Obituaries

Jack Lane (1964 – 84)

A distinguished master of the Crypt School, Jack Lane, died on 23rd April 2016 aged 90.  Jack was Head of Spanish under the Headmaster Stanley Ward, also teaching French and German at a time when Modern Languages were clearly thriving.  Jack studied at Corpus Christi, Cambridge following wartime service in the Far East and then taught at a school attached to the Sorbonne.  His first teaching post, at the age of 27, was at Launceston College in Cornwall.  He spent 7 years in the British Army School in Malaya before being recruited into the Crypt.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at Gloucester Crematorium on Friday, 13th May at 1100.  Coula and Jack’s family will be pleased to welcome any Old Cryptians who are able to attend.

Michael Clift (1939 – 46)

The recent death of Dr Michael Clift, who in latter years lived in Longlevens and Hatherley Grange Nursing Home, has been reported; his funeral has taken place.  Michael, a scholarship boy, attended the Crypt School between 1939 and 1946.  After Medical training he spent 13 years as the surgeon on Ocean liners and cruise ships. In 1970 he took up General Practice in Cheltenham and is remembered for doing a lot of good in the community.  His thirst for knowledge is also recalled  by his nephew.  He brings to mind countless yellow Teach Yourself books ranging from Hindi to Islam, Marquetry to Sewing  and Pitmans Shorthand.  With his profession and many interests Michael clearly led a very full life.

Gordon Hill (1949 – 55)

Gordon Hill sadly passed away on 20th February 2016.  The funeral will be held at the Crematorium, Coney Hill Hospital on Tuesday, 1st March at 1130, meeting afterwards at Painswick Golf club.  For many years Gordon was an enthusiastic Secretary to the Old Cryptians Club.  A full obituary will be published in the 2016 Cryptian magazine.

Tony Pugh 1935 – 42

The funeral for Tony Pugh was held on 26th January 2016 at the Northgate Methodist Chuch of St John. The following Old Cryptians were able to attend, some with their wives: Richard Browning, Eric Stephens, Howard Allen, Jill Harvey, Roger Davis and Mike Nuth.  A number of Masonic members  were also present as was Nikki Arthy representing St Mary De Crypt, with others from that community, as well as the Discover De Crypt group. The School was represented by the Headmaster and Sue Wales.

Tony was a long standing and enthusiastic member of the Old Cryptians Club and supported the Club’s activities into his 90th year.  He will be remembered for the solemn roll call at the Annual Dinner of Old Cryptians who died in the year.  He was often called upon to say grace at this and other dinners.  He simply loved his old School.

Tony was also Churchwarden of St. Mary de Crypt church for many years.

A full obituary will be published in the 2016 Cryptian magazine.

(Apologies for all readers of this website for not being able to give advance notice of Tony’s funeral.)

Alan Humphries 1940 – 1945

Sadly we have to record the death, on 4th December 2015, of Alan Humphries who attended the Crypt School from 1940 until 1945.  Alan was a President of the Old Cryptians Club in the period 1997-1998 and was also an enthusiastic member of the London Section.  The funeral will be held on Tuesday, 22nd December at Woking Crematorium.  Further details from Helen Humphries on 01438 565718.  Photo of Alan at an OCC Dinner:  Alan Humphries, President 1997-98

Peter Goscombe (1935 -42)

With sadness it is recorded that Peter Goscombe of Hempsted, Gloucester died recently.  His funeral will be held on Thursday, 23rd July 2015 at St Swithuns’s Church in Hempsted at 12.00.  Peter was very proud of his Crypt education and all that the school did for him.  Chris Goscombe has been contacted and has said that Old Cryptians and other friends of Peter are welcome to attend the funeral.

Frank Anthony Little, 1939-1949

We have learned that Tony Little, an Old Cryptian who retired to Lichfield, has died.  The funeral will be held at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 16th June 2015.

Steven Pedlar (1957-2015) Staff 1980-85

We have recently been told of the death  of Steven Pedlar.

Steven Pedlar, a Cornishman by birth, became Director of Music at Crypt in 1980 on the completion of his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. He was quickly recognised as one of the school’s true characters. He was a superb musician, and pupils and parents were lucky enough to hear him perform on the organ and piano on many occasions. However, he will be best remembered for his conducting, especially of voices. He was passionate about choral music, and created a Chamber Choir with whom he performed challenging repertoire to a very high standard. His enthusiasm and energy resulted in superlative performances at all kinds of events, from the Christmas Wassails and Gilbert & Sullivan operettas to the more serious occasions of Founders Day and Commendation Services. He was a rigorous teacher, never allowing slackness, especially in his more able pupils.

 After Crypt, he taught at Worksop College and King Edward’s School Witley, before taking early retirement and moving to Lincolnshire. Sadly, his last few years were plagued by ill health. He leaves his widow, Griselda, and two grown-up children, Giles and Imogen.

 

Charles Lepper – Memorial Service

With great sadness we record the passing, on 27th January 2015, of Charles Lepper who taught at the Crypt School from 1954 to 1967.  A talented English teacher, Charles produced a string of Shakespearian plays to great acclaim. He will also be remembered as the author of the exhilarating narrative covering ‘The Crypt School Gloucester 1539-1989’.

The funeral service has already been held however a Memorial Service is being arranged, to be held at the School on Saturday, March 21st at 12.00 midday.  If you intend to be present would you please contact Richard Briggs Tel no 01344 485273, email Richard.briggs@theiet.org or Richard Browning  Tel no 01452 310321, email Richardbrowning@live.co.uk by the 16th March.

Tony Howarth

Tony Howarth has passed away after a short illness. Tony was at the Crypt School in the years 1951-54.  A private family funeral will be held on 24th October.