Pastor Johnny Scheepers, 56, was well known as the owner of Dial-A-Wors, but was regarded as a hero by many for his selfless nature, feeding thousands of hungry mense across Cape Town.
Sadly Pastor Johnny passed away on Monday at Tygerberg Hospital after suffering kidney failure.
The Ravensmead dad was diabetic and his family says he talked about “feeling strange” since last week.
His close friend and feeding scheme partner Pastor Oscar Bougardt says the beloved community leader will be missed.
The pair started the Grace en Vleis feeding scheme together.
“We were all so surprised to learn of his passing,” Bougard tells the Daily Voice.
“Pastor Johnny and I fed 400 people last week and after that, we had a piece of beefsteak together.
“He then told me he isn’t feeling well and he never regained his strength since then.
“(Yesterday) morning I got the message that Pastor Johnny had a seizure at home and was rushed to hospital where he had another seizure on the hospital bed and died.”
Pastor Bougard says his friend was one in a million.
“We reached thousands upon thousands of people over the years.
“Cooking, feeding, giving goods, helping out with money, even people who had no money to bury loved ones, he was there.
“He used to do the behind the scenes work such as the cooking of food and the cutting of meats, and I would do the handing out of the food.”
Pastor Bougard says he will continue the feeding scheme.
“I am surely going to miss you Pastor Johnny, you’re leaving behind a great legacy.”
Pastor Johnny leaves behind his wife June and daughters Faith, 19, and Victoria, 17.
Messages of condolences streamed in for the popular businessman on social media as news of his passing spread.
Chantel Smith wrote on Facebook: “A few years ago my son was in matric, there was no money for a car but Pastor Johnny said don’t worry sis, ‘Magtig is die Here’, my son drove in the latest Mercedes-Benz to his matric. Die Here bly die Here.”