GENTLEMAN, FRIEND & TALENTED MUSICIAN: Ricky Christoffelsz – By Joe Van Langenberg
The sad news of Ricky Christoffelsz’s passing, in the early hours of Friday or Saturday morning (September 18 or 19) left me in a state of shock & disbelief. Shocked, given the fact, that it was only seven or eight days back, when I spoke to him via video link and he was his normal, talkative & jovial self.
Disbelief, considering that he was relatively young & bubbling with so much of energy, hope & enthusiasm for the future. Ricky was a gentle soul, who had not a malicious bone in his body. He had a smile which endeared many to him. Wife Jenny, (who also happens to be my niece) has been left understandably heart-broken without her soulmate, sweetheart & anchor, to navigate her through the rough & stormy seas. Needless to say, this has been an inconsolable loss, which has left a gaping void in her life; a void which will be extremely hard, if not impossible to fill. To Jenny & the rest of Ricky’s immediate family members Ian, Rosemary, Terry, Dudley & Pauline, may I offer my heartfelt condolences. My friendship with Ricky goes back many decades, a bond which gained momentum through a mutual love for music.