In remembrance: death of a colleague

06 June 2019 | The UCT Executive

Dear colleagues and students

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Mr Daniel Franco passed away on Monday, 3 June 2019, after having been in intensive care since 24 May.

Mr Franco started his career at the University of Cape Town (UCT) 36 years ago, in 1983, when he joined the then UCT Computer Centre. Following this he worked with numerous departments at the university, from the Department of Ornithology where he wrote systems that allowed data visualisation and data analysis, just by clicking buttons – not easily doable on the huge mainframes in those days – to helping to successfully host the 7th International Olympiad in Informatics in 1997.

At the time of his passing Mr Franco was a technical specialist at Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS), where he was an invaluable member of the team.

His colleagues say Mr Franco will be remembered for his infectious laugh and ready smile, regardless of the challenges of the day. While he grabbed life by the horns and lived very much on his own terms, he was a gentle soul and friend and supporter to many. He truly found his niche as an IT professional in an academic environment, and never lost sight of the purpose of enabling and supporting the academic enterprise.

Mr Franco is survived by two sons, Raymond and Adam, and six siblings. The family has arranged a memorial service but has asked that the attendance be restricted to departmental colleagues and a few others who will be contacted.

Mr Franco’s final resting place is at the Faculty of Health Sciences, to which he has donated his body.

The university has reached out to offer support to the Franco family and our sincere condolences go out to them and all who knew Mr Franco.

Members of the campus community affected by this sad news can access support through the Human Resources department (staff) or the Student Wellness Service (students).

Sincerely

The UCT Executive


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