Gordon Prosser (BS 1944-1951) has written to inform us of the death of his old friend Eddie Rapley, who died on Friday 18th January. In recent years, Eddie was living in Basingstoke.
We have received the sad news that Life Vice-President Jim Green died on 7 July following a second stroke. Jim was instrumental in the success of the Old Boys 1st XI football team for many years, as well as editing and publishing our twice-yearly newsletter. He was also a school governor for a time and served the school and the Old Bournemouthians for many years.
Should anyone wish to attend, the funeral will be held at 11am on Thursday 27 July at Bournemouth East Cemetery, Gloucester Road. Please note the location is not the Bournemouth Crematorium & Cemetery.
Old Boy John Dearing (1957-65) writes:
I have heard today that my contemporary, David Hopkinson who was at Bournemouth School from about 1958-65 has sadly died in Sligo, Ireland. David worked in technical publishing for over 20 years, aspiring at one point to being “Father of the Chapel” but took early retirement some 20 years ago, moving to Ireland in 1994. He was just over 70 at the time of his death.
Sue Alun-Jones writes to inform us of the death of her father, Thomas William George Farmer.
Mr Farmer was born on 11 February 1930 and attended Bournemouth School in the 1940s. He died peacefully on 21 July 2016.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday 4 August 2016 at 2.00pm at St Michael and All Angels, Highclere, near Newbury.
Born in his father’s police house in Rownhams, Len moved to Winton in Bournemouth with his family when he was three. He spent most of his career in local government, with councils in Bournemouth and Hampshire, and it was through his work that he met his wife, Anne.
Len enjoyed drama, genealogy and writing and illustrating detective books about his alter ego, Lionel Worst. His daughter, Antonia, now lives in Australia.
His death was reported in the Hampshire Chronicle and the Bournemouth Daily Echo. The funeral was held on Friday 17 July at St Barnabas Church, Weeke.
Raymond George Rush, an Old Boy who was at the school between 1947-52, has passed away at the age of 79. He was living with his wife, Paulette Rush in Santa Barbara de Nexe, the Algarve, Portugal.
Denis Waters writes to inform us of the death of his brother-in-law, Eric I. Keyworth. Mr Keyworth passed peacefully at home at 4.05am on Monday 10th August 2015, following years of heart problems. He was 84. His daughters were with him.
We are saddened to learn of the death of Brian Tomlinson (1940-48), who died last weekend. He played for both the football and cricket sides for the Old Bournemouthians and in later years helped to run the Saturday football team. Mr Tomlinson’s funeral will be held at Christchurch Priory at noon on Wednesday 27th May.
Mr Hawkins’ career at Bournemouth School spanned more than 40 years, as Chemistry teacher, Deputy Head and latterly examinations officer. During his time at the school, he always supported the Association, serving many years on the committee and as President of the Old Boys’ Cricket Club. However for most of us, we shall remember him for his happy demeanour, livening up lessons or calming pre-exam nerves, to justly earn his nickname of “Happy Harry”.
David Spencer and Paul Beardshaw wish to thank everybody who has written or sent cards and e-mails.
Chris Bates emails to tell us that his father, Bob, has passed away. Bob was at school from 1950-57. His funeral service will be at Bournemouth Crematorium on Friday 8th March 2013 at 1.15pm.