Former soccer boss and businessman Coloured Passmore will be buried along with his mother, Betty Mdluli, at Doornkop Cemetery tomorrow, two days before his birthday.
Born on June 18 1951, Passmore, whose real name was Samuel Mdluli, was the owner of the now defunct Giant Blackpool football club that campaigned in the then National Soccer League.
The team boasted talented players such as John “Shoes” Moshoeu, Fani Madida and Jerry Sikhosana.
Passmore died at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital on Sunday after a long illness.
He was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago after suffering a stroke.
His death forced the family to postpone his mother’s funeral. She was to have been buried last Sunday.
“He was supposed to have been discharged.
“But somebody told him my mother died and his blood pressure increased ,” his younger brother Keke Mdluli said, adding that he was proud of his brother.
“Today I am a businessman because of him. He taught us many things in life. ” said Mdluli.
He described his brother as a stylish man who loved fashion and cars.
“He loved dressing up and had good taste for fashion.
“He also loved good company… He didn’t like seeing people suffering or in pain.”
His sister, Mattie Mathope, said Passmore had been a humble, sweet man who took good care of his family and neighbours.
Moshoeu was at a loss for words to describe his mentor’s death.
“Eish! What a man! For all the years I played for the team, he always gave us all the support we needed. He was not just a manager, but a father figure, too,” Moshoeu said.
Passmore leaves his wife and five children.