"...my little Gogo, if we were all the same, wouldn't
it be such a boring world?"is how he would address his
4 year old stubborn granddaughter...
Friedrich Harry Piel was born on the 27th of April 1912. He
attended the best schools his father's fame and money could
buy. Just before the war, his father convinced him to leave
for South Africa, where he then worked. Shortly after, he
was imprisoned by the Britsih Commonwealth for being a German.
He spent 7 years in the camp, and when he came out, met Martha
Magdalen van Zyl at a party. 10 days later they were married.
He worked alongside her, building up BOSCH in Pretoria, when
he finally, due to political circumstances, found a job in
When he died on the 10th of May 1988, he left an incredible
void in his community. He was a very humble, positive, humorous,
creative, logical thinking human being. He fought for what
he believed in, and was a sound pillar of the Halfway House
community where he lived, even starting the first local newspaper.
At any given time, he could have continued his father's film
productions! He spoke German, French, Spanish, English and
learnt Afrikaans. He had a natural talent of fascinating people
around him, and was a born leader. He could have you in stitches
with laughter and he could inspire you to your greatest potential,
whether you wanted it or not..
He was a deeply spiritual man with an intense respect for
every living being or creature. He was unable to kill, and
incredibly able to inspire LiFE.