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BARNARD, John Philip

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BARNARD, John Philip
Died on 8 August 2016, aged 92. His wife writes:
My lovely OT, my husband John Philip Barnard, died last year, twelve days shy of ninety-three. I am his second wife, and we had thirty-three wonderful years together.

John and I found it amusing that one of his family monikers became OT for a different reason to being an Old Tonbridgian. When our youngest grandchild aged three at the time asked his Mum what ‘old’ meant she explained that his beloved Granddad was rather like the wise Old Turtle in one of his DVD’s. So Old Turtle stuck for a while.

He recalls in his memoir his time at Tonbridge, and was hardly out of school before joining the RAF and becoming a wireless operator in WW2 including three years’ service in India. John was a highly intelligent, warm kind man who had a very full, creative, inspiring and vibrant life.

He was the son of a successful British character actor Ivor Barnard. John joined the Old Vic Tour with Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh as a junior member of the cast of that famous 1948 Tour of Australia and New Zealand. When the tour was over, John chose to remain in Oz.

We all miss him so much.

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