Son: Party must continue without Heidi

2012-08-21 08:20
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Johannesburg - Writer and journalist Heidi Holland was remembered with love and affection by over 100 mourners at her funeral in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Star told of voice recordings by friends with tributes to the author and mother who took her life two weeks ago.

The messages told of Holland’s sparkling personality and of breakfasts at her B&B that were “more like cocktail parties”, with lively debates, networking and plenty of socialising.

Her son, Niko Patrikios, said at the funeral that he accepted and respected her decision to end her own life.

“I’m glad you are having the service at the Central Methodist Church because, although I suspect it will be chaotic, it will be just what she would want,” wrote journalist Charlene Smith.

“Among Africans, Zimbabweans, among those we have forgotten, but she hasn’t.”

“The spotlight always shone the brightest on her, and wasn’t she a brilliant reflector,” wrote Holland’s younger son, Jonah Hull, a journalist with Al-Jazeera.

Hull told how his mother liked to disappear without saying goodbye at parties and likened this to her unexpected death.

“[She left] in the very certain knowledge that the party would continue without her, and it always did, and now it must as well.”

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