Well-known South Coast resident for the past 50 years, Billy Moss, has died in hospital after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. He was 77 years old.
Albert James Moss (Billy to everyone) was born in Blinkwater, Cape Province, on April 29, 1936.
After completing his education at Franschhoek in the Western Province he moved to Umtata.
It was while playing hockey that he met Tansy, whom he married in 1958. His father-in-law had several newspapers and it was not long before Billy was indentured into the printing trade in Umtata.
Billy settled in Port Shepstone in 1964 and that same year joined Round Table. With his love of music, it was not long before he formed a Round Table Skiffle Band which became known all over the country as it raised funds for charity.
The family bought the South Coast Herald and ran it for nearly 25 years.
Billy had an illustrious career in Table which included an eighteen month period as PRO for WOCO, attended WOCO, at Nice and Rimini, rose to Chairman of the Port Shepstone Round Table 1968/69 and highlighted his career by serving as Area Chairman, Natal Coastal Area 1973/74. He was invited to stand for National President at the East London ARTSA in 1973. After completing thirteen years in service (and fellowship) of Round Table, he joined the 41 fraternity to become National President in 1982/83 and International President in 1986/87.
Billy was an active member of the Port Shepstone Rotary Club and served this Club in numerous positions, including President, Conference Chairman and Convenor. The highlight of his Rotary career was when he was recently made a Paul Harris Fellow – (the highest award Rotary can confer) in appreciation of significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world.
Billy and Tansy were married for 55 years, and enjoyed the love of their three daughters and thirteen grandchildren.
He started and ran Old MacDonald’s farm yard for many years, which became a national landmark for locals and visitors from afar. Billy participated in countless fund-raising stage productions for many years, and would have the audience in stitches with his drag impersonations. At house parties guests would be entertained by him on the guitar until someone turned off the lights!
A private cremation will take place on Wednesday followed by a ‘Celebration of his Life’ at 5.00pm on the banks of the river at Palm Kloof Estate, Shelly Beach.