Obituaries & Tributes

John Frederick Hearn (Teacher)

Following notification from his son, we note the death on 4th July of John Frederick Hearn, teacher at the School during the 1960s.


Mark Sayer (OBA Committee) offers this personal tribute to his old teacher:

Ronald Swan

We are sad to report the death of Ronald Swan who was at the School from 1936-41. His grandaughter Catherine contacted us to pass on the news. Ron passed away on 27th April 2023 aged 97.  

Jonny Webb - OB 1990-1995

We regret to report the passing of Jonathon (Jonny) Webb who attended the School between 1990 and 1995. His friend and fellow OB John Gardiner has provided this fulsome tribute to a life well-lived but sadly ended by cancer at the early age of 45 on 2nd April. 

Jonny attended Borden Grammar between 1990 and 1995. I knew Jonny from later in his life, but we overlapped at Borden for a while and we used to joke that I might once have given him a detention. ‘Did you become a prefect?’, I much later asked Jonny. ‘No!’, he replied, with a vigorous shake of the head and one of those amused grimaces which always signalled, for him, awareness of perhaps a little more fun enjoyed than sticklers might have condoned. Jonny once described his time at Borden to me as lively. (‘Lively’ was a very Jonny adjective.)

David Jenkins - OB and Teacher

Its with great sadness we learn of the passing of David Jenkins (1960-2022) who was both an Old Bordenian through his studies at the School (1973-1978) and teaching career which ended in 2015.  Many OBs will have known 'Dave' Jenkins as a fellow pupil during his years or studied under him in his Science classes.

Stephen Bedelle

It is with great sadness we learn of the passing of Stephen Bedelle on 15th June 2022.  Stephen attended the School 1969-1974 with his twin brother, Paul.

Richard Evans 1943-2022

It is with regret we report the death of Old Bordenian Richard Evans in April 2022. Richard attended the School from 1954-62 and had been living in Epsom until his death. 

Peter Highton

It is with sadness we report the death of Peter Highton who attended the School from 1939 to 1947.  The Highton family was linked to the School for three generations from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Peter's son David informed us of his passing and provided these words.