Old Stoic Obituaries 2022

Mr Edward Guinness (Cobham 42)

Edward passed away peacefully on 29 December 2022, aged 98. The obituary from The Times can be read here.

Mr Peter Breton (Cobham 56)

Peter passed away peacefully on the evening of the 13 December 2022 with both his daughters by his side. He was laid to rest on the 16 January at St Mary’s Church in Langham, Essex. He was happily married to his beloved wife Shirley for 58 years, prior to her passing, in November 2021. He often spoke fondly of his time at Stowe and the education he received, which helped him rise to the roll of Commercial Director, prior to his retirement.

Mr John Keep (Chatham 44)

John Leslie Howard Keep passed away peacefully on the 28 December 2022. John was living in Bern (Switzerland) after a long academic career in Eastern European and Russian studies at various universities in the UK, Canada, and elsewhere.

Mrs M K Burley (Former Housemistress - Stanhope, 1978-1979)

Fiona Burley, who was the wife of Commander Malcolm Burley (Bursar 1973 – 1986) passed away on Friday 23 December 2022.

Mr Richard Gomme (Cobham 59)

Richard passed away on 25 December 2022.

Sir Simon Towneley (Chatham 40)

Sir Simon, peacefully passed away at home on 11 November 2022, aged 100. Sir Simon leaves behind seven children, Alice, Charlotte, Katharine, Peregrine, Victoria, Cosima and Frances. He also leaves 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Elder brother of the late Sir Peregrine Worsthorne (Grafton 42), who was the writer, journalist and sometime editor of the Sunday Telegraph. Sir Simon was appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1971 and Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire from 1976 to 1996. In 1994 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the New Year Honours.

Mr Ian Whitecourt (Walpole 64)

Died 11 November 2022.

Mr Roland Cunningham (Temple 50)

Roland passed away on 18 October 2022.

Mr Hugo Morley-Fletcher (Temple 58)

Hugo passed away on 30 December 2022. Hugo’s funeral will be on Monday 6 February 3pm at St. Mary’s Church, Padbury.  There will also be a memorial in London in the spring.  He was very proud of being the son and father of an Old Stoic, as well as being one himself. 

Mr Kit Clucas (Walpole 60)

Kit passed away on 19 December 2022.

The Revd Peter Hancock (Former staff, 1962-1967) 

The Revd Peter Hancock (Former staff,1962-1967) died at home a week before his 91st birthday on 13 December 2022. Dearly loved husband of Sue, adored father of Claire and Naomi and wonderful grandfather of Seb, Charles, Ceci and Camilla.

Mr Julian Richardson (Temple 49)

Julian died peacefully in his sleep on Monday 5 December 2022. He leaves his wife Joanna of 62 years, three sons and seven grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by all.

Mr Bryan Toye (Grafton 56)

Bryan died on 21 November 2022 and a service celebrating his  full life will take place on Monday 12 December 2022 at Church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holy Sepulchre, Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2DQ. Friends, family and colleagues are welcome to attend the service at 1pm. The service will be followed by a reception at nearby Goldsmiths' Hall. 

Mr Anthony Skyrme (Temple 52)

Anthony passed away on 12 March 2022. 

Mr David Burns (Bruce 47)

David died on 16th September 2022, aged 94 years. He had many happy memories of Stowe, including being taught by T.H.White. He achieved the distinction of qualifying as Master of Wine in 1956, a notoriously difficult exam to pass. He is survived by his devoted wife, Diana, and their two daughters, Juliet and Jennie.

Mr Nigel Coleman (Chatham 44)

Nigel sadly passed away in September 2022 at the age of 95.

Mr Simon Streeton (Grafton 84)

Simon passed away at home in Yardley, Birmingham on Wednesday 12 October 2022, aged 56 years. He had been suffering from ill health for a while but his passing was unexpected. He is survived by his partner, Julie, his two children, Oliver and Natasha, and his beloved bull terrier, Fanny. 

Mr Howard Faure (Cobham 57)

Howard passed peacefully after a short illness whilst away in Chaing Mai, Thailand on 25 November 2022. He was a phenomenal aeronautical model maker all his life with patrons like the King of Jordan and various film companies filming from helicopters before the invention of model drones which have changed the world. 

Mr Richard Mash (Chandos 63)

Richard passed away on 7 March 2022 aged 77 having led a full and active life to his last day. He held fond memories of Stowe and cherished the many lifelong friendships forged during this time. 

Mr Patrick McCrea (Walpole 59)

Patrick (Paddy) R McCrea, Walpole ’59, died in Paris on 8 July. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. He was cremated at the Crématorium du Père-Lachaise in Paris at a private ceremony on Monday 18th July. A memorial dinner was held at St Jean Cap Ferrat on 22nd August, where Paddy’s friends gathered to scatter his ashes into the sea. This was thought a fitting spot as in 40 years of selling high end property in the south of France, there can scarcely be a single property on that famous Cap that has not passed through Paddy’s hands at one time or another. One such was the house he bought for Maurice Saatchi in 1981, and then sold for him 40 years later in 2021. A ‘sparkling tea party’ as celebration of his life was held at Hadlow Manor Hotel in Kent, where friends and family all gathered to remember Paddy and commemorate his love for English tea served in fine bone china, with champagne in crystal glasses to add the ‘sparkle’.

Dr Geoffrey Michael Hornby (Former staff,1971-2002)

Dr Geoffrey Michael Hornby, Chemistry teacher at Stowe 1971-2002, died peacefully on Sunday 30 October 2022 aged 80 years. Funeral service and interment at St. Michaels Church, Barton, near Penrith, CA10 2LR on Monday 21st November at 11.00am. Family flowers only, but if desired donations in memory of Michael for Patterdale Mountain Rescue may be left at the service or can be sent c/o Walkers Funeral Directors, Tynefield House, Penrith, CA11 8HY.

Mr William Russell (Bruce 71)

William (Bill) passed away on the 3 October 2022. Bill was a retired surveyor and, latterly, a furniture dealer. He had been unwell for some time.

Mr Mark Williamson-Noble (Temple 63)

Mark Williamson-Noble (Temple 1963) died on 17 August 2022 from complications associated with Parkinson’s Disease. He attended the Swiss Hotel School in Lausanne, and then worked his way up the profession, successfully managing and opening hotels in England, France and South Africa. He was General Manager of the Carlton Tower Hotel in London before moving to South Africa where he oversaw Southern Sun’s hotel portfolio and Holiday Inn acquisition. On returning to England, he was Managing Director of Town and County Catering. Before retirement, he managed the UK private property portfolio of a senior member of a foreign royal family.

Mr John Elliot (Cobham 44)

Died in July 2022.

Mr Jeremy Gibson (Walpole 52) 

Jeremy passed away on Friday 28 October, a few days after his 88th birthday.

Dr John Barney (Chandos 51)

John passed away in July 2022, aged 89. John is survived by his wife Sarah.

Mr Simon Howorth (Chatham 58)

Simon passed away on 3 October 2022, aged 82. Simon is survived by his wife Angela and son, Jonnie Howorth (Chatham 00).

Mr John Boumphrey (Bruce 45)

John died on Tuesday 20 September aged 95.

Mr Derek Birch (Chatham 50)

Derek sadly died on Friday 16 September aged 90. Derek was Captain of Golf and was a regular at OSGS events and reunions.

Mr Michael Kostoris (Chandos 70)

Michael Bernard died peacefully after a short illness on Tuesday 26 July 2022, aged 70 years. Beloved husband of Victoria, dearly loved father of Sarah, James and William and loving grandfather of Matilda, Otto, James, Alexander, Jemima, Thea and Sofia. Private family funeral. No flowers please, any donations to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

Mr Andrew Millar (Bruce 65)

Andrew Michael Talbot died peacefully at home on 3 July 2022, aged 75. Much loved husband, father and grandfather. Memorial Service at St Mary the Virgin Church, North Stoke on 30 September at 2pm. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to Sue Ryder sent c/o Tomalin & Son, 38 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AG or online at andrewmillar.muchloved.com

Mr David Moores (Grenville 64)

David passed away on 22 July 2022, just weeks after his wife of 39 years, aged 76. He was Liverpool’s chairman for 16 years from 1991 to 2007 and then became honorary life president after selling his majority stake to Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Full obituaries can be found on The Guardian, BBC and Sky Sports websites.

Mr Roger Trevor (Cobham 56)

Roger passed away on Monday 20 June 2022. He is survived by his son, Thomas. Details of any planned Thanksgiving Service will be listed here in due course.

Mr Hugh Searle (Chandos 58)

Hugh sadly passed away in June 2022 aged 82

Mr Richard Kayser (Grafton 64)

Richard passed away on 7 June 2022, aged 76. His funeral service has already taken place and a number of Old Stoics were in attendance.

Mr David Bode (Chandos 49)

David died aged 90 on Wednesday, 9 March, and leaves behind his wife Delma, and two children, Jane and William. An obituary for David was published in the Darlington & Stockton Times, please click on the link below:


Mr Richard Cox (Temple 48)

Richard died peacefully in his sleep aged 91 on 6 April 2022.  He lived life to the full as a writer (he was a well-known defence correspondent and foreign correspondent for the Telegraph and Times respectively in the 60s and 70s; an author of best selling novels, including Sam 7; and speech writer for the Aga Khan in the mid-80s); as a publisher (setting up his own company to publish a series of travel guides to Europe and Africa); as an officer in the 44th Independent Parachute Brigade (a reservist but serving in action in the retreat from Aden); and as an amateur pilot (including taking part in air rallies and flying a small plane from Southern Africa to the UK).  He was also a founding director of Care Britain, being closely involved in the charity's relief operations on the Kenya-Somalia border in the late 1980s, and was a Member of the States of Alderney (where he lived for many years).  In his 80s he returned to England to enrol at King's College, London to study for an MPhil on the social history of Australia and published his final book on an ancestor, William Cox, who built the first road from Sydney across the Blue Mountains to the interior.

Listing kindly supplied by Richard's son, Ralph Cox (Temple 83).

An obituary for Richard was published in The Times on 9 July 2022. Click here to view.

Edward Bush (Cobham 21)

On the anniversary of Ed's death, the School remembers him. 

Master Edward Bush (Cobham 2021) Abraham Lincoln said “It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years,” - the perfect sentiment for Ed Bush who died on 4 June 2021, aged 16.

At Stowe, and outside, Ed threw himself into that life. As a sportsman he played rugby, hockey, cricket, golf and polo. As an adventurer, he was a Cadet L/Cpl in the School CCF and a judoka. On annual family holidays in Cornwall, he sailed and surfed; for his soul there was the trumpet. Lastly, as a bon viveur, he was an outstanding shot, an expert angler, a racing enthusiast and budding oenophile.

Ed was due to join his much-adored brothers, Harry and James, for the Sixth Form at Eton, uniting them and granting him the rare attribute of being both an Old Stoic and an Old Etonian. His brothers and friends organised a memorial rugby match between the two schools. It was played as Ed lived; with passion, camaraderie and joy.

On his last day Ed was amongst the serenity and beauty of Loch Ness walking with a special friend. He held her hand as he was fatally injured. He died with his parents by his side. His funeral was held on 23 June, 2021 at St Mary the Virgin in Hambleden, the church was full, with scores more standing outside.

Ed planned to join the Army, and the congregation were moved to hear The Last Post played by a sergeant in the Coldstream Guards, who had stood to as we mourned. He is buried in a secluded spot in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin Church, Turville - a fittingly beautiful place for this best of England.

Nulli Secundus

Mr John Briggs (Cobham 52)

John died on 18th May 2022.

Mr Keith Falconer (Walpole 73)

Keith, aged 67, died peacefully at home on 17th May 2022. Hugely admired and respected by a great many friends and colleagues for whom his generosity, sense of fun and optimistic spirit were an inspiration. Raconteur, country sportsman and lover of whisky and claret, Keith was one of a kind. An adoring husband, brother, father and grandfather. A private family funeral will be held. Memorial details to follow.

Mr Alan Morriss (Bruce 53)

Alan, aged 87, sadly passed away on 2 May 2022. Details for service to follow.

Mrs Lucia Turner

Lucia passed away peacefully on 11 April 2022, aged 89 years. Beloved wife of The Reverend Christopher Turner (Former Headmaster 1979-1989), loving mother of Rosalie (deceased), Matthew and Kate, much loved grandma of Clemency, Theo, Zak, Luca and Xander. Lucia will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral service took place on Tuesday 26 April 2022, St. Peter's Church, Hook Norton, followed by burial in St. Andrew's Churchyard, Great Rollright. Flowers welcome, but donations preferable, for Tearfund, may be left at the service, made online, or sent c/o A L Sole & Son, Bidston Close, Choicehill Road, Over Norton, OX7 5PP.

The Hon Thomas Brassey (Temple 52)

Thomas, aged 87, died peacefully at home on 7 April 2022. Much loved and loving husband of V, adored by Miranda, Louise, Divina and Hugh, and his eight grandchildren. Private Family Cremation. Thanksgiving Service at Preston Capes Church, NN11 3TE on Wednesday 25 May at 2.30pm.

Mr Michael Walmsley (Walpole 55)

Michael, aged 84, sadly passed away on 2 April 2022. Older brother of  John Walmsley (Walpole 64).

Mr Peter Whitaker (Cobham 65)

Peter, died on 28th March aged 75. Younger brother of Robert Whitaker (Cobham 57).

Mr Godfrey Rees (Grenville 50)

Godfrey, aged 90, sadly passed away in early March 2022. Brother to Stephen Rees (Grenville 52).

Mr Christopher Day (Grafton 53)

Kit passed away on 26 February 2022, aged 86. He had many fond memories of his time at Stowe and like to visit regularly.

Mrs Rebecca Coetzee (née Morris, Stanhope 85)

Rebecca sadly passed away on 21 February 2022. Rebecca was the daughter of Stuart Morris (Former staff,1964-1979) and his wife, Susan, and sister of Sean Morris (Walpole 87).

Sir Norman Isham (Chandos 48)

Sir Norman Isham (Chandos 48), 14th Baronet, OBE, died on 9 November 2021 aged 91.

Mr John Turner (Grenville 49)

Mr John Turner (Grenville 49) died on 24 January 2022.

Dr David Donaldson (Former staff 1957-1973)

David passed away on Sunday 21 February 2022, aged 89.

Nigel Rice (Chatham 64) writes, “DWD had sixteen years at Stowe (1957-1973), and in addition to teaching modern languages and becoming the first ever Housemaster of Lyttelton in 1967, his primary involvement in the sporting arena was athletics and cross-country. He was president of Cambridge, and captained the combined Oxford and Cambridge team on their tour of the United States immediately prior to arriving at Stowe. He was quite simply the best coach of his generation, borne out by the eighteen school records, seven of which are in the senior age group, that still stand from his time in charge. He was my coach, mentor and friend and more than anyone else set me up to face life post Stowe.”

A full obituary for David will be printed in the 2023 edition of The Corinthian.

Sir John Perring (Grenville 49)

The Memorial Service for Sir John Perring (Grenville 49) who passed away on 21 June 2020, will take place at St Helen's Bishopsgate on Friday 8 April 2022 at 11.00am. Followed by refreshments at Merchant Taylor's Hall.

Mr Robert Durrant (Walpole 65)

Robert (Bob), aged 74, died peacefully at home after a long illness on Thursday 27 January 2022. A talented golfer, Bob was one of the OSGS most illustrious members. 

He leaves behind his wife, Wendy, children James and Pippa (Andy) and his grandchildren, Tom, Tilda, Lara and Lola, and his brother, Paul Durrant (Walpole 77).

Funeral service at Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip, HA4 7SJ on Wednesday 9th February at 2.00pm. After the service, the wake is being held at Moor Park Golf Club, Moor Park, Rickmansworth WD3 1QN. Donations in Robert's memory please to PSPA using link robert-durrant.muchloved.com 

Mr Anthony Barton (Grafton 48)

Anthony, aged 91, sadly passed away on Thursday 20 January 2022. 

Anthony, the charismatic owner of Châteaux Léoville Barton and Langoa Barton. Described  by long time friend and co-owner of négociant Aquitaine Wine Company, Jean-Christophe Calvetas,  'as the perfect gentleman, always smiling and gracious. He told hilarious stories about the wine business and he had terrific ability for observation of his visitors and customers. Above all, he was extremely modest about his incredible success. He was a man of distinction, quiet determination and elegance'.

Anthony is survived by his wife Eva, daughter Lilian, son in law, Michel, grandchildren Damien and Melanie and nephew, Robert Barton (Grenville 75). 

The Spectator 


Wine Spectator

The Times

Major Christopher Prestwich MBE (Temple 68)

Christopher, aged 71, sadly passed away on Wednesday 19 January 2022. He leaves behind his wife Sarah.

Mr Michael Fenwick (Chandos 52)

Michael died peacefully at home on 16 January 2022, aged 87. Much loved husband of the late Sheila, brother of the late Annette, cousin, uncle and great-uncle, and respected friend of many. Funeral Service at 11.30 a.m. at St Andrew's Church, Gargrave on Thursday 10th February, arrangements by Howcrofts, Skipton. Any donations in Michael's memory to The Woodland Trust: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

The Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover  KG (Grenville 46)

The Head, the Board of Governors and all those involved with the Old Stoic Society were profoundly sad to hear of the death of The Rt Hon the Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG, (Grenville 46) on Friday 14 January.  A former President of the OS Society and President of the Campaign for Stowe, Lord Sainsbury was an enthusiastic and loyal supporter of the development and restoration work carried out over recent decades at Stowe.

Click here read the full Stowe News Article. 

Full details of any future Thanksgiving Service will be listed here in due course.

Obituaries have been published in a large number of national publications, a selection of which are listed below:

The Guardian

The Telegraph

The Times

The Independent

Mr Paul Acke (Chatham 48)

Paul, aged 91, sadly passed away in early January 2022. 

He leaves behind his wife Anna.

Mr Rick Strange (Grafton 60)

Rick, aged 79, sadly passed away on 2 September 2021. His funeral took place on 29 September.

He leaves behind his wife, Mary.

Mr John Warner (Grenville 46)

John sadly passed away on 21 August 2021, he is survived by his wife Ulla.

Mr Jim Jones (Temple 85)

Dies 11 April 2022.

Mr Dudley Howard (Cobham 65)

A celebration of Dudley's life is taking place on Friday 29 April 2022 at 2.30pm at Chichester Cathedral. All are welcome.

Dudley died peacefully in his sleep on 15 April 2020, aged 72.

Mr Tony Sparshott (Former staff  1964 -1969, 1978 -1986)

It is with sadness that we inform you of the sudden death of Tony Sparshott,  His funeral took on Thursday 27th January 2022 at Harbour View Crematorium, Lytchett Minster, Dorset BH16 6AN. The website address is www.tapperfuneralservice.co.uk/harbour-view where there is a page dedicated to Tony's funeral. Fomer pupils and colleagues are welcome to attend the funeral after which the wake will be held at the same venue.