Farewell to an Exceptional Gentleman – Ben Bester 17.4.1944 – 27.6.2021

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Ben Bester, who passed away peacefully on 27 June 2021 at his home in Hogsback, with his beloved wife Diana by his side. He was born on the 17th of  April 1944 in Leeudoringstad and left this world after bravely battling cancer.

Ben  was an exceptional person. He was an agricultural economist with a sound grasp of practical matters and a wonderful cook. He was the epitome of what a gentleman should be, and also a generous and supportive friend. He was caring and kind to those around him and showed a genuine interest in everyone’s well being. We will miss his wry, ironic sense of humour, and his ability to cut through pretense and deception to reach the heart of any matter. 

He was a quiet presence in our Hogsback village and selflessly contributed to our community by running an information site for Hogsback, keeping it updated and relevant. He also created a site for the Eco Shrine and many other establishments in Hogsback. He was a keen photographer and shared his beautiful views of our world on his virtual sites.

We will miss him dearly. A Big Yellow Wood has fallen in Hogsback.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday 7 July 2021 at 10 am at the Ecoshrine. As per Covid Level 4 regulations, only 50 people will be allowed to attend. We will therefore stream the service live via the Memorial page at www.benbester.co.za.

To leave a message on his Memorial Wall click here: