Ken and Doreen Job: PMB couple die nine days apart

2009-07-02 00:00

A WELL-KNOWN Pietermaritzburg couple, Ken and Doreen Job, have died within nine days of each other.

Doreen (81) died last Sunday week and Ken (80) in the early hours of Tuesday.

Doreen had been chronically ill and Ken suffered a stroke.

They leave two children and four grandchildren.

The Jobs, son, Dr Gavin Job, said yesterday that in a way their passing was a blessing, as his parents’ quality of life had been very poor since their illnesses.

Ken Job, who was the owner of a Pietermaritzburg sports shop for many years, made a long-standing contribution to sport in the city and beyond.

In his day he was a noted swimmer, and the swimming coach at Seals in Pietermaritzburg.

He was also a Natal water polo player and international referee. But it is particularly for their contribution to rugby that the couple will be remembered.

Ken Job served with distinction as a player, coach and administrator with PMB Collegians, the Midlands Rugby Sub-union and Natal Rugby Union, while Doreen supported her husband’s endeavours and was secretary of the MRSU for a number of years.

In recognition of his service, Ken received a lifetime achievement award from the sub-union a few years ago and was an honorary vice president of the KZN Rugby Union.

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