A former South African bowling champion, who was once awarded “best-dressed man in Trafalgar Square”, recently celebrated his 100th birthday in the east of Pretoria.
Willem Hendrik Rademeyer was born on 4 June 1919 in Cradock.
He was one of seven children, with only one sister still alive, who celebrates her 97th birthday in 2019.
Willem is a respected man in Palms Renaissance Retirement Village in Silverton, with roughly 30 other residents who attended his birthday party, wishing him well and enjoying some delicious birthday cake with him.
He was married to his wife Lenie Carstens for many years until her passing five years ago at the age of 97. He has one son, one grandson and one great-grandson, all of whom reside in Australia.
As for his career, Willem worked at the railway for many years in his younger days.
He eventually took a job at British Gypsum, a manufacturer of interior lining systems in South Africa, until his retirement roughly 30 years ago.
“For 11 years, I have been taking care of oom Willie,” says his friend and fellow retirement village resident Dalena Hullebrand.
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“He has been staying at the Palms Renaissance Retirement Village for around 21 years, and enjoys talking to his friends about new developments in and around Pretoria.”
Willem is very grateful for living a total of 100 years, but told Rekord he misses his wife tremendously and was “excited to see her again when the time is right”.
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