Obituaries

 

Since we consider SAIDI members to be family members, we will list here the losses they have faced when their family members pass away. We wish to honour those who have passed away and respect them, while empathising with our members.

 

Try listening to this lovely song Howard Dembovsky found on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNoLJy68ZcE&list=RDN1JcPmsoNkE

 

27th September 2013

Gift Bongani Ndbele is a very dedicated SAIDI Member in Soweto. He unexpectedly lost his mother on 27th September 2013, causing him to fly to Durban in the early hours of the morning to help with funeral arrangements. As a result, he was suddenly whisked away and unable to attend a meeting. We understand and apologize for that on his behalf.

We are very sorry for his loss. May he find comfort in remembering his mother for the wonderful person she was. Like most mothers, I am sure she wanted him to grow into a man who was independent and strong, full of integrity and honour.

We are glad he has joined SAIDI where “Integrity is our Driving Force.” We are thinking of him and his sadness.

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14th October 2013

Vassie Theven KZN Member, lost his mother on 14th October 2013. He is sad at this loss but has chosen to view her death in the following very special way, which he shared with Jeanette:

He wrote:

You can shed tears that she is gone

Or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back

Or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her

Or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she’s gone

Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind,

Be empty and turn your back

Or you can do what she’d want :

SMILE, OPEN YOUR EYES, LOVE AND GO ON.

 

Vassie Thevan

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25th October 2013

 Godfrey Moabi passed away on 25th October 2013. He was a SAIDI Member for many years, apparently from its inception. Please read the speech Pat Allen made at his funeral when asked to represent SAIDI there. It was a celebration of his life.

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IMG-20131113-WA003His four lovely young daughters are left behind. Innocentia is the eldest. She entertained us telling us stories of what sort of father Godfrey was, especially when it came to hair-washing night. He would tilt them upside down under his arm and dunk them under the tap, despite their strong objections, and wash their hair. She had us all smiling. She showed a video of him dancing with Octavia too. Octavia is to continue running Godfrey’s Driving School, as her father would have wanted her to do. At his funeral, it was such a privilege to meet several very influential people whom he taught to drive. He left a lasting impression on their lives. What I loved hearing was how he was a man of great personal integrity! That is the type of instructor we want to belong to SAIDI!

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 31st October 2013

Jeanette Colombick is also a dedicated SAIDI Member in the Ekurhuleni area. She lost her mother on about 31st October 2013.

Jeanette came from a big family of nine people. She says sadly that just six are left.

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With her permission, we let SAIDI members know.

This is how Vassis Thevan, a SAIDI Member from KZN responded:

2013.11.08 From Vassie to Jeanette

Jeanette was very touched – she wrote: “Wow I’m full of goosebumps after reading these kind words from a Real Man I’ve never met or can’t remember. It struck My core. Vassie’s words are so true, can’t wait to print it for the rest of My family.
I sent Him a email to say thank You.
Like I said earlier, Thank You for caring.

– He is a member in KZN Jeanette! Stunning, isn’t it?

From: Jeanette Colombick [mailto:jeanette.colombick@yahoo.com]
Sent: 08 November 2013 06:58 PM
To: pat@saidinational.org
Subject: Re: FW: Driving Safety

I saw in His email address, that’s very nice from Him. He is another example of a Angel among Us. His words a so comforting and needed. I’m truly Blessed to have All of You in My life.
Enjoy Your weekend.
Regards JeanetteSent from Yahoo Mail on Android