Christmas lights to shine in his memory

CANDICE BRADFIELD

TONY Louw, best known in Port Alfred as the
man with all the lights decorating his home over Christmas and for giving
presents to all children who visited, died unexpectedly on January 2.

Louw lived in Johannesburg but considered Port Alfred as more
than a holiday destination.

He was born on August 10, 1946 and later
attended EP Bauman Primary School in Johannesburg.
He then went on to Mayfair High School before moving onto John Orr Technical High School
where he matriculated.

Tony Louw

After completing his apprenticeship to
become an electrician, he started his own business called Tony Louw Electrical.

He bought a house in Port Alfred 28 years
ago. He first decorated his house in lights for Christmas in 1998, and dressed
up as Father Christmas the next year. He would bring happiness to many children
over the festive season by handing out sweets and presents to them when they
visited his home.

He would also put on an Old Year’s Night
fireworks show which he did from 2000 until 2009. He donated the decorative
lights that adorn street poles over Christmas holidays to the municipality and
also gave some lights to the tourism offices.

“Port Alfred has always been his home,”
said his wife Kobie.

Whenever they had time they would visit
what was more than a holiday house for him.

“He was happy there,” she said.

Kobie said his death was so sudden she is
not sure what the cause was, but suspects kidney failure.

“He was a great man. His loss is so
unexpected,” said his wife Kobie.

Last October one of his toes had to be
amputated as a result of diabetes. It went gangrenous and he had to have three
operations in three weeks.

“But it healed well,” she said.

Besides his wife, he leaves behind two
sons, Shane and Warren, daughter-in-laws Cindy and Cie-Ann and grandchildren
Bianca, Nicky and Christopher.

Kobie said she would like to thank Dot
Pearson for all her service, as well as Dr Grimbeek and Francois from
MultiSecurity. She also thanked Keeton Funeral Services for their help and
assistance.

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