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Heather Bullock dies at 71

Benoni resident and humanitarian, Heather Bullock (71) died on November 25.

“Heather’s death is not only a loss to our family, it is a loss to the whole of the East Rand,” said Heather’s husband, John.

She was born on August 31, 1942, in one of Britain’s oldest recorded towns, Colchester.

She completed her schooling at Colchester Girls High before being awarded a scholarship to Hawthornes, near Frinton.

Bullock emigrated to South African in 1970, with her husband, John, and their two daughters, Celeste and Helen.

They initially lived in Brakpan and then moved to Rynfield in 1975.

Heather was a humanitarian at heart and served a number of non-profit organisations for about 40 years.

She was a member of the Brakpan SPCA, became part of the small group of Benoni Christmas Card volunteers who sold Christmas cards from a kiosk for many years and, for eight years, took meals to the elderly in the area for Benoni Meals on Wheels.

While the Bullock family lived in the Free State, Heather became the branch chairperson of the Kroonstad SPCA and, at the same time, helped out with the Kroonstad Meals on Wheels organisation.

While in Kroonstad she improved relations between white management and the black and coloured workers and changed the working culture of the very conservative and racially distanced community.

She also spent 20 years serving the St Francis Care Centre in Boksburg.

She started off by donating one afternoon a week to serve in the shop.

Within two years she was running the shop and it soon became almost a full time occupation — while she had a full time job.

She was then invited to join the management board of the care centre and, for four years, was repeatedly elected as the vice-chairperson.

In addition to this, she acted as advisor and special assistant to Fr Stan Brennan, to enable him to continue his mission.

“For these 40 years of community service she was presented with the prestigious Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow award “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world”.

“Heather will be remembered by all who met her as a lovely, vivacious, positive, deeply caring person and will be sorely missed,” said John.

She is survived by John, Celeste and Helen, and grandchildren Jennifer, Michael, Philippa and Jess.

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