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28 October 2017
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A rugby legend has passed.
Matthew “Nappy” Napoleon, front-row hardman of the Seventies peacefully passed away at his home. He leaves wife Karen and family.
A true legend before the tag was devalued in modern parlance, Napoleon was a stalwart of the SA Rugby Union and SA Rugby Federation. His numerous caps for the WP Federation are testimony to his talent and ability as a player. Nappy was awarded Springbok colours upon the amalgamation of South Africa’s rugby governing bodies in 1994.
In an era when props were the hardmen of the game, enforcers of justice and platforms from which play was launched, Napoleon shone. His mobility, strength and uncompromising style of play were hallmarks of his game.
Yet, as tough as his on-field persona was, the off-field Matthew epitomised the essence of rugby. Friendly, warm, funny and kind, he never ridiculed nor denigrated anyone and involved all in his company.
GILL MCLAREN: A GENTLE SOUL
The side lines at Bay matches will be noticeably quieter and poorer with the passing of one of False Bay RFC’s most devout and passionate supporters.
Gill McLaren and her husband, Andrew were fixtures at every match False Bay played, home and away, their presence unfailing, their passion palpable and their post-match feedback objective and constructive to the players.
Gill retired last year after a long and valued career at Pathcare Laboratories, where she was recognized as dedicated and passionate about her work and patients. Her knowledge of her work, kindness and caring nature were endearing traits. Her warmth, keen and dry sense of humour lifted the spirits of those around her, her calm nature a positive influence.
A well-travelled missionary, her passion for her faith was unquestioned. Gill served as a missionary in refugee camps in Asia and Lesotho.
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