The 87-year-old Desmond Robert Crowie, commonly known as “Des Crowie”, died on Saturday, September 11 at a hospital in Caledon.
Crowie, who is known for being one of Cape Town’s most dedicated construction businessmen, was also involved in various major projects and built several buildings in Mitchells Plain such as churches and mosques, IOL reports.
Crowie reportedly had a stroke on Thursday and didn’t recover from it as his health deteriorated. His grandson, Tony Crowie said that his grandfather will be remembered as a family man and someone who paved the way for others in the industry, as many will also remember him by the sight of the long house on the hill on entering Mitchells Plain.
Wow, that imposing house on the corner of the road as you entered Mitchells Plain. Looked like South Fork. The first entrepreneur I learnt about who allowed others who lived there to dream. https://t.co/wIC0xGJjXN
— Gasant Abarder🇵🇸🇿🇦 (@GasantAbarder) September 14, 2021
He was also an uncle to local soccer players Desmond, Duncan and Nigel Crowie.