Thomas Eaton Richard ADNAMS (S28-37)
On 20 June 2003 aged 84, of a heart attack while in hospital. Son of Major HERBERT ADAIR ADNAMS (S1890-98), brother of JOHN ADAIR ADNAMS (S38-40) and grandfather of NEIL RANDELL (Z88-93) and ROY RANDELL (Z91-97).
Fondly known by all his friends and family as Tom, he was born in Southwold in Suffolk on the 6 October, 1919, to Herbert Adnams, who established the Adnams brewery in 1890. His health had been deteriorating for about 18 months and he died on 20 June 2003 in hospital of a heart attack.
Tom’s young days were spent out of doors as much as he could, mainly with the fishermen down at the harbour – this is probably where he got his love for fishing and learnt how to drink beer. He was sent to Framlingham College attending from 1928-1937. He thoroughly enjoyed sport at the college, but not so the academic side of things, preferring to hunt rats with the grounds men than attending classes. Little did he know then, that his daughter Jennifer, would marry John Randell (G54-63), that their sons Neil (Z88-93) and Roy (Z91-97) would also attend the College
At the age of 17 Tom left the wilds of Suffolk and joined his Uncles in South Africa working for South African Breweries returning only occasionally to visit family. The weather in Africa being significantly better!
With the outbreak of the Second World War, Tom joined the Cape Town Highlanders fighting both in Africa and Italy. Whilst in Cape Town he met, Denny, and they were married in 1947. Shortly afterwards, Tom went to work in Ndola, Zambia, formerly Northern Rhodesia and was then transferred to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia). This set the pattern for his travels around Africa.
Tom left the brewery and joined a transport company relocating to Gwelo in Zimbabwe, then Lusaka, Zambia and finally to Harare. Shortly after Zimbabwe’s Independence he took early retirement, settling in Salt Rock, Natal, South Africa.
Tom and Denny soon made lots of friends and enjoyed their retirement days there. Tom loved his fishing and was on the beach at every opportunity trying his luck! He also got very involved with the MOTHS (Memorable Order of Tin Hats) and was a member of the Salt Rock Club, where he had many a pint. Life became very lonely when he lost Denny, but he continued to fish and visit the Club regularly and take an active role in looking after the MOTHS finances until he was taken ill in 2001 and felt he should hand over the reins and slow down. The "slowing down" meant he now had more time to watch cricket and rugby on TV, spending many afternoons with his neighbours cheering the home side on!
To Jennifer and Anthony, Tom was a father in a million – kind and generous, always there; always able to sort out their problems and nothing was ever too much trouble. To his four grandsons, Tom taught them how to fish and be patient – standing on the beach for hours without a bite and giving them hope that they’d one day land a big one! He also taught them how to enjoy a beer and how to play Pool – Tom was a pretty mean player and they never did beat him! To his many friends, Tom was a kind and generous man, a member of the old school and "a true English gent".
Tom was greatly loved and will be sadly missed by all, especially his family.
7 October 2003