Big man in many respects who made his mark on life
ETIENNE was one of my most favourite people in the world – a larger-than-life character; a man whom one can truly refer to as not having a bad bone in his body.
We met when I worked as an entertainment reporter and sub at The Pretoria News in the 1990s. We remained in contact sporadically when I moved to work in Cape Town for Independent and, last year, it was a wonderful surprise when he showed up in the newsroom, coming here to help settle in daughter Michelle, who took up a position on the editorial staff. It was a huge blow when Michelle came to tell me her dad was diagnosed with leukaemia a few months ago. The saying life can be so unfair sprang to mind… On Monday I caught Michelle on the stairwell and she told me her dad was back in hospital and, as she shed tears, so did I.
Etienne, I will always picture you digging in the soil on your land, and will frequently raise a glass of red, one of your favourite tipples, to you.
ETIENNE was so much more than a mentor; he would not shy away from telling you when you were out of line, but would also praise you and give you a boost when your spirits were flagging.
He cared about the people in the photographs he took and wanted their story to be told. He also taught us the importance of family; he adored his daughters Nicky and Michelle and was always so proud of them. He and his wife Anne were a formidable team.
Diane de Beer
ETIENNE was probably the photographer I worked with longest – just because we had both been part of the Pretoria News for so many decades.
Most news photographers often take an interest in the arts because of the image possibilities but, for Etienne, it was more than that. He was deeply involved and passionate about the arts, especially music.
He retired from the Pretoria News three years ago and went to live in the little town of Paul Roux.
He took to country life in a big way, planting vegetables and taking up lawn bowls.
MY husband and I were so impressed with Etienne’s lifestyle that we also retired to Paul Roux last year. Everyone knows Etienne here, and we have been receiving a lot of calls.
He was so full of life and, just before he fell ill, had bought himself a welding set…
A photographic legend who loved his craft with a passion. I will miss you, Etienne Creux. Farewell my friend. My condolences to Anne, Nicky and Michelle.
WHEN we left (his hospital bed), Etienne was asleep, a smile on his face as always. Cheers Et. Thanks for being the teacher that you were. ’Till we meet again.