Passionate florist will be missed

2018-03-22 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedWell-known Port Shepstone florist Appal Naidoo died after being attacked by dogs.

PHOTO: suppliedWell-known Port Shepstone florist Appal Naidoo died after being attacked by dogs.

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WELL-KNOWN Port Shepstone Florist Appal Naidoo of Appals House of Flowers, succumbed to his injuries last Friday at the Port Shepstone Regional Hospital, after he, his wife and daughter were attacked by his neighbour’s dogs in January.

The family was attacked by two Pitbulls and a Dalmation at their home in Pelican Road, and suffered multiple bite wounds to their bodies. His family survived the attack but had to be treated for their serious injuries.

Naidoo (82) sustained injuries to his face and had to undergo reconstructive surgery at the Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban. He was later moved to Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital.

Friends and relatives were saddened by his death. Naidoo’s nephew, Morgan Naidoo, said his uncle will be missed not only by his family but by the entire community of Port Shepstone.

Morgan said Naidoo was one of 10 siblings and the youngest son.

“My uncle was well taken care of by his sisters, who groomed him to become the passionate and caring man he was.

“He was a business person from a young age. He had tea rooms and was also at some stage a hawker before opening up his business as a florist,” said Morgan.

“He was passionate about gardening, his family and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was not part of any community organisation, but he worked with the community directly, assisting and advising people whenever it was needed.”

Morgan said Naidoo was a passionate gardener, waking up as early as 4 am to do his gardening and he will surely be missed for that.

A South Coast resident and friend of Naidoo’s, Selvan Chetty, said he knew Appal personally, and he was the florist for his wedding years ago.

“I have known uncle Appal for more than three decades. As a young boy, I would watch in awe as he transformed an ordinary stage into a spectacle of beauty with his creative arrangement of flowers and decor.

“He was so popular with this natural talent and gift that he became a household name across the region.

“His pleasant disposition and fatherly advice to me and many others over the years will never be forgotten,” said Chetty.

“His death comes as a shock to all of us who grew to love and respect him as an elder in our community,” he said.

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