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In Memoriam

A summary of notifications the Old Brutonian Association have received regarding deaths in 2020. Full information will be printed in the Old Brutonian Magazine 2021.
18 Nov 2020
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ARGYLE, Ian reported by his wife Jo.  No further information is known.

BAKER, Michael George (P50/52) died 12th October 2019, aged 84

BORDASS, John Michael (O44/48) died on 22nd September 2020 aged 90.  This news was reported by George Warry (O46/51).

BOYT, Mike (L55/59) died May 2020.  A local to Bruton, his grandparents owned a large grocers on the High Street.  The news was reported by Jeremy Hall (L60/64).

BURRY, Robert John DL. MBE (Plox 42/43 / O43/49) died 16th November 2019, aged 88

CANN, John died 16th November 2018.  A memorial service was held at St Peter’s, Shaftesbury, in December 2019.  John was Headmaster at Hazlegrove from 1975-1994. 

COTTRELL, Michael (Staff at KSB) died December 2020.  Mike lived in Wales and had recently been in receipt of several KSB merchandise items, arranged by his daughter.  He emailed the OBA to thank them and commented on the fond memories it had brought back to him.

CROSS, Patrick (Stephen Maitland) (N57/59) died 24th June, 2020, aged 77. 

FAWCETT, Christopher Joseph (P48/51) died 20th July 2020, aged 85.  This sad news was reported by George Warry (O46/51) in a letter to the Old Brutonian Association.

GODDEN, Andrew Frederick (N52/56) died 8th February 2019.  No further information is known.

HARCOMBE, Robert (Sam) (N43/47) died January 2019, aged 89.  Robert (Sam) had been fighting a long-term illness for several years, and passed away at home peacefully, with his family by his side.  Sam was a well-respected and well-loved resident of his village, very involved in arts and theatre, a published poet and playwright.  Sam loved body board surfing and his wife, Gillian, recounts that he even took part in the World Body Boarding Championships – wooden boards and no wetsuits! Sam carried out his National Service in Libya, then qualified at Cannington Agricultural College, before moving to Kenya to manage a coffee estate.  Sam married his wide, Gilly, in 1965 and they lived happily in Somerset. Sam leaves two sons, his wife Gilly and three beloved grandchildren.

HARRIS, Nigel (P59/63) died in 1994.  Nigel was the youngest of three Harris boys to attend King’s Bruton.  Robert (Rocky) (P52/57) and Jonathan (P56/61).

HI-DAVIES, Fred (Head of Science and Physics) died 20th June 2020.  The sad news was reported by Colin Juneman (Hon OB).  Fred had a large family and lived happily in Shepton Mallet with his wife.

HORSFALL, Noel (Matron Priory Boys) died 3rd September 2020.

IRVING, John (L59/63) died on 22nd June 2020.  John had ben living in France for 12 years.  After training as a mechanical engineer, he had a career running tea and food factories.  He spent his last few years before retirement working as a civil servant in Glasgow. 

LINNEY, Cynthia (Maths Teacher, 70/97) died 28th August 2020 aged 93.  Cynthia came to Bruton in 1969 with her husband, Stewart, who had been appointed Head of History and Cricket coach.  The following year Cynthia began teaching Maths at King’s, and over the following twenty-seven years she established herself as a most formidable and successful teacher, greatly respected by all those in her classes.  = photo available in sep file

MACE, Guy (P64/68) died 16th November 2015.

REES, John (O39/43) OB, Teacher and Housemaster at King's has died, November 2020.

SELLER, John (L58/63) died on 14th February 2018.  His wife recounts that John was very keen on all sports and excelled at athletics.  At around the age of 12, John sustained a serious injury to the face, from a cricket ball, which left him in hospital for several months.   John went on to teach physics and acoustics in London for 25 years.  The OBA would be grateful of any photos you may have of John, as his wife, Juliet, would very much enjoy seeing them.  John had seven children, 15 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

TAYLOR, Richard (O57/61) died 15th November 2020 at home in Bigbury, South Devon.  Richard was an outstanding athlete at King’s, winning the Victor Ludorum Cup in 1961.  An active member of the Old Brutonian Association, Richard (Ricky) and was one of the driving forces behind the ‘ramping’ up of the Annual OB London Lunch (originally it was no more than a ‘bun fight’ in a wine bar, Richard Sullivan reports.)   Richard was a loving father to daughters Sophie and Natalie, and grandfather to Rudi, Arlo, Devon Rose and Anouk.  On leaving King's, Richard went into the Wine Trade and was Chairman of the Champagne Academy.  More recently, he ran a successful Spanish food import business with his wife Alice and was the proud ownder of a famous brand of tawny port, Dixon's Double Diamond.


VIGAR, James (Jim) (O44/48) passed away in December 2020.  Many thanks to Christopher Rhys-Jones (O45/49) for reporting the news to the Old Brutonian Association.


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