By Mike Bryan
Newman Stevens, well-liked and active Hermanus Bird Club member, died suddenly after a hike with the Hermanus Hurriers walking group at Oak Valley Farm in Grabouw on Wednesday 28 September.
Newman (77) spent the early years of his life in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) before attending Canford School in England, thereafter obtaining a law degree at Trinity College in Dublin in 1962. He and Margie married in Johannesburg in 1968 but lived mostly in Cape Town, where Newman was Company Secretary for Safmarine.
Having had a holiday home in Hermanus for many years they moved here permanently in 2006.
Newman’s many interests included the collection of old books and antique silver. He was passionate about the history of Britain and the Empire, of which he had great knowledge, and his prodigious memory enabled him to talk with authority and passion on many aspects of past and present political scenarios. His particular interest was military history.
In addition to the Bird Club and Hurriers, he was also a member of Overstrand Arts/Kunste (Oak), where he could indulge in his lifelong love of classical music.
He is survived by Margie, their children, Catherine, Charles and Sally, and grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, Constantia, on Monday 10 October at 15:00.