In memory of Old Lyonians and former masters who have died:
Mr 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). 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
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.