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False Bay RFC has again had to say an unexpected farewell to one of its popular former players and members.


Tony “Bones” Barrett unexpectedly passed away in Stellenbosch last week.


Bones played at False Bay in the eighties, representing the First XV at lock. The typical hard second-rower, he was a Bakkies Botha type lock before Bakkies was even born. Indeed Barrett was an achieving sportsman. He had Springbok colours for Karate and Lifesaving. He was a watersport guru, surfing, swimming, waveski, just about anything. His achievements were vast yet he never gloated about them, hence the lack of detail.


His physique and rugged good looks seemed to add to his popularity but it was his personality which stood out. Bones was truly a man who cared for others. He loved to interact with his team mates, probably the model for the adage of “work hard play hard”. He had a fantastic sense of humour which was never employed at the expense of others.


Bones was a citizen of the World who travelled to some very exotic destinations but Cape Town was always his home and his friends always his family, although his family always came first.

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