Super-Tabler ‘Bull’ Brauteseth has died

Peter Brauteseth (60) who died in hospital on Easter Sunday.

ONE of the South Coast’s most community-spirited and ‘larger-than-life’ characters, Peter Brauteseth (60), passed away in Hibiscus Hospital on Easter Sunday.

He suffered heart complications after an operation.

Peter was affectionately known as ‘Bull’ to his many good friends because of his famous creed: “Give it horns!”

That’s how he lived his life… to the fullest, never shy to tackle the most daunting project in business or for the community. “Let’s brainstorm this,” was another of his famous sayings, while prodding his spectacles up on his nose with a middle finger.

Peter was a familiar and much loved citizen of the South Coast who lived by the premise of getting involved to impact the world around him.

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He was a past chairman of the Port Shepstone Round Table, past national president of 41ers and past president of the Rotary Club of Port Shepstone, where he was honoured as a Paul Harris fellow with a sapphire pin – the highest accolade possible.

His passion for these organisations took him around the world and messages of condolence have poured in from far and wide.

He was born in Port Shepstone in 1956. When his father, Ron, went into the ministry, the family moved to Mahamba in Swaziland, then to Carletonville, where he started school, back to Swaziland and on to Benoni where he met his wife, Sandy.

They opted to move back to Port Shepstone, where he embarked on a roller-coaster of business ventures, mainly in construction and ‘making a plan’.

Peter was involved in Round Table for what must be a record of 30 years (considering that Tablers are ‘axed’ at 40).

While he became a Rotarian, Table was always his passion and that earned him another nickname, ‘Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up’.

Old Tablers progress to become ’41ers’ and he made sure that the local chapter was always active, becoming National President a few years ago.

He was also very involved with the Norwegian Settlers Church where he was chairman of the building committee and an enthusiastic member of the congregation.

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Peter relished nature and loved the Transkei coast where he had a family cottage.

Forever the community man, he soon got involved there too and set up a tourism committee with the local headman as an alternative to the notorious titanium mine planned for the area.

He was also an enthusiastic member of the Southern Natal Nomads golf club, recently sitting on the executive in the interests of ‘furtherance of golf’, particularly among previously disadvantaged communities.

His son, Gareth, said that, in spite of all the above, he was foremost ‘a man of God’ who loved his family to the fullest. He is survived by his loving wife Sandy, children Kristen and Gareth, son-in-law Patrick, grandsons Jack and Ben and brothers Jonathan, Paul, Mark and Timothy.

A memorial service is to be held at the Norwegian Settler’s Church tomorrow (Friday) at 2pm.

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