Beresford Jobling – A tribute

Noel and Jenny Bergh writes;

Impeccable manners, highly intelligent, well-spoken, artistic, caring, sincere, helpful, lover of nature, historian of note, great sense of humour, special friend – all these attributes describe Beresford Jobling – he was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Time spent in his company was always memorable and heart-warming.
We have known Beresford and his charming parents, the late Hugh and Isobel Jobling, for a good thirty years – firstly when they were all three active, talented members of KADS, the Kosmos Amateur Dramatic Society. Jenny recalls a rather shy Beresford being her dancing partner in a show called “Sweet Corn” and having to do a boisterous Square Dance together – many giggles and much fun!
We both worked closely with Beresford’s father when Noel managed Sappers Club – Hugh was a Second World War veteran, a recipient of an MBE for meritorious service amongst the Italian partisans and a marvellous gentleman. When we held a memorable “ Medieval Banquet” at Sappers Club for our members, the young Beresford stepped in as artistic director, supplier of music of the period, costume and menu advisor – and the entertaining “mine host”!
Over the years many happy visits were made to the family at their historical and beautiful “Dodona” home. Then for a while we seemed to “lose contact” with Beres – he was busy with the Nursery he ran from “Dodona” for several years and also the tranquil B & B cottages.
His interest in the history of Russia and other countries took him overseas regularly. These days he was a sought-after speaker at various Art and Historical Societies and his active role in HEHA and DARTS organising interesting outings and speakers, mainly related to the Magaliesberg and Hartbeespoort, the places that he loved, kept him happily busy.
On the 25th April this year we were invited to visit Beresford at “Dodona” for a good “catch-up” chat in the morning – what a memorable couple of hours we spent with Beres, as always the perfect host, while we reminisced and laughed, drank freshly-ground filter coffee and ate divine chocolate cake!
We didn’t realise at the time just how poignant a memory that morning would be….! As we were leaving and passing a massive rather decrepit old tree, Beres gave her a big hug and laughingly said, “This is “Lucy”, I hug her every morning, because she is a survivor, she has been here my whole life and will probably outlive me too!”
How prophetic those words were….we will miss a kind and gentle man, who would never have hurt the smallest ant. R.I.P.

Ons het ‘n besondere vriend verloor

Arnaud Malan HOEV Ondervoorsitter skryf;

Die tragiese dood van Beres Jobling, Voorsitter van HOEV /HEHA is n groot verlies vir ons klein gemeenskap. Die menigte reaksies in ons Vereeniging se pos druk skok uit, ongeloof : hy, van alle mense… Ons diep meegevoel gaan uit na die familie en diegene wat besondere vriendskapsbande met Beres gehad het.
Sy vertellinge kon die visuele panorama en die groot en klein daarin verenig en lewendig laat word. Beres het sy bree algemene kennis gemaklik en elegant met dieper filosofiese insigte kon koppel, sonder om hoogdrawend of neerhalend te wees, asof sy kennis hom nederiger gemaak het.
Hy het ook n openlike entusiasme om ‘n ‘ewige student’ te wees gehad, om te lees na te vors, te leer, homself in die Hermitage verloor,. En dit geensins stowwerig en droog nie. Humor was deel van sy vriendelike en beskaafde geaardheid, sy omganklike persoonlikheid vol empatie en meegevoel vir medemens en die natuur. Hy is tereg “the gentlest of gentlemen” genoem.
Hy het eenkeer gemeen dat hy homself as ‘n impressario sou wou beskryf : as iemand wat gekultiveerde vermaak verskaf, organiseer, uitdra en na mense toe bring. Dit was die roeping waar hy sy niche gevind het en waarin hy sy talente en passies kon vereenig : sy tuiste, sy liefde vir die kunste, geskiedenis en die omgewing verpak in die twee plaaslike kulturele vereenigings wat hy al baie jare gelede met geestesgenote gestig en sedertdien aangevoer het: DARTS (Decorative ARTS Society” goes country”) en HOEV/HEHA (Hartbeespoort Omgewing en Erfenis Vereeniging).
Ons het sy fyn sin vir humor en selfironie geniet – I speak Afrikaans with an Oxford accent”.
Ons gaan jou baie mis, Beres.
Rus in vrede.

He will be missed

Dorothea Nortje From Hartbeespoort writes;

It was with great sadness, shock and regret that I heard of the brutal murder of Beresford Jobling on Sunday 2 September.
A descendant of President M.W. Pretorius, he had an abiding interest in the history, heritage and ecology of the Magaliesburg, and lived on a portion of the family farm near Hekpoort. At the time of his death he was chairperson of the Hartbeespoort Environment and Heritage Association (HOEV/HEHA).
Beres was an accomplished speaker and writer, knowledgeable about art, music, literature and current affairs. He was also chairperson of DARTS Goes Country, where he could indulge his passion for the finer things of life.
His was a brilliant intellect, combined with a quick wit and gentle soul. His death is a great loss to the community and the country. He will be missed.

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