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04 September 2010


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Wonderful tribute John, an incredible, passionate, man who touched the lives of many, a man whose generosity of spirit knew no bounds. Thank you. I will be speaking to Valmont Layne and Paul Sedres on my show tonight at around 21:30

Eric Alan

Hi John - have reposted this to Friends of Vince Kolbe Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=110436402319801

Eric and David, thanks very much!

Thanks this so aptly described my Dad.I was very touched

A lovely send off that skillfully balances the sadness of loss with a celebration of the colorful and very full life of Vince Kolbe.

I was one of those dozens of who made their way to his door and he became a wise and always generous guide in my study of the Coloured community of the Western Cape and ultimately about all things Cape Town.

Hamba kahle Meneer Vince.

For me Vincent Kolbe and the district six museum are so intertwined. he was a historian to beat the historians. a lovely tribute John.

Mr.Kolbe's spirit will be kept alive in our hearts as we continue his legacy of being a natural storyteller and historian.He was a walking encyclopeadia who had the skill to call up any piece of info long before there was Google.I was a child of 10 when I started using Bonteheuwel Library ,and a young lady of about 18 when I worked there in 1975.He was our mentor,teacher and father figure.He opened our eyes to the evils of apartheid and sang Freedom songs with us as we drove to the different areas to follow the action.
Who can forget how he could go off on a tangent about "ÿou are what you eat,and yet could not resist eating koeksisters for africa"
Mr Kolbe wherever you may find yourself...LET THE WILD RUMPUS BEGIN"

thanks John.

I am one of the many who used to visit Vincent's place in old Kensington, singing opera to his accompaniment on the piano. We shared many good drinks, countless exquisite meals and, most of all, challenging conversations that still leave an impression on me today. It was an absolute privilege to know Vincent and I am glad that I could visit him when I last visited South Africa in July 2009. My deepest sympathy to Patty and all his family.

You stand alone and die alone - thanks for the memories uncle Vincent: Tony

A sad loss, condolences to his wife Patty and family.
A wise man indeed!! finding peace with God.
Enjoyed listening to him some years ago.
Are there any recordings of him playing, tape/video/C.D etc.? If so, would like to buy a couple. Thanks Basil and Ellen Australia

Hello, Basil and Ellen.

"A wise man indeed!! finding peace with God."

Yes, indeed.

"Are there any recordings of him playing,
tape/video/C.D etc.?"

I don't know of any that are commercially available. If there are, I hope that someone lets me know.

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