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John Kirsten (1944 - 2016)

15 April 1944 - - - 28 January 2016

Johan was born in Graaff Rienet & was the eldest of 4 children. He attended Volksskool where he excelled at sport. He was a headboy. After leaving school he enrolled at the Graaff Rienet Teachers' Training College for 4 years, where his father was Deputy/Vice Principal. It was here that he met & fell in love with Noeline. They were married shortly after qualifying as teachers.

In 1967, they accepted teaching & hostel posts at the Secondary School in Engobo in the Transkei. In 1971 they joined the staff of the Port Alfred High School, where Johan eventually rose to become Head of the Primary section & Noeline became Head of the Kindergarten. He retired in 2005. They had 2 daughters, 2 grandsons & a granddaughter.

They joined the Port Alfred Croquet Club in 2000. He served on the Croquet Committee for several years; was assistant (& later chief) groundsman for the Croquet section; served on a Bar Team for many years, later becoming Bar Manager, a position he held until 2015. He supervised & paid the Club's Car guard & general factotum. He played very competitive croquet & took part in several Provincial & National Tournaments around the country, winning more than a few titles!!

In 200I/2 he was part of the 'founding team ' from Port Alfred, of the St Andrews Croquet Club in East London. He was Tournament Manager of the EP Highlander Croquet Tournament (now called the Allan Wilson Golf Croquet Classic) for several years. He also managed the SACA Nationals & SA Masters' Croquet Tournaments here in Port Alfred, as well as managing SACA Nationals in East London.

In 2003, he joined the Bowls section of the Port Alfred Bowling & Croquet Club & won the Novice's Singles in 2003 & 2005.

His passing has left a huge hole in many people's lives, especially at the Port Alfred Bowling & Croquet Club.

Rest in Peace Johan, you will be sorely missed. Hamba gahle!

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