In Memory

Robert Lovell

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02/11/20 02:55 PM #1    

Michael Francis

This information has been kindly provided by Viki Shelver (matric' Cambridge 1972) who know him, here are her comments verbatim.

We made contact at the end of 2017, he had been visiting SA and had been talking to Mark Linley who gave him my contact details.

He was working in Esperance as Harbour Master. Had been involved in all thing Maritime since he left the navy.  Lecturing and in ports.

His wife had just recently been placed in care, in Melbourne, with early onset dementia. Very sad situation.

We caught up a few times when he came through Perth on his way to or from visiting her.  She passed away In 2018 and he was getting ready to do some travel around Australia.

As I understand it - He had been having trouble with swallowing and digestion. After a few months of misdiagnosis, it was discovered he had a tumour in his oesophagus and a huge build up of fluid on his lungs. Was told prognosis was not favourable. He resigned immediately, moved back to Melbourne for treatment and to be near his kids but unfortunately passed away end of April 2020!

Further details on his life can be found in the FaceBook connection .

04/11/20 11:47 AM #2    

Andrew Stevens

I am very saddened to hear this news. Robert visited SA twice in the past few years and took the trouble to contact me, once here in Grahamstown (where he had attended Rhodes for a while) and once at Hogsback, where we both 'grew up' together during school holidays as our parents were both teachers and had holiday houses at Hogsback. He left Selborne after Primary school and went to Cambridge before his family moved to Durban where he finished off at Durban Boys. He was a very bright guy who had an interesting life. 

05/11/20 06:38 PM #3    

Roger Goodwin -Teacher

So sorry to hear about that. I taught both him and his sister at Cambridge before joining Selborne in 1972. She was also very bright.

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