Principal pays tribute to the late Mr Ronnie Ramdas

When we were informed of the sudden passing away of our dear colleague Ronnie Ramdas, we were all in a state of shock. It is still difficult to accept this. School will not be the same with the absence of Ronnie who shared special relationships with all he came into contact with.

Death is the one thing in life we can be sure about and that is why religions have beliefs about what it means! Everything else ‘might’ happen to us: we might get married, be rich, be happy, have children, open our own business or travel the world, but the only real certainty is that we will succumb to over eventual destiny and that is death.

Mr Ramdas leaves behind his loving , wife Suvarna , two daughters Shaista and Shikara , his son-in- law Ricardo, brothers, sisters and a host of family and friends.

Ronnie hails from the well-known Bagratee family of Park Rynie .

After completing Diploma in Education at Springfield College of Education he started his teaching career in 1979 at Port Shepstone Primary School , in 1983 he was transferred to Umzinto Seconday. In 1991 he was transferred to St Francis Primary School. During this time he further his studies by completing his BA and BED degree.

In 2003, Ronnie was promoted to HOD – Senior Primary. He was a very dedicated member of staff and the SMT. He always went the extra mile to help the school and the learners. His management style and work ethic was always above reproach. Today you seldom find such dedication and commitment.

Having served the Department of Education for 38 years he still had the zest and compassion for the children and teachers. You will always find him giving advice and providing support to our learners and Junior Teachers. He was a mentor and role model to our student teachers and children.

Recently the school was evaluated by officials of DOE in the Senior Primary Phase, and I am honoured to announce that the Subject Advisors that supervised Mr Ramdas and our educators were very impressed with the level of work being done at our school.

This is indicative of his dedication and commitment to the education fraternity.

He never compromised for anything less but the best from everyone including the school as a whole.

He served on numerous community organizations : The Shri Matha Mai Sabbah, Park Rynie Diwali Gala, the Park Rynie Civic Association and other organisations.

When Ronnie took to the dance floor he had all the dance moves which had onlookers rasmatised. He brought a new dimension to ballroom dancing. He also was instrumental in training our learners for their dance routines in preparation for our School Debs Ball.

He had the skill to teach children in a very short space of time.

He was selected as the lead Mathematics teacher in the UGU Region. He spent his holidays and weekends imparting his mathematical skills and knowledge to teachers in the various cluster meetings and workshops.

His contribution to the teaching fraternity and education as a whole is greatly appreciated and will be solely missed.

To the family and relatives I pray that the almighty GOD will grant you solace and strength to overcome this untimely loss.

Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free,

I’m following the path God laid for me.

I took his hand when I heard him call,

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day

To laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks left undone will stay that way,

I found that peace at close of day.

If my parting has left a void

Then fill it with remembered joy

A friendship shared, a laugh a kiss,

Ah yes, these things I, too, will mis But not burdened with times of sorrow,

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life has been full, I’ve savoured much.

Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief,

Lift up you hearts and share with me,

God wanted me now,

He set me free

Today I stand before you with deep sadness and sorrow my dear friend and colleague and I want to bid you farewell and trust that God will keep a special place for you in his paradise.

May your soul rest in peace.

Go well until we meet again!

 

 

 

  AUTHOR
Mr NN Naidoo - Principal St Francis Primary School

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