Donald (Don) Collen 18/3/1929-- 28/7/2011 ex General Manager, Cold Storage Commission (Order of the Legion of Merit, Rhodesia)
It is with profound grief and sadness that we said goodbye to our beloved Dad and Gramps at 7am, 28th July 2011 in Pretoria, South Africa
As many of you know Dad was an accomplished sportsman in his younger days and so I hope that this sporting parallel over his life is understood by you all.
Dad, you always used a straight bat, and you taught us to do the same and we endeavour to do that despite the way the world has changed. I know that during your fine innings you handled a few bouncers and took a few bruises from the quicks for the good of the team. The crafty spinners you taught,.....must be respected and we are to use our feet to negate their spin. Another fine lesson. As was your lesson when out in the field, throw yourself into everything and give everything you have, plus a little extra, for your team and those around you........and lastly for personal satisfaction or glory. We know in the latter part of your innings when the pitch was breaking up and the light was fading you struggled on for the team, a fine example from our Captain! We have had a wonderful teacher, mentor, friend, Dad and Gramps in you. As you live on in our hearts we will be constantly reminded of those lessons, your kindness and generosity. We will all miss your voice and sense of humour. We are so honoured to be your children.
There are many people who loved and respected your management style and skills, the way you could be objective and always fair. They too will feel our loss.
Dad we know you are in a better place now, safe in The Lord's care,.......... no more pain. I am sure He has reserved for you a place where you will be sought after for your advice regarding cattle and asked to coach and watch the sports you loved so much.
Our thoughts are especially with Mum, Yvonne and Dawn
With much sadness
East, Glynis, Gareth, Kieran, Lynley, Donavon, Neville, Ryan, Dean, Caroline, Sherri-Lyn & Barry
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
IBBOTSON : PAT. So sad to hear of the passing on 22 July, of Ibby, with whom I worked at Iscor Rhodesia for many years and had the privilege of remaining in touch with her. She was a very special lady and I know that all the ex members of the Iscor staff, now scattered world wide, will be very sad at her passing.
At last reunited with her husband Percy and her son Anthony of whom she talked about constantly. We'll miss you Ibby.
Ann and Ralph Bushby, now in Perth, asked me to send their condolences as well.
Thanks to Edith Duly staff and my special thanks go to Claire for her kindness and dedicated care of Ibby. Iris, Desray and Gary Ludick.
Ibbotson - Edna Margaret, widow of the late Rev. Percy Ibbotson MP, died on 22nd July 2011 aged 101 years & 9 months.
Dear friend of Colin and Val - this ends a long and happy association we had for over 40 years. We enjoyed the tales of your many travels, and the stories of "the good old days" - what a fine innings you have had, Mrs Ibby. Rest peacefully now.
A wonderful old lady gone to rest. Pat was my gran, Nen Turnbull's friend through the Methodist Church, and through her, became a friend to my whole family. She was always cheery, always interesting, and she always cared. Thankyou to all the people who looked after through her years, and made her life comfortable, especially at Queen Mary House. My condolences to you all.