Renowned Pre­to­ria News lens­man dies

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ZELDA VEN­TER AND VAL BOJE

THE Pre­to­ria News fam­ily learnt with sad­ness of the death of for­mer staff mem­ber Eti­enne Creux.

Creux worked at the Pre­to­ria News as a news pho­tog­ra­pher from June 1996 un­til his re­tire­ment in March 2014. Prior to that, he had worked as a pho­tolithog­ra­pher and, when the print­ing de­part­ment closed, in the ad­ver­tis­ing de­part­ment as a pho­tog­ra­pher.

“Eti­enne was highly re­garded and ap­pre­ci­ated by ev­ery­one he came into con­tact with,” said edi­tor Val Boje, who worked along­side Creux for 18 years. “He was a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional and cared deeply about the city, the Pre­to­ria News, his col­leagues and his fam­ily.

“He was kind and gen­tle, and went out of his way to be help­ful, es­pe­cially to new mem­bers of staff. He was well known in Pre­to­ria, and peo­ple who in­vited us to events would of­ten ask if we could please send Eti­enne.”

He re­ceived an award from for­mer Tsh­wane mayor Kgosientso Ramok­gopa on be­half of the city when he re­tired. Ramok­gopa said Creux had been an in­dis­pens­able part of the city and joked: “If pos­si­ble, we’d have a statue of you.”

No as­sign­ment was too big or too small for Creux, and he loved en­gag­ing with peo­ple. He was al­ways open to learn­ing some­thing new and was curious about life. His pho­to­graphs cap­tured the beauty of art and na­ture.

While most knew him for his pho­to­graphs, Creux was pas­sion­ate about South African mu­sic and at­tended many fes­ti­vals such as Op­pikoppi, where he de­scribed him­self as “the old­est rocker”. His love of mo­tor­bikes was also leg­endary and it was a sad day when his doc­tor ad­vised him not to ride af­ter an ac­ci­dent.

He had a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence that he was al­ways ready to share and gath­ered a clutch of young jour­nal­ists around him. To them, he was men­tor, coun­sel­lor and friend. But he was also al­ways learn­ing, such as mov­ing from film to digital pho­tog­ra­phy.

Creux was a fam­ily man and loved the three women in his life, wife Anne and daugh­ters Nicky and Michelle. On re­tire­ment, he and Anne be­gan a new ad­ven­ture at Paul Roux in the Free State.

For­mer col­league and fam­ily friend Dianne Low and her hus­band, who also re­tired to Paul Roux, said Eti­enne was well known in the town. The two cou­ples en­joyed play­ing bowls to­gether.

Creux was es­pe­cially proud of his daugh­ters’ achieve­ments; Nicky is a sci­en­tist living in Cal­i­for­nia while Michelle, who spent many hours by her dad’s side at Pre­to­ria News, is re­gional pro­duc­tion man­ager for In­de­pen­dent Me­dia in Cape Town.

“My sis­ter Nicky and I are unashamedly daddy’s girls, and with a father like ours it’s no sur­prise,” said Michelle. “He sup­ported Nicky when she de­cided to study science and never missed one of her grad­u­a­tions on her way to her PhD. He helped me make the news­room my home and made sure I set­tled into new jobs.”

RE­MEM­BERED: For­mer me­dia pho­tog­ra­pher Eti­enne Creux

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