Please keep the following Old Stithian Families in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn the passing of their loved ones:

Digby “Digger” Elliott (1958) on 22 May 2017 after a protracted illness following very serious surgery a few months ago. Our condolences go to his wife, Margie, their children, and the Elliott family and friends.

George Negota, the father of Khangi (2000) & Ofhani’s (2007) and sister Nono, passed away on 7 May 2017.

The sister of Jakes Fredericks, Head of the Boys’ Prep, passed away in April 2017.

Pam Jameson, the mother of Michael Jameson (1979) passed away last night and her memorial service will be held at the Saints Chapel on Tuesday 11 April 2017.  She apparently worked at the Saints Tuckshop for many years.

Past teacher of St Stithians Boys’ College, Engela Wagener, passed away on Monday 3 April 2017. Our condolences go to her husband Fritz, family and friends.

The older brother of Martin Harrison (2006), Andrew (matriculated Michaelhouse) passed away on 26 March 2017. Our condolences go to his parents Pete and Hilary and sister Zoe.

George Beeton, father of Ian (1986) and Dean (1989) Beeton and grandfather to David (2008) and Andrew (2011) passed away on 1 February 2017.

Andrew Bradford (1983) was killed in a hit-and-run accident while cycling on 27 January 2017.  Andrew also did the transafrica bike race in 2015.

Lynne Newby, mother of Eric Newby (2013), passed away in January 2017.

Mpumelelo (Mpumi) Buku (2007) passed away on 17 January 2017 as he succumbed to injuries sustained in an attempted hijacking.

The father of Justin Suzor (2013), and husband to Mrs Helen Suzor passed away in December 2016.

The father of Lloyd Robert Nelson (1979), Brendan Nelson (2013), Carol Nelson (2014) and husband to Mrs Lynn Nelson passed away on Christmas Eve.

The father of Poroma Mohale (2012) passed away in December 2016.

Peter Flint (1968) who passed away on Thursday 3 November 2016 in Canada.

Peter Scott, jeweler extraordinaire and great friend of the school, passed away on 25 October 2016.  Please keep his family, Jonty (2010), Daniel (2012), Victoria (2014), Alison and the Scott family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Cameron Conlon (2016) passed away on 14 October 2016.  Our sincerest condolences go to his Mom, Susan, his sister Kirsten, his stepfather, Deon, and his father, Grant.

Stuart Thomas (1990) passed away on Sunday, 2 October 2016 after losing his battle with a brain tumour. He leaves his wife Cindy and two boys Craig and Luke, his mother Pat, brother Bruce (1985) and sister Linda.

David Raynham (1973) passed away at the age of 61 years on 21 September 2016. He had been ill for a number of months suffering from severe back and neck pain and chronic headaches. He became unconscious at home and was taken to hospital. He suffered respiratory and heart failure and passed away a few days later, not having regained consciousness. He is remembered with love by his family, friends and peers. He is survived by his daughter Catherine Louise Raynham, his mother and sisters Rose and Gill.

Our sincerest condolences go the family and friends of Martin Irish (1963) who was murdered in his home in Bryanston at the end of September 2016.

Robert Wylde (1995), son of David and Ingrid Wylde, and brother of Lucy, Emma and Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly at the end of August 2016.  David was Head of the Boys’ College and the first Rector of St Stithians College. A memorial service will be held at St Stithians College, date and time to be announced.

Condolences to Sergio, Ivanka, Michele (2007) and Danilo (2009) Acquisto on the passing of Sergio’s Mom on 16 July 2016.

Condolences to Helen, Possey, Nicholas (2009) and Melissa (2011) Mina on the passing of Helen’s Dad on 3 July 2016.

Andrew Buchan (1953-1956), a founder pupil, passed away on 5 June 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

Eddie Keizan, father of Gary Keizan (1997) passed away on 21 May 2016.

Our condolences go to Christian Ashcroft (1998) and Corrin Ashcroft De Sousa (2000) on the passing of their father. His memorial will take place at the St Stithians Chapel on Friday 20 May 2016.

Our sincerest condolences to Charles Post (2000) and Denis Post (2002) and their family and friends on the passing of their father William “Dendy” Post on Sunday 8 May 2016.  Beloved husband, father, friend to many, left us unexpectedly on Sunday evening. The Big guy’s life will be celebrated at a memorial service to be held on Friday the 13th May 2016, at 3:30pm, at the chapel at St David’s Marist Inanda.  Donations in lieu of flowers to Woodrock Animal Rescue or Bethany House Trust.

Legends are Never Forgotten, Tribute Charles Post

Chris Ritson  (1986) sadly passed away on 6 May 2016 in Innsbruck Austria, after contracting meningitis in December last year. He had made a wonderful life with wife Maggie and sons Matty and Ripee in St Anton, Austria.  Chris loved the outdoors and all the sports that went with it. He especially loved the snow and skiing. Chris and Maggie have a very strong connection to the   St Anton community and everyone remembers Chris for his big smile and willingness to lend a hand. He remembered all his South African friends well especially all the Saints people. He was at Saints from 1982 to 1986. He would have loved to attend the 86 reunion in October. For those attending, please enjoy a beer in his memory (Followed by a Jager in true Austrian tradition!)

Tribute Gavin Ritson (1980)

Neville “Ritchie” Richardson (1961) passed away on 1 May 2016, after a five year battle with mesothelioma (asbestos cancer).  After matriculating from St Stithians at the end of 1961, Neville became both a Methodist minister and an academic. For many years Neville was a professor of religious studies and theology at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg. When he turned 60, he had to retire from that position, so he began commuting to and from Pretoria while working for the Methodist Church, helping to establish a new theological college. However, Neville soon reached the Methodist church’s mandatory retirement age of 65, and at that stage he and his wife, Carleen, moved to Britain, where he worked as a Methodist minister in Yorkshire. Two of Neville and Carleen’s four children live in the UK, as do the majority of their grandchildren, which was an important factor in their decision to move to Britain – and so, as events transpired, Neville spent the last few years of his life in the country where he’d spent the first few years of his life.  Neville had a sharp intellect, a keen sense of fairness and justice, a great sense of humour, and a love of sport – all qualities that were present when he was a pupil at St Stithians. What we didn’t see at school, of course, was Neville’s profound love for Carleen and their four children, Nicky, Kate, Peter & Chris and grandchildren.

Tribute Nigel Roberts  (1961)

John Boden (1989), brother of Andrew (1987) and Greg (1984) passed away in April 2016.

The mother of Charles (1992) & David (1992) Savage has passed away.

Tshepo Nkomo (2001) died in a robbery on 28 March 2016.

It is with immense sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of Charles Somlayi (Charlie) from cancer on 16 February 2016. Charles has been in the employ of the OSA since the porta cabin days and received his Honorary membership in 2011. We are glad that his suffering is over but so sorry to have lost a beloved friend of the OSA. Please keep his wife Zama and his children Hlela, Hlamla and Zingce in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. His memorial will take place at the St Stithians College Chapel on Friday 4 March 2016 at 3.3o pm followed by light snacks and drinks at the One & All Club.

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Edward Hepher (2008) passed away after battling pancreatic cancer in February 2016. Our sincerest condolences go to his brother Alex (2011), his parents Leslie and Richard and family.

Kirsty Webster (2007) passed away suddenly in January 2016.

Werner Grosskopf (1980) (his adopted surname was Drury) passed away from a heart attack in January 2016.  “What a lovely man with such a brilliant mind. Such a sad loss. My sincerest condolences to his wife, two young children and his family and friends. Rest in Peace Werner, you will be sorely missed. (Tribute by Michael Lacy-Smith).

We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Grant (2002), Lisa (1998) White and the late Kevin Botha and the Botha family on the passing of their father, Ken, on 27 January 2016.


Patrick Vickers (1962) passed away on 30 December 2015.

Daniel Leech (1996) passed away on 11 December 2015 in a bike crash.

Sister Linda Pires has passed away from complications linked to lung cancer. Linda  retired at the end of 2014 after 18 years of service to the school,especially in the boarding house and to sport.

 Neillen van Kraayenburg (1982) passed away suddenly after a heart attack in October 2015.

Jannes Scheepers (2011) tragically died in a plane crash on 16 October 2015. Jannes was the son of Dr Pieter Scheepers, Dr Antoinette Ackerman and brother to Antoinette Scheepers (2009).

Our sincerest condolences go to Adrian (2006) and Niquelle (2009) Maasch and their mother Deone on the passing of their father, Stephen, on 28 September 2015.

Tinashe Majuru (2009) was doing a Business Administration-Marketing Degree at Algonquin College in Canada when he went swimming with his friends on 3 September 2015 in the Wakefield area and was swept away by the current and drowned.  His brother Mufaro was Class of 2014.

Castro Ntsebeza (2003), brother of Samora (2002) passed away suddenly at the end of August 2015.

Our sincerest condolences go to Brendon (1995) and Chad Crew (1991) and their families on the passing of their father on 26 September 2015.

Tinashe Majuru (2009) was doing a Business Administration-Marketing Degree at Algonquin College in Canada when he went swimming with his friends on 3 September 2015 in the Wakefield area and was swept away by the current and drowned.  His brother Mufaro was Class of 2014.

Castro Ntsebeza (2003) passed away suddenly at the end of August 2015.  His brother Samora was Class of 2002.

Ingrid and David Wylde (Past Boys’ College Head and St Stithians College Rector) and family on the passing of David’s Mom in July. She was 98 years old.

Mbali Mbalati (2006) passed away suddenly on Monday morning, 15 June 2015. She was a beautiful girl with a phenomenal sense of humour.  (contributed Tamaryn Ross (2006))

The Mother of Shaun O’Flaherty (1982) passed away on 28 May 2015.  Her memorial took place in the Saints Chapel on 4 June 2015.

The father of Selwyn Vos (1980) passed away at the beginning of May 2015.  His memorial was held at the Saints Chapel on 21 May 2015.

Pauline Ashcroft, mother of Christian (1998) and Corrin (2000) Ashcroft, passed away in April 2015.  Her memorial was held in the Saints Chapel on 21 April 2015.

Sarah Jane Barnhoorn (nee Klemptner) (Deputy Headgirl 1998) died  of cancer in Knysna at the beginning of April.  Our concolences go to her husband, Graeme (1998) and two small children.  Her father is Dr Anthony Klemptner (1967).

Graham Freer (1982) passed away suddenly on 6 April 2015.  His service was held in the Saints Chapel on 14 April 2015.

Our condolences to Mrs Jose Trubshaw, James (1986), Rodney (1998) and the Trubshaw family on the passing of Mr Trubshaw in March this year. Mr Trubshaw was the donor of the Boys’ College  Trubshaw Poetry Prize.

Roston Bradley (1960) passed away on 20 March after battling cancer.   Roston was Dux Scholar in 1960 and Chair of the OSA from 1970-1972 and .  His father, Ray, was a Council member for 30 years.  His family donated the Good Samaritan window in the chapel in memory of Roston’s grandparents. Our condolences go to his wife, Jeanine, his son Andrew (1990) and the Bradley family.

Stuart Skeen (1991) passed away suddenly of a heart attack on 11 March 2015.  Our condolences go to his brother, Jeremy (1989) and the Skeen family.  His funeral took place in the Saints Chapel on 18 March 2015.

Hilton (1996) and Adam (1997) Froneman on the death of their Mother in February 2015.

Lawrence Taylor (1967) passed away on 27 February 2015.  He had had cancer for over two years and battled bravely until the day he died.  He is sorely missed by the whole family, especially his love of life and his sense of humour.  He was a friend and father figure for those who worked for him and he brought a ray of sunshine into all the lives he touched.  He leaves behind his daughter Sarah and son Mark and two grandsons. I am grateful for the 40 years we were able to spend together.  May he rest in peace.   Trish Taylor

James Simkins (1969) died of cancer on  Friday (16/01/2015) in Seattle.  James He is survived by his Mom Daphne, Brother Charles, wife Val and his two children Kathryn and Jonathan, and grandchild Thomas.  After Matric James enrolled at Wits for a civil engineering qualification.  He launched his  successful hospitality career at much the same time, with Westin Hotels and Resorts.  These included The Carlton in Johannesburg, Kowloon Shangri-La in Hong Kong and the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles. Success in California brought him to The Westin Tokyo, and he was invited to open the property as Managing Director and to also assume corporate responsibilities’ as Vice President Operations for Westin International Asia Pacific.  He completed a 28 year tenure with Westin Australia, building and opening the Westin Sydney for the 2000 Olympics.  James joined Benchmark Hospitality International upon the company’s purchase of MTM Luxury Lodging in 2011, immediately assuming a leadership position on Benchmark’s executive team and the company’s Board of Directors.  Following 42 years in the hospitality industry James retired from the industry in May 2014.  Tribute by Alistair Burt (2001)

Richard Stanley (1975), Lucinda and family on the loss of Richard’s mother in January 2015.

Charles (Charlie) Henderson (1972) and his wife, Jenny, were attacked on their farm in Muldersdrift on 8 January 2015 and Charles unfortunately passed from the attack.  Our thoughts and prayers go to his family, especially under such tragic circumstances, and we wish Jenny all the very best in her recovery.


Our sincerest condolences go to Jamie Croly (1995) and the Croly family on the sudden passing of his Mother at the end of August.  Jamie has been involved at St Stithians College rowing for the past 15 years and is now heading to Oregon State University in the USA to take up the  position as Assistant Women’s Rowing Coach.

Hazel Krige, wife of Steyn Krige (ex Head of the Boys’ College 1962-1968) passed away on 6 September 2014 after a long illness.  Steyn passed away in 2011.  Our condolences go to Geoff (1969), Paul (1968), Mike, Ken (ex Boys’ College teacher), Val, Lynn and the Krige family.  Her funeral will take place on 12 September 2014 at the Randburg Methodist Church at 14h30.

Elsa Nolte, mother of Jacobus (1984) & Carel (1991) Nolte, passed away on 9 September 2014.  Our sincerest condolences go to the Nolte family.  Carel is the current Chair of Council at St Stithians College.  Her funeral will take place on 12 September 2014 at the St Stithians College Chapel at 15h30.

Cynthia van Tonder, wife of Piet van Tonder (ex Deputy Head and teacher at the Boys’ College 1983-2013), passed away on 31 August 2014 after a long battle with cancer.  Our condolences go to Piet, Jeanette, Michelle (2000), Lauren (2002), their granddaughters and the van Tonder family.  Her funeral was held at the St Stithians Chapel on Friday, 5 September 2014.

Jim Dixon died on Friday 8 August 2014 after having suffered a stroke 5 weeks prior.  Our condolences go out to his sons, Mark (1984), Andrew (1987) and his wife, Judy.

Graeme Jones (1990) passed away on Wednesday 6 August 2014 after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. His funeral was held at St Stithians College on 11 August 2014.

Masters swimmer Christopher Clarke (1986) was competing in the Indy Open Water Challenge in Indianapolis on Sunday 22 June 2014 when he was pulled from the two-mile race at Eagle Creek Reservoir by medical personnel when officials noticed him not moving after he had been part of the lead pack for much of the race. He was pronounced dead at St. Vincent-Indianapolis Hospital.  Clarke was a 2009 U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water All-American and a multiple state champion in pool events while representing Indy Aquatic Masters. He also was a competitive cyclist who swam collegiately at Michigan State University.   Indianapolis Star article

Simon Andrew Fraser Davidson, brother to Christopher Davidson (2002), son of Andrew and Anne, cherished husband to Sarah and father to Tyrin, Maddison and Marley died unexpectedly on 24 May 2014.

Andrew Wilson Davidson, father of Christopher Davidson (2002), loving husband to Joy, brother to Max, Christopher and Iain, passed away on his own terms after a long illness on 22 May 2014.

Our sincerest condolences go to Tania & Gary Clarence (1988) on the tragic deaths of their three youngest children, 3 year old twins Ben and Max and their 4 year old sister Olivia on 22 April 2014 in London. Article

Claudia (2012) & Stephanie (St Stithians Girls’ College Gr 11) Wustrow and family, and St Stithians Girls’ Prep, on the sudden passing of Ingrid Wustrow on 8 March 2014.  Ingrid was a Foundation teacher at the Girls’ Prep and had taught there for 19 years.

Kobus (J.P.) Joubert (1993) passed away on 10 March 2014 in the USA.  Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife, Mai, his 3 children, his brother Zach (1999) and the Joubert family.

Jurie Erwee (2012) Catherine, Elizabeth and Father Jurie, on the death of their mom and wife, Henriette, on 2 January 2014.


Our concolences go the family of Nelson Mandela, including his grandson, Zwelabo Mandela (2010) who attended St Stithians Boys College.  His great granddaughter, Zenani Mandela, died in 2010 at the age of 13 in a car accident while in St Stithians Girls’ Prep.

Bruce Sherwood (1975) passed away peacefully on the 18th of September 2013. A thanks-giving service was held at Christ Church, Somerset West on the 25th of September 2013

Tony Carr (1975), son of Megan Carr, father to Sean and Camilla, brother to Peter Carr (1982), Andrea and Carole, and uncle to Sebastian (Gr8) and Nicholas (Gr6) at St Stithians College, passed away 19 June 2013 in Cape Town after a short battle with cancer.

Claudia Wilkinson, wife to David and mother to Dean (2012) and Dylan (2008), passed away suddenly after a short illness.

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