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With Great Sadness the OS Club announces the passing of Brooke Dowse


Dear Siblings and Friends of Sedbergh

It is with the greatest sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Brooke Dowse who passed away this morning on Monday 27th November. A full obituary, fitting of such a great man, will follow but for now I offer you a few personal words of my own.

Brooke was known to many for his coaching of rugby, as House Tutor of Winder, as Housemaster of Lupton, for  the classics, for his entertaining dinner parties, for a refined and heightened sense of humour, and  for a profound understanding of human nature which served him so well when dealing with boys and adults alike.

He was a man of deep conviction born out of a Christian faith. He was genuinely interested in the welfare of others and offered encouragement and advice when ever and where ever  needed.

Of course I can only write from a personal perspective. Each of us in our day, whether pupil, parent, staff, or friend, learned from him, and were influenced by him. Each of us will have our own fond memories and our own stories to tell.

What was common to all was a deep respect we held for this man who gave his life to the School and to the game of rugby. As such  he became a larger than life figure in the hearts of the Sedbergh Community which continued long after he retired from teaching.

In closing, if I knew one thing about Brooke, it was that he didn’t like melodrama and he didn’t like pity.  He would want us to celebrate his life rather than be sorry for his loss. Well Brooke, let’s compromise; we will miss you, of course we will, but I for one, and I hope many of your many friends will raise a glass in grateful thanks for such a full and meaningful life, lived in such a meaningful way.

Jan van der Velde

Chairman OS Club

Funeral Details

Brooke’s funeral will take place in Falcarragh, County Donegal, Ireland at 12 noon on Thursday 30th November. If you require any further information please contact Benjamin Collins at There is also likely to be a Memorial Service in honour of Brooke’s life at Sedbergh and will be confirmed in over the coming weeks.