Tributes for Eric Bloch flood social media

HARARE - The death of prominent Bulawayo-based economist Eric Bloch has stunned the world and triggered an outpouring of grief and tributes on social media.

The chartered accountant and newspaper columnist died at his Bulawayo home on Friday evening.

He succumbed to cancer after a long battle with the deadly disease.

Well known for his TV role as a quiz master, Bloch died at 75.

An incisive independent newspaper columnist who tirelessly and fearlessly critiqued Zimbabwe’s economic and political problems, he also dedicated his life to proffering solutions to Zimbabwe’s complex socio-economic challenges.

John Robertson, a renowned economist and Bloch’s friend of many years, described him as a man of enormous integrity who was committed to making Zimbabwe a better country.

“He was indeed knowledgeable and professional,” Robertson said.

“Despite being a qualified accountant by profession, Eric was a multi-skilled person who could comment authoritatively on the country’s political and economic events.”

He said Bloch was a strong supporter of the Jewish faith and also served the country with honour by holding various advisory roles in government institutions, particularly the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and the Finance ministry.

Former Education minister David Coltart said:  “I am very sorry to hear that Eric Bloch has passed away. He was a true Zimbabwean patriot who was always fair and spoke his mind boldly.”

Renowned hotelier Shingi Munyeza acknowledged Bloch as one of his mentors, a friend and a true patriotic Zimbabwean.

Bloch’s wife Baileh passed away in 2011 at the age of 75 after suffering from a severe heart attack.

The couple had three sons, one daughter and 10 grandchildren.

Mourners are gathered at Bloch’s home at Number 12 Coghlan Avenue in Khumalo in Bulawayo.

Burial arrangements were not available at the time of going to press.


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joker - 22 September 2014

We as a country have lost someone who was always offering practical solutions to our economic woes. May The LORD be with the family and friends throughout this difficult time . May his Soul rest in peace.

Dr Know - 22 September 2014

RIP. I remember way back when we all rushed home to watch him chairing the High Schools Quiz on ZTV.

P Zakeo - 22 September 2014

one of the very few whites who meant well for zimbabwe. may his soul rest in peace.

g mungoni - 22 September 2014

RIP Dr. Bloch a sad loss for Bulawayo

sunset - 22 September 2014

very sad to learn of his death. he tirelessly worked for the development of zim. our prayers go to his family.

taurai - 22 September 2014

A true gentleman! God rest his soul! Heartfelt sympathy to the family.

Gugu Nare - 22 September 2014

RIP son of the soil, l admired his level headeness when looking at national economic issues.

imvidzechembere walaz - 23 September 2014

Our own Maynard Keynes an intellectual giant RIP Good man

protestor - 23 September 2014

I liked reading his columns in the FinGaz and this helped me pass my economics subject. may his soul rest in peace.

Albert Dowell - 23 September 2014

indeed this is the passing of a great hero but his contributions live for ever

maria mandy - 23 September 2014

R.I.P. Dr Bloch the city of Bulawayo has lost a true son and a great economist

sg nyoni - 23 September 2014

Rest in Peace Dr Erich Bloc

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mark anthony padilla - 23 September 2014

he was an authoritative source for economic

kudakwashe machinyi - 24 September 2014

Very credible columnist. Very incise in his economic analysis. He will be greatly missed. My condolence the Bloch family.

tendai kufa - 24 September 2014

A great man has passed on. He was very much involved in assisting the youth in understanding the workings of how businesses worked.

Marek Dergiman - 24 September 2014

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