|28 Aug 2023|
|Passing of friends|
|Class of 1955|
Robert Lipp (1962F), brother of Alec (1955F), came to visit us to tell inform us about the passing of his brother.
Alec David LIPP (13.12.1936 - 9.5.2023)
Alec was born on 13 December 1936. He passed away on 9 May 2023 at the Belvidere Care Centre, Knysna, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few years previously. It was untreatable and he was not expected to live long. Alec surprised everyone by living a productive life for a further 4 and a half years.
Alec was married twice. His first wife, Elizabeth (daughter of Professor Wicht of Stellenbosch University) passed away many years ago. They had 3 children, Christine, David, and Stephen. Later, he married Mary Anne. He is survived by Mary Anne and his 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
After school, Alec studied at Elsenburg Agricultural College. After graduation he worked on the family fruit farm near Stellenbosch for a couple of years. To further his work experience he worked at several farms in and around Stellenbosch and Elgin before becoming Senior Pack House Manager at KROMCO, the fruit packing co-op in Elgin valley. He worked there for approximately the next twenty years until he retired.
In retirement, he took over his son, David's bicycle shop, Frenchy Cycles, when David immigrated to NZ. A few years later he and Mary Anne retired a second time first to Rawsonville and then to Knysna.
He was brilliant at fixing anything and enjoyed DIY projects in his free time.
He studied music for matric and was appointed Head of the Choir under Doc Brown. He was described as being outgoing and had many friends.
Our condolences to all who knew and loved him.
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