On Friday morning, popular chef and author, Lesego ‘Les Da Chef’ Semenya, was laid to rest in a funeral service that was live-streamed online.
The funeral service was an emotional celebration of the incredible life that he lived. His family also shared tributes and heartwarming stories from his childhood.
Watch the full service here:
Earlier this week, the news of Lesego’s passing sent shockwaves through the country.
Anyone that knew him personally or from social media knew that he unapologetically, and very publicly, loved his partner, Sisipho Gcanga.
Throughout the week, she had posted about some beautiful moments that they shared in their time together.
Today, following the funeral service, she wrote a moving tribute to Lesego and shared a touching montage of the two of them.
In her tribute, Sisipho thanked Lesego for the love he showed her in every moment that they were together.
“Thank you for the small things: the best cups of tea, the constant forehead kisses, making sure I always have honey, letting me wear your slippers even though it drove you mad,” she wrote.
“For the big things: making your home ours, loving me loudly and consistently, softening and opening up to me when you had almost given up on love. Thank you for what was an incredible life and what promised to be an incredible forever. I guess ours was a short story, an incredible one nonetheless.”
First of all, this totally sucks because i told this guy that I’d prefer to die first and even though he didn’t agree to it, I thought he’d at least give me a few more decades, more trips, more DIY projects, more trips to builders and more of the best cuddles I’ve ever received.
When Les and I were in our “talking stage”, I suggested we send each other a song that we love every day just so we could get to know each other more, over time Les’ songs became dedications. Some of my faves;
1. Some kind of miracle - Puff Johnson
2. Spend my life with you - Eric Benét ft. Tamia
3. I knew i loved you - Savage Garden
We created what is currently the only playlist I'm listening to with close to 100 songs.
Even though we lived together, sometimes we’d send each other email love letters titled “some words” (a tradition Lesego started). A short piece from one of his reads:
“You came into my life when I least expected and you’ve changed my views. I now think of a future that isn’t just about myself. I plan differently, think differently...I even dream differently. When I talk with you I feel so safe. My heart feels at peace and for once I know my soul has found a home. I love you Sisipho. I know you know that. My heart is yours.”
(His emails were always better than mine)
Now…To my angel; thank you for the small things: the best cups of tea, the constant forehead kisses, making sure i always have honey, letting me wear your slippers even though it drove you mad, thank you for insisting i always have my nails done (even though it was for scratching your back).
For the big things; making your home ours, loving me loudly and consistently, softening and opening up to me when you had almost given up on love. Thank you for what was an incredible life and what promised to be an incredible forever. I guess ours was a short story, an incredible one nonetheless.
I think i’ll be ok.
Today i’ll lace up my pair of our matching shoes and lay you to rest.I love you forever Mr Baby. Sweet dreams my angel. You can rest now.
Watch the moving montage Sisipho shared: