Columns 6.8.2014 06:00 am

Rest in peace, dear Val

DA city councillor for Joburg Martin Williams

DA city councillor for Joburg Martin Williams

Valerie Jean Wilkinson, who died last week at the age of 75, was not rich and, to you, probably not famous.

Yet on Monday, hundreds, including VIPs, packed a chapel in Bedfordview to bid her farewell.

On Saturday, a large crowd turned up to honour her at the Zoo Lake Rockies 5km time trial, which she and her husband Richard established in 1984. Almost every Saturday morning for the past 30 years, the couple would carry out timekeeping duties, come wind, rain, sunshine or bitter Johannesburg cold.

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