FAREWELL JUNE - Greytown will miss you!

2018-11-07 06:01
June Litterick devoted herself to the Greytown Gazette in 1975.

June Litterick devoted herself to the Greytown Gazette in 1975.

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KALISHA NAICKER

Kalisha.naicker@media24.com


THE community of Greytown bid a sad farewell to media stalwart and editor of the Greytown Gazette, June Litterick, who passed away on Saturday after a long illness.

June Yvonne Ginsberg was born in 1935 in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape.

Her childhood friend Margaret Quicke said: “We grew up together and lived across the road from the Ginsbergs. Her father Rudolf was mayor of our town for at least 10 years. A township just outside King was called Ginsberg Location.”

June started school in 1940 and matriculated from Kaffrarian High School School for Girls in 1952 and completed her tertiary education at Rhodes University.

“At school June was in the 1st Tennis team and she was also in the swim team. She played hockey as well,” said Quicke.

“At some stage she worked for the The Cape Mercury which was the King Williams Town paper.”

June later moved to Johannesburg where she met Don Litterick through the journalism industry and they married.

The duo moved to Greytown in the 1970s and bought the Greytown Gazette on June 1, 1975.

June devoted her life to making the Greytown Gazette the “go-to” paper in the community.

In memory of her life, long-time friend Don Blacklaw shared some insights about the formidable woman she was.

“June knew everyone and everything that happened in her community. She joined the Rotary Club many, many years ago, when women were first allowed to join.

“She was very involved with community projects and always put people first. June was never afraid to ‘tell it like it is’ and took on the municipality on many occasions.”

Blacklaw said that June never let her illness get her down, saying: “She fought cancer incredibly bravely, and always supported others with the illness.”

He will remember June as a very loving and caring individual, saying: “June was patient and always made time for others, even on deadline days.

“She loved children, animals and gardening.

“June can be described as a person who had a heart bigger than herself. She also knew how to throw a great party.

“June will be missed by all.”

Brian Walker, another long-time friend of June, said that she has left her distinct mark on the community.

“Although June was not from Greytown, she was a ‘Greytonian’ by heart.

Everyone was a friend of June’s. The community looked up to her, and she made time for everyone.

“It’s hard to believe she won’t be around anymore to share her insights, enthusiasm and experience with us.”

He added that many in the media industry will retain great memories of their association with her.

“For me, it was her absolute professionalism and commitment. June would embrace clients and colleagues with the kind of support, enthusiasm and dedication that would give you total confidence.

“In addition, June had a great capacity for hard work. She always wanted what was best for the newspaper and her community,” he added.

Rashnee Dheoraj, who worked closely with June, said that June was a no-nonsense type of person who always gave her 100% in everything she did.

“She oozed love and care for all. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.”

In terms of business, June put Greytown Gazette on the map in Media 24’s KZN stable.

She was known as a feisty editor who worked tirelessly to put out a great read every week.

She was extremely proud of her work and more especially of the community.

Her contribution to the industry is greatly valued and she will be missed by all who had the pleasure of working with her.

Rest in peace, June. Your contributions to the Greytown community will never be forgotten.

June Litterick’s memorial tea will be held at the Greytown Country Club on Wednesday, November 14 from 10 am to 12.30 pm and the community is invited to attend. Those who might have short tributes can e-mail them to valene.govender@media24.com

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