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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One Year Later! Ashes
Dad (Peter Petterson)
Mom (Norma Petterson)
The "Olden Days"
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.
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
A special well done to Wes and Peter. You did very well. Uncle is smiling. Craig Pearce
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)
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
Tuesday 19th October 2021 marks the day a year ago that Guy departed this realm. He is sorely missed, certainly by me, and I think of him often, usually with a tear in my eye or a catch in my throat. I chat with some of his friends on WhatsApp and we remember him every 19th of every month. I hope that you remember him too, as his feisty personality was hard to forget! As our parents age and dementia sinks its nasty claws into them, it appears to be a blessing that they don't really remember that he died. Take a moment to recall a memory because you know that he hasn't stopped thinking about you. If you would like to post anything, please just email me (email@example.com) and I'll post it. Thank you all again, for your memories and kind words about my little brother.
Be safe and take care. Adrienne
The gang got together at the squash club on the evening of the 19th of October 2021 to have a drink to remember Guy. Guy was there, in a box, held by Peter Wrensch. I can just see the smile on his face at the irony! (Thanks for the photos, Craig!)
Fiona and Mark went out to Cape Town at the end of October 2021 and on the 5th of November, Guy's birthday, they met up with everyone in Tableview at Guy's "Thinking Bench" to scatter his ashes. Thanks Fiona for making this happen, and Mark for Zooming me in, and to everyone who attended.
The "Olden Days"
Dad passed away on February 6, 2022 and is with Guy on the Other Side.
Rest in Peace, Pete! (3 Feb 1931 - 6 Feb 2022) He had just turned 91! (Photo taken in 2017)
Mom passed away on September 15, 2022 and has gone to be with Dad and Guy! Seven months after Dad died, Mom's health took a turn for the worse and her dementia was never going to improve.
Rest in Peace, Mom, with all your loved ones! (3 March 1934 - 15 September 2022) Mom was 88. (Photo taken in 2017)
Three of our family have gone, all within 23 months!
Guy would have turned 60 on November 5, 2022, so Happy 60th, Guy!
Contact Adrienne: firstname.lastname@example.org
I do not know where I got the squash court photo.