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In memoriam


On Sunday 29 January 2017, my father, Flores Petrus Kotzee passed away; after a sickbed of two-and-a-half months, with lots of ups and downs. The downs won in the end. He was aged 90 years, 8 months and 2 days at the time. His funeral service was on 1 Feb and afterwards we had a grand 'wake' at the Capital Craft Beer Co.


I was kept very busy with all arrangements, so I stayed off the blog for the week. I still have a lot to do, but it is more manageable.


The picture was taken roughly eighteen months ago, while we were on a hike. Among others, he loved nature. My father was a widower, with four sons, of whom three were older than 60 at the time of his passing. During the 1980's, he was on top of his rock in the steel industry and well known internationally, until well into the 1990's.



comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Feb 2017, 00:43
What a fine shot of your Dad, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray, he loved nature.
Sorry for your loss, Louis, may he r.i.p.
Louis: Thank you Frank, I am sure that he would.
An excellent memoriam, Louis. I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. Thoughts & prayers for you and your family.
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth, much appreciated.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Feb 2017, 06:36
My first thought was: your vader - a really fulfilled life - my compassion with you and your family ...
Louis: Vielen Dank, Philine. Ich habe gelernt, meinen ersten Deutschen Worte von ihm. Wir sind nicht Deutsch, aber er war immer interessiert in Deutschland.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Feb 2017, 06:41
Well how good that he lived to a ripe old age Louis, this is a fine picture of him
Louis: Thank you Chris - he had a good innings.
Our deepest condolences to you and yours, Louis. It sounds like you will always remember him with great pride and love. What a fine tribute.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie. As fathers go, he was a good one.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Feb 2017, 07:28
This is a wonderful picture of your dad. Sorry for your loss. By what you wrote he lived a full life. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Louis: Thank you Astrid, very much appreciated.
A man who clearly lived and enjoyed a full life Louis. My condolences on your loss
Louis: Thank you Bill, we will miss him.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 6 Feb 2017, 08:18
How wonderful that your Father could still hike into his late 80s. Condolences on your loss, Louis
Louis: That was quite remarkable, Lisl. Although I had to carry him over a bad patch of 100 yards or so. That is now part of memories. Thanks for the condolences.
Please accept my condolences Louis. It seems that your father lived a long and fruitful life, but that does not mean it is not hard when a close relative dies. My brother died on 5th January, but he was only 75 - I say only. It was heart disease that got him, and he had been struggling for some years. I am the last of our family of five. I am glad you had a good wake for your father, perhaps you should write your memoirs.
Louis: One of my earliest memories was running from my room to his side of their bed, on a moonlit night. This will have been before I became 3 years old. Nah, who wants to read about that? Sad, when you are an only one - I still have my 3 brothers left. Bruised and battered, but they still are there. Thanks for the condolences, Chad.
Firstly, I am so impressed with this wonderful photo. For a hiker and nature lover it is perfect. I am sure you must have made him a copy to enjoy.

I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is one of life's most difficult times. He lived a long time and seemingly well. May he rest in peace.
Louis: He chose a sundown as a reminder of this outing and just smiled at this picture. Thanks for the condolences and I am sure he will rest peacefully.
A great picture of your fine Dad Louis, it's always hard losing a parent, especially a dad, no more of the 'man to man' stuff to look forward to. You have my every condolence in your loss.
Louis: Thank you Brian, much appreciated.
A fine memorial, Louis!
Louis: Thank you Tom, he loved being in nature.
he's a fine looking man Louis and your memorial is perfect...
i can only wish that i am that strong at 89...
i'm so glad that you had a proper wake for him at the Capital Craft Beer Co.

my condolences....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter, yes a proper unwind after all the emotional stuff, was required.
En tenue de baroudeur, jolie photo.
Louis: Merci, Martine. Nous avons de bons souvenirs de lui.
i certainly get the impression he loved the outdoors and that he was reasonably active and fit. my condolences, Louis.
My condolences, Louis. A fitting memorial picture

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