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Kelvin Will Be Sorely Missed

A favourite to one & all - Mike de Kock pays respects

The TBA Sales Complex at its 2020 renewal yesterday was empty, and not the same without Kelvin Haarhoff, a wonderful friend who passed away on Thursday.

Kelvin and Angie at their wedding in 2019

Mike de Kock’s website reports that Kelvin was in his Winner’s Bar, entertaining guests and clients for as long as any of  us can remember.

He also manned his post at the Winner’s Bar, Turffontein, and at the Vaal forever.

When we came racing, Kelvin was there to serve, chat and, in typical Kelvin fashion, to ask if he could assist with something.

The man had a heart bigger than his considerable frame and Mike de Kock said: “Kelvin was a part of South African racing’s fabric. A bit of racing history has died with him!”

Kelvin ran charity events and raised money for retired and ill trainers and jockeys.

He was always first at the sick’s bedside, and informed everyone he knew in racing – of the latest developments in the ranks of racing’s people.

He raised funds where needed, until there was enough to help, never asking for a cent for himself, and suffering in his last years because of his own generosity.

The list of people Kelvin helped, without compensation, is long and colourful, like the photos and memorabilia in his various bars. He was a favourite to one and all.

His love for racing and its participants, and his appreciation and love for his wife had absolutely no limits.

Kelvin leaves his recently married wife, Angie, three children and a grandchild.

To us, he leaves a spirit of sincerity, goodwill, kindness, true compassion – all the good attributes that many of us will leave this world without.

We will miss you dearly, Kel, your place in our hearts will be occupied by your large spirit, forever.

Rest in Peace, good friend!

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11 comments on “Kelvin Will Be Sorely Missed

  1. Nadine Backos says:

    MHDSRIP❤🥺⚘🙏A wonderful man gone but not forgotten💔

  2. Eugene says:

    RIP my very old friend. We did not always agree but never held a grudge. My sincere condolences to the whole family.

  3. Russell Waterston says:

    Kel it was nice to have seen you rerently you looked as you where well on your road to recovery but happy as ever not a moan just being positive. A giant of a man with a heart of gold Kel you will be sorely missed Race days will be a lot darker without you RIP. Condolences to Angie and family.

  4. Jess K(yriacou) says:

    RIP Kelvin, you will be sorely missed. Condolences to Angie. A true gent of horseracing, gone but not forgotten.

  5. david mollett says:

    People I have spoken to including Mike De Kock, Cliffie Miller, Alec Laird, Nico Kritsiotis, Mannie Witz and Grant Knowles have all expressed their deep sadness at Kelvin’s passing.
    My wife and I were lucky enough to spend many meetings at Kelvin’s table at his bar in Turffontein and it was always endlessly entertaining.
    He could chirp anyone who interrupted his studying of the PA – no escaping his wrath whatever your race or creed.
    But he and Angie were the couple anyone could turn to in times of need – funeral receptions, wedding receptions, birthday parties – you could rely on them rising to the occasion.
    I teased him that his surname Haarhoff was similar to the star David Haselhoff – “The only trouble, Kelv, is that I’m not sure you’d be a hit on the beach in Baywatch!”
    Russell is right – we thought he was over his stroke but sadly that was not the case.
    Apparently, 50 are allowed at funerals – well probably 1000 will want to come to Kelvins.

  6. Nico Kritsiotis says:

    Whilst Kelvin was very anti-establishment, he had to tow the line. There will be very few people that had as big a heart as he had. And talk about salt of the earth! Kelvin, my heart goes out to Angie, your staff and your family. You never wavered in your hardest times. You were an inspiration to many. Tonight at the Sales, we spoke about you with many very fond memories. I will miss you. Many in racing will miss you. BUT. We will never forget your heart of GOLD! It is your time to Rest In Peace. We will look after your legacy.

  7. Pieta Louw. says:

    Ag it’s sad to hear…..always been a welcoming face when we came up from the coast…..Louis will remember the day at the Vaal when he kept the bar open for Johan van Ek and I..till veeeery late….even made a local booking in a hotel as I was vol druiwe….. just a good person any time of the day….RIP.

  8. Paulo Do Carmo says:

    The world is a lesser place without this man. He had a bigger heart than himself. Always smiling, always happy. Inspiration to everyone who came into contact with him. RIP big guy!

  9. Avril Lerena says:

    I remember fondly the days when you dee-jayed at Look Lively and the many conversations at your video shop in Brackenhurst. The years sped by so swiftly and sadly as we get older we too often drift apart. RIP dear Kelvin and thank you for the wonderful memories. Sincere condolences to his family.

  10. Helen says:

    My sincere condolences to Angie and everybody who loved Kelvin, his heart was much bigger than most people. You will be missed , but never forgotten

  11. Darryn McConkey says:

    Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Kelvin. Always guaranteed a good laugh in the bar after racing win , lose or draw. Condolences to Angie and family . RIP big fella .

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