It is with great sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the passing of Old Unionite Bongi Johnson, Class of 2019. Bongi brought such joy to our school and to all those who knew him. He will be deeply missed by all.
Bonginkosi ‘Bongi’ Johnson was one of the brightest lights many of us has ever known. Described by his teachers and fellow classmates as a ‘gentle giant’, his laughter was contagious, his smile spread to everyone he met.
Having served the school as a member of the prefect body in his matric year, Bongi was awarded the William Lawrie Bursary and the Puttick Prize for the prefect, who through force of character and devotion to duty, contributed most to the smooth running of the school.
This is such an apt testament to the character of this young man, who, as a life-long learner of the Union Schools – from Grade 1 at Union Preparatory School right through to Grade 12 at Union High School – became an invaluable member of his class, his school and his community.
There is not a single person who met Bongi that will ever forget him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this very difficult time. May you find comfort in your happy memories of this fine young man!