“Frank Lawrence not only played a major role in GWK as a business but also made a difference in the lives of the community, as well as farmers from all over and the agricultural industry. We all knew and loved Frank.”
TRIBUTES are pouring in for GWK vice-chairperson and well-known farmer Frank Lawrence, who was involved in an accident on his farm in Jacobsdal last week when he was hit by moving equipment.
He was airlifted for emergency medical treatment but died in hospital on Saturday after sustaining critical injuries.
GWK executive head of group marketing and communication Neil de Klerk indicated that, in line with Covid-19 protocols, the family had decided not to arrange a funeral. “A small gathering will be held to allow family, friends and business partners to bid their goodbyes.”
De Klerk paid tribute to Lawrence for his contribution to society. “He had a tremendous positive impact on so many people’s lives.
“Frank, an experienced farmer, was injured on his farm near Jacobsdal while calibrating farming implements on July 19. He suffered internal and other injuries after he was hit by moving equipment. He passed away in hospital on Saturday, July 24, just after 9pm.”
He added that Lawrence’s family had extended their appreciation for the care and support shown to them over the past few days.
“According to family members he was doing what he loved on the farm, working with his people, when the accident happened.
“They are grateful that he is not in pain any more. They will remember him for his selflessness and for the way he lived for the people around him.”
GWK group managing director Llewellyn Brooks said that Lawrence played an integral role in the agricultural industry.
“It is difficult to explain how hard it is to share the news about his passing. In this sad time, let us celebrate the life of a man who led with his heart. We are grateful to have known him,” said Brooks.
“Lawrence not only played a major role in GWK as a business but also made a difference in the lives of the community as well as farmers from all over the agricultural industry. We all knew and loved Frank.
“Lawrence farmed extensively and, other than serving on the GWK board of directors since the inception of the company, his leadership extended to many other forums in the industry. He was elected as GWK chairperson in 2012 and served as vice-chairperson since 2020. ”
GWK chairperson Hennie Coetzee said that Lawrence was much more than a colleague and friend.
“He was a soulmate. His contribution to GWK, many different business sectors and the broader community was enormous. There is a saying, that a soft wind will blow away our footprints the day we die and all that will remain is our remembrance. His legacy leaves so much more behind.”