Reg Ansell tributes

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18 Aug 1929 – 14 Jan 2016

A memorial service to celebrate Reg’s life was organised by the Benoni Camera Club.  Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the pictures or just open the first one and let it run as a slideshow.


Tribute by Amy Ansell  doc

It was a sad day for PSSA with Reg’s passing. Everyone knows Reg & Amy, but do you really know just how much the two of them, and particularly Reg have done for PSSA?

We all enjoy the salons, competing for the Impala Trophy and working towards our Diamond Ratings, the EPSSA and MPSSA – well it’s thanks to Reg’s inspiration, enthusiasm and hard work that we have these. For many years Reg was Chairman of the Salon Division and during his time as Chair he had the idea and the initiative to introduce these salon awards. From there he moved on to Chair the Regalia Division and continued to add more awards and more value to our salon scene. Not only was it Reg & Amy’s ideas and inspiration but ever since its inception Reg has maintained all the Regalia records and awards.

It was not only in the field of salons that Reg was so active, he also served PSSA as Chairman of the Executive Committee and as President from 1987 till 1989 and again from 1991 till 1993 and was a hard working Director for many years.

Reg’s life revolved around PSSA and photography, he was always attending events, lecturing, judging, making presentations all around the country and in doing so making many friends as well.

Reg, thank you for everything you have done for PSSA, we will miss you. Rest in Peace.

Jill Sneesby

So sorry to hear this very sad news. A great tree has fallen and a gentleman has gone to rest – Melanie Loubser, Webmaster.

Our sincerest condolences to the Ansel family, friends and fellow photographers for this great loss – Francois Rousseau, PFK (Not PSSA President)

This is sad news.   We would like to send Amy our condolences and assurance of prayers. We remember Reg very fondly and with great respect. Sincerely, Colin and Margaret Mead

Christine tribute

Please pass my deepest sympathy to his wife and family, he was a true gentleman and well loved by us as members who have had the privilege to have met him. RIP Reg.  Regards Ty Bothma PSSA Member

Very sad news. He was always such a great example for me, and helped me so much with information when I was president. I will really miss him.  Johann van der Walt

Hello all.  This is a very sad loss to us all. We will miss him greatly. Reg was a true gentleman.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy at this difficult time. Regards Paul Rixom

Dear All, This is truly sad news, a big loss to PSSA, but also to me personally.  I had the greatest respect and admiration for Reg, as person, a true gentleman with a passion for PSSA and photography. Kind Regards Francois Roux

Good morning,  I am saddened by the news of the passing of Reg Ansell. My deepest sympathy to Amy and family. My association with both these two people go back at least 40 years. Everyone will miss the enthusiastic support which Reg and Amy have always provided to everyone in the photographic society of South Africa.   Regards,  Abe Flax

Dear all,  Reg’s passing came as a huge shock to Roel and I as well. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Amy and we pray that she will find the strength to carry on.  We met Reg and Amy in 1980 at the Silverton Congress. What a joy it was to serve on the committee for the CERPS congresses with Reg, it certainly brings back many memories! Reg and Amy must certainly hold the record for most Congresses attended and to us (and many others) they became like an installation! It is difficult to imagine any future Congress without Reg. We shall miss Reg’s sense of humour, knowledge and captivating personality.  Warm regards,  Roel and Adri

Yes indeed it is a sad day for all of us. While I only met Reg on a few occasions, I held him in great esteem as one of the true pioneers of PSSA.  Indeed sad.  Please extend all of KZN’s most sincere condolences to the family,
especially his dear wife Amy. God bless.  Nevil

I did not know Reg personally and had not met him, however, we had communicated by e-mail, me seeking photographic information.  Reg was always willing to give advice and was certainly an inspiration in my photographic achievements.  Please extend my condolences to his wife Amy and let her know what an amazing person Reg will be remembered as, for his love of photography and his continually encouragement to others.  Regards  Clifford Wyeth LPSSA, Tygerberg Photographic Society

Annes tribute

Indeed sad news and a great loss.  He will be missed dearly.  Ria Katzke

What a loss to photography, a real rock and stone-pillar.  I’ve met Reg and Amy around 1985 and we became very good friends.  I’ve always looked up to Reg, he was such a wonderful and wise man.  He never hesitated to help anyone with whatever help was asked. He will be deeply missed. My sincere condolences to Amy and the Ansell family.  Willie Labuschagne

Our heartfelt condolences to Amy. Over many, many years Reg played a significant role in the South African photographic scene and he will be sorely missed.  Ernest & Denise Preiss

Thanks to both Reg and Amy for making every photographer feel special, a pillar of support has indeed been cut down. My heartfelt condolences to Amy, the time we spent together at Swellendam will forever be very special. Madelene Kruger, AFO

Audio Visual was one of Reg’s special passions. He gave encouragement to all the AV initiatives that I have been involved with from Magalies, where it started, through Pretoria AV Club to AV Makers South Africa. He and Amy were always ready to lecture, judge and encourage when invited.  Please pass on AV Makers and my personal condolences to Amy at this difficult time.  Jeff Morris – Chairman, AV Makers South Africa

My heartfelt condolences to Amy and the Ansell family.  I was deeply saddened to hear of their loss of Reg and the loss to PSSA.  I have had correspondence with and conversations with Reg at Congresses over the last 5 or 6 years and had got to know and respect him tremendously.   We have all lost a wonderful man, may it be a comfort for Amy to know that he was loved, admired and respected by so many.  Eileen Covarr, Knysna Photographic Society

Reg for me was always a helpful voice at the other end of the telephone over the years that I have known him. Always a pleasant voice and always hugs and kisses when you met him. PSSA will miss him very much indeed. RIP Reg and thoughts and prayers to Amy at this difficult time.  Evelyn, PRO

Please pass on our deepest sympathy and condolences to Amy and the family.  Kind regards, Peter & May Craig-Cooper

I met Reg and Amy at Bethal Photographic Society in the late 80’s . Their passion for photography, made a big impression on me.  Reg and Amy were a team and I always saw them together. Reg was always friendly and happy to see you, whether it was at the photo club, a congress or at Nossob in the Kgalagadi.  Reg became a father figure at PSSA and will be missed.  Our sincerest condolences from Bethal Photographic Club and our prayers go out to Amy.  Bernie van der Vyver

Please accept the condolences of the Helderberg Photographic Society, Somerset West, on the loss of Reg. He will be greatly missed.  We wish you strength during this sad and difficult time.  Sincerely,  Nettie Warncke,  Chairlady

I did not know Reg well, were only present at three board meetings he also attended. I quickly learned that when he spoke, one could listen as he clearly was a man with a lot of experience and wisdom. As one would say in Afrikaans; “n Man met Salamo se wysheid.”   I do believe that he will be greatly missed.   Regards,  Johan Stephens. Chairman AFO and Director Marketing for PSSA.

A great man and friend has answered the call to higher service.  We have known Reg for many years, shared many congresses and committee meetings.  He never had a bad word to say to anyone, always the true gentleman.  Our thoughts and love are with Amy.  Rest in peace my friend.  Terry and Joan Smit

Reg – a true scholar and a wonderful gentleman. The man with the real smile, goodwill to all and wealth of information, always to ready to share with others. My fondest memory is Reg walking through Maboneng with us at 84, just 2 years ago. He hiked up the road, tenaciously with his walking stick firmly in one hand, camera and well homemade camera support in the other. There he was, in amongst the locals outside a shebeen happily taking photos with Amy. Always living life to the full. What an icon we have to live up to. Amy, what a wonderful partner, both husband and photographer you had for 50 years. We too will miss him.  Paula Rutherford

Condolences to Amy and the Ansell family on the loss of Reg.  He will be remembered as a gentleman and a great photographer and will be sorely missed.  The Members of East London Photographic Club

I am writing to you as the sister of Reg Ansell to say just how much the wonderful tributes on your website mean to me and my family. It is indeed a really sad time. I was fortunate to visit my brother a few years back, and my memories of him and Amy are very precious. They gave my daughter, Celia, and me the holiday of a lifetime – I cannot convey the joy of that time. I spent one evening with them at one of their meetings, and was made so welcome. Wonderful memories.

Thank you so very much for the solace.  Emlyn Lilly

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