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and playing cricket. He really enjoyed his OSE gatherings too and kept in touch with some school friends like Jim Baxendale (F, 1943-1948) and Mike Bennett (F, 1945-1950).

DOBB, PETER (1928-2019)

On 7th October 2019, Peter Illingworth Dobb (D, 1942-1946).

Exhibitioner. Choir. 13/18th Royal Hussars 1946-48. Trinity College, Cambridge 1949- 51, awarded BA. Account Management L.P.E Advertising 1949-56, Service Advertising 1957-62. International Account Director Foote, Cove and Belding 1962-85. WOOLDRIDGE, JOHN (1928- 2020) In February 2020, Duncan Henry Charles Wooldridge (known as John) (E, 1944- 1947). Father of Mark (D, 1973-1978), Harvey (D, 1976-1981) and Peter (D, 1979-1984). Royal Artillery 1948-49. Buyer Joseph Lucas Industries Ltd Birmingham. Retired 1986. On 20th April 2020, Richard Garnett (Gary) Hopkinson (F, 1943-1949), brother of John (F, 1937-1942), uncle of Mark (B, 1969-1973) and Richard (B, 1971-1975). The obituary has been provided by his son, David Hopkinson. My father and mother were married for over 63 years, and always lived at the same address in West Yorkshire. They had four children, 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. My father was born on 29th June 1930 and attended St Edward’s School from 1943 to 1949. His elder brother John Garnett Hopkinson, born 1924, also attended St Edward’s, as did John’s two sons, Mark (born 1955 now living in Sydney, Australia) and Richard Hopkinson (born 1958 who lives in Chester). My father always looked back fondly at his time at St Edward’s where he had loved being House Captain, running HOPKINSON, GARY (1930-2020)

TRIPP, MICHAEL (1932-2016)

In July 2016, in Cape Town, South Africa, Michael Walter Howard Tripp (B, 1945-1948). Described by his friend, Peter Barrett as ‘a fine gentlemen with a kind heart and a great sense of humour.’ North Staffordshire Regiment 1951-53 2nd Lieutenant. London School of Printing. Spicers Ltd 1953-71 (London, 1951-53, Johannesburg 1955-61, Branch Manager Cape Town 1961- 67, Director Paper Division Johannesburg 1968-71, Cape CURREY, JOHN (1932-2018) On 18th December 2018, Professor John Donald Currey (B, 1945-50), aged 86, died peacefully at home. John, an intellectually curious and charismatic man, was born on 9th August 1932 in Scunthorpe where his father was then working as an engineer. Shortly afterwards his family moved south and he spent most of his childhood in Pickwick, Wiltshire, where his brother Robert and his wife still live in the family home. John boarded at St Edward’s from 1945 until 1950 where he was a keen sportsman and Head Boy in his last year. It was at Teddies that John’s lifetime love of science was kindled by his Biology teacher, “Crasher White”. After leaving school John did his National Service in the Artillery and then read Zoology at Brasenose College, Oxford where he graduated with a first in 1956. This was shortly followed by a six-month trip to the Antarctic, serving as Second Town 1971). Owner Van Riebeeck Press 1973-93.


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other. Whilst at Oxford he met his wife Elisabeth and they were married in 1952. John followed his father into a career in teaching starting at the Dragon School, Oxford before being appointed to the headship of West Hill Park. This was the start of an extremely successful 30-year period as Headmaster of West Hill Park and then Eagle House. In his spare time John enjoyed gardening, music and sport. During his retirement he took on the role of choirmaster for his local church, playing the organ for Sunday services as well as happily playing duets with any of his grandchildren. The garden of his home in Manorbier was transformed as he replaced and created drystone walls and new flower beds. John and his wife Elisabeth enjoyed travelling and were never happier than when in their campervan abroad. John spoke French fluently and in retirement taught himself Italian prior to a camping holiday in Italy. They were still travelling to Europe in their campervan in their eighties. In his final years with declining health John found walking any distance rather hard but he enjoyed visitors and continued to be engaging in conversation up until his death.

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Hynard in 1951; they divorced in 1994, and in 1995 he married Trisha Stewart, who survives him with three daughters and a son of the first marriage, and three stepchildren. A son predeceased him in 2014, Rear-Admiral David Cooke, a successful Cold War submariner who was made CB in 2009. A daughter served in the WRNS, one grandson Royal Marines Reserve and two granddaughters are Sea Cadets. GREENISH, JOHN (1927-2019) On 26th December 2019, John Harvey James Greenish (F, 1940-1945). John Greenish was born on 1st January 1927. He attended Maidwell Hall School before going on to St Edward’s. He enjoyed a successful career at St Edward’s particularly on the games field. He set a school record for the 100 yards which has never been beaten. Having completed his schooling, he attended Cambridge briefly before signing up to the Royal Navy where he was responsible for minesweeping. After his service he went to Trinity College, Oxford. Consequently, he represented both Cambridge and Oxford as a sprinter but he did not represent one against the served in the Royal Navy, another is training for the


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