REMEMBERING OMS 

We are very sorry to announce the passing of the following and offer our sincere condolences to family and friends.

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John Marshall (1943 - 48)

Died on 26th September 2020 peacefully at home, aged 88. He was born and brought up in Cinderford and followed his older sister to school in Monmouth. He played rugby for the school and was a member of the 1947 1st XV.

Qualifying as a quantity surveyor, John used his professional skills mainly in the academic world lecturing and mentoring young people. He would often go the extra mile during his evenings to help and because of this he was popular with his students. He also later qualified as a professional arbitrator, bringing together his grounding in construction, costing, understanding of contracts and the psychology of construction professionals.

John was a proud, lifelong OM who is survived by his son, daughter and four granddaughters.

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Paul John Nicholson Parkin  (1954-61)

Died on Friday 4th September, aged 77.  His funeral was held on Tuesday (15th) at Hereford Crematorium. 

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David Rees (1981- 88)

Sadly passed away on 21st August 2020, after 11 months of battling cancer.  From Monmouth School, David studied at Oxford and went on to become Managing Partner at Izy Capital.  He was a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a technology analyst, strategist, investment banker and entrepreneur.  He leaves behind his wife Karen, daughters Tara, Sian and Izzy, and his Dad

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Ernest Graham Watkins (1943-49)

Died on 14th April of kidney cancer – peacefully, at home, at the age of 88. Graham was proud to have been educated at Monmouth School and enjoyed attending the Old Monmothian events. He was a keen cricketer and rugby player whilst at school and was pleased when the front row reunited for a photograph at an OM event.  Graham was also a keen golfer.

On leaving school he did his national service in the RAF and then joined Gloucestershire Constabulary where he served for 32 years. On retirement, he joined the Royal British Legion and was the standard bearer for his local branch.

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Eric Thomas (1929 - 36)

Died on 29th January 2020, shortly after his 101st birthday in December.

His son Charles reported that his father had a happy and healthy life and spent the last 10 months of it living either with Charles or with his daughter in Portugal, enjoying a busy, sociable and very outdoorsy life in the warm climate there.  He held fond memories of his time at Monmouth and the beautiful countryside along the banks of the river Wye.

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We have also been informed that we have lost the following OMs in the last twelve months.

Alun Bebb (1962-69)

Rob Evans (1970-1977)

Alfred John Phillips Gear (1939-42)

Phil Hollins (1947-53)

D. Clive Howes (1950-58)

Cecil Walter Kay (1943-46)

F D Perkins (1948-53)

Jacob Picken (2012-14)

John Mervyn Tommey (1935-39)

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Passed away on 18th September 2019 at the age of 91.  Bob was School Captain of Rugby and had a passion for cricket and choral music.  He won a form prize every year, largely because of his work ethic and an excellent memory, and gained a place at Lincoln College Oxford to read Chemistry. Following graduation, he spent two years in Winchester on National Service, where he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery and had three-and-a-half years in the Territorial Army. Bob worked in pharmaceuticals with Procter & Gamble for 35 years, retiring at the age of 60.  His generosity to the School is unsurpassed.  He donated Chemistry, Music and CCF prizes every year at Speech Day and funded a choral scholarship in memory of OM, Paul Langford, at Lincoln College.With his tremendous support, the school hall was rebuilt in 2005 and transformed into the state-of-the-art Blake Theatre.

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Lewis Mockett (1949-55)

Died at the age of 81, after suffering with pancreatic cancer.  Originally from Gorsley, near Ross-on-Wye, Lewis served in the Metropolitan Police for 33 years, retiring as a Chief Inspector.  In his later years, he resided at Rustington, near Littlehampton in West Sussex.

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Alan G. Perry  (1941 - 1948)

 Alan died, aged 88, on 1st October 2019 after suffering from dementia for the last six years.  He was a boarder in New House and a contemporary of Victor Spinetti, with whom he shared a study for a while.  After leaving Monmouth he joined the Royal Engineers for his National Service and served his time in Germany, which he enjoyed very much.  After the Army, he studied metallurgy and subsequently joined British Steel and remained in the steel industry for the rest of his working life.  Alan leaves a widow, Lorna, who had been a pupil at Monmouth School for Girls, and they have two sons.

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Iain M Alexander  (1956 – 1963)

Iain has died, after a short illness, at the age of 72.  A boarder in New House, Iain played rugby and cricket for the school. He took a degree at the London School of Economics and was a merchant banker in the City and in Australia before becoming chairman of an oil exploration company.  ​In retirement, Iain, of Great Bookham, Surrey, was known as a bon viveur with eclectic tastes in literature and music. He was a fine golfer and played at St George’s Hill, Weybridge, until shortly before his death.

​Our thanks to Roger Watkins OM 1955 – 1962

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James De Sousa Stayton  (2006-2017) 

James died in April 2019 aged 19.  ​He was studying in London, at Queen Mary University, where he was reading history. James had a deep passion for the subject and revelled in sharing his knowledge with others.  With his wicked sense of humour and mischievous smile he could bring irrepressible joy to anyone in his company. 

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Gareth Edward Melbourne Thomas  (1940-45) FRCSE

Aged 91, Gareth died in February 2019, at Poole in Dorset. He was one of three brothers, all of whom were in New House. After school, he began  medical training at Barts and continued in Edinburgh; after several appointments elsewhere, he settled in Poole.  There, for many years, he was senior ENT consultant at Poole General Hospital until his retirement in the early 1990s. In retirement, he was a keen golfer and sailor. Gareth was proud of his Welsh heritage and of his roots in West Wales. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and their four children and many grandchildren”.

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Joseph Thompson (1962-1969) 

As a pupil, Joe  performed with such distinction that the Headmaster, Robert Glover, offered him a temporary post teaching at the school for 12 months, whilst he waited to take up his place at Magdalene College, Cambridge.  There, he studied natural sciences and graduated in 1973. Joe set up a business with his brother and father, manufacturing building products and employing 350 people. Following ‘retirement’ in 2000, he set up a second successful business manufacturing high performance door sets.

He captained his local bowling team and was the Club President.

Joe leaves behind a wife, two daughters and three grandchildren.

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