While we all happily wish Uncle Buddy the best, it is always sad to say goodbye to one of our employees – especially someone who has played such a tremendous role as Uncle Buddy. After his farewell we sat down and asked him to tell us a little more about the man behind the manager.
Johannes “Buddy” du Preez was born on 15 august 1946 in Queenstown but spent most of his younger years in Springs and later moved to Esselen Park. He attended Pretoria Boys High and matriculated at Highschool Belfast after which he studied at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. Initially he started working at a scientific optics business, but joined Wimcar and his trout business in 1991 where he spent the rest of his working career.
He married Eileen (also from Belfast Highschool) in 1970 and they are proud parents to 4 children – Candace, Megan, Bridgid and Jarred.
Uncle Buddy recalls many fond memories spent at the Millys Trout Stall – he loved meeting, talking trout and making new friend of their customers. He also enjoyed the famous Rural Foundation Sport Days they hosted – both training for the event and taking part too.
In his own words: “After many great years at Millys with Wimcar, the Cilliers Family and the loyal and wonderful factory staff its time to hang up the white coat and boots and hand over the Trout colour test card, and relocate to Hartbeespoort to spend time with Eileen and help Bridgid with her horses.”
His bucket list included two motorcycle tours with Jarred to New Zealand and Alaska and he mentions that he loves the motorbikes and also enjoy working with horses very much.
So after many years we say farewell to Uncle buddy – the trout factory might never be completely the same without the tall figure in the lab coat ansd from all the staff at Millys we would like to thank him for his loyalty and the amazing contribution to the Millys business. Enjoy those motorbiking trips and remember to stop over for a quick bite and a chat. We will miss you!