Saturday, January 23, 2021

In Memoriam: Jeannette Grobbelaar


Jeannette Grobbelaar died in November 2020. 

Lighthouse Authorities recently informed me that Jeannette had passed away. She will be greatly missed.

A solitary figure, she was an amazing lady. Honorary Curator of Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum, Author of Cape Agulhas Lighthouse: The First Hundred Years 1849-1949 as well as Golgotha van die Oseane – Skeepsrampe aan die Agulhas-kus. 

She was also a good friend. Jeannette's friends were all like-minded researchers, authors and historians.


Along the shore I spy a ship 
As she set out to sea;
She spreads her sails and sniffs the breeze
And slips away from me.
I watch her fading image shrink,
As she moves on and on, Until at last she’s but a speck,
Then someone says, “She’s gone.”
Gone where? Gone only from our sight
And from our farewell cries;
That ship will somewhere reappear to other eager eyes.
Beyond the dim horizon’s rim, resound the welcome drums,
And while we’re crying, There she goes!
They’re shouting, Here she comes!
We’re built to cruise for but a while
Upon the trackless sea
Until one day we sail away into infinity.

John T. Baker



Suzanne Patterson said...

Rus sag Jeannette

Emily Ed said...

Impressive post. Thanks for sharing.


It is with immeasurable sadness that I learned of the passing of Mole. The following post is dedicated to this great author of Mole's Genealogy Blog:


It is with great sadness that we have bid a final farewell to our Mole, who passed in August. She inspired so many of us. I will always be so grateful for her guides and inspiration and the many memories we share trolling through documents in the archives. Rest in Peace, Mole. You will be always so lovingly remembered.

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Carol Leff said...

Dear Sue-Jo
I only now discovered this wonderful blog that was started by Mole, and I believe you have been involved in much of the research yourself. So sorry to read of the loss of your dear friend Jeanette in 2020.

You and I were last in touch about ten years ago when we spoke about our common ancestor John Leff of Poland. I tried emailing you via an old address but the email bounced back. It would be great to catch up again, so please get in touch when you find the time
Carol Leff