Rest in peace Bra Oskido

2015-09-24 06:00



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The Gugulethu running fraternity is mourning the death of yet another of its stalwarts.

Bra Oscar Mashicila succumbed after a long battle with illness.

Just last week, readers will recall that we laid to rest one of our own, Bongeka Mphukumpa.

Bra Oscar was a humble man, sweet and charismatic member of our club.

His mantra was that achieving good results emanated from hard training and sacrifice.

He was a dedicated athlete who had seen it all in the running circles.

His love for running started way back at Vuyani Primary School, where he was the star track runner along with the late Border Mzanywa.

He continued this trend at Langa High School, before he associated himself with Mr Price AC, in the company of others with the prowess of Bra Mlu “Radi” Madlingozi. Before he stopped running to concentate more on religious matters, his departing shot was: “In life there is time for everything, at some stage, you need to let go of some of the things you love doing in order to usher in a new era, and thus start something or associate yourself with something different.”

Bra Oscar became heavily involved in church matters at St Mary Magdalene, or famously known as Kwa Qabazi.

As a warden, he will be remembered as somebody who consistently chronicled the names of the candidates for confirmation in his neat handwriting.

He meticulously performed his duties quietly and without complaints. A very brilliant persona who represented the church at Synod meetings. A soft spoken and modest soul who rang the church bell with a smile.

An all-rounder, he ran for the love of sport.

Rest in peace Bra Oscar you showed us discipline and dedication. Only the Lord knows who will fill the vacuum

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