Patrick Henry Tebbutt | 26 January 1924- 20 May 2017
Written by Gavin Fernie | Ikey Old Boy
Not too many people can grace life with as much gusto, energy and charm as Pat Tebbutt did for a tad more than 93 years; and still be referred to as, ‘The Honourable.’
Pat Tebbutt achieved both distinctions with considerable charm, integrity and wit. Aligned with his inordinate, extraordinary capacity for wringing every last drop out of every facet of his colourful, varied time with us, was his ability to be as comfortable with Kings and beggars alike.
Many, many of us, sent Pat off last month, in grand style. At the Memorial Service at Christ’s Church, Constantia, packed to the rafters with family and friends, tears and laughter, words of praise and wonderful little anecdotal vignettes on the colorful and varied life of this remarkable man, sent Pat on his way in fitting fashion.
We share the grief and nostalgia of those closest to him, and offer a little bit of heartfelt sympathy and consolation to his family in the sure knowledge that you and the rest of us, who enjoyed the privilege of calling Pat a friend, a mentor, a colleague, a companion in mischief and merriment, will not encounter as remarkable a man in our lifetime.
‘Hamba kahle …….Indoda Engesabi!’
‘Goodbye, Man Who is Not Afraid!’
**A Call for Tributes:
The Club is calling for any tributes to Pat Tebbutt, which will be used in a tribute series to Pat’s time as an Ikey – a period that spanned through much of his life. If you would like to contribute a tribute piece, please contact Kevin Forte at: email@example.com.