Heathcote’s boyfriend was planning on proposing to her

2016-04-18 12:03
Riaan Havenga (left) said Taryn Heathcote was the love of his life and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Riaan Havenga (left) said Taryn Heathcote was the love of his life and will be missed by everyone who knew her. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - The boyfriend of Taryn Heathcote, who died in an accident on Friday, planned to propose to her this coming weekend.

The Pietermaritzburg Express Employment talent acquisition professional and St Anne’s Diocesan College boarder mistress died when her car collided with a bakkie in Murray Road on Friday afternoon.

Heathcote’s boyfriend, Riaan Havenga, said on Sunday he had planned to propose to Heathcote at her birthday party this Saturday. She would have turned 36 years old.

“I had called her parents in the UK on Thursday night and asked their permission to marry their daughter.

“Since the day we first met, everything has been amazing. It was love at first sight for me and we shared so many memories and interests and it has all come to an end.”

Havenga said Heathcote was loved by all who knew her and was “very close” to her parents and sister who live in the UK.

“Her parents will be down this weekend. They have not seen her since July last year and it has been very difficult for them,” he said.

“Taryn was always talking about them. She loved them so much and really looked up to them.

“She was always worried about the distance between them and always spoke about how she missed them,” he said.

“She really was the most amazing person I have ever met. All she had to do was smile and people would want to talk to her.

“I always told her she was my ray of sunshine. The moment I heard her voice, or saw her face, everything was okay. She was like an angel who took away everyone’s worries.”

Havenga said she also had a close relationship with the boarders at St Anne’s.

“She absolutely loved it and all the girls loved her. Last year in December she spent ages hand-making gifts for each of them and was so overwhelmed when all the girls bought her gifts.”

St Anne’s headmaster David Arguile said Heathcote had been with the school since the beginning of 2015.

“In such a short time, she became an incredibly positive influence on the pupils,” he said.

“She had such great integrity and loved all the girls, and she knew they loved her.

“She was a wonderful woman and it will be a big loss to not just the pupils, but to the staff at the school too,” he said.

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