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Message read out at Mr Hoare's memorial service

BY Professor Jackie Hoare

Dear Mossies

I wish to thank Riebeek from the bottom of my heart for giving Dad a home, sense of belonging and purpose for 39 years.
Your Facebook tribute following Dad’s death was a ‘light to me in dark places, when all other lights went out.’
I am so pleased and hearted to hear that he was not only a legend, and a gentle giant in my life, but yours too.
He believed as Tolkien did that “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future”
He taught and inspired me to be the best version of myself.

We read the following passage at Dad’s funeral in Cape Town, and I would like to share it with you:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

So dear Mossies! 
Do not be afraid, go out there and be legends!!
But don’t forget to do it like the Big Man did!
Gentle style!!

Lots of love
Professor Jackie Hoare

 April 11, 2016
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