Allan Cramb to retire

NSRI Operations Director, Allan Cramb, will be retiring at the end of June.

Allan dedicated his entire adult life to NSRI.  He joined Station 2 Bakoven as a founder member at the tender age of 16.  He then served as coxswain from 1972 until 1986 when he stood down from active service after he broke his back while on a rescue mission. In 1982 he was elected as Station Commander of Station 2 Bakoven before standing down in 1994 in order to join NSRI Head Office.

He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1990. In October 1993, Rotary honoured him with the Vocational Service Award in recognition of his dedicated service.  Allan also boasts an impressive series of long service awards signed by four decades of Presidents, including PW Botha, FW de Klerk, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.

Most importantly Allan has earned the respect of every single volunteer through his calm and steady nature, his kindness and his willingness to listen rather than simply to instruct.  He is a man in a million.

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25 Responses to “Allan Cramb to retire”

  1. Mike
    31. May, 2011 at 15:15 #

    We will miss you !

  2. Dave Roberts
    31. May, 2011 at 15:58 #

    Hi Allan
    we will surely miss you..ENJOY THE FISHING

    • allan cramb
      15. Jun, 2011 at 09:34 #

      Hi Dave,
      Thanks for the message. The Zambezi (bull) takes the fish off my lines.

  3. Michele Batstone
    31. May, 2011 at 16:13 #

    I ditto Mike’s comment – sad day for all at NSRI – what am I gonna do without you at HQ? Please keep us informed of your activities on Facebook!! Hopefully you are staying on as a Director.

    • allan cramb
      15. Jun, 2011 at 09:37 #

      Thanks so much Michele, let me know if you have any hassels.

  4. meriel
    31. May, 2011 at 16:44 #

    Allan, I have learnt more from your quiet example, than anyone else’s loud speeches. You are indeed one in a million.

    • allan cramb
      15. Jun, 2011 at 09:38 #

      Meriel-these few words mean so much to me. thank you.

  5. Cathy Wienburg
    31. May, 2011 at 22:43 #

    Ian is going to miss you so much and is rather jealous. Hope you enjoy your time at the river with Elspeth and family. Lots of love Cathy. XXX

    • allan cramb
      15. Jun, 2011 at 09:41 #

      thanks for the kind words Cathy, will definately stay in touch and will still be banging on Ian’s door onfrom time to time. x

  6. Andrew Gold
    01. Jun, 2011 at 10:30 #

    Well done Allan on your long standing career with NSRI. I can still remember being on the beech when you broke your back! Congratulations & enjoy your well earned retirement.

  7. Allan, it has been a pleasure to have met and worked with you. Congratulations and enjoy your well-deserved retirement.
    Regards Chantel

    • allan cramb
      15. Jun, 2011 at 09:45 #

      Thank you Chantel and for all the hard work you did in making our recent conference a taotal success.

  8. Cheers Allan and thank you for all the support and advice you have given over the years. I would go to sea with you any day!

  9. Mark Koning
    02. Jun, 2011 at 14:50 #

    Cheers Allan, it’s been great working with you. Going to miss you. Enjoy.

    • allan cramb
      15. Jun, 2011 at 09:48 #

      Thanks Mark,much appreciated.I will miss the HQ vibe.

  10. Robin Kleu
    02. Jun, 2011 at 17:13 #

    Hi Alan,

    Enjoy your retirement and the fishing!
    Do visit the call centre from time to time, as your encouragement to us on the phones means a lot.
    Blessings,
    Robin Kleu

    • allan cramb
      15. Jun, 2011 at 09:51 #

      Robin, thank you and for all the hard, thankless work you and all the others do for NSRI

  11. Micci v Niekerk - Stn 4
    03. Jun, 2011 at 09:19 #

    Hi Allan, WOW what a wonderful time is laying ahead for you, may you enjoy every moment of your retirement with your family. Thank you for everything you have meant and done for NSRI, in the 13yrs I have been with NSRI you have always been the same, quiet and friendly and always there with advise and help when needed by our station. Thank you!! We salute you and your commitment to this institute, you are going to be missed so so much. Take care and keep in touch, you know where we are, and the fishing is good this side as well ;-) All the best to you, Warmest Regards Micci Stn 4

    • allan cramb
      15. Jun, 2011 at 10:21 #

      Hey Micc, thanks so very much for your kind words this is much appreciated.
      Best wishes
      Allan

  12. Mike Hawes
    14. Jun, 2011 at 10:51 #

    Dear Allan, What a star you turned out to be! Bakoven boys are a cut above the rest and you deserve a lot of the credit for the successful bunch of very brave men of the NSRI Bakoven Station 2. Fond regards, Mike

    • allan cramb
      15. Jun, 2011 at 10:23 #

      Hi Mike, now there is a voice from the past. Seems that the Bakoven boys took their time but got there eventualy. Thanks so much for the kind words.
      Regards Allan

  13. Billy Keeves
    06. Jun, 2013 at 13:43 #

    Hiya Al you salt encrusted NSRI Ops Boss-man….
    It may be a little premature but WELCOME TO THE RETIREE FRATERNITY. Having retired just over a year ago my e-mail address changed and I lost contact with many “old school” fellas. Give me a shout/drop me a line when convenient…..
    Best ragards
    Billy

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