Obituaries

Derek Brewer (1935-41)

We regret to inform you that Derek died on 22 October 2008.

Derek was President OCC 1974-1975 and Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge 1977-1990.

A full obituary will be posted later.

Ray Vivian (1943-48)

We regret to inform you that Ray died peacefully on 25th July 2008 aged 76 years.

Ray was also a member of OCRFC 1957-60.

John Mace (1947 – 52)

We regret to inform you that John passed away on the morning of Saturday 31 May 2008. He was in hospital in Oxford.

There will be a Memorial Service for John and in due course John’s family will provide the details to the OCC.

John Rigby (1930 – 36)

We regret to inform you that John Rigby (1930-1936), a past president of the Club, died on Monday 2 March 2008. The service will take place at 2pm at St Mary de Crypt Church on Wednesday 19 March, followed by a ceremony at the crematorium at 3pm. Mrs Carol Smith, 13 Chestnut Street, Arboretum, Worcester, WR1 1PA. Daughter is receiving all correspondence.

Les Sysum

Bill Bray MBE has informed us that Les died last week in Durban, South Africa. He was in the RAF in the Second World War and captured in Tobruk. He was well known as an excellent amateur pianist and keen cricketer.

Graham Kendrick (1951 – 56)

Graham Russell reports the sad news of the death, at the age of 68 years, of Graham Kendrick (Crypt 1951-56).

Graham developed a brain tumour in September 2006. It was surgically removed at Frenchay Hospital in September 2006. The tumour recurred 5 weeks ago and Graham died at home on November 20th. Graham was a Past Chairman & Secretary of the London branch of the Old Cryptians’ Club.

He and his wife Jean returned to Gloucester in 1990, Graham continued his involvement with the Club and was Secretary from 1992-1996. He was a loyal supporter of the Club and attended the London and Oxford dinners, the Annual Dinner at the School and the Founders Day celebrations during the year after the diagnosis.

He has also, for many years, presented his Kendrick Prize for Initiative at the School Speech day. Jean will continue to do so in his memory.

We send her our sincere condolences and best wishes for the future. The funeral service will be held at St Mary de Crypt Church Southgate Street, Gloucester on Friday 7TH December 2007 at 2.45 pm , followed by cremation at 3.30 pm. If you wish, you may write to Jean at letsfacethemusic@aol.com or to her home address at 24 Eagle Way, Abbeydale, Gloucester, GL4 4WS.

Sidney Humphries

Sidney’s brother Alan has asked us to inform you that Sidney died last night in the Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford. He was President of the Old Cryptians’ Club 1989-90. Sidney’s wife June died earlier this year.

The funeral will be held on Friday 23rd November at St Peter and Paul church in Ewhurst, near Cranleigh, Surrey at 1-30pm.

Ralph Russell (1950 – 55)

Katharine has informed us that Ralph collapsed and died at home yesterday. Funeral arrangements are still being made.

Patrick Nigel Culley

Pat died suddenly at home in the Philippines on 14th October 2007. A memorial service will be held at St Swithun’s Church, Hempsted on Friday 2nd November 2007 at 2pm.

Horace Edwards

Horace Edwards, a rugby master at The Crypt School for 31 years has died, aged 86.

Reproduced below with the kind permission of The Citizen is an article by Emma Smith which appeared in the Sat., 26th January, 2003 edition :

“The man who shaped the early careers of England and Gloucester legends Peter Butler and Charles Hannaford has died at the age of 86. Horace Edwards was a rugby master at Crypt School, Gloucester, for 31 years, during which time the school produced five junior England internationals.
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