The life of cherished producer and valued member of the Mrs South Africa pageant Wayne Stafford will be remembered at a memorial service on Monday.
Stafford, who started his journey in event production when he was a teenager aged 17, passed away early this week.
He was well-known for his involvement in various prominent events, playing a significant role in pageantry and working with the Miss Universe and Miss World contestants both locally and internationally.
With more than 25 years experience, Stafford became a respected mentor in the pageant industry.
The Mrs SA pageant described him as a producer with exceptional talent and visionary insight.
Stafford also worked for prestigious shows including the SA Fashion Week, Cape Town Fashion Week, the Sanaa Africa Festival.
“Wayne was more than a talented producer, he was a creative visionary. His dedication and artistry shaped many high-profile events across South Africa,” said the Mrs SA Organisation.
“His passion was evident from his early days when he established a modelling school and local pageants such as the Miss Teen, and he evolved into a highly respected and popular mentor and trainer within the pageant community.
“Wayne’s impact was even felt on global stages, as he collaborated with many beauty queens both locally and internationally in renowned pageants such as the Miss World and Miss Universe.
“Rest in peace, Wayne. You will forever remain a part of our Mrs South Africa family.”
Stafford’s memorial service will take place on at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg, Johannesburg at 6pm on Monday, according to the Mrs SA pageant and Stafford’s family, who shared the details of the memorial on social media.
“Do join us as we celebrate and honour our dear friend who has been a source of eternal love, laughter, and loyalty to everyone he knew and loved,” reads the statement.
Attendees are encouraged to wear all white in true Stafford’s style.