My father, James White Maritz. A good looking man by any standards. One of the things that he taught me was sport fishing for barracuda off the coast of Durban. He used to make his own fishing spoons and being very capable with his hands built so many things for us kids. I remember a slot car track that he built that took up a whole lot of garage space. We had a ball with it . Two tracks two cars a huge transformer and a whole lot of neighbourhood kids screaming at the top of their lungs. What a blast! He also taught me how to develop and print my own black and white photographs.
My dad was the managing director of a company known as Crown Cork Company while in Zambia. Over the holidays we would go to places like Victoria falls or Lake Kariba on the Zambezi river. Fishing was one of my dads passions so Tiger fish or Vundu ( huge barbel weighing as much as 200kg), were in danger on these occasions. He loved traveling and over the holidays we went all over the place, Tropical central Africa is an adventurers paradise. Ndola, Mufeleira, Kitwe, Chillelebombwe and even up into the Congo. We had such a fantastic time as kids. Always all the children, mom and dad together in the station wagon just having fun as a family.
My mom went through many lonely years before passing away in Johannesburg in 1990.
Mom and Dad from all of your children we would just like to thank you both for the amazing life you gave us, for the amazing love with which you nurtured us and for all the good things you instilled in us. Your example of how a couple should treat each other has made an indelible impression on all of us. We really love and miss you both.
Happy Valentin's day Mom and Dad.