Albert Dewald Koopman

19 mayo , 194727 julio , 2021



MAY 19. 1947 TO JULY 27, 2021

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of a wonderful man.

Son of the late Johan Hendrik Albert Koopman & Late Louisa Bodenstein.

Loving Husband of Peggy Virginia Koopman (nee Lee) and adoring father to Virlisa and Kylie Koopman.

Cousin to Joe & Willy Koopman and family,

Brother in law to Tracey and Tony Lee,

You will be sorely missed and forever in our hearts.

ALBERT was truly a remarkable man who left his mark on society .

The founder of Cashbuild in South Africa is his legacy which has been one of the most successful companies in South Africa .

More importantly he was a mentor to many. His wisdom and strategic thinking coupled with his ability to embrace his staff to go the extra mile with such love was ahead of its time during the troubled times in South Africa .

In Canada he helped relaunch Bargain Castle in Coquitlam and also guided the owners through a take over of Fields.

Many learnt so much from this man and felt immensely proud of having served under him. His love for his family was so important .

He is a great loss to the World may he rest in Peace.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to MS society


  • Memorial Service

    sábado, 14 agosto , 2021


Albert Dewald Koopman


Mike Heine

10 octubre , 2021

My memories of Albert are immence. Days in a jaccuzi with wine and loud rock in Houghton. Hikes in the Magaliesberg. Parties in Houghton. Working together at Metro. I will always remember the fantastic positivity and motivational personality he had. I am so,so sad to hear of his passing. I lost contact with him when he moved to Canada and I regret that hugely. May he rest in peace. Peggy, I miss all the days we spent together. Thanks for it all

Evelyn Sboros

21 agosto , 2021

Hi Peggy, I sent you a message on facebook.
So sorry to hear of Alberts passing. Condolences to you and the children.
Albert was such wonderful man.
Evelyn Sboros

Lana Ackermann (Bergman)

14 agosto , 2021

I remember many happy occasions at the Koopman home where we sat laughing while we ate and drank. Albert had his favourite cat on his shoulder or lap while he stroked her fur. His booming laughter filled up the room. Even though he was so effervescent he was also a deep thinker and shared ideas which were way before his time.
He really was a person once met ,never forgotten .
Deepest condolences to Peggy and children

Kim Penny ( Taylor)

12 agosto , 2021

Uncle Albert was the best Godfather you could have. His humour was dry, and stylish. I loved having conversations with him about anything and everything. I have so many memories of Uncle Albert, from a surprise gift ( BMW with a huge bow) for Auntie Peggy, to trekking for miles and miles and miles, with nothing but dry food to eat. Loud parties whith amazing music, and laughter all night. We had many a braai, always hearing the his deep booming voice alongside my Dads ( Chris). After meeting my Husband Kevin, he took me to one side, and said I had made a great choice. "You should look after that one"! I love Uncle Albert, I will miss you.

Trish (Pat) Long (Taylor)

12 agosto , 2021

The first time we met Albert was on our was home, Peggy and I had been working late at The Carlton Centre . It was in the lift going down to the basement parking. He was following the Chess game, Bobby Fisher against the Russian Kasperoff. He was so excited!! Chris and I were mesmerised by his outgoing personality! A great friendship grew from that day. We spent many an evening listening to his latest album. Suppers were fantastic, lots of ,Fondues. Playing cards, mostly strip Bridge! Peggy always won, she was so good at remembering the cards. We both went to one of his management courses, it was brilliant. He had the wonderful idea of giving each of the participants a brick depicting the Pheonix rising from the ashes. Can't quite remember the exact wording! I had the pleasure of hand making them for him. The wonderful camping trips, so.many wonderful memories. The best was when he and Chris decided to do a trip to the the Golden cap in the Drakensburg with my two girls, Robyn and Kim. They had a whale of a time not a drop of water to be had ! Meanwhile, , Peggy with Virlisa and Faye and me driving were absolutely drowning with mud and rain, trying to meet them at the finish point. Eventually we were rescued by farmer and his tractor ! Happy happy times. Love and miss you Albert. Love and hugs to Virlisa and Kylie.
Trish and Paul

Pat Levitt

12 agosto , 2021

Dear Peggy Virlisa and Kyle. We were so sad to hear of Albert's passing. We have such fond memories of you all. Especially Albert's music and his love for life and dignity. We always missed you guys in Norwood after you left. Stay well and please accept our condolences on your loss. The Levitt family / Joburg.

Joe Koopman

11 agosto , 2021

Just a note to say how sorry we were to hear about the passing of Albert. We know that this was not unexpected, but never the less nothing seems to prepare one for the sadness and shock when it actually happens , may he rest in peace Love from Joe and Willy koopman

Lynda Papworth

11 agosto , 2021

Much loved friend of Ian and Lynda Papworth. Eternally grateful for having known you Albert. Rest in peace now.

Ronnie Lessem

2 agosto , 2021

Albert was a truly great human being who remains unique in the impact he had in South Africa, and in the world, in building on "the divine will if Africa", as he put it, to develop a workers' democracy, Cashbuild, at a time when the country was only beginning to emerge from apartheid. What he achieved through Cashbuild, in he 1980's and 1980's, remains the one and only significant example of CODESA applied in the economic realm. Subsequently then, through the ITISA - Interdependence and Transformation in South Africa - movement, which still exists to this day, he and his colleagues established "Value Sharing" as a distinctive cultural, economic and social ethos which I continue to draw on to this day.

Peggy Koopman

30 julio , 2021

My darling Albert,
you will be in our hearts and memories forever. You were the most caring and loving husband and patient & caring father anyone could ever wish to have.
We will love you Always.
Peggy, Virlisa & Kylie