Shared by Neville Young on 9th March 2019

Having spent 5 years working at the CSIR in an office a few away from Wim’s, I had not seen him after I left there in 1987 until surprise, surprise, I walked around a corner and bumped into him at the CSIR gym in about 2010. We had occasional chats there and one day – knowing my astronomy interest - he said he was clearing house and wanted his telescope to be used. I can’t remember if he delivered it to me of if we simply transferred it from his boot to mine outside the gym. It took a few years for me to find the perfect use for the scope when in 2018 I started lecturing layman level astronomy to 3rd medical students at Sefako Makgatho University – formerly known as Medunsa.

His telescope being a basic and therefore easily understandable piece of technology, the students learned how a telescope works and how to operate it. Wim was real chuffed that it could be used in this way when I sent him a photograph of the students at the telescope. I did the same with the 2019 students but the photograph in the email arrived just to late – Jean found it in his inbox.

He had recently found an another eyepiece for the scope and so we were arranging for him to visit me for a coffee early this year. Sadly that won’t happen.

I dug deep into my photo archive and found prints of photos I took when a CSIR group ventured to parachute jump at Wonderboom airport and I chickened out to rather be the photographer than a jumper. Wim looked as relaxed and cheerful as always.

I will always look out for Wim sitting on a star when I am enjoying the night skies from my observatory.

Shared by Jannie De Bruyn on 28th February 2019

Wimpie was 'n reus onder mense. Goeie geselsskap en ek sal altyd sy sagmoedigheid en beleefdheid onthou. 'n goeie 1ste span rugby haker en op sy beskeie manier 'n haker van skool maats en seker baie kennisse en vriende. Goeie skoolmaat van my en sal vir Wimpie met sy borselkop aktyd onthou. Woeker voort Wimpie. Jannie

Our continual and lasting reminder of Wim

Shared by Gill And Brian Collett on 21st February 2019

With his love of nature Wim took pleasure in propagating various indigenous trees from seed. How privileged we are that he gave us two saplings that have grown into two lovely large trees as you can see in the photograph. We always think of Wim whenever we pass under these trees.

The world needs more people like Wim.

Shared by Lydia Le Roux on 20th February 2019

Ai Wim! Wat ‘n wonderlike man en waardige heer. Die wêreld gaan armer sonder jou wees. Ons gaan jou mis en nooit vergeet nie! Hierdie gedig laat my so aan jou dink:

Desiderata
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, 1948

Nag ou grote, rus sag

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