Obituary: Tessa Crawford — a scribe extraordinaire

2013-03-07 00:00

THE bowls fraternity in KwaZulu-Natal lost a loyal and enthusiastic servant when Tessa Crawford died last week.

Cheerful and unfailingly helpful, Tessa served the game she loved as an administrator at district and national level, but it was her work as a bowls correspondent which was remarkable.

Taking over as The Natal Witness correspondent from her husband Dave in the early eigthies, Tessa covered local, district and national competitions for over two decades, and at a time when club bowls in Pietermaritzburg and surrounds was flourishing.

Not only did she provide accurate reports of the many tournaments and competitions, but she also wrote the popular weekly “Around the greens” column for The Witness.

It was only ill-health, compounded by a vicious attack by an intruder in her home, which forced her to quit her writing post in the early 2000s.

A service for Tess was held in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday. Tessa Crawford was 79.

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