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 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support”. (Further information from

Dennis Mundy (1931-43)

We regret to inform members that Dennis Mundy passed away at his home on the evening of 15th February 2012. Dennis was a Life Member of the OCC.

The funeral service will take place at Harescombe Church at 11:15am on Tuesday 28th February at 11.15am, followed by a family-only cremation service.

Hubert Frank ‘Bob’ Cryer

We regret to inform members that Bob Cryer has passed away peacefully at his Gloucester home, Bob was 92 years old.

Bob’s funeral will be at St. Paul’s Church, Stroud Road, Gloucester starting at 13:45hrs on Monday, 17th October, 2011, follwed by a reception at Gloucester Bowling Club. No flowers, donations in lieu to the Arthritis Trust.

Warren Barrett (1947-55)

We regret to inform members that Warren Barrett (1947-55) passed away on the 21st April 2011 in hospital in Guernsey. An obituary will be published in ‘The Cryptian’ in late June 2011.

Hugh Roe (1947-52)

Howard Allen regrets to inform members that his dear brother-in-law, Hugh Roe, passed away on 14th April.

Hugh had been in Intensive Care in the Clementine Chuchill Hospital near Harrow for 9 days, he had acute pneumonia.

Hugh’s funeral service will be at St. Francis Church in Ascot starting at noon on Weds., 4th May. This will be followed by a family-only cremation. Friends and OCs are invited to attend the reception which will be held at Wentworth Golf Club from 14:45 to 17:00.

Gordon Savage (1931-39)

A tribute to Gordon, who died aged 89 on 9th December 2009, will be published in The Cryptian in July 2010.

Victor “Bill” Bray (1926-32)

Victor “Bill” Bray MBE (1926-32) died, aged 95 years, on 10th February 2010.

The Cremation will be held at Gloucester Crematorium at 1pm followed by a Service of Thanksgiving for Bill’s life at St Mary’s Church, Painswick at 2pm on Monday 22nd February 2010. Flowers or donations to the British Legion if preferred can be sent to the Funeral Directors, Philip Ford & Son, Dirleton House, Cainscross Road, Stroud (01453 763592) to whom enquiries can be addressed.

A tribute to Bill Bray will be published in ‘The Cryptian’ in July 2010.

Stanley Ward MA, Headmaster (1962-69) & Graham Hanaford (1951-54)

The sad news of these deaths earlier this year have been passed to the Old Cryptians’ Club. Tributes to both will be published in ‘The Cryptian’ magazine in July 2010.

Michael Holmes, Headmaster 1969 – 1990

Former Gloucester headteacher Michael Holmes has died, aged 78.

Mr Holmes, who lived in Hucclecote, was the head of The Crypt School from 1969 until his retirement in 1990. He passed away peacefully on May 10 after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Essex in 1927, Mr Holmes attended the local grammar school in Earls Colne. After leaving school he went on to join the Royal Corps of Signals and served in the Middle East with the cipher section during the Second World War. At the end of the conflict, Mr Holmes returned to the UK and signed up to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he studied for a degree in history followed by a diploma in education.

His career in teaching began soon after with the appointment to a post at Reigate Grammar School. He went on to teach at Chichester High School for Boys, where he was deputy head teacher.

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Eddie Norris (1928-33)

NORRIS,Edward Alfred DSM.
Died on January 17th 2009 in Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, aged 91.
Beloved widower of Mary.

Cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium, Worth, near Gatwick Airport on Friday February 6th at 10.30 a.m. At his wish, no flowers or mourning please, but contributions to the RNLI in his memory*
*c/o J & R Matthews, 1 Old Talbot House, High Street, Cuckfield, RH17 5JX. Tel: 01444 441515 would be appreciated