Obituary: Willie Opperman

December 5th, 2018, Published in Articles: Vector

Willie Opperman of BEKA Schréder passed away on 1 December 2018 at the age of 60 following several operations after being involved in a motorcycle accident. Willie had been part of the company for 25 years and was a truly amazing individual, leaving a definite impression everywhere he went. He was loved and respected by all his colleagues, customers, friends and loved ones. He will truly be missed.

Willie lived a colourful life, having been a member of the parachuting battalion during his compulsory military career, and having fought twice for the South African Light Heavyweight Boxing Title, to mention a few examples. He was a phenomenal storyteller, leaving everyone roaring with laughter.

Willie joined BEKA Schréder’s Cape Town branch in 1993 as a sales representative, where he worked until 1994. In April 1994 he was transferred to Bloemfontein as regional manager for the Free State, Northern and Eastern Cape. His open-minded personality coupled with competence in lighting made him a successful manager where he remained until 1999, when he was appointed regional manager in the Johannesburg branch. His achievements speak for themselves. Under Willie’s leadership, the branch became one of the company’s leading branches. Willie was appointed business development manager for South Africa at the beginning of this year, with his vast experience adding more value to the team.

He will be sorely missed by all. Our sincere condolences go to his family. His memorial service will be held at the Shere View Function Venue, 15 Catherine Road, Shere, Pretoria, on Saturday, 8 December at 12h00.

Contact Nadja Smith, BEKA Schréder, Tel 011 238-0094, n.smith@beka-schreder.co.za