The CMA is saddened by news of the death of Comrades volunteer, Piet Spiller. He was 70 years old.
Piet was the convener of the Comrades Bailer Buses on race day for several years. He served on the CMA’s race organizing committee with diligence and pride and went on to earn his Comrades Marathon Green Name for his many years of voluntary service.
CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn said, “It is with a huge sense of sadness that we say goodbye to Piet. He was a committed volunteer who took his Bailer Bus portfolio very seriously and organized it with military precision. He was someone on whom we could rely and we will certainly miss him.”
CMA Race Director, Rowyn James said, “Being a military man, Piet was always punctual, precise and professional towards me and his portfolio of Bailer Bus Convenor which he took fierce pride in to ensure that it functioned like clockwork. I always knew where I stood with Piet as he was forthright and honest yet passionate and prepared to go the extra mile. My mantra is attention to detail, something that Piet shared in everything that he did which meant I could focus my attention and energies elsewhere within the race as he always had his portfolio under control. I have lost more than a dedicated volunteer and portfolio holder here, I have lost a true and genuine friend”.
CMA Marshals Convener, Jo Jennings says, “Piet had a mischievous streak about him. He challenged people but served Comrades with passion. He was there if you needed him. He was involved in various aspects of Comrades and put together a great meal during the annual route-marking. He had a great impact on many lives. We will miss him.”
Former CMA Chairperson, Barry Varty said, “Sad as always when a CMA member 'Crosses the Finish Line" for the last time, yet Piet Spiller never bailed. May he rest in peace.”
International Bus Tour Convenor, Joey Rampali said, “Piet’s outstanding contribution will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his loved ones.”