Big man in many re­spects who made his mark on life

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - OBITUARIES -

Orielle Berry

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.

Ta­nia Stapel­berg

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.

Di Low

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…

Re­nata Ford

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.

Graeme Hosken

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.

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