In Memoriam: Govert C. Deketh
The Crommelin Foundation mourns the passing of Govert Carel Deketh in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 10, 2018.
Following a third operation on his back in early November, his recovery was soon hampered by the onset of pneumonia. After treating this complication with medications, he felt strong enough toward the end of December to spend some time with his wife, Mieke, at their lovely retreat in the French Alps. Unfortunately the illness returned. In January he returned to Geneva and was admitted to hospital with double pneumonia, an illness from which he was not able to recover.
His passing was observed in Geneva at a private ceremony consisting of close family members on Monday, January 15, 2018.
If I may add a personal note, I would like to say that Govert was more than a friend. As the co-webmaster of the Crommelin Family website, he was more like a brother who shared my interest in family history and gave me endless encouragement, both in his emails and his readiness to purchase valuable documents over the internet. He made my work a joyful experience.
I enjoyed discussing our annual 'Spotlight' articles for submisstion to the Crommelin Journal, several of which he wrote himself. Govert also maintained the official Family Tree archives and promptly furnished inquirers with detailed family tree outlines on any ancestors they were interested in.
On his travels outside Switzerland, Govert often visited archives in France in search of new information about distant relatives such as Isaac Mathieu Crommelin who lived during the French Revolution. Govert will also be missed at future family reunions which he regularly attended.
He was always the proud son of Antonia Catharina Deketh-Crommelin, the 'doyenne' of the Crommelin family who still lives in Holland at over 100 years of age. To her, wife Mieke, daughter Olowine, sons and grandchildren in England and Switzerland, I offer my heartfelt condolences on the passing of a perfect friend, co-worker and gentleman.