Ian Gray

Funeral of Ian Charles Gray (Hart House 1958-1961)

I am sure many of you will never have heard of Ian Charles Gray and it isn’t often I put out an appeal to honour someone.

However, in my many years of service to the Club I have never been so struck by an individual, in particular one I never knew.

Ian suffered life-long disabilities following a car accident soon after he left Sedbergh. For the last ten years he has been in care. He was supported by a fellow Sedberghian, Alistair Pirie, a life-long friend from Hart House days, who made sure his affairs were looked after when Ian found it difficult to manage without assistance. Such are the Sedbergh bonds of friendship.

Ian passed away a few weeks ago and left his estate to the School so that future generations might have opportunities in life that he unfortunately could not have. This gift will have life changing consequences for others.

I will be there at his funeral to honour a man I never knew, whose final act was to help others when he himself had suffered so much. The funeral of this tremendous, very decent, and a most honourable Old Sedberghian, will be held on Friday 6 October at 2.00 pm in the chapel at Whitgift House, 76 Brighton Road, South Croydon CR0 6AB (the care home where he resided).

If you knew him, please join us. If you didn’t know him, please come anyway. He deserves our respect and a last farewell from his fellow Siblings of Sedbergh. If you are coming, please let me know (jcv@sedberghschool.org, 07714 677007).

Jan van der Velde

(Ian Gray is pictured above in his final year at Hart House, left of centre with glasses on the back row).