We learnt with sadness of the tragic passing in October of Terry Whitfield, Chairman of the Durban Seafarers Mission. Terry served the Apostleship of the Sea for 36 years, most of that time on the Executive. He was appointed Chairman of the local branch some 15 years ago and after a few years he was elected National Director, South Africa.
Terry lived his life as a committed Roman Catholic and became an active member on many religious oranisations and in parishes in Durban. Terry was also a Knight of Da Gama for 36 years.
The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral care of Migrants and Itinerant People appointed Terry to the position of Regional Coordinator for Africa( Indian Ocean Region ) of the Apostleship of the Sea, a position he held for the last 5 years, during which time Terry made several trips to Rome as well as having to travel in the Indian Ocean Region.
He also managed a touring company at one time.
We will miss him. RIP
[Mr Whitfield is the second member of the committee which we have lost during 2016, the other being Mr Fred Jones.
We also remember Rev John Kunst and Rev Derrick Potgieter, both from the Sailors’ Society, who were called to Higher Service during 2016.]