Kimberley, South Africa


Chonin, Seville

(written by Leon Chonin, April 2018)

Seville, the second son of Edel and Geheli (Chaya) Chonin was born in 1952. He attended Kimberley Boys High school matriculating in 1969. He was drafted to serve in the armed services and was posted for a period in Middleburg in the Transvaal. After his compulsory military service, he moved to Johannesburg and followed his elder brother Leon into the accountancy profession.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Seville moved into the commercial arena working as an accountant in the food industry and then was employed by United Tobacco Company where he became the financial director. Once this company became a subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT) he was given the opportunity to become a regional financial manager in their London Office.

Here is a very memorable picture of the two of us when we were celebrating his great achievement of qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.

Seville married Rosalie Hurwitz from Bloemfontein and had three daughters, Tarryn, Melanie and Gina. Once Seville was given the opportunity to work in the United Kingdom the family moved to London in 1997 settling in the northern suburban area of Edgeware. However soon after settling in the United Kingdom BAT conducted a reorganization and Seville left the tobacco industry for Investec. He was fortunate to work with many former South Africans at Investec.  His daughters attended Jewish day schools in London which further instilled in them the Judaic values. He with his wife Rosalie followed in the traditions of the Weinstein and Chonin families by maintaining a kosher home and belonging to an orthodox community. The family moved from Edgeware to Stanmore.

Sadly, Seville passed away in 2009 at the very young age of 57 leaving his heart broken family. At that time his second daughter Melanie was married. Since his passing his third daughter has married and has a young boy named after Seville. His second daughter now has three children.

Regretfully he was not given the opportunity to enjoy his grandchildren, but his family continue to be devoted to his memory and follow in the Jewish values he taught them. He would be very proud of the achievements of his daughters two of whom are attorneys and the one is a teacher.  May my brother’s memory be a blessing.