Births, Marriages & Deaths
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Laurie Edwards died on the 31st March 2017 aged 91. Laurie taught at Glenburnie from 1976 - 1984.
Edward Granger (43)
Edward Granger (43) passed away peacefully in hospital on 9th May 2017 aged 90. Edward attended the Junior School from 1939 and left the Senior School in 1943. He served in the Welsh Guards during the Second World War and later became a Senior Manager at KPMG Peat Marwick. He was married with three children and was a keen musician and part-time professional pianist who also enjoyed writing witty and appropriate poems for special occasions.
Charles Grimwade (Hon OM)
We are sad to announce the passing of Charles Grimwade founder of the Bluefriars Boat Club and former master at Monkton. He died at a Taunton Nursing Home after a short illness. The funeral will take place at 1pm on Friday 27th January at St James parish church, Halse, where he had lived for many years in retirement with his wife Pauline, herself once a matron at Monkton Combe.
Dr Richard Cooper (49)
With regret we report the death, on Monday 9th January 2017, of Dr Richard Nugent Cooper MB. BS. D.Obst R.C.O.G., aged 83. Richard attended Pre-Prep School at Glenburnie, Combe Down, from age 5 (1938). He progressed through Junior School and Senior School, leaving in 1949. Funeral at St Edmund's Church, Southwold, Suffolk on Friday 27th January at 11.30 a.m.
Ramsay Shewell-Cooper (48)
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Ramsay Shewell-Cooper (48) who died on 23rd September 2016 aged 86. Ramsay was a regular at OM events and always enjoyed catching up with Alumni. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Thursday 27th October at 11am Christ Church, Barnet EN5 4LA with a reception afterwards at Arkley Golf Club.
Margaret DEHQANI-TAFTI (OC)
Elizabeth Sylvia O'Grady (OC 47) & Jennifer Lucas (OC 49)
We are sad to announce the death of Elizabeth Sylvia O'Grady (née Main) who sadly passed away on 27th April 2016. She was 84. She was married to her husband Frank for 57 years and will be greatly missed.
We are also sad to announce the death of Elizabeth's sister Jennifer Lucas (née Main) who passed away on the 9th November 2016 at the age of 82.
Maeve White nee Edwards
Maeve White née Edwards died on the 7th November 2016 at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton, aged 80.
Maeve taught Art at Clarendon in Abergele from 1958 – 1964. She had trained at the West of England College of Art in Bristol, her ‘home’ town, specialising in lettering and fabric printing and later specialising in textile design.
After leaving Clarendon she then worked as the first travelling secretary with Inter Varsity Fellowship of Evangelical Unions (now UCCF) in art and technical colleges (1964 - 66). Maeve went on to teach in various state schools finally becoming head of art at Seaford College, Sussex before taking early retirement.
After moving to Brighton, Maeve became an active member of the Church of Christ the King, she specialised in making wonderful Church banners and putting on exhibitions of work. She met her husband Jim at an exhibition of her work in Eastbourne in 2003 and they were married in 2009. Jim was a retired head teacher, and had been married previously, having four children and nine grandchildren. Maeve embraced his family very warmly and lovingly and they thought the world of her.
Maeve often spoke very warmly of her time at Clarendon and made life long teaching friends there. She loved life, loved teaching her pupils, loved other people and she loved her Lord. She was a wonderful wife and is greatly missed by her husband.
Matt Parfitt (00) & Amy Parfitt
To Matt (00) and Amy Parfitt a baby girl Ava Penny Parfitt born on Thursday 16th March 2017 at home weighing 71b 11oz. A sister to Layla (4) and Phoebe (2). Many congratulations to all the family.
Rachel Elliot nee Duncombe Anderson (91)
To Rachel Elliot (91) and her husband a son Noah born 23rd May 2016.
Peter Dale (49)
We are sad to announce the passing of Peter Elwyn Vanson DALE who died suddenly in Victoria BC, Canada on 30th January 2017. He was born in Paris on the 13th December 1932. He spent 3 ½ years at Monkton Combe from 1946 till 1949; a time he always spoke about with pride and affection, adding that some of the tough times there made him the man he was! A good man through and through. After school he returned to live in Paris where he re-learned to speak French perfectly and trained in Insurance. He married in 1955 and then worked in Senegal, Canada and the US in various firms specialising in Re-insurance. Strong, kind and at all times loyal and principled. A loving father and grandfather to four daughters and five grand-daughters. A wonderful brother.
Andrew Paxman (85) & Itzel Antuna
On 12 Dec. 2015, Andrew Paxman (fomerly Pratt, OM 1985) got married in Mexico City to Itzel Antuna, of Aguascalientes, Mexico. Best man was younger brother Jonathan Paxman (OM 1984). Their father, Rev. Edward Pratt, officiated. Many congratulations to them.
Peter Nicholas James (65)
We are sad to announce that Peter Nicholas James died in Perth Western Australia on 14th May 2016 at the age of 69. Peter went to Cambridge after leaving Monkton where he obtained a degree in Natural Sciences. He had lived in Perth where he worked as a Haemotologist for a private firm for forty-two years prior to his retirement in 2014. He married an Australian, Val with whom he had three children. The whole family visited this country on a regular basis.
Richenda Watson (nee Adey)
We are sorry to announce the passing of Chenie Watson (Hon OM) widow of Thomas Watson former Housemaster of Eddystone, at her Care Home, Queensbridge in Cheltenham, on Thursday 21st July. She died peacefully after a long, happy life and will be missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Chenie’s funeral will be in the North Chapel at the Cheltenham Crematorium on Monday 8th August at 2.45pm followed by tea, to which all are welcome, at 9, Ivy Lodge Barns, Birdlip.
Flowers or a donation to the RSPB, a charity Chenie happily supported for many years, may be sent to Mason & Stokes Funeral Directors, 54, Hewlett Road, Cheltenham, GL52 6AH, (Tel: 01242 224877), if you wish.
Joy Paterson (OC 47)
Joy Paterson (OC 47) died on April 1st 2016 aged 87 due to cancer, her brother Douglas writes “She was at Clarendon in Malvern from May 1939 to July 1947. At first she counted the seconds till she came home, but when she left she wept. It was Miss Pike’s wonderful walks that helped her to settle. Clarendon had an indelible influence on her life; There she came to a living faith in Jesus as her personal Saviour and Lord, which was the foundation and centre of her life. There she met Betty Miller (nee Scott), they were in ‘the study’ together, and continued a close friendship for the rest of her life, which meant much to her.
There she began to play hockey, at which she excelled, becoming Captain, as she did also at Cambridge, where she led the University to victory over the ‘other place’ (Oxford) in her final year.
In her final year at Clarendon she instigated athletic sports, by passing the games mistress to do so! She went back after she left to see that they were continued.
At Clarendon she began her interest and deep concern for Ethiopia, being at Clarendon with the granddaughters of the Emperor Haile Selassie. When they and others were imprisoned with the Communists overthrow of the Emperor, she gave herself to ‘The Cause’, galvanising prayer for them, helping to raise financial support, and seeking to bring pressure for their release. She continued sending food parcels to Jember Teferra (OC 61), who spoke at her funeral, until she went into Hospital on September 2015.
In 1947 she joined Princess Aida Desta (OC) at Newham College, Cambridge to study Natural Sciences in preparation for her medical vocation. She did her clinical medicine at Bristol (She went there as easier than London for playing hockey!); and after various House jobs specialised in Geriatrics, mainly in Edinburgh and from 1966 in Glasgow. She lived in a flat in Bearsden till her retirement in 1988, when she continued her caring ministry, taking people out into the wonderful countryside of the North. She was most generous in supporting people. She maintained a deep affection for her old school and often asked me to give her love to any OC I came across. One of the hymns she chose for her funeral was one that had been sung at a reunion back in Malvern. ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’. She is greatly missed by friends and family but we know she is in a better place.”
Michael Ascott (50)
We are sorry to announce the passing of Michael George Ascott who died peacefully at home on 8th September 2016 aged 84 years. Much loved Father of Alan and Frances. Loving Grandpa of Tim, Lydia, Emily and Michael. To read his obituary, please click on the link below.
Jemima Sohn (nee Green) (06) and Mike Sohn
Ed Llewellyn-Evans & Lesley-Anne
On Saturday 5th November Ed Llewellyn-Evans married Lesley-Anne at Woburn Abbey. Congratulations to both of them. We are pleased to report that Ed and Lesley-Anne escaped unharmed when an earthquake struck while they were on honeymoon in New Zealand. They even made the news! Read about their experience by clicking here.
David Wilkinson (41)
We are sad to announce the passing of David Wilkinson (41) aged 92. David was a very proud Old Monktonain and he developed a keen interest whilst at Monkton Combe, learning Russian (self-taught) from age 14 and this lead him to a lifelong interest in learning very many languages. He also amassed vast knowledge of the grammars of hundreds of languages and the relationships between them. He was still actively working as a translator, of mainly Bible scriptures, until the day of his death having remained extremely mentally agile.
Dr Dorothy Evans OC & Former Governor
We are sad to announce the passing of Dr Dorothy Evans OC and former Monkton Governor between 1982 and 1994 (the first lady governor for Monkton), who has died at the age of 89. Dorothy was Vice Principal, of St Paul and St Mary in Cheltenham. She was awarded an MBE in 1989 for educational services to St Helena the island in the South Atlantic. Her book Schooling in the South Atlantic Islands 1661 - 1992 is still avallable to buy. She also had associations with Tristan de Cunha and the Falkland Islands. In later life she enjoyed being involved with a number of committees including Wallingford Rotary Club, Oxford National Trust, Oxford Preservation Trust, and her church and Cowley Deanery Synod. She also very much enjoyed the Homerton Oxford Branch meetings. The funeral will be held on Tuesday 22nd November at 2pm at St Nicholas Church, Elsfield Road, Old Marston, OX3 0PR followed by the cremation at Oxford Crematorium. Flowers from family only, donations to Alzheimer's Society and Cancer Research UK can be forwarded to S and R Child's Funeral Directors, 81 High Street, Whitney, OX28 6HY.
Robin Reames (79)
With great sadness, we report the death, on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 after a short illness, of Major Robin Reames (OM 79). Robin was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1987, having started his military career as an 'Educator'. He served in both Battalions, in HQ 22 Arms Bde, attended the Italian Staff College (which made him the natural choice for a staff job in Brunei!) and ended his time in the Regiment as Senior Major of the 1st Battalion. He was a keen and varied sportsman, and a very keen rugby player. Robin was a delightful man who was widely liked, admired and respected in equal measure.
His funeral will be held on Friday 9th December at St Mary's, Speldhurst (nr Tunbridge Wells) at 2pm.
Jessie Dewes (06) & Ben Thomas
Jessie Dewes and Ben Thomas married at Holy Trinity, Combe Down on Saturday 6th August 2016. The reception was held on Longmead
Megan Archer (nee Davies) (12) & Matthew Archer
Congratulations to Megan Davies (12) who married Matthew Archer on Saturday September 24th at King's Church Lewes. The reception was held at Alfriston, East Sussex and a number of OMs were in attendance.
Dan Whiting (01) & Natasha Taraskevics
Congratulations to Dan Whiting and Natasha Taraskevics who were married on 28th May at Great Chalfield Manor and gardens near Bath. There were a number of OMs in attendance.
Oli Burnham (09) & Katie Poll (09)
Oli Burnham (09) married Katie Poll (09) on August 6th 2016
Beej Harris (10)
Beej Harris (10) married Arabella Pemberton on July 30th 2016
Tim Jameson (11) & Abi Beach (11)
Tim Jameson (11) married Abi Beach (11) on July 30th 2016
Edward Merricks (07) & Elishia Chave
Edward Merricks (07) married Elishia Chave on 9th July in Devon. The Best Men were Stefan Horner (07) and William Sibley (07), and Barnabas Kirk (07) was an usher. Other OMs and Hon OMs in attendance were David (Hon OM) and Carol (Hon OM) Merricks, Kate Crowley (nee Merricks (03)), David (Hon OM) and Sarah Sibley, Henry Boydell (07), Connor Butler Kitto (07), Peter Lee (07), Matt Markham (07), Ben Mayhew (07), Jonathan Quayle (07) and Luke Saunders (07).
Edward and Elishia are now living in New York where he is employed as a postdoc Research Scientist at Columbia University, having recently been awarded a PhD in Neuroscience by Newcastle University.
Ed Vickers (10) & Abby Wynn
Congratulations to Ed Vickers and Abby Wynn who were married at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton on 30th April 2016
Hannah Vaughan-Williams (05) & Tom Williams
To Hannah Vaughan-Williams (05) and Tom Williams - the gift of a daughter Alma Kate Mair Williams born on the 14th February 2016. Many congratulations to them.
Florence Wood (09) & Dave Cassell
Congratulations to Florence Wood who married Dave Cassell at Christ Church Spitalfields on April 30th 2016.
Alexander (03) & Annika Potenberg-Riecke
To Alexander & Annika Riecke the gift of a son Benedict Alexander born on the 21st February 2016 weighing 3.85kg. Benedict is a brother for Theodore. Many congratulations to all the family.