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from the Heritage Lottery Fund. His skills as a public speaker and his enthusiastic championing of the museum brought in matching funds to complete the modernisation ‘within a whisker of the budget’. His achievement was the more remarkable because the historic dockyard in Portsmouth was afflicted with rivalries between several charitable trusts. It was said there was not an ounce of charity nor a grain of trust among them, but Wilson’s transparent decency, goodwill, integrity and razor- sharp intelligence, combined with his gentle, disarming way of engaging with people at every level, contributed in no small way to easing some of the tensions. Appointed KCB in 1990, he was chairman of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, from 1994 to 2000, but his strong faith was most manifest in his close association with Bede House, a lay Christian settlement founded to help the poor of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. Wilson ran boxing clubs in railway arches owned by Clare College, Cambridge, and kept in touch with Bede House throughout his naval career: as a trustee from 1990 until 2003 he steered its adult education project through to independence. Wilson was also chairman of the Friends of Guys Marsh Prison in Dorset and chairman of governors of his local Church of England school. He was a churchwarden at St Catherine’s Church, Sedgehill in Wiltshire, and a bell ringer. He was also a poet, and one of his last compositions concluded: ‘Belief in a dawning / Is as unshakable / As the peace of sleep.’ In 1961 he married Liz Hardy; they had one son and one daughter who survive him. Liz died, and in 2016 he married Georgina Doyle (née Stevenson), who also survives him.
founded Arcall which became a world-leading niche company in the food industry. The first Ritz oiler was made in 1972, the 660 oiler became the ‘Hoover’ industry standard of cracker oiling, currently estimated at oiling 30,000 tonnes of crackers every week. He was an active supporter of FOFSA and NOADA as well as a Fellow of the IOD. Following in the footsteps of his father, Daddy joined the Tallow Chandlers and took the livery in 1960. I was later to join by patrimony. We will sing their Grace later in this service at his request. He was a very good golfer and was secretary of the Tallow Chandlers Golfing Society for 10 years. On several occasions he won the Tallow Chandlers Woollard Cup which had been presented by his father, Richard Woollard. His other hobby was shooting and he joined the Bryanston shoot soon after he moved to Dorset in 1978 and eventually became shoot captain. He was also a keen skier, and an intrepid sailor. He lived in many places and, just when most people think about retiring and slowing down, he bought an old stud farm which he turned into a beautiful and impressive home. He farmed beef cattle, sheep and an inherited herd of geese. Finally, in retirement, he developed his passion for woodworking, initially repairing antique boxes and then making his own. Those who own his boxes will always treasure his memory when they look on them - the care, thought and skill involved is amazing. His last box was a tribute to Beresford Ingram, his maternal grandfather, and was completed during his last days. Daddy wrote his own life story and it is in the box on the altar that currently contains his ashes. There are symbols to represent all aspects of his life. He first made that box when he was at prep school, it now represents all that he was, my father Tony Woollard.
Woodhouse (B, 1939-1942). Brother of Geoffrey, (B, 1941- 1945). Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 1943-46 Sub Lieutenant. Chairman and Managing Director Cotswold Woodlands Ltd, Wotton-under-Edge. WOOLLARD – On 29th April 2018, Anthony Richard Woollard (F, 1948-1954). These words are taken from the tribute given by Anthony’s son, David, kindly sent to us by Marise Woollard: My father’s motto was always: ‘Just do it’. He would just get on with things. He had a very full 83 years of life, with a strong tradition of family values, he was a Woollard through to the core. He was born in February 1935, son of Richard and Madeline. Tony was married to Marise for 58 years. He had two sons: David married to Pippa and Bruce married to Louise. He had four grandchildren, Jack, Tom, Daisy and Edward. He started school at Edgeborough and then went on to St Edward’s and was Head of Tilly’s House from Autumn 1953 to Summer 1954. He joined the British Schools Exploring Society and went to British Colombia; he also sat on their council for five years. His National Service was in the Royal Artillery, in which he rose to second lieutenant. Afterwards, like his father before him, he joined the Honourable Artillery Company where, as is tradition, he reverted to the rank of gunner. He fired salutes at the Tower of London. He joined the HAC Special Constables and stood on the route of Churchill’s coffin. He qualified as a Food Technologist at the National College of Food Technology in 1959, and then joined the family oils and fats business LOC. With Uncle Robin and Roy Rogers, he grew the business specialty in bakery release agents, and
WOOD – On 24th July 2018, Bryan Neville Walter (Neville) Wood (E, 1953 – 1957). These words have kindly been sent to us by Neville’s family: A keen rower, rugby player and active trumpeter in the school orchestra, Bryan Neville Walter, familiarly known as Nev, had a love of jazz music and also played cornet and guitar in various skiffle bands while at St Edward’s. On leaving school, an apprenticeship with an architectural timber merchant led to a position at English Brothers in the historic town of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, where the company imported timber into the UK via the River Nene. It was there that Nev met his wife Jean, a fruit farmer’s daughter, at the local rugby club’s Valentine dance in 1959. They were married in 1962. A move to Grantham, Lincolnshire, led to a long and successful managerial career with the company which eventually became the builders’ merchants, Jewson. As a member of the Round Table, Nev was actively Nev and Jean had three boys and retired to Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire, where Nev became an active member of Hurst Castle Sailing Club. He is survived by Jean and their sons, Andrew, Stuart and Henry. involved in the community, helping to raise money for charitable causes in the area.
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Bryan Neville Walter (Neville) Wood
WOODHOUSE – On 12th April 2017, Raymond Evered
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