Gert Johannes Nel

Gert Johannes Nel  (3 Julie  1936 – 20 Julie 2020)

New Apostolic Church – Umbilo Congregation.

14 Haig Avenue, Umbilo, Durban, 4001

Gert Johannes Nel was born on the 3 July 1936 in the small town of Zeerust. Fondly called Gertjie by his parents Anna and Rodolph Nel. Gert was the youngest of 5 children. He had 3 brother and 1 sister.
They grew upped in Zeerust where he completed his schooling at Needverdient primary and Zeerust high school. Like any young boy he loved playing rugby and cricket.

After starting his career as an apprentice drafter, he moved, to work on the mines in Orkney, but not before he met the love of his life (ANNA STRAUSS) and married her after a year of courtship.

They tell us they met through a mutual friend and their first date was a lunch date.


Once settled in Orkney they help to build the nation by having four children Enna, Yvonne, Rudi, and Johan. 10 years later Gert decided that there should be a change in landscape and the family moved to Kempton Park where he started his career as a tour guide for Atlas Tours. Many an evening was spend listening to his stories of the different places he visited. A highlight was always the little presents he would bring with him when he returned from a trip. Him being away from homemade us as kids believe we can get away with: let’s say less than normal behaviour, unfortunately, the following words would always bring us back to realty with a real sense of regret for our behaviour: “ Wait until you farther gets back”


Once again Gert made a career change and this time, he joined Shell oil company as a Depot Transport Manager. Through his career he managed to excel in the challenging world of transport, resulting in him reaching the pinnacle of his career by managing the biggest depot in the Shell group for the last 3 years of his working life. He was respected by his co-workers for his work ethics and values he believed in. Honesty, Loyalty, Respect, and integrity to mention a few.


In the meantime, the children decided to help build the nation as well, and 10 grandchildren 13 great-grandchildren, 1 son in law and 1 daughter in law was added to the family he loved with his whole heart. The fun and joy we had as a family on our biannual reunions was a testament to this. It will be forever in our minds the pride Gert would have when he looked on while watching over us busy strengthening our bond as a family. A few events jump to mind: evacuating the family because of the floods in Standerton, putting the fire out of the one chalets roof after some self-made fireworks display went wrong in Aliwal North.


But the biggest asset Gert Nel had was his faith. This he displayed by the way he conducted himself and the way he lived his life. A strong believer that you cannot receive with a close hand, he was always ready to assist where he could. Never spoke a bad word about anybody but was not scared to voice his opinion if he disagreed.


Always told us “if you do not have anything good to say about somebody, then rather be quite” Well this did not work out to well for my eldest sister at her daughter’s wedding.


Gert’s faith become even more important to him the last couple of years as he was struggling with his health. Not only did he attend church meetings as much as he could, but he always remined us the Lord is in charge. His famous words “everything will be ok” will long live on in our hearts. A true man of God was Gert Nel.


For us as a family, we will always be grateful to Gert for the values he installed in us, to help us be the people we are today. For the true leader he was to help us reach our potential, by believing in us, by sharing our dreams and aspirations and to be so proud of each and every one of his family.


Rest in peace Gert Nel
Until we meet again.

Anne Nel

My dierbare man, vriend en maat vir 63 jaar en 5 maande.
Jy is weg geneem na ‘n beter plek waar jy pyn vry is, ek dank die Vader vir die tyd wat Hy ons gegee het.
Ek gaan jou vreeslik mis, hou my plekkie by jou tot ons weer ontmoet my liefste.

Enna Nel

Ai my liewe pa wat se ek nou, daar is so baie om voor dankie te se.
Dankie dat ek die vooreg gehad het om jou my pa te noem.
Dankie vir jare se voorbeeld van hoe n mens eintlik moet lewe.
Dankie vir jare se ondersteuning.
Dankie vir jare se onvoorwaardelik se liefde en die belangrikste voorbeeld wat jy my gegee het is hoe om n GELOWIGE te wees.
Dankie dat jy pa gestaan het vir my 2 dogters na hulle pa oorlede is.
Ek gaan my pasient ongelooflik mis maar ek gun pa die rus die pynvry wees.
Lief vir Pa
sien pa weer eendag.

Yvonne Markram

Rudi Nel

You might have not been the best dad in the world, but you were the best dad for me.
You might not have been the best granddad in the world, but you were the best granddad for my children.
You might not have been the best husband, but you were the best husband for my mother.
Thank you for showing me how to be a decent human being through your actions.
You will be missed
Rest in peace until we meet again
Your son
Rudi

Johan Nel

Dankie pappa vir alles wat jy vir my gedoen het. Jy was my pappa my held my vriend en my steun pilaar. Rus in vrede my pappa tot ons weer ontmoet.

Ann Rabbets

Muito obrigada Oupa for being you. For stepping in and being my dad. For always listening. For giving guidance. For being a man with integrity. For being a gentleman. For being a role model we all can strive to be. For being a soul mate and husband to Ouma. For being a great dad to your 4 children. For always being the life of the party. For giving all the love that you had. You will be forever in my heart. I love you!

Erina Rautenbach

My hele hart lê saam met Oupa te rus. Baie dankie dat Oupa my Pappa was wanneer ek nie een gehad het nie. Ek gaan Oupa baie trots maak. Oupa se naam is vir ewig saam met my. Ek is oneindig baie lief vir Oupa.

Tania du Plessis

Die lag in jou oë sal ons nie vergeet nie, die tranespoor op ons wang sal bly ons sal onthou hoe jy ons aanvaar het as deel van die familie, die ‘memory card game’ waar jy ure lank saam ons op die vloer gesit het en speel het. Die bottel ‘mixed chocolates’ wat altyd op die onderste rakkie van die kas gestaan het, rugby biltong en nartjies. Ons het baie wat ons aan kan vasklou wat verewig in ons ingeprint sal wees.

Tracy Hammond

Lawrence Rabbets

Oupa Gert, ek het nie regtig woorde nie net oorweldige liefde en trots omdat ek so groot deel van my lewe met Oupa kon deel. ‘n Voorbeeld om altyd die goeie te sien, altyd ‘n oor om te luister, ‘n skouer, raad gegee op die regty tye. Met oorgawe die lewe geleef het. Met liefde en trots ‘n voorbeeld vir almal gestel.

A fighter, a gentleman, a father to many.

Rus in vrede Oupa Gert

Linda en JB Schnuir

As ek aan oom Gert dink kan ek nie anders as om te glimlag nie. My herinneringe begin in Oos-Londen met oom Gert en my pa se mannewales by Movenpick.
Die familie wat ons vir drie weke by die see toesak en in ons erf kom kamp.
Saam met Jb en die kinders het ons wonderlike rugbytye gehad. Nie eens te praat van die laataand kuiers by die woonstel na die wedstryd nie.
Tannie Ann, jou en oom Gert se huis het nog altyd vir almal oop gestaan.
Lief vir jou oom Gert. Ons gaan jou mis.

Maarten

Oom Gert & Tannie Ann is van my klein tyd deel van my lewe, ma & pa se beste vriende. Most fun. My laate Oom. Gaan hom mis.

Chris en Isabel Franken

Dagse Anna en kinders! Dit was n voorreg om te tel onder die wat Gerrie beskou het as vriend! As ek sy karakter in een woord kan opsom dan is dit INTEGRITEIT. Sy ja was JA en sy nee was NEE. Geen kompromiee nie! Dis die rede waarom almal met hom oor die weg kon kom. Die wereld het meer sulke mense nodig, daarom laat sy afsterwe n groot leemte in al ons lewens.

Gerrie het die lewensles verstaan oor hoe om sy kruis met blymoedigheid te dra. Hy kon altyd n glimlag uitdeel temidde van die baie gesondheids terugslae wat hy moes verwerk want hy was n vegter! Hy is een van min mense oor wie daar gese kan word: stil broers hier gaan n man very!

As vertroueling oor sy en Anna se finansiele sake het hy aan my die hoogste eer betoon deur sy onwrikbare lojaliteit temidde van moeilike ekonomiese tye. So kort as drie weke voor sy afsterwe wou hy nog weet hoe lank hulle geldjies nog sal hou. Hy was tevrede met my antwoord; Tot jy 110 jaar oud is!

Ons ken ook elkeen van die familie by die naam omdat ons baie oor julle gepraat het. Wees verseker dat hy baie trots is op elkeen van julle! Julle het nou die taak om hierdie monumentale voorbeeld van n eggenoot, pa en oupa voort te sit in julle eie gesinsverhoudings. Ons deel graag ons innigste simpatie met julle op die pad vorentoe om hierdie seer te verwerk. Hartlike groete!

Chris en Isabel Franken