Funeral service tomorrow

2011-03-03 00:00

LEGENDARY rugby coach and former Maritzburg College deputy headmaster James Mervyn (“Skonk”) Nicholson will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Nicholson, who was affectionately known as “Skonk” to the Maritzburg College community where his illustrious career as a geography teacher and rugby coach spanned three decades, died in his sleep on Sunday at the age of 94.

The service starts at 3.30 pm at College’s Alan Paton Hall. Thereafter tea will be served in the school’s Victoria Hall.

Maritzburg College’s headmaster Ron Jury said the college community had been very sad to hear the news of Nicholson’s passing.

“Our Mr Chips was a legendary figure who epitomised what Maritzburg College has stood for, for so many years,” said Jury.

While thousands of schoolboys whom Nicholson taught and coached held him in the highest regard, Jury said, the current generation of pupils also knew and understood the impact Nicholson had on the school. This was evident in a poem entitled Skonk, read at a memorial service held at the school on Monday, he said. The poem was written by Mxolisi Ngubane, who matriculated last year.

“We realise a special chapter in Martizburg College’s long and illustrious history has now closed as Skonk is physically no longer with us.

“We are also conscious of the fact that he is still around in spirit and memories of him will abide with those of us who knew him for the rest of our lives,” Jury added.

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