Obituaries

Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of those Old Boys who have recently passed away. To let us know about the death of an Old Boy, please get in touch.

The deaths of the following Old Boys and masters have been reported to us during 2017:
Peter Armitage, 1939-45 and Old Boys’ Society Chairman 2000-03 (died 22 March 2017 at Craven Nursing Home, aged 88)
Thomas (Tommy) Bates, 1949-54 (died 20 January 2017 at Steeton Court Nursing Home, aged 80)
Mike Bingham, Master 1963-96 and Second Master 1989-96 (died 22 March 2017, aged 80)
Nigel Cradock, 1966-73 (died 14 March 2017, aged 61)
John Greenwood, 1941-49 (died 10 January 2017 at home near Ormskirk, aged 86)
Wing Commander Richard (Dick) Summers OBE, 1935-39 (died 7 May 2017, aged 95)
Doug Varley, 1931-36 (died 15 January 2017, aged 96)
David Woolley, 1951-56 (died 18 January 2017, aged 76)

2016 Obituaries

The deaths of the following Old Boys and masters were reported to us during 2016:
Andy Abell, 1975-79 (died 21st June at Manorlands Hospice, aged 55)
Christopher Burke, 1960-67 (died 29th August while on a visit to Austria, aged 67)
Gordon Crawford, 1959-66 (died 11th April at home in Brighton, aged 67)
Chris Greenwood, 2001-8 – Head Boy 2007-8 (died 25th August, aged 26)
Brian Irving, 1934-37 (died 17th May in a nursing home in Cheshire, aged 92)
Fred Luther, 1945-52 (died 12th April in York hospital, aged 82)
Ronald (Ronnie) Rishworth, 1942-50 (died 16th July in Holland, aged 83)
John Neil Thompson, 1943-47 (died 4th August, aged 86)
Mark Thompson, 1978-85 (died 23rd June at Airedale Hospital following a brief illness, aged 49)
Howard Tillotson, 1951-59 – Head Boy 1958-9 (died 1st September, aged 76)
Gordon Whitaker, 1972-80 (died 8th November, aged 55)

2015 Obituaries

The deaths of the following Old Boys and masters were reported to us during 2015:
George Barron, 1950-55
Stephen Beck, 1981-86 (died 24th November, aged 46)
Anthony (Tony) Collins, 1969-76 (died in 2014)
Peter Clarke (‘Nuff ‘Nuff), school caretaker 1938-85 (died aged 90)
Dennis French, 1940-46 (died aged 85)
Gladney Haigh, Classics master 1950-56 (died 10th June, aged 90)
John D Hargreaves, 1933-37 (died 14 February 2015, aged 91)
Barry Houghton, 1953-55
Peter Marshall, 1952-60 (died aged 73)
Duncan McCallum, 1955-62 (died 14th January 2015, aged 71)
Gary Smith, 1946-53 (died aged 80)
Barry Titterington, 1957-62
David Weatherill, 1947-52 (died aged 78)
John Wiggan, 1956-63 then Physics master 1990-2005 (died 24th May 2015, aged 69)

2014 Obituaries

The deaths of the following Old Boys and masters were reported to us during 2014:

Brian Atkinson, 1936-44 (former Head Boy) (died July 2014, aged 88)
Francis W. Clarke, 1945-50 (died aged 79)
Wally Evans (Master 1950-89) (died 2nd April 2014, aged 90)
Laurence Gibbon, 1937-45 (died aged 85)
Michael J Greenwood, 1964-72 (died 20 Feb 2014 aged 60 from cancer)
Jack Heald 1939-46 (former governor and Old Boys’ Society committee member) (died 26th July 2014, aged 86)
Joseph G. Hitchon, 1938-45 (died aged 86)
James D. Hudson, 1927-30 (died 5th November 2013, aged 97)
David Jenkinson, 1936-41 (also a Master 1953-89) (died 4th April 2014, aged 89)
Alan Judge, 1936-42 (former Old Boys’ Society committee member) (died 3rd February 2014, aged 88)
John Stanley Kenyon, 1945-53 (died aged 80)
Dr. Stephen Rostron Lord, 1961-68 (died 10th December 2013 aged 63 at Lancaster Royal Infirmary)
George Malcolm Mattock, 1932-36 (died 30th October 2014 aged 94 at Airedale Hospital)
Geoffrey W. Naylor (Master 1952-55) (died 16th April 2014 aged 89 at his care home in Auckland, New Zealand)
Roger Smythe, 1932-36. Died in Sussex aged 94.
John M. Spencer, 1956-64 (died November 2014, aged 70)
Matthew Stringer, 2000-06 (died 11th April 2014, aged 26)
John T. Verity, 1945-50 (died 16th March 2014, aged 80).

2013 Obituaries

The following is a list of the deaths of Old Boys of Ermysted’s Grammar School that have been reported to us in the 12 months ending December 2013:

David Armitage, 1942-50
John Barron 1966-73
Jack Cross, 1938-45
Geoffrey Howcroft
John Jefford, 1946-53
Roger Knowles, 1948-54
David Rymer, 1948-53
John B Swales, 1939-47
Gordon (Delme) Thomas (Master 1968-1997)
Peter Whitaker, 1945-53

2012 Obituaries

In 2012, we were notified of the following deaths of Old Boys:

Arthur Bilsborough, 1933-38
L.Charlie Branson, 1932-35
Owen Brown, 1932-36
Russell R. Carlisle, 1936-42
Michael Carrington
John P. Clegg, 1954-61
Leonard Duxbury, 1928-33
George Eddie, 1942-48
Ralph T. Hannam, 1928-33
Sam Tate, 1994-2001
Peter L.M. Tennant, 1943-48
Maurice Town, 1957-64
Fred R. Varley, 1934-39
Keith R. Waterworth, 1954-61
David Whittaker, 1953-58
Paul K. Whitaker (Master 1993-2005)