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DEATH OF PAT LISTER (article first published : 2000-09-19)

Pat Lister, honorary secretary to the South African Writers’ Circle, died a few weeks ago in Durban. This tribute was penned by Hildé Slinger, past chairman of the SAWC.

“Pat Lister's passion for the arts inspired his practical application and devotion to his work as honorary secretary to the South African Writers' Circle. Having retired from the Secretariat of the Civil Service many years ago, his willingness to serve the Circle as administrator was a boon. Pat made friends across the length and breadth of South Africa, reaching aspiring writers in remote places, bringing them into the heart of the Circle through notes of encouragement and warmth. Receipts for subscriptions or competition entry fees were invariably accompanied by a personal note, valued by all concerned.

“At 85, showing concern for the Circle and keenly anticipating the SAWC awards evening, Pat looked upon his admission to hospital two weeks ago as a temporary setback. Sadly, after surgery his condition weakened and the odds were against our “brave old soldier” and he had to “fade away”. A beautiful memorial rosebowl was presented by his daughter Jenny at the SAWC awards evening on September 9.

“We remember Pat Lister for his human touch and generous sharing of qualities that enriched the South African Writers' Circle.”




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