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.

Simon Birch (1979 – 83)

Simon Birch (1979-83) has written a book called The Last Generations which tells the story of those Old Cryptians killed in the two World Wars of the 20th Century. He has been helped by his wife Sarah and by Ray Pocock who has two grandsons currently at the Crypt School. It is hoped that this book will be published early in the New Year and further details will be available on this website at that time.

John Paddock (1962 – 70)

John Paddock(1962-80) who is the Vicar of St. George’s Tuffley and who preached at the Founders’ Day service in the Cathedral in 2004, has been awarded a Ph.D by the University of Glasgow for his thesis on 16th Century Spanish Literature.