A requiem for Roy

Humble: Roy-Humility was his trademark.
Humble: Roy-Humility was his trademark.

One is not sure if he is qualified to write and narrate the life story of Dr Morenei Roy Ontiretse. Two factors made him not-so-easy a subject to master and understand. The first one is that he was neither a close friend nor an acquaintance and secondly his reserved demeanour spared him from scrutiny.

I first set eyes on him as a fresher at Moeng College while he was beginning to study for his two-year Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) in the same institution almost four decades ago.

He was my senior at college and I continued to regard him as such even later in our adult lives and consequently as his junior I revered and admired him from a respectable distance. Roy, as he was affectionately called was a quiet, calm, measured and guarded student. This is a personality he maintained throughout his entire period of existence. He was a handsome, smart and clean character (both in and outside) and true to character, left Moeng College with not only glittering academic grades but also with an enviable, unblemished record.

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