A tribute to a Gentleman
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Professor Ben Bester, who passed away peacefully on 27 June 2021 at his home in Hogsback, with his beloved wife Diana by his side. He was born on the 17th of April 1944 in Leeudoringstad and left this world after bravely battling cancer.
Ben was an exceptional person. He was an agricultural economist with a sound grasp of practical matters and a wonderful cook. He was the epitome of what a gentleman should be, and also a generous and supportive friend. He was caring and kind to those around him and showed a genuine interest in everyone’s well being. We will miss his wry, ironic sense of humour, and his ability to cut through pretense and deception to reach the heart of any matter.
He was a quiet presence in our Hogsback village and selflessly contributed to our community by running an information site for Hogsback, keeping it updated and relevant. He also created a site for the Eco Shrine and many other establishments in Hogsback. He was a keen photographer and shared his beautiful views of our world on his virtual sites.
Ben studied Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University, after which he completed his post-graduate studies at the University of New South Wales in Australia. He then returned to Stellenbosch University, where he obtained his PHD and remained as a senior lecturer for nine years.
He started teaching at the University of Fort Hare, as Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, in October 1988. He retired after 30 years of dedicated service, in January 2018.
Ben loved teaching and really enjoyed mentoring his students. He loved watching the spark of knowledge being ignited and taking hold. His graduate students are spread around the world and many of them still keep in close contact with him.
Due to Covid level 4 lockdown regulations, only 50 people will be allowed at the funeral. It will take place on Wednesday 7 July 2021 at 10am outdoors at the Eco Shrine, 22 Summerton Drive, Hogsback.
All Covid protocols will be respected (Masks, Social distancing, No tea after the funeral)
Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on during the funeral.
The funeral service will be live streamed on this site at 10am and the recording will be available for viewing after that.
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