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Dear Member / Friend

Pete de Villiers, ex 1RLI, Brady and Cranborne, was admitted to hospital last weekend.

Folks, it is with deep regret that I write to inform that Pete de Villiers passed away in Sunninghill Hospital this afternoon, following completely unexpected post operative complications. (Saturday 14th April 2012)

As soon as we’re aware of funeral arrangements, I’ll put out an appropriate sitrep.

Will Eddy Norris and Bill Wiggill please use their portals to broadcast the sad news too?

Gus Mason

From: Bugs Moran [mailto:toghwe70@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 03 April 2012 20:39
To: Martyn Hudson
Subject: RE: Pete De Villiers

Dear Martyn, thanks for the info on Pete I knew him at the Cpl’s Club KGV1 in 1971-3 and later saw him at Turfontein many years later when I stayed in Joburg.


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By Alf Hutchison

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