Richard Alleyn Haslam (P 1943-1948) 1929-2020

The OS Club is sad to announce the passing of Richard Haslam (P 43-48), who died on 9th April 2020, aged 90.

Richard read chemistry at St John’s College, Cambridge, followed by a Certificate in Education. He was a natural schoolmaster, who enjoyed teaching mainly chemistry, but took part in many out-of-school activities. His 6 teaching posts included 4 years in Nigeria (at the Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha), and 24 years at Oswestry School, where he spent most of his married life with his wife, Judith.

He enjoyed sketching and painting, mainly watercolours, and helped to found and run the local Society of Artists. He played his flute and also enjoyed choral and small-group singing, DIY, and country walking. His Christian faith was central to his life: he was active in the local church scene, including organising Chrstian Aid Week.

He was known as a kind, generous and gentle man, much loved by his 2 daughters (his son sadly died young), and 3 grandchildren, and by his wife of 56 years.

He will be missed greatly by his friends and family, but, as his wife says, he was ready for ‘promotion to Glory’.