PMB minister killed in Cape Town train accident

2010-08-13 00:00

A FREAK accident on Wednesday in Cape Town has claimed the life of well known Pietermaritzburg Anglican minister, the Reverend Dan le Cordeur (61).

In a statement on behalf of the Le Cordeur family yesterday, his son Matthew said that Le Cordeur had gone to St James near Kalk Bay to start renovations on a family property that was tucked in between the railway line and Main Road.

“He was taking an evening walk at 7 pm and went to his favourite beach. However, his understanding was that trains did not operate after 5 pm and on his return walk was either on the tracks or near the tracks when a train struck him and killed him instantly.”

Le Cordeur leaves his wife, Trish, and his three sons, James, William and Matthew.

“As a family, we are utterly shocked and devastated. He really was an incredible husband and father. He gave us an adventure of life that will live with us forever and gave us huge wisdom and love for others. We shall never forget what a beautiful person he was to us all. We appreciate the messages of support and the incredible support we are receiving from our friends,” said Matthew.

The funeral arrangements are still being finalised, but it is expected that the funeral will take place next Saturday.

Bishop of Natal Rubin Phillip yesterday paid tribute to Le Cordeur, saying that he was very much a family man who “adored his wife and family”.

“He had an incredible ability to reach out to young and old alike. He had a heart for those in need — the poor, the disadvantaged and those who are living with HIV. For a time he worked for the Umgeni Aids Centre at Mphophomeni, and he put his heart and soul into it.”

Phillip said Le Cordeur had an understanding of the Gospel that sought “not to just enhance internal life, but to transform the world in which we live in”.

Joan Mauck, deputy head of St Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton, paid tribute to Le Cordeur, who was formerly the school chaplain.

“Although he had left five years ago, he remained part of our community. He was simply a man of God and an example to us all of Christ’s love. We mourn his death.”

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