Wade Naude (1969S)/1952 – 2021, passed away on 17 August 2021, aged 69, from Pancreatic Cancer, having been diagnosed in December 2020. Wade was at WP Prep School, and came to the College as a boarder in School House in 1966, which is where I got to know him well.
Wade grew up on the family’s table grape-growing farm in the Hex River Valley, which he took over managing after school. He married Yvonne in the Bishops Chapel in 1975, and they produced 2 sons and 2 daughters. Sadly, Yvette died from Leukaemia in 1988.
For many years, the family had a holiday house above Voelklip Beach in Hermanus, and after selling the farm, they moved permanently to retire in Hermanus 10 years ago.
To Yvonne, and the two sons, daughter and 3 grandchildren, we send our sincere condolences. Wade was still an active guy with a zest for life and travel – enjoying his motorbike, scuba-diving and other activities.
At our 30 year ‘69’ers Matric reunion in 1999 (which coincided with the school’s 150 celebrations), Wade gave each of us “Top House” boys a CD he had “cut” titled “Remember the Rec Room?”. On it were all of our favourite hits which we played on the old School House record-player. A fun memento of our time together, which I will keep as a reminder of an old friend, taken too early in life.
John Smuts (1969S)
The OD Union congratulates Peter (1955O) and Jenny Steyn on celebrating 60 years of marriage! More...
Cameron Bellamy (2000B) completed a 151.7km on Sunday from Barbados to St Lucia in the Caribbean, setting a record for the longest channel swim. More...