Former PMB business ace dies

2012-04-27 00:00

A PROMINENT former local businessman has died at his home in Cape Town.

Roy Eckstein (70) was on his scooter in the driveway of his Cape Town home where it is suspected he had a heart attack on Wednesday, his good friend Bill Lambert told The Witness yesterday.

However, Lambert said it was unknown whether he suffered a heart attack and then crashed his scooter, or whether it was the crash that brought it on.

“He was a very fit man, and had completed the Cape Argus [cycle race] just weeks ago,” he said.

“He brought a lot of joy to a lot of people through his business ventures,” Lambert said of the Pietermaritzburg-born Eckstein, who matriculated from Maritzburg College in 1956.

Eckstein was the first chairperson of Gold Circle when it was formed following a merger between several horse racing clubs in 1998, and Lambert said he “calmed the waters”.

“He was passionate about horse racing, and had been a long time steward of the Pietermaritzburg Turf Club.

“His death leaves a huge vacuum in horse racing,” Lambert added.

Maritzburg College headmaster Ron Jury told The Witness that the executive committee of the school’s Old Boys Association would mark the passing with a moment of silence at their next quarterly meeting.

A memorial service will be held at the Jewish cemetery in Durban on Sunday, he said.

Eckstein leaves behind two adult children: Kim, who lives in Australia, and Steven, who lives in Cape Town.


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