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Chandler No More

The sudden death of Chandler Plato (49) on Tuesday in Walvis Bay, was a shock to many. Since word spread about his passing, messages of sympathy, condolences and tributes have been pouring in.
“We are shattered,” says his son Chad. 

“We are trying to organise his funeral for Saturday. We know that we will not be allowed to take his coffin into a church. We also don’t have a programme at the moment. But the plan is to form a guard of honour at the rugby field in Narraville and then proceed to the cemetery to his final resting place.”
Chad confirmed that his father passed away in Welwitschia Private Hospital after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday.

“My father was admitted on Saturday after his health deteriorated while he was at home. We are very doubtful about his death being classified as a Covid-19-related death. He kept assuring us that he was fine and only confided in Reverend Ronald Visagie that he was not doing well.”

The late Plato was employed by the Walvis Bay municipality for more than two decades as a building inspector. He often wore the hat of ‘health and safety officer’ and was a member of the local Covid-19 task team. He also served as the Swapo Party branch treasurer for the Willie Metzler Narraville Branch in Walvis Bay rural constituency.

According to Walvis Bay urban constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge, Plato served as a member of the constituency disaster risk management committee. “He chose selflessness over self-preservation and died in his quest to save lives and in the war against the invisible enemy that is Covid-19. We call on Walvis Bay residents to light a candle on the day of his burial to remember his life and celebrate his heroism.”

Plato’s colleagues at the Walvis Bay municipality congregated at the Narraville community hall and drove in convoy to his home where they laid flowers on Tuesday afternoon. On the occasion, Reverend Amengenge Nyati from the St Mathews Anglican Church and who was also a colleague, encouraged the family to find solace in the arms of the Lord.

Touching hearts

Chandler’s wife Lovina tearfully narrated that her husband worked very hard as part of the local Covid-19 task team. “I know he touched the hearts of the many people he came in contact with. When my husband fought for something or someone who he believed in, he was dedicated to that cause. He was relentless, and for that we will always remember him. He was the light in all of our lives.”

Lovina urged community members to take care of themselves. “Chandler never complained that he was sick. Please stay safe at all times.” His colleague and friend Daniel Mouton, who arranged the convoy, described Plato as a passionate person. “Even from his hospital bed he was still making sure everything is supposed to be the way it must be.” Plato was also well-known in the rugby circles. He played as a hooker and eventually served as Kudu Rugby Club secretary, vice-chairperson and chairperson for several years.

He was elected as the representative for the West on the Namibian Rugby Union board in 2018 and served in this position until his untimely death. Many players, foes and fans alike remember him as a paramedic that was always ready to assist in case of an injury. “Chandler inspired many and leaves a generation of athletes behind who aspire to his values and sportsmanship. We will continue to draw from his fighting spirit on the field as a player and off the field as an administrator. His contribution to our club and the national teams will not be forgotten,” said the club in a statement.

Lifelong friend Zane Jansen described Plato as someone who was constantly serving others and never saying no when it came to helping. Their 45-year friendship brought Jansen many cherished memories. “We grew up together and we worked together for the Kudus and the NRU. We shared many special moments. I think being chosen for the Namibian schools rugby team back in the time of apartheid was a good moment for us, given that we are both Narraville born and bred.”


Jansen encouraged those who were close to Plato to cling to his memory. “I think we should remember what he leaves behind and what he taught us. He was a perfect example of how to love and serve others.”
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