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Profile Updated: April 24, 2019
Residing In:
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
Cliff (1975) & Leigh + Conor and Neve (Brisbane), Jenny-Anne (1979) & Shane + Tom (Sydney), Matt (1982) More…& Di (Melbourne).
Yes! Attending Reunion

Professional qualifications: Member of SA Institute of Chartered Accountants and Institute of Marketing Managers. Served Articles with Roberts, Haley and Murray. Held a variety of positions as CFO and CEO with Alladdin Industries SA, Jonsson Group of Companies, Virbac International (Auckland and Sydney), East Coast Blood Transfusion Service and SA National Blood Service (Jhb). Retired back to Durban in 2012.

School Story:

Huh, I can't remember what happened half an hour ago, and I'm now expected to remember what happened 50 years ago?

Which teacher made the greatest impact on you in your time at DHS, and why do you say this?

I enjoyed "Maniac" McMichael's history lessons. Rob Drooglever was also good fun. Doug Robinson, Miss Clarence and Doug Drysdale were probably the best Maths teachers I came across. Didn't enjoy the last mentioned's "bacon slices" though. Mr McGee was a great French teacher but he tended to hit us all on the head with a French/English dictionary - probably could have sued him these days! Enjoyed Mr Van der Molen's science classes.

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Used to see Denzil Andrews fairly regularly when we were running. Geoff Caruth as well. Most of my other DHS running mates are from different years (eras). For example, the one and only Mike Clark, Tony Venton, Russell Simpson, Colin Cameron, the late Tony Robertze, Buzzy Brooks, Puppy Woodcock, Neil Harvey, Dougie Dowell, Robbie Savage, Graeme Campbell, Mike Celine et al. My running mentor and dearest friend for many years, Ron Edwards, matriculated at DHS in 1940 (Passed away at 94 in 2016) Those of us who trained with him will well remember his hilarious "war stories" whilst struggling up Inchanga. I'm sure that Mr Hitler extended the war for another 3 years when he realized that Ron had enlisted in 1942! As the founder chairman of DHSOB Athletic Club and a past chairman of DHSOB Club I was invited to be the guest speaker at the 1947 matric 70 year reunion lunch recently. A wonderful occasion!

How do you relax?

Go to gym most days and also run along the Umhlanga promenade. Have begun playing bowls. Drink a lot of wine. I need to take up golf again now that I live on a golf estate but I need to find some fellow hackers. Travel a lot but still have plenty of places on my bucket list that I want to visit.

What are some of your favourite inspirational verses or quotes?

"Carpe Diem".

Also had a framed copy of Desiderata on my office wall my whole working life

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Happy birthday Gary! I trust that you had a fantastic day. You really need to attend one of our lunches that we organize every 3 months or so. I used to have a beach cottage in Collins Street, Uvongo so I know that its not such a long drive.......LoL!

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Happy birthday for next Sunday Cedric. I trust that the Tassie winter hasn't been too cold for you guys!!

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Hi Johnny. Happy birthday. Have a good one. If you are ever in Durbs, please give me a shout. Kindest regards. Stan

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Happy birthday for Monday Graham! 3 score and 10! Well done!

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Have a good one on the 30th Graham! we will still be overseas for a while, so have a great lunch with the guys. Kindest regards. Stan

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