Gone, but not forgotten

2018-10-09 06:01
More than 80 people showed their support to the Williams family on the day.PHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

More than 80 people showed their support to the Williams family on the day.PHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

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It was an emotional morning for the staff and patients of Dr Abdurahman Day Hospital in Eland Street last Wednesday, as they gathered to pay their last respects to 56-year-old Chantal Williams.

The memorial service, organised by the Kewtown Women’s Circle in conjunction with the day hospital, was to honour the local vendor for her generosity and love shown to the community during her lifetime­.

Williams, known for her mouth-watering meals which were sold from her caravan in front of the hospital’s entrance, passed away late last week.

“We thought it was important to organise this memorial service in honour of Chantal, just to thank her for her services in this community,” explains Norma Maddel, a member of the Kewtown Women’s Circle.

“Chantal has been serving us for the past two years and has become a known face when coming to the day hospital. She sold affordable foods, and when people didn’t have enough money, she would still give them a meal.

“Chantal was a people’s person and made everyone’s day much easier by just looking at her smile. A lot of patients came to the day hospital feeling down, but when Chantal spoke to them, to encourage them a bit, it would light up their faces immediately.”

John Manns, an employee at Dr Abdurahman Day Hospital, opened the programme on the day, saying the staff at the hospital had come to know a great woman over the past two years.

“We (staff) are sad to say goodbye to Chantal and will miss her dearly. Chantal had been serving our people faithfully. She had lots of customers, and the community loved her food.

“What made her even more special was her attitude towards the public, and her friendly disposition that attracted the people in this community. This will always be remembered, and we therefore salute you Chantal.”

Williams’s son, Warren, said he was surprised to see the number of people who knew his mother.

“I am thankful to the community who came out to put together the memorial service in honour of my mother. I never knew that she (mother) knew so many people, and who loved and honoured her this much.

“My mother loved interacting with people. She loved her daily routine of standing in front of the hospital and serving food to the community.

“I am thankful to the community for honouring her. I will miss her smile and the great food she made. She is loved and remembered by her family and friends.”

Williams, who leaves behind her husband, children and grandchildren, was buried over the weekend.


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