Tributes: Ikey Old Boys and Supporters
A Collection of Short Tributes Written by Ikey Old Boys and Supporters
Cecil was a father to us all!
I did suggest to old mates that Cecil would only rest in peace once he discovered Barry Clement’s contact lenses and Mick Goss’s tip for the Durban July.
What memories! Thank you Cecil and Jill.
Dave and Lynn Mitchell
What sadness but pleased that he retained his composure till the end.
What a gentleman, so humble who too showed incredible loyalty to our Alma Mater. His knowledge
of the game and his ability to share this in a very subtle way was a credit to UCT and the game.
May he Rest in Peace and a huge Thank You to his family for sharing him with us.
Very sad news. Really great guy. I was on the first tour he took as coach to Rhodesia in 66.
He really understood both the game and, importantly, the players.
I also knew him as an an anaesthetist, both training under him and as a colleague. The same applied
in his professional life. Calm, and compassionate. I am sure he was loved by everyone who knew him.
Sincere condolences to the Moss family on the passing of a true legend.
As a young U20 player, I was pulled from practice to run with the 1st team as bench backup for their upcoming game against the Maties. The Ikey backline was full of Province players, many of whom I idolized as a young club player. I guess he could sense my nerves, so called me aside and in his calm, gentle manner, made me believe I was the greatest centre in the world.
I never made it onto the pitch that Saturday but the encouraging words and advice from Doc meant the world to me. I have no doubt there are many Ikey players who were touched by the Doc magic over the years. He will be truly missed but not forgotten.
Rest in peace.
Sad news but a great innings indeed, right to the end.
Cecil Moss was an excellent Anaesthetics lecturer at UCT Med School, and much liked and respected
by us students. His year-end lecture was always a very well-attended one, as this generous-spirited
man would drop the odd hint as to what might be worth brushing up on before the exam…
Robert Ian Caldwell
Doc was truly one of a kind. He was honourable, humble, generous and kind. He was the epitome of what Varsity rugby is all about.
My abiding memory of Doc is him coaching our 1st XV backs during the early stage of my tenure with the team. At that point he was the Bok coach. No difference. There he would be, umbrella and all, on a filthy Cape winter night with the rain lashing down and the north wester howling, barking instructions to a talented, young Varsity backline. There are very few who would have done what he did, but that was Doc.
Always there to help Varsity and a friend. A great man and a true Varsity rugby legend.
Doc, my mentor and my friend, I will miss you, but you will always be in my mind and in my heart.
You may know that Doc Moss was a SACS Old Boy and was honoured by the School some while back – 15 years ago – for his career and sporting achievements. Old Boys – one a year – are presented with The SACS ‘ Spectemur Agendo ‘ Award. Translation ‘ Let us be known by/recognised by our Deeds’. It is a most prestigious award and given to most prominent Old Boys who have excelled in life, in their profession, achieved in many regards and who have served their fellow man.
Maya Angelou said :
“I’ve learnt that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel”
That is why I will never forget Doc and all he did to make our years at UCT exceptional.
Fifty odd years on he remained a special friend.
I will miss him.