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OT Death Notices in 2019

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SHAW, Richard Dudley
Died peacefully on 12 May 2019, aged 84.
(SH 51-53)

BELING, David Gibson, The Reverend
Died peacefully at Roundham Court Residential Home on 21 March 2019, aged 88. Much loved by family and friends.
(PH 44-48)

GREGSON, Charles Richard (Ricky)
Died on 24 July 2019, aged 79.
(PH 53-57)
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POPHAM, Alan Christopher
Died suddenly on 3 December 2019, aged 88, after a long and active life. A husband, a father of three sons and grandfather of eight grandsons. He will forever missed.  
(PH 45-49)

MARSHALL, Sir Michael John, CBE
Died on 27 July 2019, aged 87. Friend of Tonbridge School and son of Sir Arthur Marshall OBE (HS 1918-22)
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FORREST, Timothy John
Died in December 2019, aged 76. Brother to Peter (WH 53-58).
(WH 57-61) 

WRIGHT, Leslie Vandernoll, The Reverend
Died on 2 October 2019, aged 95. 
(JH 38-43)

Died on 24 December 2019, aged 82. John will be greatly missed by his family and wife Moya and his mountaineering friends. 
(SH 50-55)

BLACKIE, Brian Alan Stuart, TD
Died on 23 December 2019, aged 92. 
(PS 40-44)

DALZELL, Hugh Anthony
Died on 4 December 2019, aged 86. Hugh died peacefully at home in Devon following a long battle with chronic heart disease, myeloma and leukaemia. He is survived by Jann, his wife of 50 years, their children Steven and Katie and his younger brothers, Peter and Richard (HS 54-58).
(HS 47-51)
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Died on 21 December 2019, aged 81. Philip Meredith displayed great resilience and grace in the face of his long-term cancer. He was able to remain at home surrounded by his beloved family, with the support of Hospice in the Weald, and Crowborough District Nurses. Madelyn, Oliver (WW 81-86), Benjamin (WW 84-89), Alexander (WW 87-92) and Guy (PH 50-54) thank them for their dedicated care. A private committal service will take place shortly, and a gathering of happy remembrance will be arranged in 2020.
(PH 52-57)

RICH, Anthony George Ledger
Died on 5 December 2019, aged 85.
(PH 48-52)

STEPHENSON, Charles Graham, Dr
Died peacefully on 12 December 2019 at Kiwanis Pavilion in his 90th year. Survived by his beloved wife of 59 years Carolyn (nee Garnham) and by his children Justin (Cathy), Ashley (Jessie) of Halifax and Lucy Lobmeier (Tony), and granddaughters Louisa and Sophie. As flowers always made Charles sneeze, please make a donation in lieu to Jeneece Place through the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, 345 Wale Rd, Victoria B.C., V9B 6X2 or at
(PH 44-47)
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THOMAS, David Llewelyn
Died peacefully on 4 March 2019. Son of A L Thomas (CR 1928-57) and father of Michael (PH 80-85).
(WH/PH 44-49)

GRACEY, Richard Malcolm Kirkwood
Died on 3 December 2019, aged 83. Our best wishes and condolences go to Sarah, Patrick (PH 76-81), Katherine and Richard's six grandchildren. A memorial service is being held for Richard on Thursday 26th March at 2.30pm, at Tonbridge School in the Chapel of St Augustine. Guests are asked to arrive from 1.45pm. The service will be followed by a reception. For more information please contact: Marie and Hannah at 
(WH/PS 50-55)

BUTTERWORTH, Charles Richard (Richard)
Died peacefully on 2 December 2019, aged 89. 
(Sc 44-48)

WHITE, John Joseph (Lt Col)
Died on 22 July after a short illness. The youngest son of the late Russell White, the first Bishop of Tonbridge, he was married in 1960 to Gunvor (Jill) from Sweden. He is survived by Jill and his two children, Kim (Sc 74-79) and Simon (Sc 76-81) and six grandchildren.
(WH 49-53)
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PETTMAN, Martin Edmund
Died on 22 November 2019, aged 72, after an ongoing battle against leukaemia.  Husband to Melanie, father to Tessa, son of Peter (PS 33-38), brother to Chris (WH 56-61), uncle to Mark (WW 81-85) and Nick (PH 87-92) and great-uncle to Toby (WW 2011-16) and Hugo (WW 2013-18).  A fine sportsman, Martin was Captain of the 1st XV, gained a Rackets Blue at Cambridge, and enjoyed playing occasionally for the OTs in the Cricketer Cup.  He will be greatly missed.
(FH 61-65)

BAX, Richard Napier Amory
Died on 31 October 2019, aged 83. Husband of Pamela. Brother to David (Sc 52-57), Andrew (Sc 57-61)and the late John (Sc 48-52).
(Sc 49-52)

CAVALIERO, Glen Tilburn, The Reverend
Died on 30 October 2019, aged 92. Poet, scholar and much-loved teacher, colleague and friend. His critical writings include John Cowper Powys: Novelist, The Rural Tradition in the English Novel 1900-1939, A Reading of E.M. Forster, Charles Williams: Poet of Theology, The Supernatural and English Fiction, and The Alchemy of Laughter: Comedy in English Fiction.  His unique depth and range of reading are reflected in the titles of his books. He published seven collections of poetry, culminating in The Flash of Weathercocks: New and Collected Poems, published in 2016. 
(WH 41-45)

MERTENS, David John Bridges
Died peacefully at home on 19 October 2019, aged 73. Wonderful husband to Sarah and father to Nick, Will and John Charles and grandfather of Byron, Aralai, Holly, Theo and Lily. Brother to Tim (MH 64-68) and son of the late Peter (MH 35-38). Will be sadly missed.
(MH 59-64)
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BARROW, Robert James (Bob)
Died on 12 September 2019, aged 69, in Neohori, Greece where he had lived for some time immersed in the beauty and history of the local district. 
Brother to Ronald (Sc 62-67), Richard (Sc 67-71) and Edward (Sc 73-75).
(Sc 63-66)

GODFREY, David Henry
Died peacefully on 22 September 2019, at Bramshott Grange, aged 80. Loving husband to Lynda, who will be sadly missed by all family and friends.
(Sc 52-56)

MASTERS, Peter Arthur
Died on 16 September 2019, in Nanaimo, B.C, Canada, six days short of his 97th birthday.
(Sc 36-41)
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YATES, David George
Died peacefully in Leicester Royal Infirmary after a short illness on 28 August 2019, aged 60. Brother to Tim (JH 69-74).
(JH 72-77)

IRETON, Richard Alan
Died peacefully in hospital on 30 July 2019, aged 62. Brother to Timothy (JH 65-69) and the late Anthony (HS 66-70).
(HS 70-74)

Died in August 2019, aged 90. 
(PS 44-48)
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RAHILLY, John Richard (Dick). Lt Col
Died on 7 August 2019, aged 98. Dearly loved by his long-time companion Dorothy. Brother, Uncle, and Godfather.
(SH 34-39)

AUSTIN, Valerie Mary
Died peacefully on 19th May 2019, aged 91. Beloved widow of Robert, mother of Timothy and Sarah-Jane, Grandma to Jen, Kate, Alison and Dave, and Gigi to her many great-grandchildren.                                                                                                (Hill Side 62-76, Teacher of Modern Languages 80-89)

LEADBETTER, David Harold
Died on 4 August 2019, aged 89, following recent ill health and a number of years on dialysis.
(MH 43-47)

SHAW, Geoffrey Cyril
Died on 16 July 2019, the day before his 80th birthday. His wife Valerie, and sons Barry, Alan and Colin miss him greatly, but give thanks for a life lived to the full.
(HS 53-58)

SOMERSET, George Henry Fitzroy
It is with deep sadness that we must inform you of the death of George Somerset, who died on 20 July 2019, aged 20. George was an academic scholar and a boarder in Manor House. He had just completed his second year at Durham University where he was studying Modern Languages and Cultures as a student at the College of St Hild and St Bede. Our thoughts are with George’s friends and family at this very difficult time.
(MH 12-17)

PETRIDES, James Bannerman (Jim)
Died on 27 July 2019, aged 90
(SH 43-47)

JUDD, Simon Martin
Died on 26 August 2018, aged 69 after a long battle with cancer. Brother to Roger (HS 58-63).
(HS 61-66)

GRIFFITHS, Robert William
Passed away in China on 3 July 2019, aged 30.
(WH 02-07)

Al QASIMI, Khalid bin Sultan, Sheikh
Died on 1 July 2019, aged 39.
(WH 93-97)

Le FLEMING, Michael James
Died at West Middlesex Hospital on 14 June 2019, aged 83. He is mourned and much missed by his loved ones and friends, and best remembered in the community for his time at the helm of his lovely shop for many years, Flemings of Richmond.  Brother to Morris (PH 45-50) and the late Daniel (WH 50-55).
(WH 49-52)

PACKER, Roger Alleyne
Died on 1 May 2019, aged 72. Father of Chris (SH 92-97), brother to Jonathan (SH 57-62).
(SH 60-64)

HOWLETT, John Reginald
Died on 3 March 2019, aged 78. Brother to Peter (SH 56-62).
(SH 53-58)
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WILKS, John Barford, Brigadier Royal Engineers CBE
Died peacefully on Thursday 18 April 2019, aged 87.  Much loved husband of Sue for 63 years and father to Patrick, Zoe, Clare, Mary, Sarah and Hannah and proud grandfather to 13 grandchildren.  
(PH 44-50)

COHEN, Clive Ronald Franklin, The Venerable
Died peacefully in hospital on 8 April 2019 after a long illness, aged 73. Former rector of Winterslow. Much loved husband of June, a proud father and grandfather.  
(FH 59-64)

DIXON, Bryan Ramond
Died on 26 March 2019 after a short illness, aged 81.
(PH 50-55)
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FISHER, Michael Howe
Died on 21 March 2019 after a long illness, aged 87.
(MH 44-48)

PROWSE, Nicholas Robin Barrington (Nick)
Died peacefully on 9 May 2019, after a short stay in hospital in Cowichan Bay, British Columbia, aged 82. Twin brother of Noel Prowse (PS 50-55)
(PS 50-55)

BARKER, John Alnwick
Died on 22 February 2019, aged 83
(FH 49-53)

Died peacefully at home on Tuesday 19 February 2019 aged 81. He was a much loved husband to Lois and step parent to Renee and Ryan and Max and Joe. With first wife Penny, and to the end, Tim was a wonderful father to Charles (Sc 72-75), Jo and Nic and grandfather to Tom, Alfie, Stanley, Milo and Milly. Contributions to Parkinson’s UK and to Diabetes UK would be much appreciated sent c/o Tomalin & Son Tel: 01491573370. 
(Sc 50-55)

DICK, John Vivian Richard Dick (Dicky)
Died on 31 January 2019, aged 94. Brother of the late Michael (WH 36-40).
He is survived by his sons and daughters and by his brother Brigadier Chris Dick.
(WH 37-42)

FLORENCE, Neil Petrie
Died in Germany on 21 January 2019, aged 85. Major (Retd) Neil Petrie, late The South (Prince of Wale's Volunteers) and Queen's Lancashire Regiments, OT, MIPR '65. Dearly loved husband of Marion and brother of Clotilde Maple and the late Alan Florence. Service to be held at a later date. Donations, if desired, to the Army Benevolent Fund, or the Tonbridge School Foundation.
(PS 48-51)

Died on 19 January 2019, aged 76, following a long battle with cancer. Father to Max (MH 05-10) and brother to Tim (PS 61-66).
(PS 56-60)
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POINTON, Kenneth Richard (Ken)
Died on 29 January 2019, aged 85. 
(MH 46-51)
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HEROYS, Nicholas
Died peacefully on 28 January 2019. Adored husband of Sue, loving father of Michael (MH 79-84) and Alexander (SH 83-84).
(MH 51-55)
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EPHRAUMS, Roderick Jarvis (Roger), Major General Royal Marines, CB, OBE, CStJ, DL
Died on 6 January 2019, aged 91. Donations, if desired, to Royal Marines Charity or Friends of Salisbury Cathedral.
(Sc 41-44)
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