“A cedar has fallen and we are all so much poorer for having lost a man of conviction and substance.” These were the words of the late David Charlton Andrews’s long-time friend, Montgomery Oliver, also ward 63 councillor.
Oliver paid tribute to Andrews from Fairways after Andrews died of cancer on Saturday 29 September at the age of 77.
Family and friends gathered to give him a dignified funeral at St Pius Catholic Church in Plumstead on Saturday 6 October.
His departure has left fond memories in the hearts of many in his and neighbouring communities. Andrews was the first secretary of the Fairways Residents’ and Civic Association (Fresca). He served the association for many years. Oliver says he will miss him dearly.
He says a few years ago Andrews was awarded civic honours by the local subcouncil 18 branch in recognition of his community involvement.
“He was someone you could depend upon. Rest well, our dear friend.”
Robert Hekene, ward 63 committee member, remembers Andrews as a loyal activist who dedicated most of his time to serving the community as a member of civic organisations.
He says as neighbours they spent time sharing ideas that would encourage change for the betterment of their community.
Hekene says it was only after Andrews’s passing that he learnt about most of his achievements.
“I was totally blown away by his achievements. He made a name for himself through the good work he has done for the community.”
Andrews was born in Bethelsdorp in the Eastern Cape and reportedly became involved in community and civic matters from an early age.
It was because of his passion to serve the community that he decided to give up his theological studies to become a reporter. He then became a reporter at Parliament and later joined the Cape Herald newspaper where he occupied a senior position.
He is survived by his daughter Charlene Moore and her two children.
Moore says she is grateful to everyone who mourned with them. She says because of all the support she was able to give her father the dignified funeral he deserved.
“He was a staunch Catholic and whoever knew him and wanted to be there was welcome. My father did a lot for the community and for history. He belonged to the ratepayers’ association and neighbourhood watch.
“And he liked taking photos [but] not being photographed,” recalls Moore.
She goes on to describe Andrews as a caring father who did everything for his family of three, until his last days of life.