Our dear colleague and friend, Arlene Angel, lost her long and very exhausting battle with cancer on Saturday morning, 28 September 2021 – an Angel has been called home to her Maker.

She is healed and at peace now.

HospiceWits will miss her terribly but remember her with everlasting fondness.

We feel the deep pain and the heartache as a family, and wish to dedicate messages and tributes to her as we celebrate the part of her life she gave unconditionally to HospiceWits.

Her passion, her loyalty, her cheerfulness, her empathy and nurturing personality, will be her legacy – as she lives on in our hearts, forever. 

Rest in Peace, special colleague and friend

Warm regards

Jacqui Kaye


As ‘Arlene’s Volunteer’ I was in the uniquely privileged position of working very closely with her and  over the years we shared much and became in many ways good friends. I heard her gentle and compassionate support of families in desperate need of help, her confident re -assurance when  a family member was in crisis and needed someone to take control – her loyalty to Hospice was exemplary and her commitment to palliative care unwavering. I grew to love and respect a remarkable woman – I miss her every day and am so very grateful for all that I learnt from her and for the way she enriched my life in ways beyond measure…


Arlene, it was such a blessing to have known such a beautiful soul. May your soul rest in eternal peace. You will be dearly missed…

Qinisile Buthelezi

Arlene, no words to describe how we feel, it’s still so unreal! Such a strong women, somebody to look up to. Lovely sweet and caring. May your soul rest in peace. You will be missed

xxx Marlene xxx

To Arlene, May your journey hereon be of Peace; Perfect Love and Perfect Trust, your legacy left behind will always be engraved in our Hearts and in the Spirit of HospiceWits.

Love always, Francois

Dear Arlene, Fly pain free with the Angels. You will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, Arlene. Condolences to your sons, I know they were your entire world.

Love, Amina

Arlene, we will miss you as Soweto Hospice team. We will remember your loving tender care you were always willing to assist with a good attitude. Your door was always open. There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts. May your soul rest in eternal peace.

With love from Soweto Team

Lovingly remembered for your professionalism, dedication, empathy and kindness.  We miss you.

Love Lyn

Thanks to Arlene for her dedication to HospiceWits and her commitment to making sure that HospiceWits Palliative Care standard were top quality. Very lovely person and cared for every family and patient. It was a great pleasure to have worked with her; she was a very warm and loving person. Arlene will be dearly missed as both a colleague and friend.

Warm Regards

Sipho Siqaza

To our dearest Arlene, your friendship and support has been a truly wonderful gift over the years we worked together. I consider myself very fortunate to have been introduced to you. It is impossible to imagine the world without your optimism, humour and drive. All of us in the pharmacy will miss you very much.

Gavin Brown

Responsible Pharmacist

Arlene, you are lovingly remembered for your kindness, patience and empathy to all those who were privileged to know and with you. You will be sorely missed by the Pharmacy personnel. May you rest in peace


(Volunteer Pharmacy)

I share my sincere and deep condolences both personally and on behalf of the HospiceWits Board of Governors to Arlene’s family, to the HospiceWits staff, and to you Jacqui.

Dr Brad Beira

Chairperson: HospiceWits Board of Governors

Such sad news Jacqui. May her dear soul Rest in Peace; Never to be forgotten

Sending love and light to her grieving family and the family of HospiceWits

Michael Judin

HospiceWits Board of Governors for over 23 years

This is such sad news. My sincere condolences to Arlene’s sons (Chad, Jonty and Jarred), her family and the HospiceWits family.

Arlene lived a full life and today we honour her life through our tributes.

I had the privilege to work with her at HospiceWits; we shared many good days as colleagues. I will always remember her gentleness and her kind heart.

She is fondly remembered and what a privilege to have worked with her for so many years.

To her sons and family, thank you for affording us this time to share our fond memories of your Mother/sister. May it bring you comfort during this time.

Fond regards

Esme Pudule
HW Board member
Operations Manager
Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA)

My sincere condolences on the passing of Arlene Angel to you, her family, friends and the HospiceWits family. May the Lord comfort everyone during this trying time.

Kind regards

Sharon Carter
HR Director
Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA)


We are so sorry to hear about Arlene.  This must be a very difficult time for you and your colleagues.

From CHoiCe Trust our sincerest condolence.


Antoinette Schutte

Programme Manager

Good morning Jacqui

We are very saddened at the passing of Arlene. Our deepest sympathy to her family and to your hospice.

Take care

Kind regards

Colleen Douglas



Whilst I never had the opportunity to meet Arlene, if my experience with our team of nurses is anything to go by, I am certain that she was a valued, loved and inspiring part of your team.

Wishing you all strength and courage as you navigate your way through this loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and her friends.

Robert de Wet

Chief Executive Officer


Dear Jacqui,

I am very sorry for your loss. Arlene was an icon so HPCA will be paying tribute to her on our Website.

With warm regards,

Ewa Skowronska, MD, MPH
Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA)

I am so sorry Jacqui. My condolences to you and your team.

Kind regards,

Melissa Knox

Dear Jacqui and all at Hospice Wits

It is with an extremely sad and heavy heart that I send this message of sympathy to you on the passing of Arlene Angel. Please accept my personal heartfelt condolences as well as from everyone at Hospice East Rand.  What a huge and sorrowful loss.

Arlene has turned her face to the sun and may she now rest in eternal peace.

Warm regards

Brenda Bisschoff



We take this opportunity to wish Arlene’s family, her friends and everyone at HospiceWits our sincerest condolences as we know a colleague and a loved one will be dearly missed.  She will leave a large hole indeed. Our sincerest condolences on the passing of such a lovely, sweet person. 

Warmest regards,



So sorry for your loss but grateful that Arlene’s suffering is over

Tersia Burger

CEO : Stepping Stones Hospice

Dear Jacqui and all staff of HospiceWits

I was heartbroken to hear of Arlene’s passing… just wanted to send my love to you all…. please pass my thoughts on the Homecare team, and to her family

Carin Berman

Arlene has been a loyal stalwart at HospiceWits for so long, and was really excellent in the way she welcomed new patients and families into the concept of palliative care, at a time when many were extremely anxious and afraid. She will certainly be missed

Kind Regards

Dr Mike Brown

How could I forget meeting Arlene when I first visited our sister hospice in May 2007?  Arlene, small in size, and quite large in expressing her love for her work, told us stories of how she works to ensure all referred patients and their families are quickly assessed and admitted into the hospice.  Her voice was joyful, her smile quite large.  She had an amazing system to keep track of everyone, so no one was left behind in receiving care.  I remember being quite impressed how Arlene managed everything she did so incredibly well.  What I equally remember is what a loving, kind, and grateful human being she was.  We bonded over our love of all things hospice and over our shared religious faith.  Although we had only met, I felt like I met a kindred spirit. My feelings about Arlene only grew over subsequent work trips to visit at HospiceWits.  Arlene is truly a one of a kind person and I am grateful I had the chance to meet her and call her friend.  She will be deeply missed.


Stacy F Orloff, Ed. D., LCSW, ACHP-SW
Vice President, Innovation and Community Health