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  • 1. Javier it has been a great privilege for Maggie and I to have been part of your life with Corry, we met in Swaziland and have enjoyed all of the times we spent together particularly on biking trips and especially our trip to Cape Town and it is a very sad day for us that you are no longer with us. When you get up there, just buy yourself a nice BMW LT and wait for me, well go riding together singing Valencia which we did so well together!! JOHN & MAGGIE (Riding Buddies) Zambia

2. JAVIERS SPANISH COMPADRE PACO in Madrid 3. JAVIERS SPANISH COMPADRE PACO in Madrid It doesnt matter how I met Javier. The important thing is that I met him. Not everybody is so lucky. We were immediately connected. It wasnt hard: finding a good man, always with a smile and so generous makes it easy to get close and trust him. The first time we spent a few days together working, but he already invited me to a motorbike trip in South Africa a few months later: Dont say it twice, because Ill accept the invitation! He said it twice. I accepted. He lend me a motorcycle and with Corry, his wife, and Jackelyne, his daughter, we went over beautiful and wild routes, enduring heat, sometimes cold, rain and laughing while we would stop and talk about it. We shared the soul of what a good bike trip is, and we established our friendship, a mature friendship, not a late one, sober, noble, with no expectations and no demands, a friendship that only offers and accepts sincerity in the exchange of experiences, points of view, life lessons always splashed with Javiers irony and his sense of humor Last time I was with him I was with my partner, Marta. They barely knew each other, but she immediately understood the reason of our friendship: it only took a short while to feel like you had known Javier all your life! After-dinner conversations would be extended while we would listen to him going through the pages of his youth, with a glass of wine in his hand. He would hold our attention putting a rascal face when he referred to a first teenager girlfriend, and we would all end up laughing out loud with the conclusion of the story He knew how to narrate anything in an interesting and captivating manner. Once he had retired and we would talk, he would ask me about the politics of this country, he would laugh with the jokes I would tell him, and he would always surprise me with the plans he had in mind, plans that denoted remarkable vigour and energy, plans in which the protagonist was always Corry, his wife, with whom he was and had always been in love with. My friend, we are missing you very much. 4. JAVIERS BROTHER JUAN Port Elizabeth Cuando yo era joven (12 anos) me acuerdo mucho de MI hermano Javier (Chaveli) siempre lo veia como un hermano mayor y yo me decia es joven elegante y se hacia mucho detalle a su presentacion, teniendo una Grande imaginacion para el futuro. Mis hijas Jasmin y Jayde se acuerdan del tio Javier por el amor que tenia de Las motocicletas B M W en Las cuales el les dio muchas bueltas. When I was a young boy of about 12 Years Old I remember very vividly looking at my older brother Javier who we nicknamed Chaveli and thinking to myself that he was always so immaculately dressed. I always admired the wonderful long term vision that he had for his life and his accomplishments. My daughters Jasmin and Jayde always referred to him as their Uncle with a BMW motor bike who took them for rides along the beachfront. We are so saddened that he has passed on, and our thoughts are with Corry, Eva, Silvia, Jose and Grandchildren. 5. JAVIERS SISTER ROSA - Valencia 6. JAVIERS SISTER ROSA - Valencia I remember when we were teenagers during the summer there was an open air cinema to which all our friends used to go. Our parents didn't allow Javier or myself to go, so Javier being more adventurous than me used to escape through a little window and return later in the same way. Javier loved life and was passionate about music and when we were together with all our friends he played the accordion to which we sang and danced having a lovely time. He was a good brother and I have many happy memories of him. Now he is walking through paths of light and he is telling please don't cry for me if you love me. Javier we love you. Rosa 7. JAVIERS BROTHER VICENTE London JAVIERS BROTHER PEDRO Valencia 8. JAVIERS BROTHER VICENTE London Javier was born in Valencia in 1940 , one of 7 children. Spain was obviously trying to recover from the civil war and repopulate its country. From a very early age he was very interested in music, learning to play the piano and accordion. As he grew older his passion became motor bikes and photography. Javier always cared a lot about his brothers and sister and I remember he once took me camping to Benidorm although I was six years younger than him. I remember Javier with much love and am so pleased to have spent a happy holiday with him and Corry last November. One more anecdote we remember was Javier coming to see us in England when he was in his early thirties and arriving on a large motor bike dressed in leathers with a small knapsack on his back. He looked like an American film star and greatly impressed our children! 9. JAVIERS BROTHER PEPE Spain Dear Corry, this morning I have learnt about Javier passing on and I want to tell you how sorry I am and for you to know how much I loved him - more than he could ever imagine. I accompany you in your pain and your sentiments and the one thing he left behind is our wonderful memories of his life. A very big kiss. Your brother Pepe 10. MEMORIES FROM JAVIERS SON JOSE Mexico 11. Francisco Javier Marsal Javier aka Toro Loco Con Nariz de Aguila was my father He was a good man He definitely lived an interesting life with many stories and adventures to tell At the start of his Golden Years he met Corry, which made these years shine brighter Javier and I for a period liked to ride bikes and go on adventures As a father / son team we had many good memories The Sani Pass in Lesotho, trips to Sun City, many Trips from Joburg to Cape Town, and so many breakfasts runs This adventures brought us together and we shared something we both loved. Of course I was the better rider We would also share our adventures with family and take them on our rides. Maria, Sylvia, Corry, Dean, Jacquelyn and so many others joined in our trips and memories. Riding a bike is a bit like life, you need to keep looking where you are going at all times, but you always know that there is somebody behind you to keep you company and be there for you should you need them. Today, Javier decided to keep on riding and he will be missed and remembered. JAVIERS SON JOSE Mexico 12. MEMORIES FROM JAVIERS DAUGHTHER EVA Canary Islands 13. JAVIERS DAUGTER EVA Canary Islands Just wish I could have had a moment with him to kiss him goodbye...I just loved him so much. Thanks to him I'm in this world. Thanks to him a whole new world and life opened up to me in South Africa. I could write a whole book about the first time he spoke to me about South Africa! I was only 9, and still remember listening to his fabulous full of fantasy stories about South Africa which made my mind fly to that Wonder land, which a year and a half later, I had the honour to discover... At the age of eleven, I decided to live with him in this land full of contrasts, South Africa. One of the best decisions I've ever taken in life. Many thoughts come to my head of that first period in South Africa: The excursions all over the Cape in our yellow VW Combi, also when he took me out to eat my first hamburger. I'd never been to a fast food restaurant and remember that night with joy as if it were yesterday...the dogs, the farm in Worcester. He knew nothing about farming, but there he was running a farm. My days at Worcester Girls Primary... Didn't understand a word of English but I loved it there! Difficult moments for us then, but somehow we managed to get along fine. I look at myself in the mirror and a bit of him always comes up. In fact, there's a lot of him in me, and that will stay with me forever. He always encouraged me to go further, and I did. Cont 14. JAVIERS DAUGTER EVA Canary Islands Think about him and a sad smile appears on my face, specially during these days... His strong point was definitely the capacity to start right from the bottom, a new life, a new business adventure... Whatever, wherever, and made it work. With enthusiasm, perseverance and the right "ingredients" he made it work. In that, I'm quite similar to him, no matter where life has taken us, we've always made it Home. And he, like I, had the ability to feel that he belonged. I remember our long chats about anything really... All these past years when we went on holiday to visit, Pap and I enjoyed our late night chats with a glass of wine, and as always, when he got really tired, he would always end the evening with these same words... "Chas! Mi madre, qu tarde! (Wow, it's so late...). I smile just thinking about our dad-daughter moments... So fantastic, we would talk for hours and hours... Just loved the way you loved each other, Corry. Just loved the way you took him in your life, and brought out the best in him, of him. There is just so much, so many moments captured in my head that I could carry on and on... He was Pap, and I his Evoncia la mas favoncia (sorry no translation for that). That's how he called me from when I was little, and that's how it'll remain in me always...Pap, a Spaniard with a South African soul. Love you Pap 15. MEMORIES FROM JAVIERS STEP-SON DEAN Canada 16. Our memories of Javier sitting with his feet in the pool or in his chair on the veranda at the Cabin always with a glass of red wine will be forever with us. The paellas and many dinners we enjoyed together were good times and special family moments we treasured. Kelsy and Luc enjoyed many a fun time riding his