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‘Mister Bock, you will be missed’

"My father was a pillar in the community, supporting many charitable causes he regarded as worthy."

Local businessman and well-known resident of Krugersdorp, Ludwig Bock, has passed away.

But who was this man everyone knew to be the homeowner who lit up Bell Street in Noordheuwel during Christmas time with his impressive Christmas lights display?

His son, Dieter, gave some insight.

Ludwig was born on 16 April 1932 and according to Dieter, his dad never missed a day at work and always provided for everyone.

He was born in a town called Nesselwang in the Allgau region of Germany, close to Munich. He arrived in South Africa on a ship in 1952 with a small group of boys from Nesselwang, on contract to pay pack their passage.

Initially he lived in a boarding house in Braamfontein and worked on the East Rand for a national die-casting company.

He then lived in Malvern from where he went to work every day, on the back of a truck. He then started a brass band.

His brass band played at many weddings at the German Club, and was retained permanently for a few years at the Munchener House.

Ludwig got married to Stella when he was 26 and they moved to Krugersdorp in 1964.

In Krugersdorp he worked at Castle Brass as the works manager.

He later joined Kopp Plastics as the tool room foreman where he started in plastics. After that he went to work for Mr Stouder at Sunwind.

Then in 1970 he bought a piece of land in Boltonia and together with Stella they started Bock Manufacturing, which was registered in 1974.

Since 1974, Bock Manufacturing has been providing a stable income to many families and businesses that were affected by his lasting legacy.

“My father was a pillar in the community, supporting many charitable causes he regarded as worthy – from the balls the Traffic Department used to host, to more subtle acts of kindness and help.”

Ludwig’s house was also a bright memory for many in Krugersdorp. Since the mid 90s his house in Noordheuwel (across from the Pick n Pay shopping centre) attracted many with his Christmas lights display.

He leaves behind not only his family but his extended family of Bock Manufacturing.

“You will be missed, but not forgotten. I have had the honour of working side by side with my father for the past 30 years, and I am extremely proud of him,” Dieter said.

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