It is an honour and privilege for the Alberton Heritage Society to pay tribute to a very special person. Jerry Kobyzsky was remarkable in so many ways. He lived his life to the full and touched so many people during his time here with us.
As we look through the kaleidoscope of his life we see the many valued and meaningful roles that Jerry played. Allow us to share some of the special memories that we have of Jerry - memories that personify him and his life well lived.
He was not just a valued member of the Alberton Heritage Society but was also a good friend to us all. He shared his expertise and passion with us, he worked hard and consistently in our effort to establish a Museum in Alberton by continuously finding and donating valuable artefacts. As a photographer his photos did not just make it possible to preserve all the special memories but they were also a reflection of his passion for the environment and its beauty. He never sat back and became complacent, he never stepped back from a challenge. He led by example and through his wealth of knowledge, his artefacts on “forgotten technology” were a big inspiration for the Grade 4s whose schools requested a presentation by the Alberton Heritage Society. He was a role model and an inspiration to all of us. Even though he was not a born South African he left no stone unturned in his quest to preserve South Africa’s heritage for future generations. Regrettably his dream of establishing a Museum in Alberton was not fulfilled in his lifetime.
It is hard to say goodbye but we need to remember that he touched so many people's lives, so positively. He leaves an amazing legacy behind. Jerry left the world a better place than when he found it and for that we shall always be grateful. Jerry, we will miss you - but will remember you fondly - always!
The memorial service was held on 2 January 2019 at the St Theresa's Catholic Church in Alberton.