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School mourns Ross

Mimosa Primary School in Bonteheuwel is mourning the death of former principal Frederick Ross.

He lost his battle with cancer on Sunday 3 November.

According to the school’s deputy principal, Kenneth Reid, Ross was principal for 20 years, from 1994 until 2014, when he was medically boarded.

“Mr Ross was a community person and a good mentor for the teachers. He was one of the people who guided me when I started teaching. Under his leadership, the school became well-known for sports. Parents, teachers and learners loved and respected him. He was one who never rejected anyone and always had his arms open or ear ready to listen and support those who approached him,” says Reid.

He explains Ross, and a former colleague and friend Ruthewaan Waggie, encouraged sports at the school to teach children to set goals and achieve them. “Ross and Waggie made our school well-known for sports, including athletics, netball and soccer. The two of them were always close but then Waggie moved to New Zealand a few years ago.”

Nazeema Samaai says she taught with Ross for about 36 years. “I started teaching at Mimosa Primary School in 1976, and Ross joined in 1978. He was a true gentleman with a great sense of humour. Our school became a family, like a second home because we treated each other with respect. He did so much in Bonteheuwel and also guided parents who needed help with their children. He was a true leader who left a legacy at the school,” says Samaai.

The provincial education department’s Millicent Merton says: “Our sincere condolences go out to Ross’ family and friends.”

The school will host a memorial service for Ross on Thursday 7 November at the Church of the Resurrection in David Profit Street from 10:00 until 11:00.

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