In memory of Old Lyonians and friends of the School who have died:
|25 Jan 2020|
Francis Tavernor (John Lyon History teacher 1976 - 1990) "My friend and colleague, Francis Tavernor died this morning at Q.E. Hospital, Birmingham," wrote Ian Whybrow.
"He had bravely and stoically endured a great deal of serious illness over recent years, had survived two liver transplants and put up with painful intestinal problems. This last year was particularly painful and difficult for him, and of course, for his wife, Eileen. Two weeks ago he returned to hospital and ten days ago he was told that respite care was all that could be offered. Eileen, stayed in hospital with him until the end.
"It was a great comfort to him that Eileen and he had discussed and prepared for end of life and that their mutual Christian faith sustained them both. She was was with him at every step of the way.
"Francis will be remembered by many grateful Lyonians whom he steered through to A-Level history alongside Bill Podmore and by others he took on skiing holidays. They’ will no doubt remember him for his sharp intelligence, his hard work and enthusiasm for his subject; for his sense of fun, his ear-splitting laugh and his loud and Tiggerish vitality.
"He is to be buried in his beloved Herefordshire in Leintwardine Cemetery not far from his grandfather who was once the rector of Leintwardine Church. He spent many happy years with Eileen and gave great service to the church, to the community and as a hospital visitor.
"There’s a great spirit gone."
Simon Henry (1965 - 1972) died on 11 April. Simon was a regular at the OLA dinner and emailed the Lyonian Association shortly before lockdown expressing his hope that the coronavirus would not get in the way of a good night out. Sadly, he died from the virus. His longstanding friend Simon MacNeil wrote the following about his friend.
"I have known Simon for over fifty years, as a classmate and as a friend though our adult years. We shared a love of football, and would often attend Watford matches together despite Simon's lifelong, predictably tortured love affair with Spurs. We travelled in Europe together, enjoyed socialising with each other, and I was privileged to be invited to share in his son Phil's Barmitzvah. In all that time, Simon was a steadfast friend. His kindness and belief in the goodness of those around him lent him an innocent optimism that stayed with him to the last. In a cynical world - and I borrow from his other love, cricket - he played with a straight bat at all times. His wry humour and intelligent insights will be greatly missed by all who took the time to know him."
Stephen Forman (1962 - 1969) Stephen sadly died on 20th March. His brother wrote to tell us, "He had been seriously ill for the past five years so this was not entirely unexpected. I know several of his year will be sorry to hear this. Some of them have asked after him at a number of OLA dinners in recent years. Stephen went from LSJL to Southampton University and studied French and English, graduating with a 2.1 degree. He subsquently joined the U.K.A.E.A. and then the Digital Equipment Company (DEC) working at their offices in Reading. He stayed in the computer industry working in logistics and administration until his retirement five years ago. He married Janet, also a graduate of Southampton, and they have two daughters, Clare and Hannah."
Tony Smith (1951 - 1957) "A member of "The Cheesecutters" a group of old boys who stayed together for over 65 years as friends, sadly Tony died earlier this year. Tony was always regarded as the most handsome of lads ever to attend LSJL in the mid 1950s. He was an accomplished pianist, active member of the CCF, and keen photographer. He had an enormous collection of photographs of the CCF in the 1950s. He also had a great singing voice. He was an executive in an insurance company for many years, but spent much of his time having fun with "The Cheesecutters", particularly his great pal Alan Goodwin who is still with us. A few years ago he started to develop dementia and his last days were spent in a home. He could always remember his times at School. He was married and had two children. So long Tony! The remaining Cheesecutters all sang "You'll never walk alone" for him at our recent reunion." By Gordon Price.
Allan Edward Cooban (1946-1953) died in January 2020 aged 83. He had played a full life in school, including playing in the orchestra, acting as secretary of the literary society, becoming a librarian, and made a number of life-long friends. After school, he did his National Service with the RAF and then studied at Southampton University from where he graduated with a degree in English. He entered the library profession and worked firstly at Keele University and then at Birkbeck College where he remained until his retirement. Throughout his life he took an interest in the local history of Harrow and has donated a number of documents and books to the museum at Headstone Manor. He had a great interest in classical music and combined this with making quality recordings from broadcast music and recording domestic sounds such as we no longer hear. His extensive collection of tapes was donated to the British Library ten years ago.
Margaret Palmer worked at John Lyon School between 1973 and 1984, initially as secretary to the Centenary Fund and later for teachers and The Lyonian magazine.
On leaving John Lyon, The Lyonian magazine 1985 reported the then Headmaster Dixon's comments at Speech Day, "Two ladies, who have done so much for the School for so many years in the offices, also left at the end of the summer term. Mrs. Margaret Palmer ran the Campaign Office with great efficiency, treading with certain step amid the minefield of taxation law. She also acted as secretary for the masters and I know they have greatly appreciated her work on their behalf. We thank her for all she has done and wish her and her husband a long and happy retirement."
It was indeed a long retirement, nearly 35 years, and also a happy one, according to her son Keith (OL 1976 - 1981). She continued an active role in her community, working hard for causes close to her heart. As recently as January 2019, she appeared in a local newspaper, with a report on her efforts to raise money for Save the Children through a Christmas fundraiser event at the care home she lived in, in Harrow. Staff at the home said of her, "Margaret has always lived life to the full, from her time as a stewardess, to her years of volunteering."
Read the full article about Margaret here.
Nicholas Paines (1965-1970) was part of the Class of 1972. He sadly passed away on 4th January 2020.
David Reeves (1949 - 1956) died in October 2019. He is remembered by fellow 49ers as someone who made notable contributions to the life of the school, most of them as a "backroom boy". Though not a cricketer, he would act as scorer and, though not an actor, he helped with stage work and lighting for the drama group. However, in two spheres – music and chess – he came to the forefront. During his last two years he was the school pianist and it is for this that he is best remembered, gaining the music prize in 1956.
In later life he became a hospital consultant in Bristol and gained a towering international reputation in the field of medical microbiology. Read the full article about David here.
Graham Mead (1947 - 1954) was an all rounder at School, writing several articles for the Lyonian magazine, becoming House Captain of East, playing in the cricket and football first XIs and leading the RAF corps. Successful in most things it would seem, except running the mile - read his amusing account of coming last from the August 1954 Lyonian.
On leaving school, Graham took up a post, for a short period, as a teaching assistant at Swanbourne School in Buckinghamshire. From there he went on to Nottingham University, gaining a BSc in Mathematics. Following graduation, he taught at High Pavement School in Nottingham. In 1971 he obtained an M Tech from Brunel University and subsequently became a lecturer in computing at Ealing Technical College, now the University of West London. In 1974 he moved to Hong Kong to take up the position of Head of Computing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic. Graham, and his wife Kate, set up home in Hong Kong where they have remained.
In 1985 Graham started his own consultancy practice, using his extensive knowledge of the local industry to provide up-to-date computer training courses. Additional business involved carrying out research into telecommunications in the Far East. He travelled widely throughout Asia in the course of business. In mid 2000 he decided to wind down the practice and retire from business life.
Graham’s main interest outside his career and travel was cricket. He played for the Old Lyonian Association for a number of years and he was a Member of the Marylebone Cricket Club. He took a keen interest in how England and Middlesex performed in their matches. He was also a keen follower of football and a faithful supporter of Arsenal. During his retirement, he spent much time researching the family history, which he compiled while in Hong Kong, almost entirely from information obtainable on line.
Graham and Kate travelled extensively and in later years visited the UK more frequently. They purchased a flat in Watford as a home while here. Graham was taken ill during their latest trip to this country and died in Watford General Hospital.
George Upson (1938 - 1940) was born in 1927 and joined the Lower School of John Lyon in the first form in 1938, two years later he was evacuated to Bournemouth where he spent the war years and completed his secondary education. He returned to Harrow at the end of the war and remained there for the rest of his life, working at the Nat West Bank in London. He played football with the OLs and continued to stay in touch with the School and OLA for over 70 years.
John Buchanan (1950 - 56) was brought up in South Kenton in a family devoted to community service. He came to The Lower School of John Lyon in 1950 on a scholarship. He excelled at Maths and Physics becoming the RSM of the school’s RAF CCF section. He was Deputy Head Boy to the late Michael Burrell during their S level year. He read mathematics at Durham University followed by a period of teaching and then migrating to Canada to promote Canada’s Metric Program.
Living in Ottawa he took up cross country skiing, became a recreational pilot and travelled extensively in Europe and USA as a tennis fan. He continued his family’s ethos of voluntary work at Ottawa International Airport and was a director of the Ottawa Little Theatre where he and Michael Burrell met up when Michael was touring with his one man play.
Robert Davies (1967 - 62) moved from his Prep School to John Lyon at Common Entrance time. Not being a sportsman, he devoted a good deal of time to the administration of the School Library He went on to Brunel University to study engineering, sponsored by British Railways. His initial career was as a signal engineer, before moving to Human Resources. He latterly worked in the Job Evaluation field – his work transferred to Watson Wyatt, Consultants. When they decided to close Robert’s unit, he acquired the software and traded from home on his own account.
He was winding down the business, before the end of the tax year 2017 – 18, when he became ill and was never able to enjoy a full retirement.
Robert had a life long interest in public transport and was, for many years, a part owner of a canal narrow boat. He enjoyed classical music and, when working for himself, was a corporate sponsor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
His first wife, Christine, by whom he had two children pre-deceased him. He married Catherine 10 years ago – she shared his interest in classical music.
Michael James (1937 - 44) at School was a prefect, Captain of South house and Under Officer in the CCF. On leaving School he volunteered for the Army, soon after which a fellow OL recalls meeting him quite by chance in a transit camp in Karachi and then kept in touch with him for the rest of his life. He served for some years as an Army Dental officer before eventually retiring to Loughton in Buckinghamshire.
Howard G Winskill (1952 - 57) "Howard was a Civil Engineer who was partly responsible for the construction of the Victoria line In London and was also a chief engineer for the construction of The Trident Nuclear Submarines at Barrow in Furnace and latter in Glasgow. He was also engaged in Oil Pipeline work throughout the world and the potash mines in Durham. He sat next to me at School. He leaves behind a wife Mary and a lovely daughter Helen. He also leaves behind a wealth of memories from all his pals in The Cheesecutters." This contribution was from Gordon Price (OL 1952 - 56).
J Peter Clarke (1952 - 59) aged 78. Peter attended John Lyon as did his father (JEK Clarke) who subsequently became a school governor and president of the OLA. He enjoyed sport playing in school teams both at cricket and football. He had a professional career as a Chartered Surveyor and Auctioneer practicing mostly in Sherborne and Yeovil. He also enjoyed golf, becoming captain of Sherborne Golf Club. For many years a group of OLA golfers made an annual visit to Sherborne, latterly playing for the JEK Clarke salver.
John Frank Powell (1953 - 1961), nicknamed Pooky by his form mates, passed away on Sunday 21 October in Ontario. He had a stroke in May and never really recovered from the complications. He maintained a positive attitude and light-hearted demeanour throughout his fight to stay with his family. Indeed it was this attitude that meant he was able to greet his newest granddaughter a few months ago. According to Mike heryet, "JP had an infectious laughter and a wicked and quirky sense of humour which we all experienced again when he was able to join us for our 60 Years On (from when we joined JL) in 2013. He will be sadly missed by his family and his former form mates."
Peter R G Watson (1942 - 1949) died in autumn 2018. Peter Richard George Watson was always known as PRG at John Lyon to differentiate between the two Watsons at School at the time. He was known as a very kind person, who was well liked. He was an important member of West House and the Athletics team, running in different cross country events. His memory will live on through the substantial legacy gift he has generously given to John Lyon School for which current and future pupils will benefit greatly.
Michael Brill (OL 1940 - 1946) who moved to Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, after leaving School, died on 2nd September 2018.
Joseph Paul Sleigh (1950-1956) passed away on 15th July 2018. Known as Paul, he was at School during the days of Le Beau and Boyd Campbell. In a recent letter to the Lyonian Association, he described Le Beau as "the most loveable and generous headmaster of his generation." He also agreed with George Cridlan's comments about D A Cowtan in The Lyonian November 2017, holding Cowtan responsible for his life-long love of literature and fascination with the evolution and development of language. He also remembered "Jo" Cummings for getting him through O Level Maths - which he considered a miracle of his life, even towards the end of it. As House Captain of West House (now Vaughan), Paul initiated the changes in house names from points of the compass to benefactors of the School. He was also School Monitor and won swimming competitions as well as many Speech Day prizes. On leaving John Lyon, he went to Liverpool University to study psychology and spent his career as an industrial psychologist.
Ross Chiese (1961 - 1966) sadly passed away on 26th June after a typically courageous battle with the extremely rare disease NF, following a sudden onset.
At John Lyon, Ross developed his skills as a combative defender on the football field and an aggressive fast bowler.
After leaving John Lyon he attended Harrow County to study for A levels and thereafter went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. This led to a highly successful business career in industry starting at RHM before joining Hanson PLC in a senior management role, before becoming Finance director at BNFL, the worldwide removal specialist Interdean Interconex and lastly the aircraft components manufacturer Aeromet.
It was on the sports field that Ross was best known to many generations of Old Lyonians, joining the football club at the age of 16 he soon established himself in the First XI. The self-professed ‘Best Right Foot In Harrow’ was a steely centre half and later right back who was renowned for his long range passing to the forward line. He became First XI Captain and later Chairman of the club putting in many years of service and ensuring that the annual Football Club Supper was a packed event with a distinguished array of speakers.
As a sportsman Ross was best known as a fine cricketer, joining Stanmore Cricket club as a colt he developed into a skilled fast bowler and opened the bowling for the First XI for a number of years before dropping down to the Second XI and latterly the Thirds. A man who always took pride in his fitness, Ross was still bowling 10 over spells at the start of this season. He had been Chairman of Stanmore CC for a number of years ensuring that the club was always on a sound financial footing and carrying out numerous jobs behind the scenes.
He was also a well-known longstanding member of Northwood Golf Club and whilst an often erratic 17 handicapper he could put fine rounds together on his day - a typical example was in May 2017 at The OL’s Spring Meeting when he won the ‘The Northwood Cup’ with an outstanding 43 points. At the end of day prize giving dinner Ross always took great pleasure in reading out past winners engraved on the trophy in the sure knowledge that his own name would appear on various occasions.
Married twice Ross leaves behind his loving wife Heidi and his two beautiful daughters Hayley and Sophie along with two grandchildren Jack and Livia.
David Smith (1951-55) died peacefully on 4 May 2018 after a short illness in Sherborne, Dorset. Cricketers of a certain vintage will remember his medium paced in-swinging skills and probably not his batting. His wife Sylvia has recently moved from Sherborne to Berkhamsted where she will be near hear daughter Alison, her other daughter Julia is in Ealing.
Stuart James Walton (1990 - 1995) was involved in many clubs at School, editing the Lyonian, organising a JLS music festival, drama, expeditions, DofE Gold and cooking! He became Deputy Head Boy before leaving School to go on to study law at Oxford. His former teacher, Patricia Waldron described him as wonderful, saying "Stuart was what a colleague of mine terms vintage John Lyon. He was an exceptionally decent, upright and honourable boy and man. He was the epitome of the saying that if you want something doing, ask a busy person. Stuart was always relentlessly busy on behalf of others. My abiding memory of Stuart is that whenever he found something funny - and it is important to remember that he found fun in so many things - he would stand still, throw his head back and laugh the heartiest of laughs. We enjoyed many laughs together, both in his time at school and since. Stuart was very proud to be a husband and father. He was also a loving son, brother and friend. My mother and I have been privileged to be part of Stuart's life. I am so happy to have known him."
Michael Nelson (1944-51) joined the school in 1944. He went up the arts side and left with no certificates in maths or science. That didn't stop him making a late decision to become a psychiatrist. He found a way into medical school via the College of Surgeons in Dublin, and then trained at the West London Hospital. After a series of house jobs he moved to Boston (USA) to train in psychiatry in 1966 and there he stayed, getting degrees from Harvard, MIT and the Canadian Royal Colleges. He made a career in the public sector of psychiatry in Massachusetts - hospitals and prisons. He married there and had two children and five grandchildren. He wrote a text on learning maths, and a psychiatric self-help book.
George Corbett Altman (1937 - 1944) died in December 2017, aged 90. George remained in the Harrow area after leaving School, living in Harrow Weald for over 50 years. He met his wife, Joan, at St George's, Headstone, and later transferred to become an active member of St John's, Stanmore. Together with his brother, George owned the well-known local Estate Agent's, Corbett Altman. He was generous with his time to support local organisations and enterprises. He was a member and then President of the Harrow Rotary Club. A few years ago, he moved with his wife to Cambridgeshire, to live with his elder daughter.
Nico Lykiardopoulus (1949 - 1956) Aged 80
Nico, known as Lyki at School, is fondly remembered here by two contemporaries:
"Back in the 50's, most of us were known by our surnames and with the name Lykiardopoulus, Nico was known as Lyki.
"Lyki had style. His school blazer was not of the usual serge but Barathea. He passed his driving test before any others in our year and brought his father's car to school and did an emergency stop (with four of us in it) which we admired as the car did not pull to the left or right. The car must have had a hydraulic braking system as opposed to cables that frequently needed adjusting.
"One lunchtime he took a carload of us to a golf club where perhaps his father was a member and he was known. We were treated as young gentlemen and allowed a half pint each.
"Lyki was amongst the fourteen or so of us from the year 1949 known as the "49ers" with an annual lunch at The Liberal Club. Regrettably this year there will be one less. Happy memories Lyki."
Paul Buckenham (OL 1948 - 1955)
"I got to know Lyki best when we were in 4A. 4A was on the ground floor of the Old Building, immediately on the right inside the door from the playground. If I remember rightly, the classroom was arranged in 3 columns of pairs of desks, and Lyki and I sat next to one another in one of the pairs. One of the first tasks I had in 4A was to remember how to spell Lyki's name! I remember Lyki as being so much more worldly wise than me. He seemed to know about things that I thought were only familiar to adults, but he never put me down on account of my naivety – it was like sitting next to a kindly parent!
"One of the great things about about the ‘49ers’ (created thanks to the late Michael Burrell) is getting to know people better than when we were at school. I always assumed that Lyki’s father was some shipping magnate, or similar, but discussing my idea over a lunch, he laughed and told me that he was brought up in a very modest house. His personality reflected my recollections from school - wise, kindly and not easily ruffled. Perhaps my most abiding memory of Lyki, now Nico, will be when we had been at a meeting at JLS in the recent past and I was going home. Having joined the A40 at Northolt I was progressing at the regulation speed, as befits a JP. I became aware of someone gently drawing along outside me. I looked over and it was Nico driving a venerable but immaculate Merc. He gave me a beatific smile and regal wave, and gently cruised past. It’s an image that will hopefully remain with me for ever."
David Reeves (OL 1949 - 1956)
Many other OLs were also saddened to hear that Nico died in December 2017.
Dennis Raymond Walter (1936 - 1942) died October 2017 after a short illness. According to his School reports, which Dennis kept all his life, although he was an entirely satisfactory scholar he really excelled at the more physical and athletic activities of the School. He became an enthusiastic member of the 1st Cadet Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment John Lyon School Corps, in which he rose to the rank of Sergeant Major and took overall charge of the Ambulance Section. Leaving School mid way through the war, Dennis joined the Royal Navy with a glowing report from the then Headmaster, Le Beau. He was sent immediately on training for Tank Landing Craft on the west coast of Scotland, which was in preparation for the D-Day landings where he was second officer in command of a landing craft at the age of just 19. Towards the end of his life, he was immensely proud to receive the Legion d'Honneur medal from the French Government in recognition of his part in the liberation of France.
After the war, Dennis remained in the Royal Navy before joining the Merchant Navy and later became involved in business, working for Mars, Heinz and Guinness. With Guinness, he moved to Buxton where he also became Town Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Buxton and High Peak. In his work with the Council he was instrumental in the work to restore Buxton Opera House.
On retirement, he returned to the west coast of Scotland, this time for leisure, cruising the islands on his motorboat and becoming Chairman of his local Royal Naval Association.
He remained fond of the School and fellow OLs throughout his life and kept in touch with Michael Pinks and Derek Harrison.
Derek Ian Harrison (1936-1943) Aged 91
As a boy, Derek lived in Pinner View and attended the Lower School of John Lyon, from where he joined the Royal Navy, serving on board HMS Argonaut from March 1944 until June 1946.
On his return to Harrow, Derek played a major role in the social life at Pinner View in the 60s and 70s, organising various outings and trips, and producing a monthly newsletter to keep people informed of various events. Indeed, he would refer to himself as ‘Derek the Impresario’.
For many years he organised the OLFC annual supper, and in 1970 donated the Sportsman of the Year Trophy which is still presented at each supper. He was instrumental in establishing an OL Veterans Football side, for whom he kept goal. Derek was heavily involved in the organisation of the OL Fete in the early 70s, being Chairman of the committee in 1972. Amongst his claims to fame were winning the School Mile in consecutive years (1942 and 1943) and being the only JL Football Captain to fill in a bomb crater at Sudbury prior to playing a game.
Derek and wife Dorothy moved to Bakewell, Derbyshire in 1977 when his job with Midland Bank relocated to Sheffield. He continued to retain close ties with the Association, however, regularly attending Club events. Dorothy died in 1988 and Derek re-married in 1993. After Brenda’s death in 2005, Derek remained in Bakewell where he died, very peacefully, on Tuesday 3rd October 2017.
Allan Watson (1951-1957) Aged 78. Old Lyonian Vice President.
Allan graduated from The Lower School of John Lyon in July 1957 and during his time at the school had been a Prefect, and had been an exceptional sportsman. He played for the school 1st X1 in both cricket and football, and was part of George Weedon’s Gymnastic Teams, with a highlight being able to compete at the Albert Hall.
Having left school, he soon established himself as a regular Wing Half for the Old Lyonian 1st X1 Football team and played in that position for over 20 years, captaining the side for many of those years. He regularly attended the annual OL’s dinner.
In his working life he was an extremely successful business man forming and running his own company. Married for 45 years to Barbara, he has two daughters, Sarah and Jenny, and five grandchildren.
David (Dai) Ronald Henry Jones (1958-1962)
David passed away on 30th August 2017. He joined the school in ’58, one of a dozen boys who came from Mercers when that school had to close. He left in 1962 and qualified as a chartered accountant and became an FCA. He was in partnership with fellow Mercer/OL Tony Dawson for a while before setting up his own practice in Marlow.
Dai played for the OLFC 1st X1 and was referred to as ‘the hard man of the defence’. He was vice-captain in the 71/72 season. Dai spoke at the OLFC supper in 1972 and admitted he was making his debut as a public speaker.
Later in 1972, Dai and Brian Halcrow, fellow OL, decideed to go on safari to South Africa with their other halves. More details of this trip can be found in the 1972 Lyonian, page 67.
Colin Kerr (1938-1944) Age 90.
After service in the Territorial Army he was commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1946. On demobilisation he completed his Surveyor’s training and in 1963 became a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Charteerd Surveyors, ultimately working for BHS where he was appointed to the Main Board as Property Director. He was much involved with the OLA in his younger days, an active member of the Ruislip Round Table and a founder member of the Elthorne-Hillingdon Rotary Club. He leaves a widow, Hazel, three children and three grandchildren.
James (Jim) Forbes Hancock (1945-52) Aged 83. James died peacefully on the 19th June at St David's Home, Ealing. His funeral will be at St Columba's, Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London on Thursday 13th July 2017 at 2pm. No flowers please and donations if desired to British Lung Foundation – Charity No. 326730 and Welldon Activity Group – Charity No. 1091034. Correspondence and enquiries to J A Massey and Sons, Funeral Directors, 142 Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2RH.’
Malcolm Campbell (1951-56) Aged 77. Son of the owners of Campbell Garages in Wembley, Malcolm attended the Lower School of John Lyon from 1951-1956, sadly died on 14th June 2017 in a nursing home following a fall. He and his wife Ann lived for many years in Fowey, Cornwall, but they were planning to move to Bath to be closer to their daughter.
He is fondly remembered by John Gladstone (OL 1951-1956). Malcolm and John together with Bill Dorrell and Jerry Sanders would meet at the bottom of Harrow Hill at the top of Greenford Road for cycles over the hill together.
Sir Peter Marychurch (1938-44) Age 89. Peter was born 13th June 1927, lived in North Harrow and won a Scholarship to the Lower School of John Lyon, passing his matriculation in 1944. An active member of the Cadet and Ambulence Corp during his time at the School, Peter joined the RAF on VJ Day, 15th August 1945. He applied to learn Russian and was posted to Stow cum Quay, and was taught military Russian by White Russian exciles in Cambridge. After working around the world he joined GCHQ in 1969 as Head of Branch (counter-espionage and counter-intelligence). Peter succeeded Sir Brain Tovey as Director of GCHQ in 1983 retiring in 1989 when he was able to indulge his passion for music, becoming Chairman of the Association Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and Chairman of the Cheltenham Music Festival.
John Pullen (1953-60) Age 75. The office has been notified by his son, Mark, that John died recently.John was a good sportsman who played cricket and football for his House (and got his tooth broken by a vicious Yorker from Brian Bennett in one match). He was a more than adequate Tennis Player that could give Peter Freund a good match. But for David Griffiths and Michael Heryet it would be as a cyclist that he will be remembered. The three of them would hurtle at breakneck speeds down from the Hill towards Sudbury where John lived. They would go on what seemed like long rides out towards Rickmansworth and beyond.
John joined fellow classmates on their 50 Years on Leaving Reunion in 2010 but illness prevented him from attending their 60 Years on Starting Reunion in 2013.
Gerard Halliday (1960-67) Age 67
Douglas Snoad (1942-48) Age 85 - Douglas died on 20th April 2017, just two days before he was due to attend the 105th OLA Annual Dinner. At school, Doug was awarded prizes for Languages and History and he passed his General School Examination in 1947. He cycled to school each day where he enjoyed gymnastics and swimming, but was not very keen on competitive games. He was at the school during the War and every time the air raid siren went the whole school evacuated to a safe place. This became very disruptive. Eventually it was decided that one boy would act as look out and ring a bell when he saw an enemy plane approaching.Doug was very proud of being a pupil at John Lyon where his son was also a pupil.In later years, Doug became director of an oil flavourings company before running a holiday chalet business with his wife.
Michael Bogdanov nee Bogdin (1951-58) Age 78 - Michael died on Easter Sunday from a heart attack whilst on holiday with friends. During his time at the Lower School of John Lyon, Michael took part in many drama productions, acting alongside Michael Burrell and A. Gregory in Chekhov's "The Proposal" and Philip Mansley in Christopher Fry's "The Boy with the Cart". He was a keen cricketer playing 1st XI in 1956 and 1957 and was in the late George Weedon's Gymnastic Teams in 1956 & 1957. He was a great football player and also ran in the Athletics Teams. Michael went to Trinity College, Dublin, and in 1986 along with the actor Michael Pennington he founded and ran the English Shakespeare Company for twelve years. He was well known for promoting the “King” plays but perhaps more notorious for being prosecuted unsuccessfully by Mary Whitehouse for nudity and obscenity for “Romans in Britain” After the seven-play Wars of the Roses in 1989 Michael won the Olivier Best Director award. Michael's brother, David "Frank" Bogdin, also an OL 1953-1960 died age 74 in March 2016.
Michael Cleator (1950-56) Age 77 - Michael was born in Liverpool in June 1939 and moved to Mold in North Wales when his parents were killed as a result of the air raids during the Second World War. After the war the family moved south, living firstly in Sudbury before moving to Harrow itself. He attended the Lower School of John Lyon from 1950 to 1956, followed by Willesden Technical College leading to his qualification as a Chartered Structural Engineer. That was also the profession of his father who had an established practice which he joined eventually taking over remaining until unexpected death from a heart attack. His main interests were model railways and Sci-Fi books. After his marriage in 1963 he lived in Pinner where he was able to indulge his hobby building an amazing model railway layout. He enjoyed playing tennis and watching rugby and in latter years his three grand-daughters became the light of his life. He leaves behind a son and daughter and of course the three grand-daughters. Michael's brother, Dr Graham Cleator is also an OL (1953-60).
George Weedon (1920-2017) Age 96 - A teacher of physical education at The Lower School of John Lyon between from 1950 to 1971, George was a British Gymnast who competed at two Summer Olympics, London in 1948 and Helsinki in 1952. Born in Richmond George married another British Olympic Gymnast Joan Airey, and is the grandfather of Lindsey Weedon, a British modern pentathlete. He was the subject of an award-winning 2011 short film, “Walk Tall”, by filmmaker Kate Sullivan and was a torch bearer during the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay. Thank you to Peter Done (OL 1950-57) for notifying us of George’s passing following a short illness.
Mrs Bobby Watson - Widow of Ian Watson former OL VP, mother of David Watson (OL 1964-71) and Carol, who played a very active part in OL activites, in particular in the dramatic society. Mrs Watson was daughter of OL Gordon Carden-Noad.
Adrian Thomas (1950-1956) Age 77 - Adrian was born in Harrow Weald in July 1939 and attended the Lower School of John Lyon from 1950 to 1956. On Leaving he spent the next couple of years in the Merchant Navy as a radio engineer followed by a few years at G.E.C with both these employments helping to develop his skills in highly technical electronics. He then spent the rest of his working life in the Civil Service at Sandridge PSDB assisting the Police with technical problems. He retired in 1999 and moved with his wife Jean and children Jeanine and James to Somerset – where he was very much at home walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside or along the coastal paths. In the latter years he got great pleasure from his 5 grandchildren. This happy time continued until the last 3 months of his life and he died on 4 January 2017
2016 and before
Dennis Goodhew (1955-1962) Age 72 - Dennis was at The Lower School of John Lyon from 1955 - 1962. On Speech Day in 1956 he was presented with the Lower School French reading prize. During 1958 he was captain of U.14 cricket XI and in 1962 he was awarded colours for cricket, football & Moore House. He was also a Monitor (in those days senior to a prefect). He was a versatile footballer, starting his last year playing for the 1st XI in goal and then moving to centre half.
He played cricket & football for OL's and in a SAL League game v. Ealing Association he scored 4 goals in an 8-0 victory. He kept wicket and occasionally opened the batting for OLCC. He was very involved in the OL Dramatic Society, appearing as Field Marshal Haig in "Oh What A Lovely War" and producing and performing in Mr Marconi's Electric Steam Radio Show.
In 1972 he married Marie Colbeck, whose two brothers, Tony & David were prominent members of Pinner Cricket Club, a club Dennis eventually joined. He was also a playing member of MCC and an OLA VP.
He worked for NCR and sadly in recent years had been very poorly as a result of Parkinsons.
Stephen Adamson C.B.E (1953-60) Age 74 - Stephen was Deputy Head Boy and Butler House Captain. He qualified as a Scottish CA in 1966 and later became a CA in ICAEW in1979. Stephen was appointed CBE in the 1999 Birthday Honours for services to the Insolvency Profession. During his career Stephen was involved in the rescues of The Mirror Group andTottenham Hotspur, he advised the Administrators of Barings Bank and was retained by Eurotunnel PLC in its restructuring. He was married with three sons, his interests included fly fishing, watching rugby, the theatre and playing golf.
Peter Carr (1950-57) Age 78 - Peter passed away on Saturday 30th October in Cyprus where he had lived for several years. In his final year at JLS, Peter was Deputy Head Boy, Captain of North House, Athletics Captain (Cross Country) and he held colours for Athletics, Shooting and House (North). Upon leaving school, Peter was sponsored through Bristol University by BP, gaining an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then embarked on a career with them, managing projects around the world. His largest undertaking being the Sullom Voe Oil Terminl that was, in its day, the largest civil engineering project in Europe. He was a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He retired to Cyprus. He is survived by his wife, Miriam, and sons, Stephen and Dominic.
Richard Scruton (1957-1963) Age 71 - Richard lived with his wife Kathy (married 47 years) in Watford for many years and worked for much of his career as an international buyer for British Aerospace in Hatfield. He, like his older brother Bob, was a very talented blues and folk and country guitarist and performed at numerous gigs and events in folk and jazz clubs whenever possible. He died on the 22nd May 2016 at the Watford General Hospital after a protracted illness, which he fought bravely. He performed right to the end.
Paul Mills (1944-1949) Age 83 - Paul died 4th April 2016, from School he joined the National Provident to then become a Manager for the National Westminster Bank. He retired to Leigh on Sea. Paul kept in touch with Gerald Thompson and Basil (Baz) Staple, meeting each year for a reunion lunch for those that left 1949.
Jeremy Geelan (1968-1975) Age 59 -
Bruce Jauncey (1957-1964) Age 69 - Bruce joined form 1A of the Lower School of John Lyon in September 1957 along with Bruce Young and Harvey Chappell. From there he became a teacher after training at Goldsmiths College, London and was very dedicated to his work. His next step was to work for Stanley Gibbons following in his Father’s footsteps of being an enthusiastic philatelist. He stayed there for some time working in the Rare Stamps Department. Although his collection covered all countries his main love was China and he became an authority on Chinese stamps. Bruce then spent nearly 2 years travelling in France, Greece, Nepal, India and other countries. After a while he decided to work as a stamp dealer and use his knowledge. When he reached retirement age he chose the lovely village of Straiton as his home. He enjoyed village life spending time walking exploring the beautiful countryside helping in the Village Shop, playing badminton and visiting local pubs. In November 2015 Bruce had to move into a Nursing Home in his home town in Scotland following a serious stroke. The continuing theme throughout Bruce's lifetime was philately. At different times of his life, it was his hobby, the business of his employer, and his own self-employed business. His particular area of expertise was pre-World War II China, and by his retirement his knowledge was shared only by a very small number of specialists across the country.
Jack Baron (1940-1945) Age 86 - Three generations of the Baron family attended the School, with Jack's father and then Jack's son, the Baron name has had a long connection, in addition to Connie Baron (Jack's wife) working at the School for several years.
Graham Fairbairn (1955-1960) Age 71 - Graham died early March 2015 following several years of ill health. In his career Graham worked for 22 years for British Home Stores and was a hotel proprietor for 13 years.
Terrence Dagley (1951-1956) Age 76 - As a Head of Art during his teaching career Terrence had a speciality in the area of ceramics. After Terrence was diagnosed with cancer in 2007/2008 he was cared for by St Richard's Hospice, he was a great supporter of the Hospice, opening up the stunning gardens at his home to raise money. He was a very talented artist and held several exhibitions of his work. His paintings were principally inspired by the images and colours he would see during his Reiki sessions. Terrence was an advisor to the Royal Horticultural Society, he died 13th October 2015.
David "Frank" Bogdin (1953-1960) Age 74 - Frank died Saturday 20th March 2016 following a long illness. During his time at the Lower School of John Lyon Frank was Football Captain of the 1st team and was awarded full colours. Played 1st XI Cricket alongside John Williams who recalls him as a "useful batsman and occasional bowler". Frank was a Prefect and a member of the CCF. After leaving the School, he continued his cricket playing years at Uxbridge Cricket Club playing alongside another OL the late Michael Stapley.
Bryan C Rogers (1946-1952) Age 79 - Bryan died on New Years Day, just two days before his 80th Birthday. His father George, and his uncle Cliff attended the Lower School of John Lyon previously. Bryan was a member of the CCF and in 1952 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. A school Prefect, he also represented the School Chess Club in the local league. In work he was a Chartered Electrical/Lighting Engineer.
Steven Geller (1996-2001) Age 30 - Steven was a highly talented creative individual who was a reputable DJ and music producer in London. During his time at John Lyon, he was cast as 'Oliver' in the leading west end musical by the same name and performed at the London palladium during a period of the school. Fellow alumni/class of 2003 will remember Steven well. A very sad, sudden and unexpected loss following diagnosis of a brain tumour.
David Crook (1958-1965) Age 68 - David died just before Christmas 2015 from cancer. He returned to the School in September 2015 to mark 50 Years since he left and met up with several former class mates, many of whom he had not seen since leaving. David went on to St John's, Cambridge and worked for many years at Johnson Mathey. During his time at the School, David was a prefect and performed, along with many class mates, in the December 1960 production of Noyes Fludde at St Mary's Church.
Barry Cresswell (1928-1935) Age 97 - Barry was Head Boy in 1934/1935 and was a Sergean in the Cadet Corps.
David Thorn (1972-1979) Age 54 - David will be well known, not only to his contemporaries, but also to those who played with him on both the cricket and football field for the Old Lyonians in the 70s and 80s. He was known for his agile but sometimes eccentric goalkeeping for all 4 teams and, on the cricketing front, he was the regular first team wicket keeper and opening bat who, as one person described, 'a happy go lucky batsman with a gung-ho approach!'. He moved away from Harrow and the Old Lyonians on his marriage to Jane and, whilst he continued to play cricket for Sidcup he always maintained a great love for and interest in the Old Lyonians.
David and his family were well known to Old Lyonians (their Association Day picnic being a prime example) and our sincere condolences go to his wife Jane, children Sarah, Alison and Mark and sister Theresa.
William Donald Ashcroft (Don) (1939–1946) Age 82 - Don did his National Service in 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards. After basic training he went to Palestine with the Regiment and they left on the day it was made The State of Israel.
As his chosen profession, Don was a Chartered Accountant, Cost and Management Accountant and a Founder Member of the Institute of Treasurers as he was one of the 100 top accountants in commerce in the country.
He was on the Board of Governors of The John Lyon School for 27 years mostly as Chairman of the Finance and General Purpose Committee serving under four Headmasters, for the most time under the Reverend Timothy Wright. Don died on 25th September 2011.
Michael Fuller (1955-1962) Age 71 - Mick had many friends at school, and they recall him as being popular, spending regular Wednesday afternoons listening to pop music whilst playing cards. He studied the Arts and went into IT after school. He was married with two children and lived latterly in Clevedon in Somerset.
Colin Bayliss (1961-1968) Age 64 - Colin graduated from Nottingham University with a 1st Class honours Degree in Electronic Engineering followed by a PhD in Materials Science.
Colin was an internationally renowned electrical engineer, a man with an extraordinarily able mind, phenomenal energy and enthusiasm for life and living.
Martyn Harris (1945-1953) Age 81 - After leaving school, Martyn joined The Bank of Adelaide. He played in goal for the Old Lyonians and for a number of years ran the Xmas Draw. In 1961 he emigrated to Australia eventually settling in Perth where he established a real estate business agency
Kenneth Dodwell (1933-1937) Age 94 - At School, Ken was a successful all round sportsman, winning a host of trophies from swimming to athletics. On one occasion, they had to retrieve a javelin from a tree, as Ken had far exceeded the anticipated distance thought achievable.
During the war, Squadron Leader Ken Dodwell, as he later became, was the navigator of ‘Q for Queenie’ 115 Squadron, which was equipped with Wellington Bombers. They were the first crew of 115 Squadron to complete a tour of 30 operations, a period during which 29 crews were lost. In other words, the squadron of 15 aircraft was wiped out twice.
Ken lived in Bournemouth for 34 years, leaving his Wife Jean, a WAAF who he met at RAF Marham in 1942, one son and three daughters.
John Betts (1945-1952) Age 80 - John left school and forged a career as a Surveyor and an Estate Agent in Iver Heath. We was a keen Amateur Radio Enthusiast and was President of the local Rotary Club.
In retirement, John lived in Alicante in Spain. He was the cousin of Martyn Harris (OL).
David Bullivant (1950-1957) Age 76 - At school, David was in North House (now Butler) and was the opening fast bowler for the School 1st XI cricket team. He played football for the School 2nd XI.
John qualified as an Engineer at University and played cricket for many years for the Old lyonians, until he departed for South Africa. He was also a keen golfer.
On his return to the UK, he moved to the West Country. He was married to Sandra and had 2 children.
Michael Burrell (1949-1956) Age 76 - During his time at school, Michael re-started drama which had ceased before World War 2; founding and becoming secretary of the Drama Group. He gained his shooting colours and house colours and was Head Boy from 1955-56.
After National Service in Counter Intelligence, Michael read English at Cambridge.He was a distinguished actor, director and playwright and was chairman of the Huntingdon Liberal Club.
Michael wrote the first authorised history of the School, "John Lyon's Dream."
Paul Gulson (1940-1946) Age 84 - Paul was a retired bank manager. He had been ill for some time and his passing came as a release. His daughter said: "Dad was always proud of his school and as a mark of respect to a real gentleman his 2 son in laws wore his Old Lyonian ties in his memory at the funeral".
John King OBE (1936-1942) Age 88 - John was a student at the School during the late 30's and 40's but was evacuated to Cornwall during the war. John enjoyed football, boxing and gymnastics at school. His love of sports meant that joining the Old Lyonian Association and continuing to play football was inevitable and up until his last weeks he still talked of the adventures he had on Saturdays at the club. His brother and all his uncles attended John Lyon
John was an outstanding engineer. He directed the building of the Channel Tunnel from the UK end for which he received the OBE and he constructed the Victoria and Jubilee Line and latterly designed tunnels that would pass under Big Ben without it falling down! His father William King was a founder member of the OLA.
John Anthony Morrow (1956-1961) Age 71 - John followed in both his uncle’s and father’s footsteps at John Lyon. In 1961 he joined the Harrow partnership of Hill Wooldridge to train as a Chartered Accountant under the guidance of another Old Boy, John Soughton. He was known as ‘Ten Bob Morrow’
He developed a lifelong obsession with football, specifically Arsenal FC, and was for many years captain of the Old Lyonians 3rd XI. His love life suffered as his dates were squeezed between post-match drinks and Match of the Day!
John lived in Amsterdam and latterly in South Africa, where he became Financial Director of the Metal Box Company.
He took early retirement at 57 to concentrate on his golf swing. John leaves behind a widow, Anne-Marie, and son, John.
Francis Bennion (1934-1939) Age 92 - Francis left school at 16 to become a bank clerk for Barclays in Fleet Street. In the 2nd World War, he flew as a pilot with 221 Squadron Coastal Command. After the war, Francis went to Oxford University and left with a BA in law and became a barrister.
He was renowned as a statute and constitutional lawyer and parliamentary draftsman. He was a prolific writer to the press and had more than 161 letters published in the Times.
Francis wrote many books, the last being "The Blight of Blairism" in 2002. In a private prosecution, Francis got Tony Blair’s Cabinet Minister Peter Hain convicted of criminal conspiracy at the Old Bailey.
Richard Wisdom (1954 - 60) - was a professional photographer.
Peter Moore (1955 - 62)
Fraser Mackintosh (left in 1940) - an excellent sportsman.
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