were three generations of Edelstein's then practising as attorneys in Pretoria.
The legacy he leaves will be sadly missed by all and his sharp mind, blue eyes and wit will be remembered for years to come.
- Alan Edelstein
Andrew Janisch (1988)
Andrew Janisch passed away suddenly on 29 July 2016 in Cape Town.
Andrew was the youngest of three brothers at PBHS, following Chris (1984) and Michael (1986). His contribution to the life of the school was significant. He played first team cricket (opening the batting, and narrowly missing selection to the Nuffield Week side in his matric year) and first team hockey. He was an extremely talented guitarist, and a founder member of the Dixie Band. His academics were also strong, although he was smart enough to judge just how hard he had to work!
What stands out most from his school years, though, were the many lasting bonds of friendship that he forged. His friends describe him as easy-going, open, loyal and great fun to be around. He attracted people to himself naturally. Almost effortlessly, he stood out from the crowd. In many ways, Andrew was mature beyond his years while at school.
After school, he studied electrical engineering at UCT. He was to remain centred in Cape Town for the rest of his life. After working off his university bursary, he decided to follow his dream of becoming a professional musician. He was a prolific songwriter and produced a number of albums, both with his band "Woodshed" and on a solo basis. A few of his songs hit the national charts in the late 1990s. He was also an accomplished and popular guitar teacher.
After ten years of full-time music, he took up a job with a Cape Town-based NGO, Sustainable Energy Africa. This allowed him to combine his engineering training with his passion for environmental protection and social justice. A major focus of his work was promoting the use of solar water heaters in urban building codes. This led him ultimately to a position in the Energy and Climate Change team of the City of Cape Town, where he developed and implemented energy policy in the local government sphere.
Above all of this, Andrew was a family man, a devoted husband to Dee and father to Julian (17) and Erin (14). He was an active runner (he completed his second Two Oceans 56km marathon just four months before his death) and a veteran of a number of Cape Town Cycle Tours. He continued to play and teach music. The turnout at his memorial service - which would have filled the venue two times over - bears witness to the many circles in which he was known and loved. He lived his life with conviction but devoid of judgement over others - rich testament to the depth of his person.
Andrew adds to the long list of fine men that PBHS has produced. His life, though short, was lived to the full. We are all the better for it.
- Michael Janisch (Brother) Matric 1986
Walter Hain (1940 - 1941)
Former Pretoria anti-apartheid activist Walter Hain, who was jailed and banned before being prevented by the government from working as an architect and forced into exile in Britain in 1966, died peacefully on Friday in Neath, South Wales, aged 91.
Hain married Adelaine Stocks, who was born in Port Alfred, on September 1, 1948. They joined the South African Liberal Party in 1954 and from 1958 became active in its Pretoria branch, he as chairperson, she as secretary.
Because of their anti-apartheid activism, the couple were imprisoned for two weeks without charge in 1961 and then issued with banning orders: Adelaine in 1963 and Walter in 1964.
As the first married couple to be banned, an embarrassed government was forced to insert special clauses in their banning orders enabling them to talk to each other, as banned persons were normally prevented from communicating.
In March 1966, Walter and Adelaine were forced to leave South Africa because they were deprived of earning an income after the government instructed all architectural firms in Pretoria municipality - to which Walter was restricted by his banning order - from employing him.
The family moved to Britain where they lived in Putney for several decades. Father of leading anti-apartheid campaigner and former Labour Cabinet minister and Neath MP, Peter Hain, now Lord Hain, Walter was born on December 29, 1924 in Durban.
He attended Arcadia primary school in Pretoria and Parktown High and Pretoria Boys High School.
He gained his degree in architecture at the University of Witwatersrand, later specialising in the design of hospital laboratories. He was a Springbok rugby fan and South African cricket supporter.
He also followed football as a keen Chelsea FC fan. Walter and Adelaine have 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He was active in the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and a founder of Architects Against Apartheid. In 2009 Walter and Adelaine moved to Neath, South Wales.
"Walter devoted his life to the struggle for freedom in South Africa. He had a brilliant mind and never lost his belief in the greatness of this country," said Hugh Lewin, who served a seven-year prison sentence in Pretoria for anti-apartheid sabotage.
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James Robert Galloway (1964)
It is with great sadness that we wish to inform you of the passing of James Robert Galloway. He passed away peacefully at 20:05 on the 30/10/2016 after a long fight with cancer. He was born on the 4th June 1946.
He started at PBHS in 1958 and matriculated in 1964. He was in Rissik house.
Herman John (Bunny) Matthysen (1945)
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Ian Garth Fitzpatrick (1966)
Ian attended Boys High from 1962 to 1966, as a boarder in School House. Ian was a man of God, integrity, honour, great courage and a true friend no matter what the circumstance. He was one of the most committed evangelists of Boys High we have known, the school shaped and honed his life for the better. Ian gave 110% to everything he did, a shining example for all of us. Ian hung on to life to be an integral part of the recent 50 Year On Reunion, he added significant value to all of us. Ian you fought the good fight and ran the race of life excellently, now rest in peace in heaven.
We will miss you Ian
- Keith Tindale
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