The late Mickey Radia (65). Photo supplied.

Sad farewell to one of the region's true gentlemen

Date: 20 August 2021 By: 

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The tight-knit Soutpansberg community was deeply saddened by the death of one of the region’s few remaining gentlemen, Mukesh Radia, on 11 August after losing his 11-year battle with cancer. He was 65 years old.

Mukesh, of the business K.K. Radia & Sons, was better and more affectionately known as Mickey. K.K. Radia & Sons is a fourth-generation business that has been trading in Louis Trichardt since 1945. Mickey himself was born at the Elim Hospital on 11 July 1956.

Mickey's interests were many and varied, from his love of music to the arts and travel. He traded for many years on the stock markets and had an intense interest in its complex workings. “With the grace of the Almighty and the ardent support of those near and dear to him, he was able to engage in all of his interests, even during his brave and long battle with lymphoma. He fought the hard battle but maintained his dignity and humility,” said his family.

Mickey’s life was abundantly enriched by his innate love of spending quality time with his dear family, friends and business associates. He was an intellectual by nature and was blessed with wit and charisma, and by virtue of these qualities touched the lives of many. “He was one of those few people that could intensely engage on any topic with vigour because of his love for reading,” said the family.

His family wished to extend their gratitude and appreciation to Drs Casper Venter, Mohammed Chayya, Anton Stroebel and Anneke Malan for always making themselves available to see Mickey. They are also grateful to oncologist Dr Moodley of the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg for his management of Mickey’s treatment.

The Radia family is grateful to the Louis Trichardt Hindu Seva Samaj, the Makhado Care Group and the community at large for their selfless, kind, and unconditional support over the years, and during the family's time of bereavement.

Mickey will be missed by his two brothers, Dinesh and Sudhir, his sister Vanita and her husband Shirish Gokal, who are both in the United Kingdom, as well as his nieces, nephews and the extended Radia families in South Africa and abroad.

“Mickey Radia, a man ahead of his time, was indeed one of a kind. May his dear soul rest in eternal peace. His memory and legacy will forever be cherished,” said the family. They paid tribute to him with the poem Miss me – but let me go by English poet Christina Georgina Rossetti:

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little - but not too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me - but let me go

For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home

When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
Miss me but let me go.





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