In Memory of Clive Milnes Lonsdale


26th December 1932 to 04 August 2018

It is with regret that the South African Bakers Association has noted the passing of Clive Lonsdale, an Honorary Life Member of SA Bakers.

Clive was born in 1932, the oldest son of a Yorkshire baker. He grew up a few years before World War 2. Life was tough, and he learnt at a young age to shoulder responsibility and work hard.

He was also introduced at an early age to baking through the family baking business.

Clive joined the RAF in his late teens. He ended up in Jordan working as a cook. There he once prepared a meal for the King of Jordon!

On his return to England, he met and fell in love with his wife-to-be, Joyce. They were married in March 1955.

Joyce persuaded Clive, who was interested in a career in photography, to return to baking, a line of work he knew well.

Clive and Joyce had three children (Kate born in 1956, Valerie, 1958 and James, 1963). He also had his own bakery business at this stage. Clive was also blessed with six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In the later years of his life, Clive lived in a cottage on the property of his grandson, Adrian. The last five years of his life were spent at Arbor Retirement Village, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

Clive always had a sense of adventure. He therefore jumped at the opportunity to go to South Africa in 1967, when recruited by Boerstra’s Bakery, Pretoria. He later moved to Albany Bakery, Germiston, where he worked for many years.

Clive continued to study and educate himself in all the latest bakery trends, machinery and methods, both locally and overseas.

He was an innovative and talented baker. An example of this is the product, “Tinkies”, a tasty baking confectionery snack, which he developed for Albany Bakery. “Tinkies” are still sold throughout South Africa to this day.

Sadly, Clive lost Joyce after a long period of poor health in 1995.

He later married Monique but she also sadly passed away after a short illness.

Clive was a great mentor and teacher. He also supported good causes and charities. He was recognized by Avril Elizabeth Homes for his support. A special award was granted to him by the Weighless Group for his input into recipes for healthy food.

Clive had a long association with the SA Chamber of Baking and served on the Chamber’s Training Committee for many years. He was also a founder member of the Craft Bakers and Confectioners Association of South Africa, which was the forerunner of the SA Bakers Association

He was involved in developing baking standards for the FoodBev Seta and drawing up training material. In fact, he was involved in all aspects of training and ran many training courses for the SACB’s Certificate in Plant Baking examination. He was also part of the panel of examiners for this Certificate.

Clive’s contribution to the South African Baking Industry is a lasting legacy as is his devotion to his family.