Honouring Dr Katzen: A life well lived

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Dr Enver Katzen

Dr Enver Katzen was not only a medical doctor who helped many patients over theyears, but also a father figure, an inspiration and a caring soul who touched the lives of everyone on his path.

His son, Lyle Katzen, told Bloemfontein Courant in an exclusive interview that the family will not have a “memorial service/funeral” but rather a celebration of a life well lived and to the fullest. “We want to celebrate his life; he lived a full and amazing life and left no stone unturned,” said Katzen.

Tributes have been pouring in for Dr Katzen, who lost his battle to complications after contracting Covid-19. His consultation rooms were situated in Sonneblom Street in Heidedal where he was well-known for his warm and charming smile that made any patient feel a little better.

He was a family man who loved his family unconditionally. “We felt loved unconditionally and we knew that we could rely on him, no matter what. We are a very affectionate family and always made fun of how we still used to kiss our dad despite our age,” said Katzen.

Dedicated to serving his patients, it was only recently when he stopped working on Sundays and loved watching sports, he was a great Springbok supporter. Dr Katzen also had a fond love for news, both locally and internationally, and never skipped a day without reading a newspaper.

Born on 25 January 1962 in Middelburg in the Eastern Cape, he attended Uitenhage High School and then went on to obtain his MBChB degree from the University of Stellenbosch.

A private memorial service will be held for the immediate family on 19 September at 13:00, which will be available via live stream. There will also be a public drive-by memorial taking place in Heidedal afterwards.

Pierce van Heerden

pierce@mahareng.co.za