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We pay tribute to the outstanding men and women of faith, compassion and integrity who have served as Vincentians.


Patrick Leslie Smith (1929-2012)
It is with sadness, but also with thankful hearts for a life well lived, that we record that passing of our Brother Patrick, after a short illness, on 6 July 2012 at the Hillcrest Hospital near Durban.

Anointed by Fr Scott Davidson, the Parish Priest at Howick a few days before, and surrounded by family he retained his sense of humour to the end.

Brother Patrick was an active member of SVDP for 60 years. Of these 55 were as a member of the St Mary’s Conference in Pietermaritzburg and the remainder at St Joseph’s Conference Howick, where he and his wife Joicelyn lived for five years at the Amber Valley Retirement Village.

Over the years Patrick served a number of times as President, Secretary and Treasurer for St Mary’s Conference and was the Secretary/Treasurer for the Howick Conference.

A man of faith, humility, integrity and compassion he had a heart for the poor and needy being ever mindful that: “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” He respected the faith and courage of many of the poor and the lessons they taught him.

In his latter years, together with his wife Joicelyn, much time was taken up with the purchasing of food parcels for delivery to townships in the Howick and Mooi River areas by conference members, while they personally visited and delivered food parcels to a rural Hilton community.

A family man and a father of six children – four sons and two daughters – Patrick was delighted and humbled when his eldest son, Peter, was ordained to the Priesthood in Portland, Oregon in the USA in 2001.

An active member of the legal profession for 50 years, he was managing partner of J. Leslie Smith Inc. for 23 years and, after retirement remained on as a consultant. He also sat on the Marriage Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Durban for eight years.

Other notable aspects of his life include serving as a Major in the Natal Field Artillery and Citizen Force Reserve from 1947 to 1962; being a Springbok clay pigeon shottist and a passionate ornithologist and as a private pilot flying in the State Presidents Air Race several times.

The Requiem Mass at St Mary’s Pietermaritzburg was concelebrated by Cardinal Napier, Fr. Eric Boulle, Fr. Cyril Malinga, Fr. Peter Leslie Smith. Fr. Chris Richmond and Fr. Zaba mbanjwa. Fr. Peter gave the homily.

Brother Patrick was a fine husband, a loved father and friend and respected by his colleagues. We will miss him. May he rest in peace.

Mike Maidment
Mike was born into a Catholic family and educated at Marist Brothers College. His father was a Vincentian and, like father like son, Mike soon followed in his footsteps.

Some 50 years ago, he was invited by Brother Ronnie Kirk to join the St Vincent de Paul Society at St Michael's, Red Hill in Durban.

Mike has spent his years working in parishes throughout the length and breadth of KwaZulu-Natal. He has given unselfishly of time and self to help others in need. He has worked amongst the poor and the hungry, the destitute and the down-trodden. Month in and month out, he bought and packed food parcels, and then delivered them to the homes of those in need.

Brother Mike is a man of prayer. He has always been approachable, patient and quietly caring.

On the administrative side, he was for 40 years and office bearer in the society as president, treasurer and secretary, as well as serving on the district, central and national council. Here he held the positions of both National President and National Treasurer.

Mike was chief motivator in the formation and contribution of ideas to the New Rule, where he represented South Africa in Rome.

Since his retirement, Mike has been actively involved in his home parish in Kloof. The Society will always remain close to his heart, as will those saintly forefathers, Ronnie Kirk and Bob Moore, who taught him much and touched his heart in a very special way.

Mike, we thank you for your 50 golden years of dedication to duty and assistance to the poor. May you enjoy the years ahead, together with your always supportive wife, Janet, and your family – and may every day be a sunny day for you.

To quote St John Vianney: "It is always spring in the heart that truly loves God".

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