Tribute to community stalwart Chris John

2016-11-02 06:02
Photo: supplied The late Chris John.

Photo: supplied The late Chris John.

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COMMUNITY Stalwart Chris John (Christhoathama Durgiah) was well known in KwaDukuza as an accomplished teacher and occasional feature writer for Stanger Weekly.

John, who was born in the Darnall barracks on 10 October, 1933, was a teacher at a number of primary schools in and around Stanger.

Prior to his retirement some years ago, he taught at the Stanger Primary School.He also tutored many of his pupils through early development in both primary and secondary school.
He, until his death, maintained relationships and friendships with a number of past pupils, who have became lawyers, doctors, teachers and various other respected professions.
John, the last of six children, was also well known for his preaching among the many churches around KwaDukuza.
For a number of years he contributed to Christian-based articles that were published in Stanger Weekly during Easter and Christmas. These articles were well received.
John could be described as a studious man, strong in his faith, which he willingly shared with those around him.

He travelled far and wide taking the gospel to many people.

John married Indrani Ezekiel in April 1962 and they became parents to four daughters; Jayne, Daphne, Loyce and
Linda.

However, Indrani died early in their marriage after an illness.

John remarried in March 1971 and had two more daughters­, Elaine and Karen, with Pushpa Josephin
Darnall, who died in February.

John’s health deteriorated rapidly after his wife’s death and he succumbed to his illness on 18 August.

With his daughters, he leaves behind his grand-
children Clayton, Clinton, Rowen, Francine, Nicole,
Ranetta, Sean, Brendan, Ruewaynne, Matthew, Mikayla and Edaine, great- grandchildren, Leighara and Daniel and his son-in-law, Danny, Isaac, Nelson, Rughoo and a host of family and friends.

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