Farewell to a true educator

Isak Job, a teacher at Aberdeen Secondary School, passed away peacefully on 16 July after a short illness.

Job was a true Aberdonian, born in the town in August 1963. He was educated at Kamdebo Primary School in Lotusville and Spandau Secondary School in Graaff-Reinet, before training as a teacher in Oudtshoorn.

He taught at his old school, Kamdebo Primary, for six years, before being appointed to the staff of Aberdeen Secondary School in 1994. He taught life sciences and mathematics at the school for 25 years, dedicated to his subject and the learners.

Job enjoyed helping others, and spending time with his children, friends and extended family. He was an active member of the community with a particular interest in sport, being involved in both school and club rugby, as well as pool. He also served on the School Governing Body at Kamdebo Primary School.

In the last six months, Job developed kidney problems as a complication of his long-term diabetes, and after a sudden deterioration, he passed away last Tuesday in Aberdeen hospital, from kidney failure.

He was from a large family, and is survived by three brothers and seven sisters, as well as his 13 children and 16 grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and learners.

A memorial service was held at Aberdeen Secondary School on Wednesday 24 July, attended by teachers from all Aberdeen schools, a representative from the District Education Office, parents and pupils of Aberdeen Secondary, as well as his family and friends.

His funeral service was held at the same venue on Saturday 27 July. Mourners travelled from as far as Cape Town to pay their last respects.

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