Well-known and well-loved horseman and breeder, Charles Koster (57), passed away after a long illness on Tuesday night, leaving the industry in mourning.
In describing Charlie Koster one can only look at the dozens of tributes on social media today. He was a friend and confidant to many because, in essence, Charlie loved and appreciated every human being he came in contact with and left his mark on all of them.
If we had a rand for every time Charlie had a bad word to say about another individual, we’d be without a penny today. Charlie could double you over with his jokes and his infectious laugh or keep you spellbound with interesting tales from here and afar. He was truly a joy to be around, had a voice you’d recognise in a room full of voices and would be the single person you’d pick out in a large crowd to walk over and say hello to!
We’ll never forget Charles Koster’s love for horses and life and the positive way he interacted with everyone. He offered solutions and humour instead of misery and pessimism – in the paddocks with his horses, at the various sales grounds where he was a regular, and on the golf course where his company in friendly four-balls was always sought after!
Mike de Kock said: “My family and I have fond and special memories of Charlie Koster, a good friend for many years. He has left us so early and we are taken aback and humbled. It was fitting for Charlie to see last Saturday’s Durban July in which two Klawervlei-breds fought out the finish, I am sure he loved it! Our condolences and deepest sympathies go to his wife Katherine, his two children and his extended family. We salute you, Charlie, rest in peace!”