In memoriam: Peter Cronje

Peter Cronje sadly passed away on 4 September, just shy of his 71st birthday, after a long battle with cancer.

Peter was not only a well-known personality in the stationery industry, but also in the rugby world.

He started his career in our industry in 1976 with Field and Dain in Durban. This was taken over by Waltons, where he continued as Purchasing Director in Natal.

In 1999 Peter was transferred to the Waltons Head Office in Cape Town where he was the National Purchasing Director until his retirement in 2012.

Peter’s dry sense of humour was renown. There are many anecdotes one could recite, but one from a shop-sa board member rings a bell:

When he asked Peter if there were any products he could procure for Waltons, Peter said: “I can’t think of anything, but if you bring me another f***ing pen, I’ll chuck you out of my office!”

Peter’s rugby career started as midfielder with the then Transvaal and Natal teams, to the Gazelles vs. All Blacks in 1970, to his Test debut a year later against France.

He played seven tests and eight non-tests for South Africa, between 1971 and 1974, scoring a total of five tries in the green and gold.

Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Avril, as well as family and friends.


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