We have received the sad news that the Rev. Stanley Evans passed away in December 2019. Rev. Evans was a stalwart of the OBA and known by many Old Boys through his work with the School and Association.
Richard Charles Harris (who attended the school 1955-1961) died on December 30th at his home in Essex. His funeral will be held on 10th February at 1.30pm at the South Chapel, Chelmsford Crematorium. His family, who informed us of this sad news, noted that Richard often spoke fondly of his memories of the School and enjoyed attending the Old Boys Reunions.
Dennis Fowle has contacted the Association to report the recent death of Tony Whibley (1944-52). Although living in Hampshire, Tony maintained friendships with other OBs and attended Dinners as recently as 2018. Dennis has provided this obituary to the OBA.
It is with sadness that we have been informed of the recent passing of Alun Davies, teacher at the School from 1959 to the mid-1990s. John Gardiner (1987-92) is a friend of the family and has provided an obituary for us. Many (including this website editor) will have had Mr Davies as a teacher at some point in their time at the School. The funeral will be held on Wednesday 12th December, 2pm, at the Garden of England Crematorium, Bobbing.
Ken Heaver (At school 1941-47) has passed away and his sister, Maureen Fox, has been in touch with the OBA to inform us of his death.
Tony Akehurst (who left the School in 1955) died in February and has left a £500 bequest to the Association. Neil Hancock has provided further words on Tony's life at school and beyond.
Roy Weller, who attended the School from 1941-1948, died on May 20 in hospital at Sittingbourne aged 87.
We have been sent a couple more items to remember Barry Gilbert who died in March
It is with deep regret that we report the death of Barry Gilbert, who passed away on 24th March. Barry joined School in September 1949 and left July 1956.
We have recently heard that Graham Holbrook (BGS 1955-62) has passed away. Graham was admitted into the Canterbury Pilgrims Hospice on Friday 17th March and he passed away peacefully early on Monday morning 20th March 2017, with his family by his side. The date of the funeral is 4th April 2017 at 2.40pm at Barham Crematorium, Canterbury Road, Barham, Near Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6QU.
Graham is pictured in the 1956-57 Form Photo on the OBA website below (1956-57 Form Photo). He was known as "Fish" Holbrook....as his family ran the wet fish shop in Sittingbourne High St. From school he joined the RAF and followed that up with a varied career in business and consultancy.
We sadly heard of the death of Freddie Cooper many months after the event. He had been a regular at the Dinner for many years with a group of his contemporaries.
His son wrote to us:-
"Thank you for sending the latest edition of the Old Bordenian Website Digest. My mother forwarded the digest to me today and remarked how much Freddie enjoyed receiving and reading the various articles.
My father Freddie Cooper, d.o.b 13 February 1923, died peacefully on 7th July 2016.
Freddie was at Borden GS from 1934 to 1941 and continued to attend the annual old boys' dinner until the age of 84 years old. He always spoke with great affection for the school and appreciated the excellent education and start in life provided by Borden. Freddie joined the RAF in 1941 and gained his wings in 1942 and was fortunate enough to continue flying with the RAF until the early 1960's, retiring as a Squadron Leader in 1966."
Doctor Andrew Edney was a veterinary surgeon for some 50 years. After attending Borden Grammar School from 1943 to 1950, he attended art school before eventually graduating from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London. Post-graduate studies led to a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a Masters degree in History. He worked as a freelance writer and editor and wrote a number of books relating to animals. His book “And While You’re Here – Episodes in a Vets life” covered his early life as an evacuee during World War II, to National Service in the RAF, student days, work in general practice and beyond. He was past president of the British and World Small Animal Veterinary Associations and the Central Veterinary Society from 2007-2009. He lectured throughout Europe and the US on his speciality – the portrayal of animals in art.
Andrew was a regular attendee at the Annual Dinner, and indeed attended in 2016
He never married, and leaves no children.
Denis Jarrett MBE 21 October 1922 – 13 January 2017
It is with regret that we announce the death of Denis Jarrett, MBE. Denis left Borden Grammar School in 1941 and was an active member of the Old Bordenian Association for very many years. Denis passed away on Friday 13 January 2017. His funeral was held at 10:00 on Monday 30th January at the Garden of England Crematorium, Bobbing, Kent and then at the Mess Deck, The Historic Dockyard Chatham.
This article from the Kent Live site provides brief details of the life of Old Bordenian Lester Haines, who died earlier this year: Lester Haines - Kent Live.