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Monday, June 7, 2010

Dave Rundle

A Sad Farewell to a Gentle Giant - my Dad, Dave Rundle, passed away peacefully in his sleep, here at home in Morgan Bay, at the age of 76, on Monday the 24th May 2010. Dad was born Tsessebe, Botswana many moons ago. After meeting and marrying my Mom, Gloria in Francistown, they moved to Chiredzi, Zimbabwe where he worked with Lowveld Tractor and Motor company. During this time my brother Mike was born in Bulawayo and my sister Mandy and i were born in Chiredzi. Later we moved to Chipinga, then to Middle-Sabi where he worked with Sabi Limpopo Authority. Those were good years, we all loved the bush so much ! When the bush war got a bit hot in the Chipinga area, Dad moved us all to Bulawayo where we lived in the Caravan Park for a few months before finding a house. Dad was with Farmec in Bulawayo. After a few years we all agreed that city life was for the birds and Dad took up a job on Benfer Estate in Beitbridge. We all loved living on the farm but sadly had to leave at the end of 1987 when Mike finished his army stint here in SA and i finished matric. We moved on the spur of the moment, loading up whatever would fit into our Valiant and trailer and headed to Pietersburg where we lived in a tiny flat till my sister managed to find us a lovely little plot just outside of town. Dad joined Bakers Garage in Pietersburg and we stayed there till 2003 when we once again decided that city life was not for us and Mom, Dad, Fanie and I loaded up our cars and trailer and headed off to a tiny little seaside village in the Eastern Cape called Morgan Bay. We soon became part of a very loving and caring community, made up of many ex-Rhodies, made great friends and could once again enjoy the quietness and serenity of living close to nature. Dad ran the local bottle store and was a firm favourite with the locals and the holiday makers. Earlier this year, in January, Dad decided to stop working as he was not feeling well and after a few months of illness, being nursed full time by my Mom, he passed away peacefully early on Monday morning, right here at home which had been our prayer for him.

Life with Dad has always been an adventure as he was truly a nomad at heart. He taught us that material things in this life are of no value, it is the people, nature and our Lord that matter. He was the most gentle, humble and honest person i have ever known and he led and taught by example, using few if any words. Truly a special man, a devoted husband and the most incredible Dad any family could ask for. Thank you for all the years Dad, the lessons, the love and the guidance. We miss you so much already but know that you are now safely home with our Lord. Love you forever, love Mom, Mike, Mandy and Deb

(Contact details for Mom, Gloria Rundle or on the landline (043) 8411 366. Our physical address is 155 Magenta Place, Morgan Bay, 5292)

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