Obituaries

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Wilsey, John Finlay Willasey (g 57)

John Wilsey (g 57)

Sherborne School Governor 1994-2001

Old Shirburnian Society President 1998

Nicknamed “Gregory Peck” for his dark good looks and commanding presence on Colonel John Blashford-Snell’s Blue Nile (Great Abbai) expedition of 1968, John Wilsey encountered more than his fair share of tense moments in a career during which he […]

Uren, John Michael Leal (h 40)

Sir Michael Uren, who has died aged 95, made a fortune in the gritty industrial fields of sea-dredged aggregates and blast-furnace slag recycling – and gave more than £90 million of it to chosen good causes.

Uren was an engineer-entrepreneur whose irrepressible energy and curiosity were directed towards […]

Pope, Maurice Wilden Montague (a 1939-44)

Maurice Pope  died on 1 August 2019 in Normandy, France. Despite a valiant battle against a variety of ailments, he could not escape the wear and tear of his 93 well-lived years. His wife Johanna, daughter and five sons were at his side when he passed away. Three of his sons are old Shirburnians too […]

Kidner, Michael Aldridge (b 1937-42)

 

THE LAST DISTRICT OFFICER IN KUALA LUMPUR WHO HELPED TO OVERSEE THE TRANSISION

TO AN INDEPENDENT MALAYA

Michael Aldridge Kidner was born at Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire on 26th November 1923. (d. Monday 29th July 2019).  His Father at the time was a serving Sapper Officer India, His Mother, the Daughter of a dentist.   He was […]

Martyn, Philip Vivian (h 1951-56)

Flamboyant gambler and professional backgammon player who established himself as the best in the world during the Seventies.

Phillip Martyn prided himself on being “the world’s first self-professed professional backgammon player”. He even had an agent — Mark McCormack of IMG, who was better known for representing golfers […]

Long, Jonathan Arthur Deverell (d 1961-65)

Jonathan left Sherborne with the Brackenbury scholarship to Balliol College Oxford, reading history.  After graduating, he attended La Sorbonne and St Anthony’s College Oxford and attained D.Phil (Oxon).

His subsequent career was in investment banking in London, Switzerland and Nigeria.  He helped to set up FCMB, the first Nigerian owned investment bank, eventually being appointed Chairman.  […]

Cumberlege, Marcus Crossley (d 56)

My lifelong friend Marcus Cumberlege, who has died aged 80, was a prolific poet. He lived in Bruges, Belgium, for 46 years. Earlier he had had several poetry collections published in the UK. Another 20 collections were to follow in Bruges by the time his Selected Poems (1963-2009) was launched at the city hall in 2010.

Born […]

Ian Gavin Brown (g 60)

Ian Gavin-Brown (Lyon House 1955-60) died on 14 January 2018.  Ian had a longstanding connection with the School, first as a boy and later as a parent.  He acted as chairman and trustee of Sherborne in the Community for many years, providing opportunities for young people who had not had the same fortunate start to […]

Carey, Peter Francis de Vic (b 51)

The longest serving Councillor in the history of Hounslow borough has passed away this Thursday (31 May) after a period of poor health.

Peter Carey represented the Osterley and Spring Grove ward for the Conservatives before stepping down prior to the recent election.

As a Councillor, Peter served for […]

Moynahan, Brian Patrick James (a 54-59)

Brian Moynahan will be best remembered for his history books

Brian Moynahan will be best remembered for his history books.  Despite reporting carnage not only from Vietnam and Laos, but also Beirut, Israel […]