Fly free beloved uncle Pat

MBOMBELA – His death was unexpected.

Pat was admitted to Mediclinic Nelspruit on Monday January 22 after which he had been diagnosed with pancreas cancer.

Late last year, I was fortunate enough to meet Pat after I received a phone call from his daughter, Eve.
Most of the readers will hopefully remember the article I wrote about Pat.

To be honest I had to pluck all my courage to make an appointment to go see him. But my oh my! I could listen to him for hours! I am so glad that I could share a part of Lowveld history that has never been told before.


Last week Monday, Eve phoned me. She asked me if I could send her the photos that I took of her father during our interview. I asked her how is her dad doing in which she replied, ‘not good’.

‘Please tell me that you guys aren’t preparing for the worst. Unfortunately we are.’

On Wednesday I went to visit Pat in the hospital. Little did I know, that it would be the last time that I would see him.

I sat next to his bed. It was heartbreaking – he looked so helpless. He said that he had no pain and that he is more than ready to kick the bucket.

I smsed Eve on Sunday afternoon asking her how her father was doing. She replied ‘not good at all.’

I still though that I just want to pop in the following morning…

Uncle Pat. I feel that there is so much more that you could have shared with me. I would have loved to write your autobiography. I am sorry that you will never be able to meet up with the love of your life, Joan.

The funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised.

“I just want to thank the oncologist staff members of Mediclinic. You were fantastic!” – Eve 

“Pat was a gentleman. He never spoke one bad word about others. We called him the bakers mans’ man. He had a big cookie jar and everyday at 14:15 during tee-time he would handout biscuits. Pat would take a walk with tannie Bes Kruger every afternoon and took good care of all the ladies. He was a lovely person and he will be sorrowfully missed” – Management of Herfsakker

Carli Koch
Sports Editor

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