The end of an era: A tribute to RS Douglas 17.02.1936 – 09.01.2018
Our father was born in East London in the Eastern Cape. At the age of 3 he became the man of the home when his father went to war and his only brother Malcolm was born.
He attended Selbourne pre-primary and College in East London, completed a BA at UCT and Law at Rhodes. Like his famous grandfather’s, the Reverend R.B Douglas on his father’s side and the Reverend William Shaw on his mother’s side he was a great orator and wordsmith.
He was part of the Natal legal fraternity; an advocate registered at the B.A.R and he took silk and Senior Council from the late 80s onwards.
At the age of 23 he began his family life in Umhlanga Rocks, taking residence in Chartwell Drive and Ridge Road. From 1969 he was on the Umhlanga Rocks Town board, becoming a councillor and eventually mayor in 1976. He stood for the PFP and came 3rd in the elections to Helen Suzman and Colin Egland.
He was a very keen jogger and developed lifelong friendships with fellow joggers Judge John Broom and Jenny and Ernie Keun, Nobby Clarke amongst others. He won medals in two Comrades marathons and a Two Oceans. Yet he was modest to the last and his achievements were nothing compared to the pride and joy he took in his children. We had the best upbringing imaginable with plenty of outdoor activities and sporting endeavours.
He is survived by his four children; Nicci the fine-artist, Ross the international fair producer, Angus, actor and writer, Struan, writer and musician. As a father he valued and supported each of his children’s lives no matter how different and divergent they were from his. Before he died he left two important commands : “I want you all to come together,” and “Protect the asset.”
He continued practicing all the way to the end of his life from a semi retired and comfortable residence in Umdloti. Friends and relatives sent heart-felt condolences and thanked him for his honour, his efforts in making a difference, his captivating story-telling and unconditional love.
“The good news is Bob (as he was affectionately known) is lacing up his shoes and joining his mates where the marathons are timeless and braai’s endless.”