Recent Death of Dennis Fowler 1924-2015
With great sadness, the Club must announce that Dennis Fowler (Tyson's, 1933-1939) has passed away following a short illness. A skilled musician, he joined the RAF and rose to the rank of Counselor in the Commonwealth Relations Service before his retirement. He received an MBE in 1963 and an OBE in 1977.
Death of Edward (Ted) Robinson 1926-2015
After Ted finished his schooling at Alleyn’s (and afterwards at Raynes Park), he went on to Durham University to study electrical engineering. He then embarked on a career as a trainee publicity assistant with Rediffusion, progressing as press officer for BICC Ltd and later public relations manager at Johnson & Phillips Ltd. He married Ella in 1952 and they settled in Blackheath. A true Londoner, Ted loved living there and was fascinated by the history, politics and theatres of London, as well as having an immense knowledge of its geography. By the time his second daughter was born, Ted and Ella had moved to Carshalton Beeches, where he worked for Crompton Parkinson as PR manager. Eventually, the family moved to Tunbridge Wells, where they lived for many years, with Ted continuing his career in publicity, working for Atcost, then Roadline, later the National Freight Corporation, as company publicity and PR director. A company relocation necessitated a brief move to Bedford for Ted and Ella, their daughters by this time having left home. Though often commuting for long hours during his working years, family and friends were always extremely important to Ted, as he was very sociable and enjoyed company. Weekends were invariably busy with lively gatherings, and many holidays were enjoyed in Britain and abroad with friends. Ted retired in 1985 and he and Ella moved south to enjoy the sea air at Bexhill. Here he developed new passions – croquet and bowling –and became very involved in the local community. He and Ella travelled extensively after his retirement, particularly enjoying trips to Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania with his eldest daughter and her family who had emigrated to Australia. Ted was always immensely proud and appreciative of his wonderful educational opportunities during the war and post-war years. He continued to take a keen interest in his old school, attending reunions and looking forward to newsletters. He enjoyed keeping in touch with many of his former school friends and old schoolmasters, or following news of them. His memory for names, places and incidents from the past was prodigious, and he related many amusing and interesting stories and anecdotes to his family. His superb mathematical talents contributed towards his incredible knowledge and management of financial affairs, and he also had a very keen interest in current affairs and technological developments in the modern world. He encouraged and supported his daughters and grandchildren in achieving a rounded education, and was always able to offer practical and reliable help or advice to friends and family in any situation. In his later years Ted became a devoted carer for his beloved Ella, and continued to keep a friendly and caring eye on his remaining friends and neighbours. He died in April after a short illness and is greatly missed by Ella and his daughters, Melanie and Catherine.
David Barker Pentin 1930-2015
With great sadness we must announce the death of David Barker Pentin (Tulley's, 1941-1946). A keen and talented footballer in his youth, and a bowls player later in life,
"Everyone who knew David says what a lovely, caring person he was and a true gentleman, in both senses of the word, and how sorely he will be missed" - Donna Sutton (Daughter)
AOB Ashley Clark (1997-2004, Cribb's) has just had his first book published: Facing Blackness, a reappraisal of Spike Lee's film Bamboozled. Ashley is also about to curate a Q&A with Spike Lee at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
Enjoying a varied career, Ashley has worked for the BFI, written for the Guardian, appeared on the BBC film review show 'Film 2014' and curated the recent 'Afrofuturism: Space is the Place' Season, also at BAM.
Death of Robert Eburah 1916-2015
It is with sadness that we must announce the recent death of Robert (Bob) Eburah (Dutton's, 1925-2933). During the war he joined the Royal Navy, receiving two mentions in dispatches.
"He was very good company, and will always be fondly remembered by his nephews in particular, for a glass of red, a curry, and some excellent discussion at lunchtime." - Alan Whitten (Tyson’s 53-60)
Eddie Harding 1949- 2015
It is with great sadness that the Club must announce the death of Eddie Harding (Dutton's, 1960-1965). He was described as a singer/song-writer/character. He played in the 'Spencer Davis Group', as lead singer and keyboard player, and later wrote an autobiography, entitled 'ALAB (Ain't Life A Bastard)'.
Death of Peter (Pedro) Watts 1938-2015
The Club announces, with great sadness, the passing of Peter Watts (Cribb's, 1950-1958), affectionately known as Pedro. He was an all-rounder at school, and continued to be an active member of the Edward Alleyn Club.
Peter was diagnosed with Leukaemia and Bone Marrow Disorder in 2011 and it knocked him for six because he had to slow down, which was particularly hard for him of all people to accept. He chose to trial new treatments, which gave him an extra 4 years and may, also, have contributed to others’ treatment in the future and the family have chosen to nominate for donations in his memory a leukaemia research charity which is under guidance from Pedro’s consultant, Dr Donal McLornan, and Professor Mufti both from Haematology at King’s College Hospital London.
The total raised in Pedro’s name, so far, is a wonderful £2,320.00 and, should you wish to add your own contribution, you can do so:
By cheque - please make cheques payable to ‘King’s College London’, write fund U00343 on the back and include a covering note confirming it is in memory of Peter Watts and providing a postal address and send to:
King’s College London, Fundraising & Supporter Development, James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA,
By phone please call 020 7848 3053 to make a card donation over the phone. Please specify that the donation should be marked as in memory of Peter Watts and is for fund U00343
The Recent Death of Alan Berry, member of staff 1972-1996
From Graham Berry (AOB):
It is with great sadness that I have to report that my father, Alan Berry, died peacefully at Oaklands Care Home, Marchwood, on Saturday 22nd August 2015. Alan had been suffering with Alzheimer’s, which was first diagnosed 6 years ago and had been on a steady decline ever since.
A service was held Monday 7th September at 12:30 p.m. at:
Hinton Park Woodland Burial Ground
Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 7EJ.
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Alan then please make cheques payable to the Alzheimer’s Society and send them to:
Donation – Alan Berry
c/o Hinton Park Woodland Burial Ground
Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 7EJ