Chris Booysen - 15 May 2021

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Re: Chris Booysen

Unread post by jimdavis » Sun May 16, 2021 4:53 pm

Roger wrote:
Sun May 16, 2021 1:33 pm
Hardest day of my life.

Chris and myself met 31 years ago and have been good mates since, not only working together, but sharing very similar recreational passions.

Chris and I were out on a cycle at Crossways (half way between PE and Jeffreys Bay), where he lives. We were a bunch of 20 on the ride. Chris was his normal joking self one minute, and the next, he just fell off his bike. We were going up a rocky hill and initially I thought he had just bumped into the rider next to him and fell. Sadly that was not the case. Not 100% certain as to the cause, but it was pretty much instant. No warning signs before it happened. It was as if someone had just turned a light switch off.

In the bunch we had a training paramedic (as in he trains paramedics) and he came to Chris' assistance within seconds and worked on him for over an hour and half. Everything that could have been done, was done, and could not had any better assistance than he had. EMS helicopter also came to site.

Loneliest ride ever back down that mountain without my mate.
Thanks Roger for filling in all the detail - no fun for you, but it makes it a lot easier for us to accept when we know exactly what happened.

I can only hope I go suddenly like that when it's my time. There can be nothing worse than being a burden on everyone for months or even years as sometimes happens.

Strongs to you, my friend, and to his family and loved ones.

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Re: Chris Booysen

Unread post by Sideslip » Sun May 16, 2021 9:42 pm

So sorry to hear about this. Condolences to all his friends and family.
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Re: Chris Booysen

Unread post by Cornell Blok » Mon May 17, 2021 6:54 am

Im shocked :( :( :( Rest in peace Chris :( :(
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Re: Chris Booysen

Unread post by richard C » Mon May 17, 2021 7:32 am

RIP Chris.

What a tragic loss. :(

Thoughts to Denise, his family and Roger. It seems a little surreal.
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Re: Chris Booysen

Unread post by flypiper » Mon May 17, 2021 8:13 am

Hi Roger,

Thanks for sharing his last moments with us it makes it more acceptable and what i gather is his last trip was in the Air his great passion.

RIP Chris.
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Re: Chris Booysen

Unread post by Iceberg » Mon May 17, 2021 8:27 am

RIP and my condolences to Roger, family and friends. Had some brief dealings with him for a previous PTAR - he was a real gentleman.
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Unread post by Colleen F » Mon May 17, 2021 5:02 pm

RIP Chris. Condolences to Denise, kids and grandkids and friends.
You have given general aviation in RSA an incredible gift over the many years since you first got your PPL, it will for ever be in your debt.
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Unread post by GeraldNagel » Wed May 19, 2021 8:32 pm

My sincere condolences to fellow Avcom members, Friends and family for the passing of Chris. Tragic news indeed. RIP
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Re: Chris Booysen

Unread post by AndyDaws » Thu May 20, 2021 7:24 pm

So very sorry to hear this.
Condolences to all.
RIP Chris.
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Re: Chris Booysen

Unread post by Roger » Fri May 21, 2021 8:05 am

Day One today of PTAR, and really incredible gesture by Jan on Chris' old aeroplane.
Chris loved both the PTAR and his RV.
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Re: Chris Booysen

Unread post by Deanw » Fri May 21, 2021 8:12 am

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Re: Chris Booysen

Unread post by Irv Lee » Sun May 23, 2021 11:49 am

Sadness and sympathy in parts of the UK too. Thoughts obviously with Denise, family and Chris's close friends, who must be in shock.
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Re: Chris Booysen

Unread post by Jan » Mon May 24, 2021 1:40 pm

Thank you for posting those pictures Roger. We are home safely after the Air Race and it was one that I will never forget due to this live changing event of loosing a good friend. :(
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Re: Chris Booysen - 15 May 2021

Unread post by Roger » Sun May 15, 2022 11:48 am

1 year today. Still miss my best mate.
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Re: Chris Booysen - 15 May 2021

Unread post by Jan » Mon May 16, 2022 8:06 am

Yes Roger, we were thinking about this tragic event all day long. We surely miss him and will miss him for years to come. :(
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