Douglas Evans

1955-1961, Pembroke

Doug died peacefully on 30 June 2013 on his farm in the Tala Valley, KZN.

Doug’s daughter Cindy sent this photograph of Doug taken at Cape Vidal on his last family holiday together.

Almost 60 years ago Doug and I were allocated beds next to each other on our arrival at Junior House at Kearsney. Doug instantly made me feel very welcome and we soon became fast friends.

Our friendship extended beyond school through regular invitations from his Family for me to spend our school holidays together on the Evans farm in Upper Tongaat.

After leaving Kearsney Doug could not wait to go farming.

In the beginning there were good years and there were some not so good years but Doug had his wife Penny with his girls by his side and together they persevered with great determination and hard work to develop the farm into the successful enterprise it is today.

Doug should be everyone’s “role model” for his ability to overcome adversity with dignity and courage. He lost Penny in a car accident and was beaten, robbed and shot on his farm. He survived both these tragedies with amazing fortitude and grace. He really loved life.

He suffered a debilitating stroke some months ago which turned out to be the only challenge that, despite his courage, he could not overcome.  He is survived by his loving family, Gail and his many friends.

Thank you Doug for allowing me to be your friend, rest in peace, you will be missed.

Tribute from John S Lacey

1955-1960, Finningley

Now based in Canada |