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.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.