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Friday, 10 March 2023 16:07

"You have been greatest soundtrack to my life, and for this, I thank you," Pilgrim's fiancée.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Friends, industry colleagues and family attended the memorial service of radio legend Mark Pilgrim, during which his lifelong friend Kevin Cook, managing director of HOT 102.7FM Lloyd Madurai, and Pilgrim's fiancée Adrienne Watkins spoke fondly of Pilgrim.

Pilgrim's memorial service was held in Johannesburg on Friday morning.

The 53-year-old died on Sunday after battling stage four lung cancer.

Pilgrim spent over 25 years entertaining millions of listeners and viewers across the country.

In an emotional euology to Pligrim, Watkins stated that she would give up now for one last kiss and one last dance.

"To my beautiful Mark, this is not goodbye, just farewell. The last three years have been the most incredible of my existence. From our very first date, you took my breath away. You whirl winded yourself into my life and it felt like something out of a famous movie scene. From the very beginning I knew that this was the love I had been waiting for.

"You are what fairy tales are made off and so our journey had just begun."

Watkins further looked back on the balance they had throughout their relationship with Mark.

"Growing in love with you, I quickly learned what a significant and remarkable human you were and that you were my home Beyond your outstanding career and professional accomplishments and the legend you are to SA, to me you are an old school gentleman, even in the last week you ordered me flowers.

"A kind and selfless father, and an ambitious businessman with extraordinary drive and determination, so incredibly strong and rooted yet so exceptionally compassionate and kind. A balance that few people are able to achieve in their lifetime and yet this was so easy for you, my love."

"My beautiful Mark, I thank you for our love story. The adventure of a lifetime. The incredible memories. The privilege and honour I've had to love you, to walk this last chapter with you, to take care of you, and above all, to be loved by you... My baby, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity; I wouldn't change it for anything in the world. Within the numbered days you gave me forever, and for this, I will be eternally grateful."

Pilgrim's close friend Kevin spoke of their special friendship: "Mark was my best friend. It was a friendship that began in the 90s in the DJ box of the M-Net SuperSport Action Cafés. We would throw bananas to the crowd in exchange for prizes and shots…."

Madurai highlighted a few, saying, "he was incredibly proud of his one ball [testicle] and had a phobia of feet."

"Having said all this, Mark was a true legend… Mark had three loves: His first, his girls; the second, his love for his soulmate Adrienne; and third, his love for radio ... Thank you, Mark, my brother, for the memories, for the music. You will always be in our hearts."