Michael died at the age of 88 on 11 October 2019. He was a poet, novelist and biographer who published widely on both sides of the Atlantic.
Andrew sadly passed away in the spring of 2020 from Covid. Loving husband to Sarah.
Mr Ellison-Macartney sadly passed away in 2019.
Nicholas, aged 83, sadly passed away on 6 December. Loving husband and father. Private funeral.
Alastair (Sandy),passed away peacefully at Craigmaddie on 30th November 2020, aged 91. Beloved husband of Libby, much loved father to Stephanie, Annabel and Lorna and adored grandfather.
David, died peacefully in hospital on 28 November, aged 83. Brother of Angela and Gerry, and a devoted uncle to all his nephews and nieces. He was a great cricketer. David left Stowe and moved to Wellington College, where he was a housemaster for many years. There will be a memorial service when possible.
Philip passed away suddenly on the 20 November 2020. Beloved husband of Vicky, loving father, step father and foster dad. Brother of Martin Vey (Bruce 74) and Jeremy Vey (Chatham 78). Donations in memory will be gratefully received towards The North Wales Wildlife Trust and The Compassion Charity per Ifan Hughes, Funeral Director, Ceiri Garage, Llanaelhaearn. Tel 01758 750238.
Alistair, sadly passed away on 20 November, aged 66. During his time at Stowe, Alistair was a lover of the great outdoors, excelling in Cross-Country, Athletics (he held the 1500m record for many years), and a wide range of country pursuits.
Throughout his life, he retained a close association with the Stowe Beagles, escaping for a day's Beagling whenever possible, joining them on trips around the Country and becoming Chairman in 2010 until his death. His knowledge, dedication and endless support will be sorely missed by all.
Alistair is survived by his wife, Marie-France and his son Christopher (Grafton 03). A Service of Thanksgiving will be held when possible.
Richard, aged 84, died peacefully on 16 November 2020. Beloved husband of Ursie, father of Mark (Chatham 81) and Nicholas, father-in-law of Lois, and adored "Grandpa Dicky" to Olivia, Paddy, Thea, Hubie and Amelia. Private family funeral. Donations, if desired, to St. Michaels Hospice, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9NB
*Member of the Roxburgh Society
Timothy Manville aged 87 died 7th November. Beloved husband of Celestria father of the late Dorian and Catherine and grandfather of Alexander and Oscar. Rest in peace.
Colin passed away on 2 October 2020.
John, aged 73, passed away peacefully on 11 October, 2020, brother to Robin (Temple 67) and Tim (Temple 71). Due to Covid restrictions, private Funeral.
From the Telegraph: Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, who has died aged 96, was among the most unpredictable and provocative columnists of his generation, as well as the most stylish.
Often, during his brief but brilliant editorship of The Sunday Telegraph in the late 1980s, “Perry”, as he was universally known, would tell his staff that unless they could make their readers splutter over their breakfast cereal the work was no good; and no one caused more splutterings, whether from the Left or the Right, than Worsthorne himself. The full obituary can be read here.
William, better known as Bill to friends and family, sadly passed away at the age of 98 in September 2020.
A widower he leaves four daughters. Grandfather of Stoic, Edward Whitbread (Cobham).
Alastair died peacefully on 24 September 2020, aged 93.
Tributes to Derek, who died in April, have flooded in saying: he was a gentleman, a lovely man, such an asset to the church, a fine and loyal organist, an inspiring musician, he will be greatly missed.
Click here to read his obituary
James, aged 86, died suddenly on 24 August 2020. Much loved husband to Ann, father to Tom Nash (Temple 86) and Matthew Nash (Temple 87) , stepfather, step-grandfather, brother to Michael Nash (Cobham 47) and Peter Nash (Cobham 49), friend, an adventurer and poet.
James, aged 85, sadly passed away on 21 August from a heart infection. A former presidential speech writer and author of more than 30 books, James leaves behind his wife Dianne, two daughters, Rachel and Mary, and four grandchildren, Caroline, James, George and Elizabeth.
Funeral was a private service with a memorial service to be held at a later date.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Former Headmaster, Jeremy Nichols, on Saturday 8 August. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren at his home in Truro. Click here to read the tribute
Michael aged 80, died peacefully in Cornwall on 13th August. Beloved husband of Jo, adored father of Nicola and Suzy, loving brother of Richard and proud Boppa of Charlie, Fleur, Freddie and Emilia. Private family funeral.
Philip, aged 90, sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer on 24 July at his home in LA.
An actor, record, television and music producer. He was recording manager at PYE for Petula Clark and Lonnie Donegan, produced records for the Wally Stott Orchestra and three U.K. No.1 hits with Eden Kane, whom he discovered. In 1966, Philip produced Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General, starring Vincent Price. He also co-produced 1970’s Cannes Film Festival invited entry The Buttercup Chain and co-produced Upstairs, Downstairs for TV.
Philip is survived by his beloved wife Susi, his daughters Camilla (husband Adam) and Leslie, and his grandchildren Lia and Andrew (wife Chloe), and great granddaughter Riley.
Other obituaries below
The Telegraph and Argus
Richard (Dick) sadly passed away in Barrie, Ontario on 14 July, 2020. Known by many as Dickie, rugby was the love of his life, second only to his wife of 42 years Carol, his children whom he adored, Oliver and wife, Katherine, Heather and husband, Hunter, and his grandchildren Linden and Bennett.
He lived life to the fullest, and even after his diagnosis of stage 4 metastatic lung cancer last December, he was determined to get the most out of every day.
His and Carol's love of travel took them to many far off and magical places where his infectious enthusiasm, energy, sense of humour and laughter endeared him to all he met.
His friends were friends for life and he will be sorely missed.
Due to the pandemic, only a small family service was held at this time. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Oliver passed away on 31 May 2020, aged 87. Oliver loved his time at Stowe and was proud to be an Old Stoic. Details of any future thanksgiving service will be listed here in due course.
Richard passed away on 9 July 2020, aged 80. Details of any future thanksgiving service will be listed here in due course.
Tony sadly passed away on 17 July 2020, aged 73, following a battle with lung cancer. Tony was the founder of Time Out Magazine. His obituary has appeared in the national press, including The Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian. He was also remembered on BBC Radio 4s Last Word Programme on Sunday 26 July 2020, click here to listen back. Details of any future thanksgiving service will be listed here in due course.
Robert (Bob) passed away on Wednesday 9 July, aged 84. After completing his national service and Oxford University, Bob taught modern languages, first at Dulwich College and then at Stowe, from 1966 – 1970, where I first met him as a pupil.
Shortly after leaving Stowe, Bob moved to live in France and married Jacqueline, a friend of my wife's. Our two families remained close for over 50 years. He was passionate about his Anglo-French family, as well as sport, especially cricket. His French friends could never understand how he could listen to 5 days of test cricket on the radio, that only ended in a draw!
Our time at Stowe and the people we knew there in the 1960s, was always a subject we returned to whenever we met. Bob's keen intellect and very British sense of humour will be missed by all who knew him. Bob's funeral service took place at Hénin-Beaumont, France, on Monday 13 July 2020.
Charles passed away suddenly on Saturday 27 June 2020, aged 58. Charles arrived at Stowe as a young History teacher in 1986 and was Housemaster of Grafton from 1993-2003. Details of any future Thanksgiving service will be listed here in due course.
Sir John passed away on Sunday 21 June 2020, aged 88. Sir John was President of the Old Stoic Society from 2002-2003 and was a lifelong supporter of Stowe. His son, John Simon Perring (Grenville 80) is an Old Stoic. Sir John will be greatly missed by his children, grandchildren and a wide circle of friends. A Thanksgiving Service will be held in due course.
Paul passed away on 21 May 2020, aged 95. Paul had very fond memories of his time at Stowe and it was a big influence on his life. He continued to correspond with JF Roxburgh after he left and went up to King's, Cambridge. Paul had two sons, both of whom are Old Stoics: Guy Harvey (Grenville 69) and Neil Harvey (Grenville 70).
Robin died peacefully in April 2020. On leaving Stowe Robin qualified as a Chartered Secretary and rose quickly through the ranks of one of the UK’s major Building Societies ultimately taking control of their Investment Division, involving 65 Directorships. On retirement in 2006 Robin spend a great deal of his time supporting National and Local Charities. He leaves two OS brothers, James Green (Walpole 62) and Jonathan Green (Walpole 68), four nephews, five nieces and was a great uncle to 13 children all of whom will miss him dearly.
Alan passed away on 21 April 2020, aged 84. Alan lived an extraordinary life as a journalist and thriller writer. His brother, actor, Brook Williams (Chatham 56), was also an Old Stoic. Click here to read Alan's published obituary.
It is with great sadness that the Petersson family announces the loss of their beloved son, brother and friend, Tom, age 52, on 13 April, 2020 from COVID 19. Tom's brothers, Magnus Petersson (Grenville 85) and Philip Petersson (Grenville 91), are both Old Stoics. Details of any planned thanksgiving service will be listed here in due course.
Oliver passed away suddenly on Monday 4 May 2020. Oliver taught Physics at Stowe for over 30 years and will be very sadly missed by his family, friends and former colleagues. Click here to read his obituary. Details of any future thanksgiving service will be published here in due course.
Dudley died peacefully in his sleep on 15 April 2020, aged 72. Loving and beloved husband to Torrie, father to Fleur and Zoe, grandfather to Beatrix, Octavia, Edward, George and Scarlett. Dudley was a wonderful friend, full of laughter with many stories to tell. His brother, Digby Howard (Cobham 61) is an Old Stoic.
A private cremation on Wednesday 29 April followed by a celebration of Dudley's life when circumstances allow. Donations to The Brain Tumour Charity c/o Reynolds Funeral Service, Chichester. Tel: 01243 773311 or via www.reynoldsfunerals.co.uk
David passed away peacefully on 27 March 2020 aged 79. Beloved husband of Julie, dear brother of Janet and much loved father of Sophie, James, Charlotte and Edward and grandfather of Joanie, Beck, Remy, Jack, Caspar, Lucas and Ruben. Thanksgiving service will be held at a later date.
Julian, aged 84, died peacefully in Brussels, Belgium on 23 March 2020. Diplomat, gastronome and yachtsman. Husband of Julie and the late Ann, father of Piers. Brother to Jocelyn (Bruce 66), son of the late Joseph John ('Robin') (Bruce 25) and nephew to the late Peter Hartland-Swann (Bruce 35). His father, Robin, was one of 'The First Ninety-Nine' who joined the School at its foundation in 1923.
Private funeral in Brussels, to be followed by a celebration of his life at a later date to be announced.
Donations, if desired, to Belgian Alzheimer's League via https://alzheimer.be
Reginald, aged 92, sadly passed away on 22 February 2020.
Alan, aged 90, passed away peacefullu at home, on 21 February. Married to Anne-Marie (d. 1994); father of Nicholas, Martin, Patrick and Daniel, grandfather of eleven; partner of Charlotte.
Funeral service and life celebration took place on Saturday 7 March at St Mary's Church, Aldermaston.
Hugh, aged 86, died peacefully on 6 February at home after a long illness bravely fought. Dearly loved husband of Prue and devoted father to Daryl Whitcombe (Bruce 82) and Alexander Whitcombe (Bruce 87).
Thanksgiving Service on March 24th at All Saints Church, Fulham at 2.30 p.m.
It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of Richard Speight, former headmaster of Winchester House on Wednesday 12 February. Richard was a pupil at Winchester House from 1947 to 1950, coming to Stowe until 1955. Richard returned to Winchester House as a member of staff in 1961. In 1972, Richard was appointed joint Assistant Headmaster and three years later became Headmaster.
During his headship, Richard's leadership skills, forward thinking approach, way with children and enthusiasm for life saw the introduction of girls, the building of Drayton House, the creation of Pre-Prep and growth of pupil numbers. Richard retired in 1997 having touched so many lives, and took on the role of Chairman of the Winchester House Association, a position he held until his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with Richard's family and friends. He will be sorely missed and always remembered with great affection.
Funeral and memorial details will follow in due course.
Nigel, aged 70, sadly passed away in Germany on 15 January 2020.
The Service took place on Wednesday 29 January at St Michael's Church, High Street, Bray, SL6 2AB, followed by the committal of ashes at Oakley Green Cemetery, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5UJ.
James, aged 100, sadly passed away on 30 January 2020. Father of Nicholas Elmslie (Cobham 74).
Michael, aged 82, sadly passed away on 23 January 2020. Brother of Mr Andrew Shrager (Temple 63).
David, aged 90, died peacefully on January 8, 2020. Devoted husband of the late Muriel, beloved father to Francis and Robin, dear father-in-law of Ali, devoted grandfather of Robbie and Ellie, and brother of Patrick and the late John (Temple 46).
He will be sadly missed by all. Service of Thanksgiving took place on Thursday 16 January in Holy Trinity Church, Kircubbin, followed by private service in Roselawn Crematorium and interment in Ballyphilip Parish Church, Portaferry.
Robert, aged 87, died peacefully on 8th January 2020, surrounded by his immediate family. Darling husband of Mariquita, adored father of Carenza, Simon and Sarah, and grandfather of six. Funeral Service took place on 24th January at St Peter's, Flushing, Cornwall, TR11 5TP.
Ian, aged 74, sadly passed away on 4 January 2020
Richard, aged 75, sadly passed away on Christmas eve, after a long battle with cancer. He was the last remaining male Denempont in the U.K.
Service took place Monday 20 Jan 2020 at Breckland Crematorium, Norwich Road, Norwich, NR9 4NR. Donations are to go the Pricilla Bacon Lodge where Richard spent his last weeks. A hospice run by the MacMillan nurses.
Andrew passed away on Friday 20 December, aged 86. After leaving Stowe in 1951, Andrew went up to Cambridge to study Mathematics. He left with a First and became a Math's teacher. During his teaching career, Andrew taught at Christ's Hospital School, Stowe, from 1966 - 1980 and Maidwell Hall Prep School, retiring in 1991. Andrew's funeral service took place on Friday 10 January, at Lairg, Scotland.
Liz sadly passed away on 3 December 2019, surrounded by her family. Liz taught English and Skills at Stowe for 26 years and retired in 2016. She was a very well loved member of the Stowe community and will be very sorely missed. Details of services in memory of Liz will be listed here as soon as they are confirmed.
Richard was born in Johannesburg where he lived until he was nine years old when he returned to the UK and attended Beachborough before following his brother, David (Chandos 63) to Stowe.
After Stowe, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and spent two years working in Egypt before returning to London where he met his wife, Sally. They married in 1980 and went on to have three daughters, Briony, Charlotte and Emma who all attended Stowe in the Sixth Form.
Richard loved to travel and the opportunities to live and work internationally, further to his initial stint in Egypt, continued for many years as a result of his successful career in the Technology Industry. He and his family lived in Brussels, California, Hong Kong and Japan.
A talented sportsman, he excelled at rugby, tennis and hockey. Later in life he took up long distance walking and completed a 100km Ultra Marathon for charity in under 24 hours – no mean feat for a then 65-year-old!
He was a keen cook and (self-proclaimed) wine connoisseur who loved to entertain and was always at his happiest hosting large family meals, particularly after the arrival of his two grandchildren. He was a thoughtful man who enjoyed current affairs, history and literature.
Richard died suddenly at home in London. He is greatly missed by those who knew him and will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity and sense of humour.
Jeremy, aged 81, sadly passed away unexpectedly after a short illness on 30 November, leaving his wife Lexi, his step-children, family and friends.
An adventurer, a scientist and extremely loyal friend. Jeremy will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Trevor, aged 88, sadly passed away on 23 November. Beloved husband of 65 years to Janette. He was predeceased by his brother, Derek Grossmark (Chatham 46).
Funeral service has already taken place.
With great sadness, we share the news that Steven Ausnit, aged 95, passed away peacefully at home on 8 November 2019.
His daughters Suzanne and Christine write, "Many knew him, and everyone loved him. He was a kind and generous man who was always ready to extend a helping hand and whose life and deeds touched many generations. Our many wonderful memories of Steve will sustain us in the days, months, and years ahead.
As we reflect back on Steve's long and fulfilling life, we remember how highly he valued education. In his memory, we are establishing a fund to support one of his most cherished projects, Liceul Teoretic Harul, which supports underprivileged students from kindergarten to high school in Lugoj, Romania.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider supporting this fund. We will be sending more information shortly on how to contribute, as well as on a memorial service to celebrate Steve's life."
We will publish details of the memorial service once we receive them.
Nick died on 12 November 2019, suddenly but peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. Nick's brother, Martin Crass (Chatham 67), is an Old Stoic.
Funeral service took place on Tuesday 3rd December, at 1pm, at St Bede’s Chapel, Teesside Crematorium, Acklam Road, Middlesbrough TS5 7HD.
Ian sadly passed away on 4 November 2019.
Colin, aged 88, sadly passed away on 26 October 2019. Younger brother to the late Dr John Anson (Grenville 45) and Mrs Sarah Kerr.
If you would like to get in touch with the family, please do email the Old Stoic Office on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward your details on.
Robin, aged 94, passed away peacefully at home on 17 October. Husband of the late Judith, Father to Andrew and Alina and grandfather to Tristan, Saska, Nialls, Taigan and Toby. Younger brother of Edward Guinness (Cobham 42).
Funeral service took place on Saturday 2 November at 1.15pm. Donations, if desired, c/o Bradley & Jones, 7 Love Lane, Pinner HA5 3EE
Richard, aged 84, sadly passed away on 1 October, 2019. Husband to Harriet, father to Jack Uttley (Chandos 93) and Older brother to John Uttley (Chandos 57).
Angus died peacefully on 9 September 2019, aged 87, after a long illness, surrounded by his family in Wells, close to where he and his wife, Alison, a fine bassist, lived in retirement.
Angus taught at Stowe from 1955 until 1970 and held the role of Director of Music. He was an inspirational teacher, loved by many of his pupils. He was a superb violinist, conducted the Stowe Orchestra and conducted in Stowe Chapel some of the great choral works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Handel. As well as performing in the Roxburgh Hall, Angus presented chamber concerts in the Library and the Queen’s Temple.
Angus left Stowe to teach at Winchester but he became a Stowe parent in the same year.His son, Dr Francis Watson (Lyttelton 74) left Stowe in 1974.
Angus’ funeral took place at St Matthew’s, Wookey, Near Wells, Somerset on Friday 11 October at 2pm. Details are available from email@example.com
John, aged 82, sadly passed away on 8 September. Younger brother to Mr Richard Hamer (Grenville 53).
John had been a regular guest at the SOS lunch but has been unable to attend this year.
John's Funeral was held on Wednesday 25th September at 12.30 p.m. at Golders Green Crematorium. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to East Kent Motor Neurone Disease Association.
*Member of the Roxburgh Society
Allan, aged 68, sadly passed away on 7 September 2019. Older Brother of Angus Macpherson (Grenville 71).
Desmond, aged 86, Desmond, died peacefully at home on 6 September 2019, aged 86. Much loved husband of Fiona, adored father of Lucy, Mel, Toby and Katrina and devoted grandfather to seven grandchildren.
Funeral service took place at St Peter's, Great Haseley on 19 September.
*Member of the Roxburgh Society
David, sadly passed away peacefully at home, on 4 September, aged 92. Devoted husband of the late Millie, father of Melanie, Alice and Katie, and grandfather of eleven.
Service of Thanksgiving took place on 3 October at 4.30pm, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Hambleden. Donations for the Hambleden PCC and The Buckingham Foundation may be sent c/o Tomalin & Son, 38 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AG. Tel 01491 573370.
*Member of the Roxburgh Society
Hamish, died suddenly on 16th August 2019, aged 30. Beloved son of Christopher and Mary-Anne (Emma), adored brother of Clemi, George and Izzy and brother in law of Faye. Devoted uncle to David and Theodora (Froggy). Memorial service to be announced.
Michael, aged 87, passed away away peacefully on 15 August 2019. Beloved husband to Janette and younger brother to Antony Mellor (Bruce 48).
The Funeral service has already taken place.
After a long battle with breast cancer, Gemma, aged 37, sadly passed away on 15th August 2019.
The funeral took place on 29th August and was a celebration of Gemma's life.
Bruce, aged 81, sadly passed away on 14th August 2019. Much loved husband of Elizabeth, father of John Snyder (Bruce 83), James Snyder (Bruce 91) and siblings Anthony and Wendy.
John, aged 79, sadly passed away on 11th August 2019.
The funeral has already taken place.
Philip, aged 55, sadly passed unexpectedly on 11th August 2019. Much loved husband to Mary, father to Samantha and Jack.
William, aged 80, passed away on 16th July 2019. Very dear husband of Phyllida, very proud father, grandfather and father-in-law of Henrietta, James, Poppy, Sophie, Henning, Phoebe, David and Tessa.
The funeral has already taken place.
*Member of the Roxburgh Society
Roderick, aged 75, sadly passed away on 16 July 2019, after a long illness. Husband to Jane, younger brother of Mr Michael Corbett (Temple 53) and Mr James Corbett (Temple 56).
Andrew, aged 84, sadly passed away on 26 June 2019.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Caroline Whitlock died on 1 July 2019, having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just over a month before. Caroline, who retired in March 2017, worked for the Old Stoic Society as Old Stoic Events Co-ordinator for 10 years and was well known and loved by Old Stoics around the world.
I am sure I speak on behalf of all Old Stoics when I pass on our love and great sorrow to Caroline’s daughters, Toria and Gee, for their huge loss, which will be felt by so many. Caroline was a kind, caring and strong individual and it was a great pleasure to work with her for so many years and be able to call her a friend. She will be very sadly missed by us all. I will remember her wonderful warmth and kindness, her gentle sense of humour, and her genuine compassion for and interest in the wellbeing of those she knew.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in Stowe Chapel on Thursday 3 October 2019, at 3.00pm. If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org giving the names of all those who will be joining you or telephone the Old Stoic Office on 01280 818349. Caroline’s family have asked for no black to be worn at the Service.
If you would like to write to Caroline’s family, please send cards and letters to the Old Stoic Office and we will forward them on for you.
Anna Semler (Nugent 05)