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1st Battalion Rhodesian Light Infantry Regimental Association ®




Dear Member / Friend

With regret we inform you of the passing of our old comrade Colin Dace. Colin passed away last Friday 27th May 2011 from widespread cancer. The Association extends our sincere sympathy to Coleen, Peter and Janette.

A memorial service will be held for Colin at the Dickie Fritz Shellhole in Edenvale Gauteng RSA tomorrow (Sat.4 June) at 11h45.

All resident members of the Association are encouraged to attend and say goodbye to our great Bn. Administration Officer. Those who remember Colin will know that his greatest concern was always the welfare of the men in the bush.

Kind regards Bill Wiggill CEO

Hi Bill

On behalf of my mom, sister and I, if you could please pass on our thanks to the RLI Association for the lovely flowers and to those who attended my dad’s memorial service. It is hard to believe it is now just over a month since dad passed away and I have just not had the heart to go through dads emails. We were in a quandary when had to organise dad’s funeral or memorial as he was not a religious man and was not a member of any church. My sister came up with the idea of having a memorial service at Dickie Fritz, a quiet small service as dad would have wanted it in his quiet and unassuming way.

As Pat Armstrong told me at the service "if more of dad’s old colleagues had known of dad’s memorial the entire road from the gate at Dickie Fritz to the sanctuary would have been lined with people who knew him". We have been over whelmed with the support and sympathy from all those who knew Colin.

Kind Regards Peter Dace

"I am so, so sad. Please extend my deepest condolences to the family. What a wonderful, warm and sincere man he was... such a credit to his Regiment, such a gift to Rhodesia, such a wonderful officer and gentleman. May he rest in peace with the other saints... Until we meet again. Tim Bax"

"I was saddened to hear of the passing of my old friend Colin and wish to join the Association in extending my condolences to Coleen and family. He was a true gentleman, quiet spoken and polite at all times, doing a fantastic job for the Regiment.

He and I were on Para course together, two "old" toppies amongst all the youngsters. I remember that as we shuffled forward to do our first jump we looked at one another and muttered "What the heck are we doing here?"

My wife Joyce and I convey our sincere sympathies to the family. May Colin rest in peace?

Peter Cooper."

"Dear All, My heartfelt sympathies to all those that Colin has left behind. Colin was one of those unsung heroes who kept the RLI support machinery well lubricated. It is sad to learn of another great patriot succumbing to the dreaded C. May he rest in peace knowing that we are most grateful for looking after us?

Kind Regards Deryck Stokes"