Tributes have poured in for well-known events promoter Kurt Swile, of Athlone, who died of Covid-19.
Mr Swile, 49, was a diabetic and had been in hospital for almost a month. He died on Saturday December 12.
One of four children, he grew up in Athlone and attended Alexander Sinton High School. After he matriculated, he worked at the Galaxy nightclub.
Mr Swile became the club’s manager. In 2011, he left and worked at other clubs before opening his own business, CFP Promotions, which later became Brand Solutions.
Over the past decade, he was involved in the Savanna Comedy Showcase, Jazz in the Winelands, the Festive Lights Switch-On concert, and the Daily Voice’s Tygerberg RFC Family Day.
Mr Swile is survived by his wife, Carmen, and four children, Nadia, Zane, Lee, and Alex.
His friend, Andy Heynes, described him as a prominent businessman, a lovable friend and colleague and an excellent family man.
“He did lots of charity work, always handing out what he could and supported many soup kitchens. During the pandemic, he often handed out masks and would remind others to wear theirs.
“He was a helpful person, always lending a hand to those who needed it, and he loved working with people. The community has lost a legend.
“I have not stopped crying since Saturday, he was my best friend for over 30 years, and I will miss him. He was a brother to me.”
Mr Swile’s daughter, Nadia, said her father had been her biggest supporter.
“My dad was one of my best friends. Our relationship wasn’t always great, but as I got older, we started understanding each other. He loved me with his whole heart and was so proud of everything I did.
“One of the biggest decisions was to let me go to America and leave everything behind. He knew it was better for me and could see the possibilities. I tried to see him at least once a year and was supposed to this year but a pandemic hit.
“This breaks my and my family’s hearts as well as so many others. I didn’t know how to handle this and still don’t. I was looking forward to a big hug, a warm smile and an adventure when I saw him next summer.
“I will always have the memories but am saddened that he will miss things. He is no longer suffering and is at peace. I will miss our long philosophical talks about life and miss his best Kurt moments. He made everyone feel like family, and I will never forget that.”
On Facebook, people expressed their condolences to Mr Swile’s family.
Gabriela Werner Bergins said: “Heaven has gained another precious angel. May your soul rest in eternal peace dear Kurt. Carmie, I am heartbroken, you and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers.”
Natano Brache said: “RIP Kurt. Truly your huge character and personality will be missed. Condolences to Carmen Frantz-Swile and the family. My thoughts are with you all and especially you Andy Heynes.”