John POWLESLAND (R37-43)
Died on July 6th 2004 after a long illness. Brother of Michael Powlesland (R40-45), Robert Powlesland (52-55) and Ross Powlesland (53-59).
Michael Powlesland writes:
John, who died on 6th July 2004, was the first of four brothers who attended Framlingham between 1937 and 1960. He was a member of the unbeaten Rugby XV of 1942 and was a keen member of the ATC, with a great love of flying which lasted throughout most of his life.
On leaving Framlingham he went to St. John’s College, Cambridge and graduated in the Mechanical Engineering Tripos in two years at the age of 19. (There were no long summer vacations at Cambridge during the war years). Subsequently, he entered the Royal Navy as an engineering officer, serving in the Mediterranean.
After demobilization, John went to London University, to study reinforced concrete construction, before starting employment with the civil engineering firm of Peter Lind.
Marriage followed soon after but, with the onset of illness and subsequent death of his wife Rita at the age of 28, John relinquished his post with Linds to nurse her and tend their three small children, whilst at the same time setting up in practice as a consultant civil engineer – a career he followed for the rest of his working life in Colchester.
His many interests included sailing and flying which he carried to the extreme of not only holding a private pilots licence, but of designing and building his own aeroplane and Hornet sailing dinghy.
Also see Obituary in EADT Friday 6th August, page 20.