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observatory established by Albert and Ellie Jansen when they came to live
in Prince Albert in 1995 has truly been an asset to our
community. Sadly Albert suffered a fatal heart attack on Sunday 13th
will miss our genial friend and community-spirited neighbour, but he has
left us with an appreciation of the magnificence of our world - after
dark - that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
generously shared his passion for the stars visible in the clear night
skies of the Karoo. We were astounded by the constellations that he
showed us through his telescopes, and he was an exceptional teacher. His
explanations thrilled children, scientists - and everyone in
between. For many visitors the evening spent with Albert was both an
educational milestone and the highlight of their visit to our town.
weeks ago his eyes and smile were bright and his conversation lively as
ever. While realistic about the limits that his physical frailty imposed
on him, he expressed hope, and looked forward to returning to Holland to
be with Ellie and his children, Alfard and Carina, and grandchildren.
death was unexpected in that he seemed to be doing so well. He was
talking of returning soon to his home in Prince Albert to take charge of
his affairs. Albert felt that if possible it would be good to keep his
observatory operating. It would be a fitting memorial to him.
during the last week of his life he achieved one of his ambitions - to
observe the transit of Venus across the sun. He watched this
once-in-a-lifetime event in the company of fellow astronomers who set up
telescopes in the garden outside his hospital room. Bravo Albert!
Anne Botha June