Gussie Augustus was asked to say a few words at the memorial service of Lionel Wybrow – an outstanding and much loved member of our club for the past 36 years who passed away after a brave fight with cancer.

Farewell Lionel Wybrow
Farewell Lionel Wybrow


“It is a privilege to say a few words about our friend and fellow Rotarian Lionel Wybrow.

Hilary and I have been blessed to be counted as friends of Lionel and Annie for twenty-six years.

Lionel had a history of serving his fellow human being, being a member of Round Table and then Rotary.

Lionel was inducted as a Rotarian in 1980, into The Rotary Club of North Durban – that’s 36 years of service. Lionel served with distinction as Club President in 1985 /1986 and was appointed a District Governors representative for Governor Clive Talbot in 2001 /2002.

Lionel undertook virtually every position in the club during his membership, chairing The Rotary Foundation committee, Vice President on several occasions, Information talks, mentoring new members, scribing the weekly newsletter and was passionate about the Rotary Coach program.

Lionel was a stickler for correct Rotary protocol, guiding many of us club members on the correct way forward. Lionel served District 9270 and then 9370 with distinction and his passion was membership development and in recent years Club extension. He was instrumental in the chartering of several new Rotary Clubs over the years.

Lionel has been recognised as a multiple Paul Harris fellow, recognising his contribution to humanity.

Lionel had a way with words, on many occasions leaving us not really understanding what he was saying. A true gentleman, supportive, a wicked sense of humour and always there when we needed him.

These past twelve months we have seen Lionel courageously deal with his health challenges. He remained positive, never losing his sense of humour, always believing he would beat it.

The attendance here today in this sanctuary, is testament to the respect people have for Lionel and how he lived his life. Our prayers and support go out to Lionel’s faithful Annie, who stood firmly with him all these years, and to his children and family.

Lionel we know you are with our Lord, now experiencing eternal life, which you so richly deserve.

Rest in peace dear Lionel, you are sorely missed.”

A Tribute to Lionel Richard Wybrow
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