‘Rest in peace’ to Riebeek’s gentle giant

2016-04-07 06:00
=Neill Hoare.            Photo: SUPPLIED

=Neill Hoare. Photo: SUPPLIED

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It was a sad start to the term at Riebeek College, but also a celebration of an honourable man who lived a good life.

“It is with great sadness that we at Riebeek College mourn the death of one of our own, Mr Neill Hoare.

“We shall miss him terribly but continue to believe that to live on in the hearts of those we love is not to die,” said Marilyn Woods, Principal of Riebeek College Girls’ High School.

Hoare was a beloved teacher at Riebeek College for 39 years. He was appointed as Deputy Principal of Riebeek in June 1976.

“He retired after many years, but was easily persuaded to return the very next year, to continue teaching and running the Physical Science Department on a part-time basis,” said Woods.

“Mr Hoare was a gentle giant of a man, loved and respected by all the pupils, both present and past. His passion for his work and Riebeek College was quite evident in everything that he did. He always spoke fondly of the girls as his “Mossies” and his compassionate nature was what endeared him to all who knew him.”

He became ill towards the end of 2015 and went to stay with his daughter, Jackie, her husband and his granddaughter Alwen Dumbrill, in Cape Town where he sadly passed away on 18 March 2016. His late wife, Yvonne Lemley Hoare, who was a secretary at Riebeek for many years and his two beautiful daughters, Jackie and Stephanie, were all Riebeek Old Girls.

Hoare loved arts and theatre and produced many musicals over the years with the Riebeek girls and Muir boys.

He was a man of presence, an exemplary family man whose love for all his “girls” and his animals was too precious for words.

  • He was a staunch supporter of SPCA and a great protector of those who could not speak for themselves.

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