Memorial service held in honour of City of Cape Town’s DC Willie Olivier
A touching memorial service was held at the Goodwood Fire Station in Cape Town on 29 September 2021 honouring the memory and celebrating the life of Divisional Commander (DC) Willem John Olivier. DC Olivier passed away on 9 September 2021. DC Olivier joined the fire service in 1981 at the then Parow Municipal Fire Department. “His greatest passion was the Fire Service, all aspects of the fire service.”
The memorial started off with a welcome from City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service’s Craig Cyster, head: Command and Control, followed by a prayer by Chaplain Alan Kelly. Chief Fire Officer Ian Schnetler provided the obituary followed by a tribute to DC Olivier by Patrick Muir, who had known Olivier for just on 36 years. A script reading and homily followed by Reverend Linda Idas, a prayer by Chaplain Bridget Jongbloed, a reading of the Fire Fighter’s Prayer by Tracey Whittaker and a bell ceremony by the Guard of Honour. CFO Schnetler thane handed over the flag to the Olivier Family followed by a blessing from Reverend Idas. All COVID-19 protocols were observed.
DC Olivier was a 28-year cancer survivor, with ups and downs. A mentor to many, he will be sorely missed by all those who knew him, worked with him and were friends with him. A fire fighter deep in his heart. Willie, may you rest in Peace, my friend. Thank you for the legacy that you leave behind. You are a hard act to follow.
To Anja and children Lliam and Hannah, our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, companion, friend and father. May he rest in Peace.
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