Cheers Oom Sakkie…

11 March , 2010

Oom Willem en Liam die ertjieOur family received some bad news this morning. My uncle Willem drowned in a boating accident in Kwazulu Natal. He was a very good swimmer so it’s believed that after the boat capsized he may have had a heart attack while trying to swim out to shore.

Obviously our family is in complete shock, and everyone is making plans to pull together for the funeral which will be sometime next week. From as far as Thabazimbi, London, Cape Town, Pretoria, Kempton, Johannesburg and of course Natal, everyone is getting ready to go pay our final respects. What an awful reason for our family to get together again…

My aunt tells us that they actually had a chat about dying not even a week ago, and that he said to her at the time that he is ready if it’s his time to go. He’s happy with his life and he’s made his peace with his maker. My uncle wasn’t a man who kept himself busy with sombre things in general – so who knows, perhaps he had a gut feeling that his time was near?

Anyone who ever met him could attest to his generosity and jovial spirit. He was the kind of guy who would go out of his way to help a stranger – not that he knew any strangers, because to him they were all “Sakkie!” anyway. He had the family temper of course, but was never one to bear a grudge and he lived passionately! If he wasn’t busy swearing at the ref on the TV he was laughing straight from his belly about something or another, and it’s not often that you meet a grown man with a naughty twinkle in his eye like my uncle used to sport. He lived his life like one grand adventure and his excitement was contagious to everyone around him.

Rest in peace Oom Willem. You will be missed…



  1. Oh Louisa, my condolences on your family’s loss.

  2. Oh no 😦 I’m so sorry Louisa

  3. Jammer om te hoor van die slegte nuus, sterkte vir julle almal.

  4. Jammer om te hoor tjomma. My gedagtes is met jou familie – sterkte.

  5. Oh I am so sad for you all! Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Louisa, hy klink soos iemand wat ‘n mens graag sou wou ken.
    Ek dink hy sou so in sy skik gewees het met hierdie huldeblyk aan hom. Well done.
    En baie sterkte vir jou en jou familie.

  7. Aw Louisa, he sounds like quite a guy and I’m very sorry to hear of your family’s loss.

  8. Hey, ons dink aan julle, se ook so vir jou ma-hulle!

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about this great loss of your uncle. My condolences to your family. What a testimony to his character that family are travelling from so far to attend his funeral.

  10. I’m so sorry. I read about this in the news. (((hugs)))

  11. Thanks you guys. It’s a really tough time for my family, your support means a lot to us.

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