There was not a dry eye in sight when Bob Mabena‘s wife, Eucharist, sobbed as she paid tribute to the love of her life at a funeral service at a crematorium in West Pretoria on Saturday.Bob Mabena’s Wife breaks at funeral service
Close friends and family gathered at the crematorium to bid farewell to the radio legend who died on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest at the age of 51.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions the ceremony was just over an hour long and was attended by only 50 of his loved ones and friends.
As a live band played soothing music in the background, Bob’s family and friends bid their last goodbyes to the father, husband, and radio legend.
“The one who used to make me laugh uncontrollably hasn’t been here. My pillar, my best friend is no more. I keep asking God, why now?”
Eucharist thanked her late husband for his love and for keeping all the promises he made to her. She thanked God for their marriage and the past seven years they shared.
“The 10th of August is still a vivid nightmare. The day I watched my superman put down his cape. The day I never thought I would ever experience in my life. The day our cruise was interrupted by the angel of death. The day I drove home knowing that I will never see you again.
“My love, I want to thank you and God, for affording me the gift of time when you gave me the last hour of your life,” she said.
Bob’s children wrote brief goodbye notes to their father. They were read out by his emotional daughter Clementine.
Clementine who was visibly heartbroken expressed how much their dad meant to each of them and the gaping hole his death had left in their hearts.
“I thought that the day my father’s heart stopped beating, mine would do the same. I thought the sun would be blocked out and the world would stop spinning. And, I don’t know if this is denial or he’s holding me up but here I am,” she said before reading the letters from her siblings.
She read letters from Sihle, Taki, Owami, and his first grandchild, Tshiamo.
Bob’s son, Kamo read the obituary.
He read all about Bob’s illustrious career that spanned over three decades in broadcasting and in the corporate world as well. He also revealed that Bob was working on a biography that would capture the life and times of “The Jammer”.
Bob is survived by his wife and his 10 children.