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 (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.