Our youngest brother passed away suddenly and tragically while doing what he loved most—playing squash—with friends.
Friends were a huge part of his life and we are all thankful that so many have rallied around him at this tragic time. Guy was a larger-than-life human being with a heart of gold. He always found something to laugh about and tried to see the funny side of things. He loved his family and was a blessing taking so much care of our aging parents.
Guy taught us that you should grab life and run with it, which is how he lived his life. He tried to make the most of every situation and I think he succeeded. A more carefree spirit I haven't met, and as I said in my Facebook post, he leaves a legacy of laughter, devotion to his friends, a love of family and he was the most easy-going person I have ever met. I am happy that he exited this world doing what he loved most in his life, playing squash.
Rest in peace, Guy.
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Thank you to all of his friends who have been with him through thick and thin.
Milnerton Squash Club's Facebook page also has tributes for Guy.
Back in the Day!
From Mum & Dad:
Guy you were the youngest of our four children. You were always such a happy boy and full of mischief and laughter. Tennis was your love and later in life, squash. You were in your happy place when you passed away so suddenly. You were kind and generous with your love and time. We will miss you more than words can say.
RIP son. Xxxx
Thank you for being such a bridge builder. You extended an olive branch to me and in return, friendships and family members were reconnected. You were always so positive. Even though times were tough, you saw the silver lining in the clouds. You were an amazing son. Whenever you brought your folks around, you were patient and showed much care. Most of all you gave them your time. I think your strongest characteristic must have been that passionate nature of yours. It's how you played your sport and how you lived your life.
Rest in peace, cousin. You will be missed.
Sam Schmidt (Samantha Gorton)
Fond memories from Dolf Maeder
From Craig Pearce
Used to be our Thursday night regular at Doodles. Dolfie, Gary Wheadon our squash pro, Gary Kroot and myself."
Posted by Craig Pearce on 19 November 2020, a month after Guy's passing.
MY SOUL HAS A HAT
I counted my years and realized that I have less time to live by, than I have lived so far.
I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first he ate them with pleasure but when he realized that there was little left, he began to taste them intensely.
I have no time for endless meetings where the statutes, rules, procedures and internal regulations are discussed, knowing that nothing will be done.
I no longer have the patience to stand absurd people who, despite their chronological age, have not grown up.
My time is too short: I want the essence, my spirit is in a hurry.
I want to live next to humans, very realistic people who know how to laugh at their mistakes, who are not inflated by their own triumphs and who take responsibility for their actions. In this way, human dignity is defended and we live in truth and honesty.
It is the essentials that make life useful.
Yes, I'm in a hurry.
I am sure they will be exquisite, much more than those eaten so far.
We have two lives and the second begins when you realize you only have one.
Your sudden and sad passing is one of those moments in life that is so unexpected that nothing can prepare you for. I miss you so much, from our daily catch ups, sending photos to show the folks, laughter and catching up when we come out to SA. Watching tennis simultaneously in different countries and the banter between us - Djokovic or Nadal.....
Rest in Peace and keep smiling down on us. Xxx
The squash courts and club is just not the same without him!! We all miss the banter, Jibes and daily teasing very much!!
Guy, we will never forget you...we can only agree with all the comments already mentioned here. Favourite memories are of you laughing all the way through at the same time while trying to tell amusing stories!! R.I.P. brother and brother-in-law to Howard and Pat (Trish) Petterson...we'll see you on the other side!
Look not where I was
In the air you breathe
From Anita Bath (Cousin)
Dearest Uncle Peter, Aunty Norma, Adrienne, Howard, Fiona and family,
From Michael Pothecary
My friend Guy,
Pics from Debbie in Australia
Holding all the family in our hearts, much love, Belinda, Patrick and family.
A lovely family, wish I was closer to comfort them. Must be so hard for them, Guy was so good to them. Rosalie Stephenson
Such fond memories of Guy...thinking of you all at this time. Roy Lighton
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. Alex Nagel
Uncle was always stirring the pot and kept us on our toes. Wesley Dabbs
I will say a few words this evening in remembrance of Guy. Regards, Ralph Beeby
A big thank you to the BOYS...Tito...Dolfie...Phillip Goldberg...Tom Sterling....Kevin Proctor for being a huge support to Guy over the years...thank you BOYS (as Guy always said...what is with the boys ...stays with the BOYS)
Special well done to Wes amd Peter. You did very well. Uncle is smiling. Craig Pearce
From Gaynor and Justin Lucas
It is with great sadness to have heard of Guy's passing. Our sincere condolences to the Petterson family.
Dear Petterson family,
The Reception at the apartments where Guy worked.
We met Guy the day we moved into Key West almost three years ago. We hit it off straight away and we saw and heard Guy at Key West every day taking care of business, managing his team and seeing that things were done. Whatever problem there was at KEY WEST, Guy was always there to solve it, this building will never be the same without him. There is a huge void here and we miss Guy a lot, it's not the same without him.
Hi...my Dear Friend
The "Olden Days"
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I do not know where I got the squash court photo.