Mourners farewell Dr Carel
Carel van Gend had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, a 'phenomenal' intellect and a passion for reading, mourners at his funeral in Grafton were told yesterday.
Dr van Gend, who had practised medicine in Grafton for 27 years, died at the weekend after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.
A packed congregation at Christ Church Cathedral were told of a man who, until his dying days, loved mental stimulation.
His children told of an explorer, a man of compassion, a designer, a renovator and someone who loved to experiment. He was someone who believed if there was an available space, he needed to fill it.
He had a fascination for life and unquenchable enthusiasm.
Each of his three children gave eulogies at the service, his grandchildren gave prayers of thanks and members of Grafton Rotary provided a guard of honour.