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Coetzee memorial service on Sunday

Written by on April 20, 2024

A memorial service for the chairman of FNB Reho Falcon Rugby Club, Ettienne Coetzee, and his two sons, Edmando and Ethan, is set to take place on Sunday.

The memorial service will be held at the Dr Lemmer High School sport field at Rehoboth.

Coetzee and his sons died in a car accident on the evening of 13 April. 

The public are urged to bring a camping chair as the community gathers to pay their respects.

The community of Rehoboth is in mourning after the sudden death of the three members of the Coetzee family, with some members of public extending their condolences.

In a statement, the Rehoboth Town Council (RTC) offered their heartfelt condolences.

The RTC describes Edmando as an avid sport lover who worked in the fleet and transport division as a temporary assistant officer.

Edmando was also part of the RTC’s representative soccer and volleyball teams and tooked part in various other work related activities at the RTC.

“Edmando was a hard working individual and full of life. He was a vaulted member of our team. Family meant everything to him. His sense of humour and laugh will be sorely missed. May God grant us the serenity and peace to overcome this profound loss. The families are in our thoughts and heartfelt prayers,” noted the statement.

The FNB Wanderers Rugby Club has also expressed sympathy to the bereaved families, the Hero Falcon Rugby Club and the entire Namibian rugby community.

“We were deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss that has befallen the Reho Falcon Rugby Club. Please accept our heartfelt condolences from the entire Wanderers Rugby Club. In this time of immense grief, our thoughts and prayers are with you,” the club noted.

Rehoboth rugby supporter Jan Swartz says he is still in shock and saddened by the news. He says they all had great passion and love for rugby.

“They worked day and night to help build the industry. The had enthusiasm and commitment for rugby. Their shoes will be hard to fill. Rehoboth is hurt and the sports industry as well,” Swartz says.

Rehoboth rugby lover Emily Steenkamp says the sport will never be the same at the town.

She says their passing is sad news that no one expected.

“I am absolutely devastated to learn of their untimely death. They were all fantastic leaders. It was an honour to have them. They will be missed.”

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