It with great sadness that one of our Families longest and most loyal friends, Fred Blomkamp passed away last night due to internal complications.
Freddy was Mike and Carol Bass’s longest standing friend since their late teens. Mike and Fred started their first garden service business together and Fred bought Mike’s very first horse back in the days of Western Province riding school named Gadfly, and together with Chris Snaith, they formed a formidable trio, they have remained friends ever since.
Fred’s passion for horses was deep and everlasting and he was a loyal Bass and Snaith patron to the very end owning many top horses along the way including Ravenous who ran third in the Durban July, Rocket Countdown winner of the Grade 2 Selangor Cup, and the Kajar, amongst a host of many other group and listed winners. Too many to mention. More recently Herodotus, Majestic Mozart and Dragon Power.
He was a very colourful character, and we always used to say that he was so memorable that if you ever met Fred, you will never forget him.
Fred was also a devoted man of the cloth, who spread the Christian word to save those around him by preaching the word of God.
He was a very successful entrepreneur, starting out what is todays most successful Tennis Court business’s in South Africa, together with his son Leigh, he worked tirelessly to make it the business it is today. He was also a risk taker who lived his life boldly and relished the challenges of life. More importantly he was a family man to his very core.
He will be sorely missed but remembered very fondly by the whole Bass family.
Our sincerest condolences to his loyal wife Wendy, son Leigh and daughters Nicky and Gina as well as all his grandchildren and extended family and friends who were lucky enough to be part of his life.
May his soul rest in peace