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Notice Aug 2012

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Engineer, Arbitrator, Mentor, Family man & Friend.  14th July 1924 - 27th July 2012 Hout Bay Heritage Assn --  Helping to build Community Pride

It was with great sadness that we learned of the recent passing of Dr Ross Parry-Davies. Ross was known to many in Hout Bay but many more around South Africa will mourn his passing.

Born & schooled in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape he remained a life time supporter of the school of which his father was once the Principal.

As a Civil Engineer eventually specialising in geotechnical ‘challenges’ he made an outstanding contribution in the pioneering of new techniques and was acknowledged as a world authority on the matter.

His long career included the construction of the Huguenot Tunnel and many other major projects throughout South Africa. More importantly for us, many residents will not be aware that as a young man he worked on Table Mountain’s ‘Apostle Tunnel’ as well as strengthening the Woodhead Dam with his groundbreaking ‘rock anchors’ a few years ago. More recently his anchors were used in the restoration of Chapman’s Peak Drive where thousands of tons of rock overhang the road.

On his retirement he and his dear wife Renee relocated from JHB to Hout Bay  and very quickly found more friends here. As a life long conservationist he was soon attracted to the Hout Bay & Llandudno Heritage Assn  becoming a Trustee serving a term as Chairman and eventually becoming Patron prior to leaving Hout Bay to settle in a retirement complex in Muizenberg.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Renee, his son David and daughters Janice and Megan as well as his grandchildren.

An exceptionally well attended  Memorial Service was held at Christ’s Church Constantia and  Ross’ favourite blessing below is a spiritual legacy to all those attending and a touching reminder of the warmth and fellowship he shared with his many friends and colleagues throughout a wonderful life.   We will all miss him.  


May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

the rains fall soft upon your fields,

and until we meet again may God hold you
in the palm of His Hand.