We can barely believe it’s been a year since we bid farewell to our beloved Sir David Graaff(3rd Baronet), who passed away on the De Grendel family farm on Saturday, 24 January 2015, after a short illness. To mark the day, we thought we’d share with you some facts about Sir David that you may not know.
- He only met his father when he was 5.
Sir David, the third baronet, was born in 1940. He only saw his father for the first time when he was five years old, because before his birth Sir Div (2nd Baronet) had left to go and fight in World War II and was then taken prisoner of war.
- He farmed grapes before wine.
Sir David farmed with export grapes in the Hex River Valley after studying at the universities of Stellenbosch, Grenoble and Oxford.
- He made a mark in politics.
Sir David also entered politics and represented the third generation of Graaffs in Parliament. In the 1987 election he was elected MP for Wynberg and then served as deputy minister of trade and industry.
Our love and warm wishes to Lady Sally Graaff, Sir De Villiers (4th Baronet) & Gaedry Lady Graaff, Robert, Leeza and David John, and his grandchildren on this reflective day.