Jacques (Jim) van Praag, jeweller; b August 23, 1922; d March 20, 2020

Luck was a constant companion in the long life of Jacques van Praag.

He was lucky to escape by the skin of his teeth from the Nazis. Lucky to survive two hazardous sea voyages during World War II. And lucky to avoid the Japanese bullets during his sojourns over West Java.

It was the ever-present factor that shaped his life, he wrote in his own memoirs.

But van Praag, who has died aged 97, made his own luck.

Born in Antwerp, Belgium, into a Jewish family, he enjoyed a golden childhood.

Click here to read Jim van Praag’s full obituary on STUFF. Jim van Praag was a stalwart of Wellington’s Temple Sinai.