Major General (Dr.) Johannes Jacobus Loubser van Zyl (Oom Joep), a fellow Veteran of our SAMVOA Queensland Region, was laid to rest on 20 May 2018.
SAMVOA Queensland thoroughly enjoyed having him attend our Brisbane meetings and he was like a true grandfather to all and he was sorely missed when he returned to Cape Town shortly before his passing.
When the SAMVOA Queensland Region held a farewell for Oom Joep on his impending return to South Africa, Oom Joep asked Veteran Shaun Winson, Regional Chairman of SAMVOA Queensland, why his fellow members at SAMVOA appear to hold him in high esteem. Shaun responded by saying that South Africans where brought up to respect their elders, that Oom Joep was an absolute gentlemen who deserved respect, and that, as we were never un-soldiered, having served as a Major General, we salute him. This brought tears to his eyes.
Oom Joep joined SAMVOA on the 11th October, 2012, having served his country as a Major General in the SADF Finance section. He originally served in the South African Corps of Signals before moving over to finance. His Force Number was 01146265 PE and he served his country for over 30 years.
Until we meet again Oom Joep - totsiens, oor en uit....
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
Lest We Forget