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swinging bench

Shared by Rob Duijndam on May 19, 2020
till next time......

swinging bench

Shared by Rob Duijndam on May 19, 2020
Just found your swinging bench at Murphey Candler Park.... I had a wonderful sunset view with my daughter from it.....thanks Boet!

Cox Football Pool

Shared by Todd Dean on April 25, 2016

A few years back Stephan began to participate in our inter-office college football gameday contest – a college football pick-em contest, strictly for fun, that we do every fall.

Stephan professed to know nothing about football, being from South Africa, and assured us he would be as bad at the picks as all of the rest of us.

He’s won the contest 3 out of the last 4 years and steadfastly refused to tell us his formula for picking the games.

He came in 2nd the one year he didn't win. 

Windsurfing Adventures

Shared by William Fragakis on April 14, 2016

I knew Stephan through windsurfing together. I first met him several years ago when he was beginning to get back in the sport and raced in our local annual club regatta. He talked about learning to windsurf as a teen and shared stories of paragliding that were thrilling, such as soaring with raptors.

We ended up sailing a lot together. Because of his family and work committments, he didn't have a lot of time to windsurf so he was willing to come out even if the forecast wasn't for much wind or comfortable temperatures. While we rigged our gear, he loved to update me on his family and whatever sports his boys were playing at the time.

We ended up having a number of "adventures" - one of us would suggest we do something out of the ordinary such as sail several miles from our launch to visit another part of Lake Lanier. These adventures were always memorable; and more than a few because quite often the wind would quit and we'd have to vigorously pump our sails to make it the several miles back to where we'd started.

Other times we'd launch and find more wind than we bargained for and somehow skitter home across the whitecaps. When we'd be out on chill winter days with temperatures barely 40, we'd enjoy the beauty that comes with those days - when the sun just peaks through the clouds and the cold spray bites at you

So often, one or the other would ring up or text; and say, "Hey, are you going?" That's all it took for whoever was reluctant because of the dodgy forecast to say, "what the heck, sure."

One of the most memorable times was last fall, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The forecast suggested there might be some wind in the afternoon and, for both of us, it was about our only available time as the rest of the weekend would be devoted to family. We traded calls and text for an hour trying to decide if it was worth the gas to go. I'm pretty sure that he probably talked me into it as I don't remember the forecast being very good. We scurried up GA 400, met at the park and launched in a late afternoon sun. The breeze freshened as the sun slowly began to lower in the sky and we zipped back and forth. As dusk approached, we both went back to the park only to find a gentleman who was so entrhalled with watching us, he offered us a beer through the window of his truck. It was the perfect way to end a perfect afternoon.

He approached his windsurfing like, it seems, so much of the rest of his life. He enjoyed every moment, no matter if the conditions were good or bad. I'm absolutely shattered that we won't have any more adventures together. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

HIs other windsurfing friends have shared better pictures but here's one I took of Stephan last winter in early January. It was probably not much more than 40-42 degrees but we were all eager to go.

Shared by Chris Porell on April 13, 2016

It was about 25 degrees that morning at the first annual Murphey Candler Park - Duck Duck Goose 5k.  This is at the finish for the kids' 1 mile.

Hiking

Shared by Douglas Jones on April 12, 2016

After a cold night camping, never have I seen someone so happy for hot coffee. A good way to remember a good friend

The Els Club Copperleaf

Shared by Heinrich Badenhorst on April 11, 2016

Taken June 2015...we loved the Els Club and playing golf whenever Steph visited. 

The Els Club Copperleaf

Shared by Heinrich Badenhorst on April 11, 2016

Taken on 3 April 2016. Never knew that this will be our last golf game together.

University of North West

Shared by Heinrich Badenhorst on April 11, 2016

This was taken in 1993 when Stephan served as member on Heimat Fraternity.

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