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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
Unread postPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 3:26 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
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This is very sad news. My condolences to his family and friends

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My Condolences to his family.

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Very sad indeed. :pray: Condolences and thoughts of comfort to the family.

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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
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It rained.

Buckets!

It is said that when a big tusker or a great spirit passes, Mother Nature opens her heavens and cries. On 16 May one of her favourite sons died and she cried. Maybe even more than me.

Bruce Bryden was a MAN. A large man in more ways than one. He did everything on a large scale. Eat, laugh, hunt, fish, love, fart, sneeze, tease and of course drink Castle. There are so few people who can say they really LIVED. Bruce is one of them. There were not many things left that he still wanted to do and his last fishing trip to Mozambique was the epitome of the man’s life. Everything to the max. He really was larger than life.

Everybody has a Bruce story.

Mine is that he was my Dad. The best dad a daughter could ask for. He did all the dad things with just the right amount of embarrassing authority but always with love.

He taught me to shoot
He would take me to the Winkel/Shop and buy us Coke and white bread for a Saturday morning treat.
He gave me “the talk” in a car, driving between Skukuza and Berg-en-Dal.
He woke me up by pouring ice water all over me a few times on Monday mornings in order to catch the four o’clock bus to Nelspruit.
He made all my girlfriends his mean garlic sauce for Sunday lunch, which ostracised us for a week at school and then again at varsity.
He hated concerts, functions etc, yet he was almost always there, cheering from the sides.
He walked me down the aisle.
He told my kids the stories he used to tell me and they loved him.
He loved me. I know this because he told me so - every time we spoke.

My list can go on forever, but what I really know about Bruce is that he also had a huge heart with love and empathy for many people. The amount of calls we have received is testament to this. Most people who love wildlife as much as Bruce did, adopt a stray at some point. Bruce never adopted stray animals, but there was always space in our house for people who needed a chat or a shoulder or a beer. He loved people and was always willing to lend an ear, some advice or even some financial assistance if necessary.

My last Bruce story probably is a good summary of him and his life. He was sitting on my coach watching the Jock of the Bushveld movie with my children and when Jock died he cried harder than my children. Even though Bruce was big, brave and loud he could shed a tear in movies, at races, when the Boks or the Proteas win, the Olympics.

It is ironic that the bravest man I know, who survived wounded buffaloes, hundreds of elephants, lions, hippo’s and what knows else, would be felled by the smallest but probably the most dangerous of all. The Mozzie.

Bruce did not want a ceremony in his memory but I’m sure that he won’t mind if you raise a Castle in his honour. Why don’t you share your Bruce story and a memory with your loved ones on Friday, 22 May at 18h00 with a Castle in your hand.


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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
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Great words in tribute

I will raise a Guinness on Friday


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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
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RESPECT

One of the greatest people I have ever known. A life lived like his is a life worth living ten times again.
It's going to be just that little bit more empty without Bruce around.
:( :( :(

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Thank you Annie B for sharing your memories of your dad with us.

May you and your whole family reserve the strength to get through Friday and the years ahead.

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This is very sad news indeed.

My condolences to Bruce's entire family.

Thanks for the mental imagery that you sketched in "A Game Ranger Remembers", I have many fond memories of the book and have had a couple of laughs.

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 Post subject: Re: Bruce Bryden, a tribute
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I can only echo what has been said. All of conservation is poorer and badly so! He will be missed!

I have read his book and have the greatest respect for him.

My condolences to his family and friends!

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 Post subject: Re: Bruce Bryden, a tribute
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Annie B thank you so much for sharing this with us... I have tears in my eyes as I write this.

Deepest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

As Castle drinkers ourselves, we will definitely raise a Castle in Bruce's honour at 18h00 on Friday.

Linda and Stan

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 Post subject: Re: Bruce Bryden, a tribute
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Annie B, you are right, everyone has a Bruce story and I have many. I knew him very well and I cried when I read your tribute. Sincere condolences to the family. Carry on where he left off Robbie.


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 Post subject: Re: Bruce Bryden, a tribute
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Very sad news my thoughts go out to all who knew and worked with Bruce and to his family from me and mine :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Bruce Bryden, a tribute
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Annie B, thank you for sharing your memories with us.
Our condolences to you and your family.

Hubby and I will definately raise a cold one on Friday 18:00, and our thoughts will be with you, your family and friends who knew him.


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 Post subject: Re: Bruce Bryden, a tribute
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Annie B, thank you for sharing that tribute to your Dad here with us.

A huge SANParks forum hug to you, your mom, brother and family.

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