A tribute to Athol Webster

2015-09-29 06:00
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Athol Webster (left) in happier times.

PHOTO: supplied Athol Webster (left) in happier times.

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THE Hillcrest community gathered at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church on Nkutu Road to pay tribute to a great community stalwart Edwin Athol Webster recently.

Webster was born in May 1931, at Manning Road Nursing Home, Durban. He attended McDonald Road preprimary and then Penzance Road Primary Schools. In 1941 his father was appointed manager of Lever Brothers in Orange Free State where Webster attended Grey College in Bloemfontein for two years. He then returned to Durban where he matriculated at Glenwood Boys High School. In 1948 he joined Dunlop Rubber Company as trainee engineer and completed eight years with the company.

Webster then built a home in Old Main Road, Hillcrest in 1944 and took up residence there. He left Dunlop in 1956 and started mushroom farming.

His first farm was where the Sugar Loaf Centre at Bothaand#039;s Hill is today - the second farm is where the Hillcrest Christian Academy is presently situated - the third farm was at the site of Bondcrete Pipe Fabrication Factory at Riverview, where the pipes were made for the lnanda Dam.

The remarkable Webster also had a mushroom farm in Mauritius for a short time. He enjoyed playing badminton for Westville in the Durban League and was Commodore of the Midmar power Boat Club.

He eventually sold the mushroom farms to Tongaat Sugar and retired.

Webster is survived by his wife, three daughters, five grandchildren and one great grandson

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