Eyton Pritchard Owen (1919-1989)
Eyton Pritchard Owen (known as 'Taffy') was the eldest child of Eyton and Nora Owen. He was born in Greytown Nursing Home, Natal, on 29 June 1919 and educated at his father’s school before going on to Michael House High School, Balgowan, Natal, a private school set in lovely grounds, not far from ‘The Midlands Meander’.
Like his father Taffy was a keen sportsman and artist. He particularly enjoyed running, hockey and squash and, latterly, playing golf. He wanted to go into army but he had mild epilepsy and instead he became a book-keeper in Johannesburg. In the 1960’s he worked in the accounts department of Mercedes-Benz, first in Johannesburg, then in East London in the Cape and finally back in Johannesburg. He then worked for the accounts department of Reynold Croft in Pietermaritzburg, Natal.
In 1942 he met his future wife, Audrey Burr, and they married in 1946. Audrey was a widow whose first husband, George Allen, had been killed fighting the Japanese in the Far East. Taffy and Audrey lived in Johannesburg until the 1970’s but, once their two daughters had left home, they moved to a lovely house on an acre of ground in Montgomery Drive, Pietermaritzburg, about twenty minutes drive from Taffy’s sister and her family; the two families were very close. Taffy died on 27 October 1989 at Greys Hospital, Pietermaritzburg. He is survived by his widow who now lives in a retirement village in Johannesburg.
There are living descendants.