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2018-07-19 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedThakasnamurti Pillay.

PHOTO: suppliedThakasnamurti Pillay.

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THE education fraternity on the North Coast paid tribute to education stalwart and Tonver executive member in the Billy Nair circuit, Thakasnamurti Pillay (59), who died last week after an illness.

Pillay was a senior teacher at Fairbreeze Secondary School in Tongaat.

Tonver president, and long-time colleague of Pillay, Guru Ramcharan paid tribute to the fallen hero at the funeral, saying: “He was not only a devoted and loving husband to Prema but a doting father to Shogun. He was, and I can most certainly vouch for it, a committed and active member of the community he lived in. Tongaat became his home town. At Fairbreeze Secondary, he built a name for himself as he not only taught history, up to matric level, but he managed the sports portfolio with such grace and success. He taught fellow teachers that academic achievement was extricably linked to sporting excellence,” Ramcharan said.

Pillay, fondly known as Babs or Thatches, played an active and vibrant role in the Tongaat Primary Schools Sports Council, which later became known as Tonver Schools’ Sports Council.

Ramcharan said: “Thatches was a no-nonsense administrator and his presence at Siripat Road Ground, Curries Fountain, Kings Park Stadium and Hoy Park, created an awareness of fair play...His contribution to education and the sporting front will always be remembered by the people of Tongaat. He came, he saw, he conquered and made this little town of Tongaat his very own,” Ramcharan said.

“Thatches’ vibrant and dynamic personality won the hearts of all at Tonver. Life is about creating good and pleasant memories and Thatches has left us with many,” he added.

Billy Nair circuit manager Selvan Chetty said the death of Pillay is a great loss to the teaching fraternity: “He was an outstanding humanitarian who served diligently within the Department of Education for many years. He contributed vastly in the field of sport and sport development.

“As a teacher being tasked with teaching Grade 12 history, he was found to always be producing outstanding results. He will be missed by the teaching fraternity and he will always be a good example to all of us that continue to serve the department,” Chetty said.

Pillay leaves behind his wife Prema and son Shogun.

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