CAPE TOWN – Former Springbok Chester Williams’ death came at a time when the country needed men of his stature the most.The 49-year-old Williams’ life was celebrated with a memorial service at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Wednesday.The rugby hero, who died of a heart attack last week, will be honoured with a special provincial official funeral at Newlands Rugby Stadium on Saturday.Mourners celebrated William’s life and cheered on as speakers remembered the fallen hero.#ChesterWilliams Powers dedicates the song “Jabulani” to Chester. KB pic.twitter.com/QHrnIycXeR— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) September 11, 2019Director of UWC Sport, Mandla Gagayi, said Williams was seen by many as a rugby legend and an achiever, but for them, he was a simple guy with a big heart.“All that Chester wanted was to see everyone around him succeed. He took interest in our lives, whether it was a simple conversation or a joke with a cleaner, a security guard, a sports administrator or a student – to him everyone deserved to be happy,” he said.William’s wife, Maria Williams, called the UWC rugby team on stage and reminded them of Chester’s devotion to the team.“He had a passion and love for everyone, he had a passion to develop young people through sport. Chester was what people wanted him to be in the sporting fraternity,” she said.The national flag will fly at half-mast in the Western Cape on the day of Williams’ funeral.#ChesterWilliams UWC’s Varsity Cup rugby team joins Chester’s wife, Maria Williams, on stage. KB pic.twitter.com/Hi6upvzqiv— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) September 11, 2019