DEATHS & OBITUARIES

Joelle Welsh (L 15-20) 2002-2021

It is with a heavy heart that the OS Club shares the tragic news that recent leaver Joelle Welsh passed away whilst out with friends on 24th July 2021, aged just 18.

Joelle joined Sedbergh Prep in Year 4 before moving on to Lupton House in Year 9. She flourished in the classroom, in the House and on the sports field – most notably playing 1st VII netball, proudly captaining the hockey 3rd XI, and enjoying tours abroad. Although an outwardly quiet character, Joelle was most noted in house for her kindness, compassion and her brilliant sense of humour which brought happiness to her housemates and the wider school community. She left school last year during the lockdown and had plans for university entry later this year. 

Please see the following message from Sedbergh School Headmaster, Dan Harrison: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Joelle’s parents, her wider family and her friends at this most difficult of times. I know that this will be deeply upsetting for many in our community. In due course we will find a time to allow the community to come together to celebrate her life, cut tragically short.” 


Valerie Cann (Wife of Former Master) 1944-2021

The OS Club is saddened to share the news that Valerie Cann, wife of former Sedbergh master, Richard Cann, passed away on 21st June aged 77. Valerie was a loyal supporter of Sedbergh and worked in the Headmaster’s office during Roger Baxter’s headmastership, and also in the Book Room.


Margaret Joice (Wife of Former Bursar)

The OS Club is sad to announce that Margaret Joice, wife of Gordon Joice, former Bursar during Roger Baxter’s headmastership, passed away recently. Margaret worked hard for Sedbergh by supporting Gordon wholeheartedly.


Gordon Joice (Former Staff – Bursar) 1930-2020

The OS Club is sad to report the death of former Bursar, Gordon Joice, who passed away on 28th March 2020 aged 89. Gordon worked at Sedbergh during Roger Baxter’s headmastership until 1996 and continued to live in Sedbergh until his death.


Cecil Robin Davis (W 45-48) 1931-2021

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that Robin Davis passed away on 22nd April 2021, aged 90. Robin was a loyal and generous supporter of the School for many years and will be greatly missed.


John Michael Sheard (W 48-53) 1935-2021

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The OS Club has received the sad news that John Sheard, former land agent/estate manager (F.L.A.S.) for many years to the Duke of Devonshire’s Bolton Abbey Estate, passed away on 1st June 2021, aged 86. He was a long-time and generous supporter of the School and will be greatly missed.


Colin Douglas Whittle (S 61-66) 1947-2021

The OS Club is sad to announce the passing of Colin Whittle, son of Charles Whittle, father of Jamie Whittle and brother of Peter and Alasdair (all Old Sedberghians), who died on 23rd May 2021 aged 73, after an unexpected stroke. His funeral took place on 1st June.


James Crawford Johnson (L 48-52) 1934-2021

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that Jimmy Johnson passed away peacefully on 26th February 2021, aged 86. 


Sir Michael “Roger” Gifford (E 68-72) 1955-2021

The OS Club is deeply saddened to share the news that Sir Roger Gifford, Sedbergh School Governor and Former Lord Mayor of London (2012-2013), passed away at home on 25 May 2021 from myeloma, aged 65. 

Whilst at Sedbergh, Sir Roger was actively involved in music and drama. He performed regularly in House and School events. In the 1970 House play, ‘The Crimson Cocoanut‘ by Ian Hay he was described as showing, ‘Great promise as an exuberant Russian anarchist’. The following year his performance as Hector in ‘Thieves Carnival‘ by Jean Anouilh was praised as ‘convincing’. In music events, he won the 1971 Junior Piano Solo Competition and took part in bell ringing, House chamber and singer quartet and played the piano at House prayers on a number of occasions.

A keen shooter, Sir Roger shot for the House team from his very first term at Sedbergh. He went on to compete at inter-school events across the country, achieving high individual scores at Bisley. His 1969 performance in the House Recruits Cup with described as ‘outstanding’. Although his most notable achievements at Sedbergh are arguably those involving music and shooting, he was also involved in numerous other competitions and societies. His sporting activities included competing in junior swimming, House running and water polo, House and School rugby and School athletics. He was made a House Prefect in his final year of 1972 and also Captain of the 1st VIII shooting team.

A tremendous supporter of Sedbergh School and the OS Club, during his years as Lord Mayor of London Sir Roger hosted many OS Club social events at Mansion House. He requested that Sedbergh School be involved in his inaugural pageant and the CCF Band were delighted to be invited to perform on a float. In 2014, Sir Roger was unanimously appointed a Vice President of the Sedbergh School Foundation.

Sedbergh School Principal, Andrew Fleck, said: “Roger generated energy and emanated warmth wherever he went. He gave his time generously and hosted events for the School in Hong Kong and at the Mansion House.  As Governor, he was ambitious for the School and entirely focussed on what was best for pupils. He was a great friend and we will miss him dearly.”

Click here for more information. The OS Club sends its deepest sympathies to Sir Roger’s family and friends at this difficult time. More information, including an obituary, will follow soon.


Henry Sean Foster (W 16-18) 2000-2021

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It is with a heavy heart that the OS Club announces the passing of recent leaver Henry Foster, who tragically passed away in May this year, aged just 20. Henry was an integral part of the 1st XV and a role model for those in Winder House. Henry was on a rugby scholarship at Central Washington University (CWU) in Washington, USA, having joined the Wildcats team there in 2018 and making an immediate impact as a freshman. At Sedbergh, Henry was an integral part of the part of the all-conquering, undefeated Sedbergh 1st XV of 2018 which won the National Treble – the Daily Mail trophy in addition to the National Rosslyn Park 7s and Sedbergh 10s titles. Although Henry was forced to medically retire after the 2020 season with the Washington Wildcats, he remained close to the team as he continued his studies at CWU. Henry will be forever remembered as a great rugby player in the unbeaten 2018 season, but also an incredible role model for all pupils.

Henry’s parents have set up a GoFundMe page for repatriation costs and to arrange all post-death activities including a Memorial Service when he is back in the UK. Please visit the page here if you are able to donate – https://gofund.me/d83d21d4.

Additionally, if you would like to share your memories of Henry, or leave a message for the family, please visit- https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/fozs-updatepage/journal.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to all of his family, friends and all those connected with Henry, who was clearly loved by so many.

Please click here to watch the Memorial Service for Henry which was held in Ellensburg, USA, on Friday 4th June 2021.


Roger McArthur Speirs (S 83-87) 1969-2021

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The OS Club has received the sad news that Roger Speirs, a well-known figure in the North East property market, passed away on 10th January 2021, aged just 51.


Richard “Dick” Thomas Thorman (W 46-50) 1933-2021

The OS Club is saddened to share the news that Dick Thorman passed away on 16th April 2021, aged 88.


Commander Thomas Robert Matthew Duke OBE RN (S 40-43) 1926-2021

The OS Club is sad to announce the passing of Thomas Duke who died in February 2021, aged 94.


David “Maurice” Blackstock Griffiths (E 48-53) 1935-2021

Sadly the OS Club has been informed that Maurice Griffiths passed away on 24th February 2021, aged 85.


Ian Charles Scott (L 62-67) 1949-2021

The OS Club has received the sad news that Ian Scott passed away recently, aged 71.


Robert Andrew Rowland (SH 79-84) 1966-2021

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The OS Club is saddened to share the news that Robert Rowland passed away in a diving accident in the Bahamas on 23rd of January, aged just 54. Robert was a politician who served as a Brexit Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England from 2019 until the UK’s exit from the EU in 2020. Please click here to read an obituary from The Times.


Robert James Winser (L 70-74) 1957-2021

Very sadly the OS Club has been informed that Robert Winser passed away on 21st January 2021, aged just 63. Please see the following message from his family: “After his time at Sedbergh he devoted his career to making a difference for others and he became a director in social services. He had a great love for life, his family, his friends and for hill walking too, all cut short by lung disease. We all miss him very much.” – David and Andrew Winser.


Christopher R I Morgan (Former Staff – Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, School House Housemaster & Honorary OS)

The OS Club has received the sad news that former School House Housemaster Chris Morgan passed away in January 2021 after a long and brave fight with leukemia. Chris was a former Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and showed over more than twenty years’ service at Sedbergh. He was a master of those small acts of kindness that are so important to a community such as ours and will be fondly remembered for his gentle nature and lovely sense of humour. He will be sadly missed.


Martin Valentine (Former Staff – Head of Art, Evans Housemaster & Honorary OS)

The OS Club is sad to announce the passing of Martin Valentine who died on 23rd January 2021. Martin was a former Head of Art and Housemaster of Evans House. He was always extremely generous with his time and advice for both pupils and colleagues, and encouraged both with quiet support. Martin cultivated an obvious esprit de corps with his departmental colleagues, while his attitude to pastoral care was quiet and considerate. Many Sedberghians appreciated his willingness simply to listen and to be sympathetic. He was a larger than life character who will be sadly missed.


DEATHS

* Names in gold indicate an obituary link.

First Name(s)SurnameHouseat SedberghDate
JoelleWelshLupton2015-2020July 2021
ValerieCannWife of Former MasterJune 2021
MargaretJoiceWife of Former Bursar2021
John MichaelSheardWinder1948-1953June 2021
Colin DouglasWhittleSedgwick1961-1966May 2021
Sir Michael "Roger"GiffordEvans1968-1972May 2021
Henry SeanFosterWinder2016-2018May 2021
Cecil "Robin"DavisWinder1945-1948April 2021
Roger McArthurSpeirsSedgwick1983-1987January 2021
Richard "Dick" ThomasThormanWinder1946-1950April 2021
James CrawfordJohnsonLupton1948-1952February 2021
David "Maurice" BlackstockGriffithsEvans1948-1953February 2021
(Cdr) Thomas Robert MatthewDuke (OBE)Sedgwick1940-1943February 2021
Ian CharlesScottLupton1962-19672021
Robert Andrew RowlandSchool House1979-1984January 2021
Robert JamesWinserLupton1970-1974January 2021
Christopher R IMorganHonorary OS & Former Staff (Modern Foreign Languages Teacher & School House Housemaster)January 2021
MartinValentineHonorary OS & Former Staff (Head of Art & Evans Housemaster)January 2021
Michael Norman Shaw (Lord Shaw of Northstead)Sedgwick1934-1938January 2021
John CalderwoodCromptonSchool House1940-1943January 2021
Brandon CharlesGloverHonorary OS & Former Staff (Classics Teacher & Robertson Housemaster) December 2020
John MichaelWatherstonSedgwick1946-1950December 2020
Jane ElizabethCollison (née Riddell)Widow of Victor Collison (Former Bursar)December 2020
(Dr.) Michael TrevorHaslamEvans1934-2020November 2020
William Bryce "Bill"JamiesonLupton1959-1963November 2020
Thomas "Tom"McClungSedgwick1947-1951October 2020
SheilaRogersFormer StaffRetired in 1985October 2020
John Arthur BartonTownleyHart1956-1960October 2020
Peter JohnBerryLupton1949-1953October 2020
LogieBruce-LockhartSchool House1935-1940September 2020
Patrick Joseph Kinloch "Jo" CampbellPenneySchool House1944-1949September 2020
Michael JohnMellingSchool House1961-1966August 2020
Ronald Gordon MacRobertBarrSedgwick1947-1952August 2020
Ian Jackson Herbert RichardsonHart1936-1940July 2020
(Dr.) Dan GordonMillerSchool House1936-1941July 2020
(Dr.) James Timothy Hessel "Tim"PickEvans1941-1945July 2020
(Col.) Duncan Stuart ArchibaldBoydSchool House1945-1949June 2020
Philip FrancisListerPowell1941-1945June 2020
(The Rev) Robin GLairdFormer Staff & Honorary OS1993-1998June 2020
(Maj) Thomas "Edward"ScottPowell1943-1947May 2020
RobertVentersSchool House1946-1950May 2020
Kenneth Douglas MacRobertBarrSedgwick1953-1957April 2020
JohnDuckworthEvans1945-1950April 2020
Ian EverardPilkingtonWinder1951-1954April 2020
Richard AlleynHaslamPowell1943-1948April 2020
Philip HillaryHunterLupton1964-1969April 2020
Norman GainsfordWrightHart1941-1945April 2020
Charles Anthony "Tony"ShawWinder1951-1956April 2020
Carl "Victor"WildPowell1937-1941April 2020
Dr James William Alexander "Bill"MoxonEvans1943-1948April 2020
Gavin DavidAndersonHart1955-19592020
John "Gordon"JoiceFormer BursarMarch 2020
John PlummerListerPowell1938-1942March 2020
David RenshawMartinSedgwick1946-1950March 2020
(Maj.) Francis JamesGoddard (MBE)Winder1947-1952March 2020
David Robert BuchananRussellPowell1949-1954March 2020
Peter FrederickArmstrongDay Pupil1943-19482020
DavidHorsleySedgwick1939-1943March 2020
John PerranCurrySedgwick1942-1945March 2020
Michael Thomas HunterBeckLupton1949-1954March 2020
John le GallienneGilchristEvans1954-1958February 2020
MichaelSanger-DaviesSedgwick1950-1954February 2020
Peter JAttenboroughFormer Headmaster1975-1981February 2020
Anthony Peter ThomasHighamEvans1954-1958January 2020
(Cdr) David StuartWhiteLupton1950-1954January 2020
Peter KidsonPoskittHart1945-19502019
Robert JohnTweedaleSchool House1941-1945December 2019
David BrookSutcliffeWinder1948-1953November 2019
Alan WilliamParkesSedgwick1974-1977November 2019
(Maj.) Andrew Archibald Steele "Archie"ScottSedgwick1932-1937November 2019
David RobertGreenwoodHart1958-1963November 2019
Walter DouglasBertramEvans1945-1948October 2019
Richard CharlesSawtell (MBE DL)Powell1943-1948October 2019
Eric Aldie NeilsonMercerWinder1940-1943October 2019
Lionel VictorWalshSchool House1944-1947October 2019
(Prof.) John BarrCavanaghSchool House1935-1938October 2019
Anthony NobleFrankland (CB, CBE, DFC)Hart1936-1941October 2019
DieterPevsnerSedgwick1946-1949October 2019
Gerald Douglas HendersonSmithHart1943-1947September 2019
(Prof.) David WilliamBrocklesbySedgwick1942-1946September 2019
Clive James ForgieTurnerEvans 1950-1954September 2019
MichaelLonghurstWinder1958-1963September 2019
DavidAlbanFormer Lupton Housemaster (67-76) and Member of Staff1952-1976 (Staff)September 2019
Michael HuttonVignolesLupton1943-1947August 2019
Anthony "Graeme" De BraceyMarrs (MBE)Honorary OS1939-2019 (Honorary OS)August 2019
Robert ChristopherRobinsonHart1944-1948July 2019
Victor Derek "Vic"OldfieldLupton1939-1943July 2019
Alastair JohnTurnbullSedgwick1955-1960July 2019
Jonathon James Charlton "Jon"HardeySedgwick1963-1968July 2019
John BasilCrossleyLupton1963-1968July 2019
(Dr) John GeorgeCoxonWinder1934-1938July 2019
Benjamin WilliamBennettHart1942-1944June 2019
(Dr) Geoffrey William Syme "Geoff"BurgessHart1956-1960May 2019
SheilaDonaldWidow of David Donald (OS) -
Former Headmaster of Cressbrook School (49-76)
1930-1934
(David Donald)
May 2019
Frederick Wilson "Freddie"HoultSchool House1951-1955May 2019
Richard AnthonyHuckSedgwick1973-1978April 2019
Roger Martin BrowneHollinsheadPowell1959-1964April 2019
David HunterO'BrienHart1945-1951April 2019
Thomas Edward "Ted"RichardsonEvans1941-1945April 2019
David ArthurGilliatPowell1948-1953March 2019
John HampdenHyattSedgwick1941-1946March 2019
Ian DouglasSangwinHart1954-1958February 2019
John RoutledgeVealeEvans1954-1959February 2019
Michael TheodoreBroadbentSchool House1967-1972February 2019
Donald BarrettMackaySedgwick1948-1953February 2019
DouglasEynonSedgwick1949-1953February 2019
Peter EdwardRickittEvans1960-1964January 2019
Malcolm Brian TaylorBromleyLupton1950-1954January 2019
Robert James "Bob"SykesEvans1947-1950December 2018
George William "Bill"FrankEvans1944-1948December 2018
(Dr) Walter GrahamMathewsSchool House1943-1947December 2018
(The Rev) Peter J DAllenFormer Teacher, Chaplain, and Second Master1987-1993December 2018
Richard HughThomasFormer Physics Master1967-2002December 2018
Peter DavidHymasWinder1946-1950November 2018
George MarshallFish (OBE)School House1942-1946November 2018
Peter MylesHutchinsonHart1951-1955November 2018
Edward Stuart "Zeke"SmithEvans1946-1950November 2018
James RobertBruce-LockhartSchool House1954-1959November 2018
David GoodmanBlanchePowell1947-1951October 2018
(The Rev) David RoyHolmesLupton1947-1952September 2018
Charles GraemeWatherstonSedgwick1949-1953September 2018
(The Rev) James Henry "Jim"SmithSchool House1946-1950September 2018
John BlackburnTalbotWinder1940-1943September 2018
William Fawcett "Billy"BanksHart1942-1946September 2018
Neil MelvinMackayLupton1940-1945September 2018
Graham HurndallSmithHart1949-1952August 2018
Samuel John WilloughbyBarkerEvans1993-2000August 2018
William Lewis RobertsonScottEvans1949-1953August 2018
(Sir) Henry Arthur HughCortazziSedgwick1936-1941August 2018
Michael IanGriersonLupton1957-1963July 2018
Peter DonaldMcQueenEvans1951-1956July 2018
James AlexanderRobertsonSedgwick1948-1952July 2018
John Gilfillan LuscombeRobinsonHart1947-1951July 2018
Andrew SnowdenHartonEvans1963-1969June 2018
Richard JohnRossiterWinder1948-1953May 2018
Stephen Herbert KayButcherWinder1942-1947May 2018
Timothy Wace "Tim"RobertsLupton1951-1956April 2018
David FrancisBarkerWinder1936-1940April 2018
Peter MorleyYorkePowell1952-1957April 2018
(Prof) Robin StuartSharpWinder1950-1954April 2018
Stuart RobertPatonHart1977-1982March 2018
(Prof) Robert Cairns BrownAitkenWinder1947-1951March 2018
Christopher KennethMylneSedgwick1940-1945March 2018
Geoffrey RichardHagueSedgwick1939-1944March 2018
Dudley Charles DowslandMooreLupton1955-1959March 2018
(Sir) John ArchibaldFordSchool House1935-1939February 2018
John ReedHindmarshPowell1958-1963February 2018
John DouglasHileyLupton1953-1958January 2018
Hugh FrederickLockhart-BallEvans1961-1966December 2017
John François de WerdtDuvoisinEvans1949-1953January 2018
James EdwardSugden (OBE)Hart1960-1964December 2017
GrahamShepherdSedgwick1942-1946December 2017
Anthony MartinRussellHart1947-1952December 2017
Colin PatrickCrabbieLupton1960-1965December 2017
Victor H BrookeDowseFormer Schoolmaster and Lupton Housemaster1963-2000November 2017
Peter Graham CarletonTaylorEvans1959-1964November 2017
Anthony NorburnCravenSedgwick1937-1941November 2017
Michael LindopBottomleyWinder1938-1943November 2017
David Graeme SalvesenMacmillanWinder1949-1953October 2017
Kenneth JohnMcCrackenSedgwick1952-1957October 2017
Stephen AllinsonJayHart1940-1943October 2017
Michael RoydenRichardsEvans1944-1948October 2017
(Prof) Henry KennethWhiteWinder1938-1941October 2017
George BNewbyWinder1956-1959October 2017
Nigel AnthonyHurstLupton1974-1978October 2017
Ian Harold MRobinsonPowell1938-1941September 2017
Patrick EdmundJollyLupton1978-1983September 2017
Leslie "Les"FletcherFormer School Lab Technician1965-1996August 2017
Robert EdwardHodgesSchool House1979-1986August 2017
Alastair JohnBreckenridgeSedgwick1955-1960July 2017
Richard Woosnam Ward "Dickie"DaweFormer Winder House Tutor1954-1963July 2017
David McNabBertramEvans1947-1951July 2017
Christopher Graham "Chris"WellsEvans1960-1965June 2017
(Prof) John SeymourConwaySchool House1943-1948June 2017
Hugh HighleySugdenSchool House1962-1966June 2017
William Henry RaymondMeageenSchool House1950-1955May 2017
Philip Angus NewhamRobothamHart1979-1984May 2017
Jeremy Frank CollingeFisherSchool House1944-1949May 2017
N Peter C PMeadowsFormer Winder Housemaster1959-1990April 2017
(Dr) Frederic SalkeldPlumptonPowell1946-1951March 2017
David MichaelBehrendSedgwick1941-1945March 2017
Richard "Rick" DavidAbbottLupton1968-1973March 2017
Peter RodneyHydeHart1957-1962March 2017
(Dr) Roger James MawbySedgwick1952-1957February 2017
Richard DrummondHardwickPowell 1955-1960February 2017
(The Rt Hon The Lord) David CharlesWaddington (PC)Winder1944-1947February 2017
Garth RogerNicholasHart1944-1949February 2017
Peter WalterPhillipsSedgwick1947-1952February 2017
Noel WilfridBerrySchool House1955-1960February 2017
William EdwardGreenhalghPowell1945-1949February 2017
(Sir) ChristopherBlandLupton1951-1956February 2017
Peter MichaelPoole (CBE, TD, JP, DL)Lupton1943-1946February 2017
Colin JamesSherwoodPowell1949-1952February 2017
John AlexanderGossipSchool House1944-1949December 2016
Andrew PhilipBradshawWinder1968-1973December 2016
Florian LouisDeVitoSedgwick2008-2010November 2016
Michael JamesWilsonPowell1957-1962November 2016
Paul JamesPageLupton1978-1983November 2016
Peter LowsonAddisonSchool House1945-1949October 2016
Timothy CharlesMilesonSedgwick1996-2003October 2016
(Dr) Samuel KribbYoungHart1941-1945October 2016
John RichardThompsonHart1949-1954October 2016
Ewan Douglas DavidBellWinder1951-1956October 2016
Michael RobinFowlerHart1949-1952July 2016
Robert PaulLester (MBE)Winder1930-1936July 2016
(Dr) Timothy MartinVentersSchool House1958-1963June 2016
Neil PollockMageeLupton1957-1961April 2016
(Sir) John SetonCasselsLupton1942-1946March 2016