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Tony Ardington

(Eastern Province & Corpus Christi 1963) (26 March 1940 - 2023)

Anthony (Tony) Ardington lived a life of service, of leadership and extreme empathy for those less fortunate than himself, but at the same time, according to those who knew and loved him, he wasn’t one to easily suffer fools or time wasters!

Born in 1940 to a farming family near Mandeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Ardington was first schooled at Cordwalles in Pietermaritzburg before moving on to Michaelhouse in 1954. 

In the Michaelhouse archives, Ardington is described as a student of “modest” academic achievement and a “distinguished cricketer”. However, by the time he came to write his school-leaving exam he had allegedly “re-arranged his priorities” and attained a first class matric!

Ardington played for the First XI and was elected as vice-captain of the team before a knee injury interrupted his sporting career for a brief period. During his final year at the school, he was appointed a prefect and given a white badge – a coveted award – which recognised his exceptional leadership qualities. It was also during his early life that his characteristic concern for those less fortunate than himself came to the fore. 

Read the full obituary here.