Greetings Fellow Institute Members,
This past Saturday, I was privileged to join the virtual memorial service of an old friend, Jonathan Malan.
Our friendship goes back to the late-1970-ies & early to mid-1980-ies until I moved from Richmond / Auckland Park to Helderkruin on the Westrand. We got to know one another in a service organisation along the lines of Toast Masters / Rotary / Round Table. It might be of interest to some of you as to who Jonathan Malan was.
Here it is:
Jonathan Malan’s father was none less than Sailor Malan, the famous world ace pilot in the Royal Airforce.
Jonathan’s birth in 1940 was announced on the BBC World News.
He was the God-Son of Sir Winston Churchill.
Jonathan spent his early life in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where he married Denise; his wife who passed on some years back. The two of them were blessed with 3 children, namely Robert, Sharon, and David. The children live scattered across the world in the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa.
I knew Jonathan as a very precise, meticulous, exact, organised, trustworthy, and God-fearing man. Some of what he had used as a road map for life was: The best way to find your way is to lose yourself to serve others.
He often spoke and lived by the mantra: Never lose hope, never give up.
Jonathan lived a quiet life and hardly ever let any of his friends know of who he was by decent.
Society has lost a man that leaves a big void in the lives of those who knew him.
Condensed by: Sam Wenger