Death of beloved swami

2007-12-11 00:00

A PROMINENT businessman and well-known city printer has died.

Laurie Backhouse Jnr (pictured) died of natural causes aged 82. He will be buried tomorrow after a service at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity in Church Street.

He was the oldest son of Laurie Backhouse Snr, founder of the printing business L. Backhouse, which has developed into the City Printing Works, a wide-ranging commercial printing house in Pietermaritzburg.

Barry Bateman, a close friend and brother-in-law, said of Backhouse, “He was an extremely humble man of integrity and highly respected in every field he endeavoured. He was a son of Pietermaritzburg, he knew everyone.”

Backhouse was a Maritzburg College old boy who was an accomplished cricketer and rugby player in his school days.

He joined the Royal Navy straight from school in 1944, and after World War 2, began work in his father’s business.

Backhouse was a member of the Natal Rugby Union, and he referreed for Natal rugby in the 1980s.

He is survived by his second wife Jean, four sons and seven grandchildren. Two of his sons are running the business.

Bateman said: “He would want to be remembered for his love for people. He was a people’s man and had a tremendous rapport with people. He definitely leaves a legacy of humility; he touched many people’s lives.”

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