Obituary largely based on material provided by Gillian Currie.:
Andrew played a very full role within the SOF, having been both Trustee and President (1989-90). Living, as he did in his latter years, in Brandeston, he was able to keep closely in touch with the two schools. His wife, Gilly, is an Honorary OF, this status having been conferred on her in recognition of services rendered to the Society. She typed out the whole of Bob Gillett’s history “The Second Sixty Years” and later helped with John Maulden’s “Into the Third Millennium”.
Andrew was born in Stamford Hill, London in 1926 the second of twins, his sister Margaret Ann arriving first. Both were delivered by their grandmother. The family moved to Edgware four years later. At the age of 12 he moved from Kingsfield, Bushey to Framlingham. In his own words he was perhaps not the most academic of students but excelled at sport (not his words), earning athletic colours and winning the Victor Ludorum Cup in two consecutive years, a feat unheard of at that time. He also developed a passion for rugby and went on to play for the Eastern Counties Schools and later for the Public School Wanderers when home on leave during the latter part of WWII. His promising rugby career was dashed when a hard tackle shattered the cartilages in his knee.
At the beginning of WW2, because of fears of invasion, he was evacuated to Repton with several other boys, including Roger Last and Mike Dobson. He and the others were quickly returned to Framlingham after the bombing of industrial targets in Coventry. He was quite disappointed, having found the food at Repton much better than at Framlingham!
He wanted to join the RAF as a fighter pilot but, perhaps fortunately, was called up into the Royal Engineers, serving in Germany in 1944/45 as a despatch rider. He was injured when a German lorry deliberately pulled out in front of him, causing him to be flung over the top of the lorry and badly damaging his arm, the scars of which he bore the rest of his life. He was selected for a Commission in the REs and spent time in Palestine where he managed to be blown up in the King David Hotel by the Stern Gang.
After the War, in 1948 he joined Tate & Lyle, eventually studying for, and attaining, qualifications in accountancy and company law. He was admitted a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries in 1965. Included in his many roles for the Company were: Assistant Secretary to Tate & Lyle plc, Director of Tate & Lyle Refineries, Director of New Business, Director of Internal Auditing, and, perhaps his favourite role, President of Tate & Lyle USA. This meant living in Washington DC for several years. He was also President of Tate & Lyle Middle East, living in Kuwait for a short time. He took early retirement at the age of 58 in 1984.
In retirement he and Gilly moved to Brandeston February 1985 and lived at Jeptha’s until his death in April 2012. During his early years back in Suffolk, he made contact with the OFs and that led to his senior roles within the Society. He was also Treasurer to Brandeston PCC for several years and was instrumental in building up a healthy financial reserve which has stood the church in good stead. He joined Woodbridge Golf Club and was a member for some twenty years before ill-health forced him to give up his membership
He loved living at Jeptha’s, something which he and Gilly created out of not much at all. During his last months he spent most of his time quietly reading in his favourite chair overlooking the garden, listening to the birds and the breeze in the trees. His death was exactly as he would have wished it to be: very sudden, at home with Gilly and Tolly (their Labrador) beside him, and with no time to realise what was happening to him.
Andrew had married Heather Bush in September 1952 and they had two children, Margaret and John. Andrew and Heather divorced in the early 1970s, and in 1976 he married Gilly Thomson to whom he was happily married for 35 years. He is survived by all the above and five grandchildren.