OBITUARY: MICHAEL LEFFLER Retired Teacher from Thomas More College in Kloof, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

01 April 1931 – 15 December 2009

Michael Leffler was a respected Educator who will be sadly missed. Mike influenced the lives of many young pupils at Thomas More and remained in contact with many of them through the Thomas More Past Pupils Association.

Michael attended school at Christian Brothers College (CBC) in Pretoria and, also, at Kimberley from where he matriculated. He returned to CBC Kimberley many years later as a Teacher, after returning from a Teaching post in England. However, Michael’s true passion was Thomas More College. He was one of the first Teachers at Thomas More when it opened in 1962, and spent the vast majority of his working life with Thomas More. Michael was a committed Educator and considered his pupils as his extended family. He was particularly dedicated to the Thomas More College Past Pupils Association and maintained regular contact with past pupils, many of whom remained good friends.

Michael Leffler will be remembered for many things. He was, for example, the initiator of the Thomas More College Long Walk which has become a tradition of Thomas More. Michael had many varied interests. He was keen on traveling and had traveled to all parts of the world, often visiting past pupils from the Thomas More Past Pupils Association. Mike was an avid supporter of rugby and cricket; was passionate about wildlife and bird watching and read widely on Geography; History; Literature and Architecture. He also extensively researched the Leffler clan and kept contact with distant relatives and past pupils from cities across the world.

We will enjoy the memories and celebrate Mike’s life full of achievements, extra-ordinary commitment to the Leffler family, to Thomas More College, the Past Pupils Association; to his many extra-curricular activities, great friends and long lasting relationships across the world! May he rest in peace!!

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