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Obituary: Solly Kroll

13 November 2017
Blow to Bloemfontein Jewish Community as beloved Solly Kroll passes away age 84.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a Maccabi Stalwart in the Bloemfontein Community. Solly Kroll passed away on 23/10/2017. Community man, Solly, gave many years of service to the Jewish community and served as the backbone of Maccabi in the free state Maccabi throughout his life.

Born in Petrusburg (Free State) in 1933, Solly and his family moved to Bloemfontein in 1939 and attended St Andrews school were he excelled in sport as an all-rounder and finished his schooling there in 1950. He then went on to represent Free State in Hockey and Badminton. Solly became involved with the Maccabi movement in 1958 and continued his contribution to the movement up until 2010 when the last Maccabi Stag took place.

Solly Ran Maccabi Stag from 1968 – 2010  and was chairman for over 30 years. Maccabi Stag included high profile guest speakers such as: Fanie de Villiers, Clive Barker, The All Blacks, The British lions, Jonathan Kaplan, Gordon Forbes, Naas Botha and more.

Solly’s contributions weren’t only local. In 1981 he took charge and was appointed manager of the South African Hockey Team at the Maccabi Games in Israel.

Solly is survived by his wife, sister and children . The Maccabi SA executive wishes the family it’s sincere condolences and a long life.

Maccabi SA also sends a special thank you to Solly’s life long friend, Ronnie Levy, who provided information, pictures as well as special and emotional anecdotes about their 80 year long friendship.

Solly Kroll (left) and life-long friend Ronnie Levy.

 

 

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