Gareth Swanepoel was a loving Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, and a fierce friend. His warm smile and hearty laugh were ever present. Gareth was a gentle soul and a gentleman. Born in Johannesburg South Africa in 1972, Gareth came to the United States in 2001.
The job that he came to America for was shuttered after the tragic events of 9/11. Gareth worked hard labor jobs, until he found a job working as a database administrator. That role would eventually lead Gareth to become a published author, a renowned speaker at international conventions, and a Program Manager for the Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics Product Group.
Gareth was an amazing cook. He was a connoisseur of barbequed meats and South African delicacies. His brisket and biltong were well known, and prepared and generously given to friends. Gareth was an authority on wine, bourbon, and whiskey and loved to share a glass with his neighbors and friends.
Gareth was a musician who played bass in church and lover of music who collected many vinyl albums. He loved to put them on to entertain, or to educate family and friends who had never heard the music.
Gareth was also a history buff and Civil War re-enactor for the Straw Hats. Gareth encouraged his friends and participated in the Ron Jon & Space Coast triathlon’s. An avid sports lover Gareth was passionate about Spingbok’s Rugby, Cricket, Formula One racing, Boston Red Sox baseball, and Georgia Bulldogs football.
Gareth was a devout Christian with a strong life long relationship with Jesus Christ. He is survived by his mother Joyce; wife Kellie; sisters Kirsty and Tessa; brother Bernard; his son Chris; daughter Lilly and his step children Joshua, James, and Kristen.
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