We regret to report the sad passing of Peter Gird (1954F) in a George nursing home on 11th July 2021.
Andy Sheering (1954F) writes: Peter and I, both Beaufort West farm boys, arrived at Stanmore at the beginning of 1945. We were together there for 5 years, and 1948 & 1949 saw the two of us plus Peter Sauerman (1954W) inhabiting Dorm 1A, at the head of the back stairs. In 1950 we both went up to Founders, and left school together at the end of 1954. In that last year Peter was captain of school rugby. 1955 saw us both learning farming on Roode Bloem, my Uncle Tim Murray's (1928F) farm with cousin Ev. Murray (1954F). We played lots of rugby & cricket for Graaff Reinet and Peter represented E.P. Under 20's at rugby. We both went back to our respective farms in the Beaufort West district in 1956. On the 31st August 1963 he was my bestman at my wedding. So our early years were very close. Peter married his wife Laetitia and they had two sons, Evan & Brendon. In 1979, 40 odd years ago, Peter had a bad accident on the conveyor belt of a brick making machine, and had his right hand amputated. Shortly after this accident he sold up and moved to George. Here he opened up a very successful blacksmith and welding business, which he operated until last year. At this time, most probably through bad circulation, and the beginning of gangrene in his right foot, his right leg was amputated above the knee. He was doing well with a prothesis and learning to walk again when he fell, most probably from a stroke, and after about a month in hospital he passed on. Peter always had a positive mindset and never gave up . He was so determined to walk again and he did.
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