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Deaths

Guy Stillingfleet Brooke-Smith (S41-44)

Guy Stillingfleet Brooke-Smith (S41-44) – he passed away on 28 June 2023 aged 94 years, sourrounded by his 2 daughters and his daughter-in-law.  His death happened very suddenly but he had been battling for 2 months to get fit again after a chest infection and a bladder infection.

His youngest daughter Joanne Brooke-Smith sent the following “Dad was very proud to have been a scholar at Framlingham College, from 1941 to 1944. He was the only child out of 8 to be able to attend such a wonderful school. He left to attend the Mercantile Marine Service association School ship “Conway”  from 1944 to 1946 following his Father Louis and then brothers John and Francis foot step.  Then from 1946-1949 he was at sea service working for as a midshipman doing various duties for Ellerman and Bucknall Steam ship then also served 6 months as midshipman R.N.R in Malta in fleet Auxilliary and deputising as sub Lieutenant.

 

Then in 1949 in London he applied and was recruited as a trooper (Mounted policeman) with the British South African Police and was sent to Salisbury, Rhodesia where he was trained and was stationed at various district stations to carry out normal Police work. He left the police force in 1956 but still remained a Police reservist from 1956 to 1980 when he left the country.

 

After he left the force in 1956 he worked in the agriculture industry selling Agri equipment until 1980 where he immigrated to Canada with his family. Arriving in Toronto Canada working as a technical consultant for just under a year before finding another job on Vancouver Island BC Canada and moving the family across Canada where we lived on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, Errington and Parksville. Due to tough economic conditions they decided to immigrate to South Africa in 1982 and in Johannesburg he retrained as a financial advisor for SA Perm Bank where he had an outstanding service record with his clients. He retired in 1990 and did an Realty Estate course and some other private work from home before they moved to their home in Hoekwil, Wilderness Western Cape 15km from George where they spent many happy years in retirement.

 

Margaret his wife in 2009 was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and the eldest son offered them the cottage on his farm as life was becoming difficult for him looking after and running the property so in March 2013 they moved up to Limpopo to live on Andrew’s farm but in the meantime Andrew had been offered a job in the Philippine’s farming pineapples which he accepted. Guys wife past in 2016 and he survived her for 7 years, keeping himself very busy on the property cutting grass and maintenance. He had all his children visiting him from time to time and I the youngest Joanne was working on game reserves so I returned every 6 weeks for 2 week break before giving up work at the end of February 2022 to come and help clean, cook, garden and eventually when he required help himself but it was only in the last few weeks he required the most help.

My father was a good father and man and had a full and varied life and I feel privileged to have had this extra time with him and he will be sorely missed.”

Deaths

Christopher Eamonn Core (S73-78)

  • When
    W/C 26 June 2023
  • Where
    Braintree, Essex
  • Age
    63

Christopher Eamonn Core (S73-78) – he passed away w/c 26 June 2023 aged 51 years. His daughter (Zoe M08-11) attended the College as well. His son Tom went to Uppingham.

 

Gary Duce (K71-79) provided the following biography :  He studied geology and worked in the oil industry for many years on oil exploration visiting many interesting countries. On retiring from that work, he opened a model shop in Colchester as he was a very good model maker and had many dioramas for himself and made to order for others. Then in later life his eyesight deteriorated due to his Diabetes so he could not drive but helped out at the local Air Cadet Group in Braintree along with his faithful companion Baxter his dog. He joined the OF Lodge in January 1993, was our Master in 2000 and again in 2011, he obtained provincial rank in first in 2007 then promotions in 2015 and in 2022 to the rank of Past Provincial Sword Bearer. Chris always helped out when he could and was inspiring to some of our newer members. He will be sorely missed.

Deaths

Andrew Graham Dean (G85-90)

  • When
    W/C 19 June 2023
  • Where
    Colchester, Essex
  • Age
    51

Andrew Graham Dean (G85-90) – Andy passed away w/c 19 June 2023 aged 51 years. The funeral will be held at Colchester Crematorium on Monday 3rd July 2023 at 1:15 PM.

Deaths

John David Ingate (R53-58)

  • When
    17 June 2023
  • Where
    Halesworth, Suffolk
  • Age
    80

John David Ingate (R53-58) – he passed away 17 June 2023 aged 80 years. The funeral service is on Saturday 1st July at St Margaret of Antioch Church, Linstead Parva, Halesworth at 11am. Family flowers only please or donations to Halesworth Volunteer Centre.

Deaths

William Frederick Gordon Shaw (K67-72)

  • When
    26 April 2023
  • Age
    69

William Frederick Gordon Shaw (K67-72), son of Colonel George William Shaw, passed peacefully away on 26th April 2023, aged 69. William (Bill) was a former Crown servant (1972 to 1984) and Local Authority Officer (1985 to 2010). He played rugby for Esher/Fylde and Sidcup and was Hon. Secretary of Sidcup Rugby Club, 1985 to 1987.

His wife, Suzanne, has some photos of him in cricket and rugby teams where, helpfully, he had also noted the names of his teammates. He was in Kerrison House, and the photos are
dated 1969 and 1970.

Bill was born in Devizes, Wiltshire in 1953 to parents, George and Sybil Shaw.

Sybil was a trained physiotherapist and George was an officer in the army. This meant that he was posted at various locations around the world and Bill became what is known colloquially as an army brat, moving with the family. They lived in Hong Kong from 1955 to 1958 then moved back to the UK to Devizes, then on to New Eltham, moving again to Salisbury in 1961.

Bill’s sister Jo was born in 1962 and the family then relocated to Glasgow where Bill’s schooling showed a deterioration. His parents took the decision to move him to a boarding prep school at Sompting Abbots in West Sussex where apparently, he thrived. Later I believe, when he was 13, he was transferred to Framlingham College as a boarder. Bill told me many stories about Framlingham as they still had ‘fagging’ which included cleaning older boys’ studies, warming up a toilet seat for seniors, or serving food to the top table. He likened it to the film ‘IF’ which we watched together in later life. He was quite sporty, being an excellent swimmer, and he played in the rugby and cricket teams. Rugby would play a major part in his life in later years. He became a prefect in the senior year, but fagging had been abolished when a new headmaster was appointed with more modern ideas.

When Bill left the College, he worked for an insurance company in Bristol and had a couple of runouts for the Bristol U21s rugby team. It did not take him long to realise that he had made a mistake in his career, and he applied to work for the Crown Agents where he enjoyed his work enormously. At some stage he lived in a shared house in West Drayton, mostly with air stewardesses, one of whom he had a crush on, as he admitted to me. However, this lady went on to have a relationship with a Concorde pilot and Bill could not compete with that. His loss was my gain.

Later, the government of the day reduced the responsibilities of the Crown Agents and Bill found himself unemployed. To his enormous credit he went on a Transport Management course in Blackpool for around six months and passed with flying colours. Not bad for a man who had never learned to drive. I was enormously grateful for his knowledge, as I am known to have no sense of direction, even holding a map upside-down once which seemed to amuse him greatly. Whilst in Blackpool he played for Fylde Rugby club and remained a member for several seasons. He had a few hobbies in philately, aircraft and archaeology; and was a member of the British Museum. Several of our holidays had an archaeological theme, including a memorable visit to Syria just a week before it became a war zone!

In 1976 disaster struck: His dad, George, passed away and Bill went to live with his mum for comfort and support. During this period, he was working for Tower Hamlets Council who decided to ‘rationalise’ their transport section, and Bill found himself in a different position, working as a manager in street management. This job did not give him the same satisfaction, but he had his many rugby matches with Sidcup RFC to compensate. In 1997 he had just given up rugby after being advised by his GP that one more injury to his foot would cause serious problems. Similarly, I had just given up serious club running owing to knee issues. I had not been in a relationship for some time so put out an advertisement (before the internet) and Bill responded, not until after I had met a few frogs! From then on life was happy, wonderful and fun again with this magnificent man. I will love him forever, and now that he has gone there is a black hole where my heart once was. Bless you Bill.

My husband William Frederick Gordon Shaw, son of Colonel George
William Shaw, passed peacefully on 26th April aged 69. This photo was taken on our wedding day 5th September 2009. Suzanne Shaw.

Deaths

Benjamin Robin Barringer (G56-61)

  • When
    12 May 2023
  • Where
    Spain
  • Age
    80

Benjamin Robin Barringer (G56-61) died on 12th May 2023, aged 80 in Spain. We were notified by his younger brother Bill (G61-65).

Deaths

Frank Whewell Eyre (S46-53)

  • When
    15 April 2022
  • Where
    Montreal, Canada
  • Age
    86

Frank Whewell Eyre (S46-53) passed away calmly in palliative care on 15 April 2022, having lived a full life. Frank was born in 1935 and grew up in Framlingham, England. After graduating from Imperial College in engineering he came to Canada in 1958. He pursued further degrees even while a single parent. He was described as “a first-rate engineer, easy going and with a sense of humour.” He led projects around the world as well as across Canada, including varied contributions ranging from a blood fractionation plant to industrial facilities to aircraft safety. Frank was passionate about sailing and loved nothing more than being out with friends on Lac St Louis. He is survived by his beloved wife Jeannine, his sister Philippa (brother-in-law Tony and niece Jennie), his son Marcus and Diane, and his grandsons he was so proud of, Gareth and Findlay. Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or other charity of your choice. Private scatterings of Frank’s ashes will be held at future dates and locations. In lieu of ceremony, go enjoy a coffee, have an ice cream, take a walk in the woods, look at boats, or watch planes at an airport. These are what Frank would love sharing with you.

Deaths

Alexander William Hicks (S52-55)

  • When
    18 April 2023
  • Where
    Bury St Edmomds, Suffolk
  • Age
    85

Alexander William Hicks (S52-55) died on 18 April 2023. His funeral was held and his life celebrated at Bury St. Edmunds Crematorium on 24 May 2023.

Andrew Moore writes: “Andrew lived for the last 15 years of his life in Bury St. Edmunds and had been unwell for a number of years. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant to Norman Green and Co. in Sudbury where he lived as a young man with his parents in Great Cornard. After qualifying, he held a number of positions in industry including that of Finance Director of Fairey Aviation in Brussels in the 1970s. Alex never married but was an excellent godfather to many, including my younger son, Guy.

Deaths

John Kerr MBE JP DL (G53-56)

  • When
    15 March 2023
  • Where
    Ispwich, Suffolk
  • Age
    83
  • Story

John Kerr MBE JP DL (G53-56) died on 15th March 2023, aged 83.

Readers will probably be fully aware that Framlingham College was set up by Royal Charter in the mid-19th century, in memory of Prince Albert, to educate the sons of Suffolk and to start them on their paths through life. There can be few students at the College who have paid back so fulsomely what the College offers by way of giving such a foundation to a Suffolk life. John exemplified what the founders must have had in mind. Many tributes have been paid, in many places, to all that he contributed to the county of Suffolk and beyond, but we can take particular pride in John’s early years spent at the College, in the values that he learnt there, and in the affection that he retained for his old school.

John’s business acumen, combined with integrity and approachability, meant that he was much in demand, and this led to a wide range of leadership and representative appointments. A farmer with vision, he was an active member of the Suffolk Agricultural Society and was President of the Suffolk Show in the year when the Duke of Gloucester was the guest of honour. He served for three years in the 1980s as Show Director, a rapid rise for one who had started off as assistant car park attendant. In 1983, the second of John’s three years as Director, the renowned show jumper, Caroline Bradley having completed her round, got off her horse, collapsed and died. John had to handle the press pack, which included Terry Hunt who was covering the event for the EADT. This he did, in Terry’s words, “with great professionalism and compassion”. It was the first time Terry had met John, and this was the beginning of a friendship with John and the family which was to last for over 40 years. Two Old Framlinghamians serving their county in different ways.

John was a farmer to the core and a shrewd one. He adopted modern farming practices, and, from small beginnings, built up what can be described as a very successful farming empire. He was at Framlingham in the days when the largest College society was the Young Farmers’ Club, and when a special day’s holiday was granted to allow students to attend the Suffolk Show. There was no summer half-term holiday in those days!

Away from farming, John was Chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club from 1991 to 1995 and remained on the board until 2006. His contribution to the club was marked by a minute’s applause from a large crowd before kick-off in the match against Shrewsbury on March 18th. He was the first non-Cobbold Chairman but the fact that he farmed close to the Cobbold seat at Glemham Hall must have meant that his talents and potential had been well known locally. Evidence of this business talent was the setting up by the family of Easton Farm Park, opening up and displaying the practices of farming to thousands of visiting families. He was Chairman of both the Framlingham and Woodbridge Horse Shows and served as Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, High Sheriff of Suffolk and Chairman of The Farmers’ Club in London. He also took on more local roles as Chairman of the Easton Parish Council, Governor of Woodbridge School, and Chairman of Woodbridge Bench of Magistrates. He was for several years, almost inevitably, on the Board of Governors of his old school, Framlingham College. John’s MBE was for services to agriculture, and he was also awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Essex in 2002. John left Framlingham at the age of 16 to move on into agriculture via Writtle Agricultural College. His prowess as a rugby player, with 16 years at Diss Rugby Club, should not be overlooked.

John’s memorial service was held at Easton Grange, another facility developed by the Kerr family. The attendance, testimony to the wide reach of John’s involvement, was not far short of 1000 people, far too many for the small village church of Letheringham where John had been baptised, and testimony to the number of lives that John had touched. The service was relayed across the venue on special screens, with Rev Robin Alderton officiating and Laura Wright (OF) contributing vocally. John’s four children, Laura, Bruce, Fiona and Alastair all contributed to a wonderful eulogy, one which made it clear that, for all the achievements mentioned above, John’s life was deeply rooted in his family, his wife Jill, the four children and eight grandchildren. John was a pillar of strength to that family, as to the county of Suffolk. His life is one to be celebrated, not least by those who knew John, beyond all his other roles, simply as an Old Framlinghamian, one whose life and commitment to his county had been shaped by his early years at the College.

Norman Porter – with due acknowledgement to Terry Hunt, former editor of the EADT, whose tribute to John appeared in the paper on March 17th, 2023 Click here

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