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RIP ~ Graham Williamson!
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:21:27 AM »
Another huge loss for Oranjemund and the local area. A very knowledgeable man has passed on.

We are sad to share the news of the passing of Dr Graham Williamson, husband of Francoise and father of Anna-Lise, Mags, Joanne and Carolyn.  Graham was a dentist, an artist, a photographer, an explorer, and a collector (of many things) with a passion for nature and adventure.  Graham  was born in Harare (Salisbury) Zimbabwe in 1932 and collected his first succulent at the age of six.  He spent a lifetime travelling, collecting, photographing and documenting,  all over the world, but mainly in southern  and central Africa.  He has written three books on plants and the environment,  one of which he co-authored with his wife.  He collected and illustrated over 450 plant species, has described at least  60 new plant  species and subspecies in 23 genera. Both he and Francoise, his wife, have been commemorated in the naming of succulent plants and several indigenous orchids.  Most of all he was a wonderful husband to Francoise, who shared all his adventures with enthusiasm.  He was an inspiring father who passed on his discipline, integrity, humour and passion for life to his four daughters.   Graham passed away on 12  October peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.  He will be sadly missed.
We will have a memorial to celebrate his life on Saturday, 21 October at 3.00 at 21 Pillans Road, Rosebank, Cape Town.

Condolences to the Family!
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