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OT Death Notices in 2022

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WILSON, Desmond Gabriel, Lt Col, TD JP DL
Died on 23 August, 2022, aged 91. Desmond was commissioned into the first battalion of The Queen’s Royal West Kent Regiment and transferred to The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey)TA in 1951 before commanding the 6th (V) Battalion The Queen’s Regiment between 1971-74.

Desmond’s voluntary work included District Commissioner of Reigate Scouts, and serving on the Surrey Scout Council. He was Chairman of the Venture Scouts as well as Chairman of the Rifle Club before becoming President.  He served as a Magistrate on the Reigate Bench and was made a DL in October 1976. 

His interests included pheasant breeding, sailing, shooting, and Victorian paddle steamers. 
(PH 45-48)

CLAY, Alan Geoffrey (Geoff)
Died on 30 December 2022, after a period of declining health, aged 84. A passionate golfer and a dedicated member of the OTGS.
(HS 51-56)
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SEABROOK, Jonathan Richard Alec
Died peacefully on 30 October 2022 in Brisbane, Australia, aged 61. Much loved husband of Leonie, father to Alex and Charlie, son of Diana and brother to Mike.
(PS 74-79)
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RAVEN, Frederick Charles (Charles)
Died peacefully on Sunday 27 November 2022, dearly loved husband of the late Liz, father of Julian, Alexander and Rupert and grandfather to Daisy and William. Private family cremation. Service of Thanksgiving at St Lawrence Church, Bidborough on Monday19 December at 12 noon. All enquiries to C. Waterhouse & Sons, Funeral Directors, High Street, Burwash. Tel: 01435 882219.
(SH 49-54

Passed away on 27 November, aged 86. Much loved husband of the late Gloria and father to Carolyn, Sarah and Joanne. David taught Russian, French, Greek, Latin and Divinity at Tonbridge School from 1975-1994 and ran the very successful golf team.
(CR 75-94)
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DALTON, John Clive Palmer (Clive)
Passed away peacefully at home as he wanted on 18 September 2022, aged 86.
Loving husband of 62 years to Shirley, father to John and David, grandfather to James, Tommy, Christopher and Alexander, and great-grandfather to Alfie and Oscar. Clive will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. 
(PH 49-54)
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NICHOLSON, Peter Graham
Died on 18 September, aged 89. He was the much-loved husband of Nicola and father of Hatty, Adrian and Laura, grandfather of Lara and Katya.  A keen singer, actor and sportsman who will be greatly missed. After the Royal Navy and Cambridge he spent most of his career working for Selection Trust, travelling a great deal particularly to Australia.
(Sc 47-51)

QUIBELL, Michael Timothy
Beloved, sorely missed and loving husband of Caroline for 58 years. Adored father of Toby, Michele, Polly, Emily and Justin. Devoted grandfather of Jacob, Luke, Tom, Ned, Max, Gus, Fin, Charlie, Jack, Issie, Daisy and Poppy. Died at home on 27 October 2022, aged 81. Funeral Service will be held on 25th November 2022 at Kent & Sussex Crematorium, Tunbridge Wells at 1 p.m., all friends welcome. 
(MH 55-58)

TAIT, Michael Alan
Died peacefully in Maryborough Vic Australia on September 1 2021, aged 82 years. Loved and loving husband of Wilma. Treasured father of Lyndon and Euan. A life well lived. Rest In Peace.
(WH 52-57)

CHETTOE, Hugh Edward
Died in France on 3rd July 2022 aged 84 years.
He is very much missed by his wife Jodie and her children Abigail, Ivan and Joshua. He was our rock and support and gave us a beautiful home and life in France. He is sorely missed by his older brother John Chettoe (SH 47-52) and his wife Roselyn.  
(SH 51-55)

BANTING, Kenneth Mervyn Lancelot Hadfield, The Venerable
Died 8 February 2022, aged 84. 
(HS 51-56)

BETTS, Adrian James Michael Steven
Died 29 September 2022, aged 57, from MND. Beloved husband of Alexandra, wonderful father to Freddie and Bill.
(JH 78-83)

BRAYBON, Keith Wilfred, Dr
Died 10 January 2021, aged 91.
(MH 42-47)

WINKWORTH, John Francis
Died suddenly at home in Chobham on 12 July. Dearly loved husband of Jane and wonderful stepfather to Matthew and Ben. A treasured, kind and generous Grandpa. 
(MH 57-61)

SANDERS, Michael David, FRCP, FRCS, FRCOphth
Died peacefully in Hampshire surrounded by family on 25 July. Greatly respected Surgeon, beloved husband, father and grandfather.
(PH 49-53)
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WILTSHIER, Jeremy Gordon
Passed away peacefully on 4 July, aged 84. Sadly missed by his family and friends.
(PH 51-56)

EVANS, Norman Cassienet, The Reverend
Passed away on Tuesday 12 July 2022, aged 91. 
His funeral will be held on 1 August, at 3pm, at the Oxford Crematorium and there will be a reception afterwards at The Talk House. A Memorial Service will be held at Puttenham Church on 24 September at 3pm and afterwards at Marwick Hall.  All are welcome. If you wish to attend either or both services, please email Norman's daughter, Phillippa on
(Sc 44-48)

John (1936-2022) died peacefully at his home in Woodstock on 1 July surrounded by his family. He was Director of Music at Tonbridge School from 1967-1993. He flourished in his role at Tonbridge and he had many happy memories of his time there. In particularly he regularly reminisced about conducting major works with the school choir and orchestra alongside the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society. 
(CR 1967-1993)
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FINDEISEN, Michael Sydney, Lt-Cmdr RN
Died on 20 April 2022,aged 90. 
(Sc 45-59)

OLDCORN, Richard
Died peacefully on 1 June 2022 whilst sleeping in Abbotsford, Australia, following some four years of deteriorating health - a sad situation for such an able sportsman. Richard learned to fence at Tonbridge, gained a blue for fencing whilst at Christ's College, Cambridge, and fenced for the British & Northern Ireland team in the Olympic Games of 1964, 1968 & 1972. He was subsequently the captain of the sabre team at the 1980 games. The best position the sabre team achieved at any games was seventh; he did not achieve a top eight position individually, but he did win a Gold medal as a member of England's sabre team at the Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. He also gained a half blue for athletics (throwing discus) whilst at Cambridge.
Brother to David Oldcorn (MH 48-53)
(MH 51-56)

BIDDLE, David Eric 
Died peacefully, with his family by his side, on 7 June 2022, four weeks before his 90th birthday. Much loved husband to Anna, father to Will (PH 76-81), Kate, George and Sarah, father-in-law and grandfather of twelve. Younger brother of the late Tony (Sc 43-48). He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
(Sc 45-50)
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ASHBY, Richard Harrington
Died peacefully on Saturday 14 May, aged 72. Richard will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
(Sc 62-67)

FRANKS, Jonathan Harold
Died peacefully on 5 May 2022, aged 91 years. Beloved husband of Maureen and devoted father to Fiona and Juliet, son-in-law Douglas and granddaughter Alice. His gentle kindness and love will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. Private cremation.
(PS 45-48)

SMETHURST, Adam Hugh Christopher
Died in Exeter on 2 November 2021. Deeply missed by his family and friends
(HS 14-19)
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TRINDER, John Frank Scott, Captain CBE RN
Died peacefully at home on 23 March 2022, aged 85 years. Much loved widower of Rosalie, father of Lucy, Kate and Andrew and grandfather of Joe, Milo, Oscar, Benedict, Alfred, Julian and Nina. 
(Sc 50-53)

AYLWARD, Gordon Charles
Passed away peacefully at home on Saturday 26 March, aged 79. Beloved husband of Sue, father to Charlotte, Sally, Mark (SH 89-94), Justin (SH 95-00) and grandfather to Toby Lee-Amies (SH 17 to current day), who is the fourth generation of the Aylward family to attend Tonbridge. Founder of the OT Squash Rackets Club. 
Private family funeral.
(SH 56-61)

PITT, Andrew William James 
Died peacefully in his sleep on 19 December, 2021, aged 76, having suffered with Alzheimers for a few years.
(FH 59-63)

BASFORD, Colin Vickers George
Died on 23 March 2022, aged 90. Much loved husband of Moira, father to Christopher (PH 76-80) and Nicola and grandpa of Evie and Rollo. Private family cremation with thanksgiving service to follow. 
(Sc 45-49)

IGGULDEN, Michael James Louis FRICS (Mike)
Died on 18 December 2021 after a long illness, aged 91. Much loved husband of Susan and father to Sarah, Rebecca, Jennifer, Gregory and Nicolas. A chartered surveyor, Mike lived a full and active life. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
(WH 44-49)

COLVILL, Martin Arthur FCA
Passed away on 4 March 2022, aged 81. Much loved husband of Linda. Brother to Bob (FH 55-60). Martin will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Private funeral. Details of a service to celebrate Martin’s life to follow.
(FH 54-58)
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HEATHCOTE, Edgar Colin FRAes (Colin)
Died suddenly on 1 March 2022, aged 77. Much loved father to Millie and Alexander (MH 99-02), who was the fourth generation of the Heathcote family to attend Tonbridge. Colin will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
(MH 58-63)

HEALEY, Tim Alexander Dick
Died peacefully on 21 February 2022 at home in Great Barrow, Chester, aged 94. Tonbridge School Chemistry teacher from 1952-1955 and Head of Science from 1958-1965. An excellent rowing coach, Tim coxed the British Four at the 1948 Olympic Games. Much loved husband of Eileen and father of John and Jamie. 
(CR 52-65)
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PETTMAN, Nigel Robert Anthony
Passed away on 18 February 2022. Very much loved partner of Anne and much loved father of Amanda and Clair. He made deep friendships and will be greatly missed by friends and family at home and abroad. 
(PS 57-61)

CATMUR, Richard Stucley
Died peacefully in his sleep in Denver, Colorado, on 3 October 2021, aged 92.
(FH 43-47)
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MITCHELL, David Hunter
Died on 21 February 2002, peacefully at home aged 93. Beloved husband of Charlotte, much loved father of Robert, Caroline and Hilary, proud Grandpa of Katie, Annabelle, Julie, Ellie and Fiona and great-grandfather of Emilia.
(Sc 42-45) 

ARTHURE, John Edgar, Dr
Passed away in his sleep on Sunday 30 January, not many days after his 87th birthday.
(Sc 48-53)

MANDER, Michael Stuart
Passed away on 8 February, aged 86 years. Much loved companion, brother and uncle. Memorial Service at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London, later in the year. 
(Sc 49-52)

HARDING, Richard John
Passed away peacefully at home in Cheshire on 20th January 2022, aged 77. Much loved father of Annabel and Andrew, brother of Wendy, grandfather of Yasmin and uncle of Joanna and Caroline. Richard will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.  
(HS 57-61)

PLEWS, Timothy Edwin
Died on 23 January 2022, aged 83.
(PH 51-55)

Passed away on 19 January 2022, aged 81.  Beloved husband to Jenny, and inspirational father to Dominic, Annabel and Belinda, and 5 grandchildren. He achieved so much in his life: competing in 3 winter Olympic Games, representing the GB luge team and a successful career as a top maxillofacial surgeon.  He will be greatly missed.
(FH 54-58)
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