Tributes pouring in for spinning legend

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Leareil "Boeta" Simons at a spin show in Grasland in 2017. Photo: Pierce van Heerden

Seen as a true legend by many in his community and in the motor sports industry in South Africa, Leareil Simons (32), better known as Boeta, will be remembered for his heart of gold. Simons was widely known for his love for spinning, which landed him the title as one of the best ever spinners. He passed away on Sunday 3 March 2019 as he was involved in a head-on collision.

The news of Simons’ passing sent shock waves throughout the Bloemfontein community and other areas of the country.

He was known for the love he had for his community. He had also mentored young men, inspiring them to lead a better life and was a father figure to many.

Leareil Simons and Warren Junior Kagisho Kgabale

Warren Junior Kagisho Kgabale wrote on Facebook that he woke up hoping and praying that this would be nothing but a bad dream. “You let me into your life without ever doubting me, you told me your deepest secrets, you motivated me, you inspired me and you taught me the real value of gratitude. You were always there to advise me, to guide me.”

Leareil “Boeta” Simons
Photo: Supplied

In an interview with Bernell Simons, sister of Leareil, she told Bloemfontein Courant that his sudden death came as a shock to all. “As the family of the late Leareil Simons, we are saddened by his death. It has come as a shock to us all. We did not expect to lose him this soon. It is really hard for us as a family but we have the biggest support system. He was a good person with a very big heart. He gave so freely and he loved so openly that he was a joy to everybody. His footprints will forever be seen and we will remember him as the joyful, happy, always laughing and smiling person that he was, somebody who would always be making jokes. He was indeed a legend and he was the glue that kept our family together at times when we felt like we were falling apart,” said Bernell.

Simons will be remembered by his mother, Beverly Simons, his father, Benet Simons, his two sisters, his eldest brother and his three daughters. He leaves behind his fiancée.

Leareil “Boeta” Simons doing what he loved.

Posted by Nolene Fortuin on Monday, 4 March 2019

PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

pierce@mahareng.co.za