It is with a very heavy heart and deep sadness that we report that the wonderful Petronella Breinburg, great friend to and partner of CEN8, passed away on Tuesday 5th November 2019.
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At Petronella’s funeral on 25 November, her son, Deryck Breinburg, made a moving tribute to his mother. Here’s an extract from it.
“I wanted to say a few words about my mother Petronella Breinburg from my point of view. The first thing is that mum’s name is unusual. Petronella is the Dutch female name for Peter. It means rock. Brein means brain, intellect, intelligence, common scene. Burg or Berg means mountain. So mum’s name means the Rock, the mountain of intellect and intelligence. Perhaps this was an appropriate name for mum.
On Tuesday 5th November mum lost her fight with illness and was taken away from us. The mighty rock had fallen. But I think the legacy she left behind was: it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from or your background, with focus, determination and hard work, you can achieve whatever you want. I also think if you put out a hand of love and friendship you will meet like-minded people. They will help to guide you along the road of life. Mum achieved what she wanted to achieve and that was to help everyone she came into contact with. Petronella Breinburg is the legend.”