Obituaries

John Hawkes

We report the death recently of Old Cryptian John Hawkes, a Past President of the Old Cryptians’ Club.  John was educated at Calton Road School like so many Cryptian alumni.  He commenced his life-long contact with the School in September 1928.  He was in West House.  John was an engineer who lived and worked mainly in the Midlands.  John was a modest and very likeable man and always a welcome presence at Club reunions.

Robert James (Tim) Hughes

This is a late posting to record the death of Mr R.J. Hughes on 13th December 2013, aged 95. Mr Hughes joined the staff of the Crypt in 1951 from Loughborough Training College and was in charge of Woodwork until 1959 when he left for Tonbridge School. In 1953 Mr Hughes formed the Meccano Club and in 1955 assisted Charles Lepper in his production of Henry VI Part 1 dealing with the scenery and banners, and also supervised the construction of the scenery for the next production by Charles – The Tempest. His other lifelong interest was as a Radio Amateur (G3GW) and he was an active member of the RSGB.

Bob George (1931-39)

It is with sadness that we report the death, on 9th November, of R.S. (Bob) George. Bob taught at the Crypt School from 1948 – 52. As yet there are no details of the funeral arrangements.

Jim Thompson (1955 – 62)

We regret to inform OCC Members and former Cryptians of the death of Jim Thompson who became a pupil of the Crypt School in 1955. A private funeral will be held next week. A memorial service in Gloucester cathedral is planned – details to be announced.

Jim was an active member of OCC whilst teaching at the Crypt and at King’s School. He was a fine hockey player and played many games for Wales.

Bernard Stephens (1945 – 53)

The Old Cryptians’ Club regret to announce Bernard’s death on 6th August 2013 at his home, Brook Farm, Westbury-on-Severn after a long period of illness.

The Funeral Service will be held in the Parish Church of Westbury-on-Severn on Tuesday 13th August 2013 at 1215 p.m.

Joe Wiltshire

Joseph Thomas WILTSHIRE passed away on 9th July 2013, aged 93. “Joe” was born in Gloucester and attended The Crypt School.  He had a distinguished career. Read more…

Peter Meadows

The funeral service for Peter Meadows will be held at St Lawrence Church, Sandhurst, Gloucester on Thursday 7th February, 12.30PM.

Joe Stubbs, Tony Chesson and Peter Meadows – by Derek Howell

The year of 2013 is proving to be a particularly sad one for the Club as we have lost very loyal Old Cryptians taken away from their families and the Club before their time. In the space of only what seems a short time we have lost Joe Stubbs, Tony Chesson and now Peter Meadows who passed away on Monday after a relatively short illness.

All were dedicated (in their own way) members of the Club in all its aspects and were also sportsmen of the top bracket (locally speaking).

Peter was a fine all round sportsman playing rugby for Gloucester RFC at a time when the local system produced talent which the Town Club greedily grabbed. Pete had more than one string to his sporting bow, he played cricket for the Old Cryptians CC as did Tony and Joe, from 1958 to 1978 as a medium fast bowler and a more than adequate batsman – he captained the Club for 13 years from 1964 – 1976, and like the rest of us drank copious amounts of beer!

For many seasons – up to the end of last year – he was a regular member of “The Cryptics” skittle team – and very rarely missed a game – we now have to find an anchor man for the first half – a very hard act to follow.

Tony Chesson

Tony Chesson passed away suddenly this morning (21st January 2013).  No details concerning funeral arrangements  at this time. UPDATE (31/01/2013) Tony Chesson’s funeral service will be next Wednesday 6th Feb 12 noon at St Gregory’s Church, Cheltenham.

Tony was a great Old Cryptian and after a very successful playing career (perhaps still the top points scorer of the OCRFC), he became an active Patron and regularly attended the Old Cryptians dinner at the school and reunion day at the club.

Terry Price (1921 – 2013)

Terry Price died peacefully at his daughter’s home in Somerset on 7th January 2013, his 92nd birthday.

 B.T. (Terry) Price has born in Gloucester in 1921, the son of a the manager of a local dairy. After attending Calton Road  Primary School  he went to the Crypt School where he won a scholarship to go to Cambridge in 1939 to read natural sciences, which led to war service in the Navy on radio direction finding. This was followed by a spell as a Studio Manager on the BBC Third Programme before he joined the team working on the British atomic energy programme at Harwell and later Winfrith. In 1960 he became the Deputy Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence and then Chief Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Transport. In 1971 he moved into industry as Director of Development at Vickers, and from 1975 until to his retirement in 1987 he was Secretary-General of the Uranium Institute (now the World Nuclear Association). After retirement he devoted himself to finding engineering solution to help in the  care of his disabled wife, and in 1990 he wrote a definitive book on the politics and policy of nuclear energy “Political Electricity, followed in 2004 by his autobiography “Political Physicist”. A keen  musician, for many years he had two pianos and a full size organ in his living room and continued to play until  a couple of days before his death  on 7th January 2013, his 92nd Birthday.