Obituaries

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.

Brian Showell (1943 – 1950)

We have learned of the death of Brian Showell on Sunday 4th November, 2012 in Brisbane. Brian had lived in Australia since the early 1960s. A message of condolence on behalf of the President and Club has been sent to Anne Showell and the family.

Michael John Owner (1942 – 1947)

We have learned that Michael Owner passed away on 29th August 2012. Further detail will be posted as it becomes available.

John Skinner (1952 – 1988)

On 12 August John (H.J.) Skinner died peacefully at his home in Worthing.

John was on the staff of the school between 1952 and 1988. He became Head of the History Department and was subsequently appointed a Deputy Headship. He also coached rugby and cricket. As Charles Lepper wrote “John was dedicated for 36 years to the well-being of The Crypt.”

The funeral service took place on 21st August at Brighton Crematorium.

Derek G Forbes

Derek Forbes sadly passed away peacefully on 3rd August 2012 in Prestbury, Cheshire where he had moved from Bromley.

The funeral takes place on 22nd August in Prestbury, but there will be a memorial service at his old Parish Church in Bromley on 9th October. For details please contact Mike Forbes, his son, who can also be reached on 01625 828483, or at 3 Bridge Green, Prestbury, Cheshire, SK10 4HR.

Derek was born in Gloucester on 16th August 1923 and attended the Crypt School. The family lived at 12 Denmark Road until the early 1950’s when they moved to London. After school Derek qualified as a public analyst, which is the profession he followed for life with his move to a laboratory in south London. During the war he was in the Royal Observer Corps in the Gloucester area.

His sister Sheila (Dr Morrison) was a Doctor in Painswick until she married the Rev. R Morrison – vicar of Randwick until the mid ’80s. Sheila still lives in Stroud.

Gordon Cove (1942 – 49)

We regret to inform members that Gordon passed away peacefully in a hospice on Saturday evening, 26th May 2012.

A service is being held at Randalls Park Crematorium, Leatherhead on Wednesday 13th June at 2.45pm. There are refreshments at The Swan Inn, Hare Lane,Claygate following the service.

Peter John Farthing (1960 – 67)

Peter Farthing (born 12th January 1949) died peacefully on 30th April 2012 in Wrexham Hospital. The Cryptian records that he appeared in the School’s superb Dramatic Society productions under Charles Lepper. Peter had a successful career in a leading firm of London solicitors – Clyde and Co. During his time in London, Peter enjoyed membership of several well-known clubs and engaged in charity work. He retired to North Wales where his country life centred on a lovely house in Glyn Ceiriog.

His funeral will be held in Pembroke College Chapel on Thursday, 17th May at 12.30 p.m. The Daily Telegraph announced his passing on May 8th and includes the request “No flowers, but donations, if desired, to www.justgiving.com/In-memory-of-Peter-Farthing in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support”. (Further information from haighmonk@hotmail.com)