Wake for Ron Thomson


A wake for Ron Thomson, long-standing member of the Hermanus Bird Club and keen photographer, will be held at the Fernkloof Reserve Hall tomorrow (Thursday 16 June) at 12:00 (midday).

Ron Thomson

The late Ron Thomson

Ron (77), who lived in Voëlklip, was found dead metres off a cliff near Rotary Way in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on Tuesday evening 7 June. He had been missing since Thursday 2 June.

On Tuesday evening around 19:00, police received a call from a game ranger in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley about a car that had been left unattended on the mountain, the Hermanus Times reported. When the ranger looked down the mountainside, he spotted a body.

On the police’s arrival, they found Thomson’s body lying several metres below a cliff.

Thomson’s sister-in-law, Elaine van Zyl, said their family is devastated. Thomson’s daughter, Kerry, and granddaughter, ­Shevonne, live in Australia.

Bird Club Chairman Craig Holmes said yestersday Ron has for many years performed an audit function for the club on a pro bono basis, ensuring that the funds were being professionally and carefully managed.

Ron also served on the Hermanus Photographic Society Committee until the end of 2015.

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