Valke President Passes Away

 Oct 24,2011
Written by: Robert Lemmer

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) learnt with great sadness on Monday of the death overnight of Samuel Jacobus de Beer, the president of the Valke Rugby Union after a struggle with cancer. He would have been 58 next month.

Mr Oregan Hoskins, President of SARU, said from New Zealand that he was deeply saddened by the news. “SJ was one of the stalwarts of club and provincial rugby in South Africa, the type of rugby man without whom our game would wither at the grassroots level,” he said.

“He gave selflessly to our game and was dedicated to his task when taking responsibility for duties within our committees. He was a gentleman in all he did and we will miss him greatly.

“I’d like to formally pass on our condolences to his family and friends and assure them that our prayers are with them in this time of sorrow.”

Mr De Beer – a lawyer by profession – played for the former Eastern Transvaal and also coached the union Under-21s before rising to the presidency in 2008. He was a director of the Valke Company and served on the union’s Disciplinary committee for a number of years. 

He is survived by his wife Hettie, four children and four grandchildren.

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