Obituaries

Geraint Pritchard

Geraint Pritchard

Geraint, was very supportive to many of us during our school days and took a keen interest in our career paths and lives after leaving school. He played a huge part in the Old Stationers Association as editor and major contributor of ‘The Old Stationer’ Magazine, serving on the Committee and as a past President. His dedication to the School and Association influenced much of the OSA as we know it today and his passing will leave a huge void. Geraint, had an unquenchable appetite for travel and enjoyed sharing his experiences through the Magazine travelog and in encouraging us to explore the wider world.

The funeral will take place at 2pm on Wednesday 2nd May in Anglesey, at Barachia Chapel, Llandegfan, LL59 5PY. Could those wishing to attend let Tim Westbrook know to anticipate approximate numbers for catering.

Dickie Rundle

Richard ‘Dickie’ Rundle

We are sad to announce the passing of Dickie Rundle on Saturday 17th February at the age of 90. He died peacefully at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester. Loving husband of the late Barbara, cherished father of Nick and Mandy and devoted grandad to Charlie and Sam. His funeral is to take place at Worthing Crematorium at 1.20pm, on 6th March. Family flowers only.

Dickie was a true stalwart of Old Stationers FC from the early 50s onwards. He was 1st XI captain for 3 seasons (1951/52-1953/54) and led the side to the club’s first 3rd Division Senior SAL Title in 1952/53. He served as Hon Secretary from 1956/57-1960/61 and then as Club President from 1976 to 1994.

Dickie was one of life’s great administrators, he served on the SAL Committee for many years having joined in 1960. From 1967 until 1986 he held the office of Vice-Chairman of the SAL Committee and in 1987 he was elected Vice President of the SAL.

Friends and colleagues will recall his infectious enthusiasm and cheery demeanour which will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with Dickie’s family and friends at this sad time.

All enquiries, including donations, in Dick’s memory, to 01798 813967.

David Michael Johns

David died on December 16th 2017 aged 76. He attended the school from 1954 to 58 and had been living in South Africa.

John Fiddy

John was born in Haringey on 23rd May 1944 and grew up in North London with his parents Joan & Stan. He went to school at the Old Stationers and then went on to study Chemistry at Nottingham University. He just about passed his degree, mainly in his own words due to mostly playing the guitar and chasing women. However, this lead to a successful career in music starting out as a session player and arranger for the likes of of Alvin Stardust, David Essex, Lulu, Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, Barry Blue and many more. He worked closely on many major albums including Olivia Newton John, Dana, Kimera, Lena Zavaroni, and the legendary Frank Pourcel. John also did all the arrangements for Alain Boubil who went on to write Les Miserables, so indeed he worked with some of the best in the industry in the 70’s and rose to the top of his game.

John then went on to work for Sonoton, composing library music for Gerhard and Heidi Narholz and he ran the UK arm of the business for many years from his home Fruit Farm in Foxton, Cambridgeshire. He continued as a composer under various aliases including Barry Ryder, Jean-Pierre Fabien, Peter Guntherson, & Jean-Claude Madonne, writing over 2000 library titles which are still used widely Internationally today. John spent his later years living in Norfolk and continued to write music often recording at the Angel Studios in London with the likes of David Arch, Martin Taylor and Mitch Dalton.

John had been married to his wife Glynne who sadly passed in 2014 for over 35 years and has three grown up children Pru, Joe and Georgia. HIs legacy continues though his children and music.

John Langton

John’s Funeral will take place on Thursday 27 July at 12-30 pm at Harwood Park Crematorium, Watton Road Knebworth SG2 8XT.

Directions; A1M to Junction 6 Welwyn – B197 London Road to Knebworth – through village to small roundabout with railway station on the left – TURN RIGHT into Watton Road signposted BRAGBURY END. Drive for one mile, crematorium is on the right.

Afterwards reception at the TILBURY in Datchworth,Watton Road SG3 6TB.

No flowers. Donations in rememberance to Isabel Hospice, 61 Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1JR Reference: Langton IMOJL

JOHN MACARA

Shortly after publication of the last magazine we were informed by Andy Forrow that John Macara (1928-1938) had died peacefully on 5th February 2017. He was our second oldest Old Stationer at 97 years old.

He will be much missed by many of us but he would have said in his inimitable style, “my time has come”.

His funeral took place at Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham, on 6th March 2017.