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Notices of deaths received before November 2018 have now been published in OCA Magazines and Newsletters. New notices will be posted below, with as much information as is known to us.

We regret to announce the deaths of the following members, which have recently come to our knowledge:
 

Tom ALCROFT (Staff 1957-87) died 14 March 2019 aged 83. Tom taught Physics at the school for 30 years from 1957-87 and was very highly regarded. We plan to include a full tribute to him in next year’s OCA MAGAZINE (2020) and would welcome as many memories and other contributions as possible from former pupils and staff – please send to editor@theoldcroydonians.org.uk .

 

Trevor BANEY (1947- 55)  died in April 2020.  Trevor's schoolmate Bryan Hyde writes:  Trevor arrived to Selhurst in 1947 joining 1P and Beta. He immediately made an impression with his Canadian accent and impeccable manners and was well liked by school friends and staff ending as a respected Senior Prefect. On leaving school, Trevor went to Nottingham Agricultural College where he met his first wife Maud, the lecturer in cheese making. Whilst at school, Trevor had been a keen member of Air Training Corps and continued the interest at Nottingham. It was no surprise when called for National Service that he went into the R.A.F. as a pilot but on a long term basis. Trevor was in Transport Command, based initially at Colerne and Lyneham. He then had a posting to Akrotiri in Cyprus. Whilst there it was possible to live off base in a villlage setting enjoying local Greek social life. Finally he was based at Brize Norton as a Flight Lieutenant. Meanwhile the family had moved to a croft at Dalmally in Argyll run jointly by Trevor and Maud. When Trevor left the R.A.F. he was busy on the smallholding, working for the N.F.U. and acting as a ambulance driver keeping the ambulance on site. He was involved in the community and treasurer of the local church where he met his second wife,Helen. Subsequent to the loss of Helen, Trevor had the comfort of Jenni, a South African over here and with whom he spent some time in winter in South Africa. They married and eventually Jenni was his carer. Trevor is survived by two daughters, Diedre Fine Arts trained and farmer in Donegal and Shona a Children's Nurse.

 

Dr Reginald BEASLEY (1938-44) died in February 2020.

 

John BREMER (1938-42) died 30 November 2015 in Ludlow, Vermont, USA.

 

Cecilia BUTCHER née ROCKLIFFE (?1937-?1943), born 19 February 1925, died 2015.  Cecilia was evacuated to Hove/Guildford during WWII.  In 1943 she joined the Land Army in nearby Rudgwick.  At the end of the war she married there and was the postmistress for 53 years, receiving the BEM for community service. You can see a photo of Cecilia at SGSG here, marked with a red dot. The girl next to her, at the end of the row, is Eileen Roland/Rowland who became a lifelong friend.  

 

Michael CRISP (1959-66) died on 10 February 2019.

 

Derek CROKER (1940-45).

 

Trevor EASTON (1958-65) died on 04 April 2016 in Canada, where he moved in 1975.

 

David ENDACOTT (1942-46) died on 10 May 2018. David, born in 1930, spent the early war years in Okehampton (Devon) as an evacuee, with his mother and sister, staying with his aunt.

 

Doug EVELEIGH (1945-1953) died on 30 December 2019.  Born 06 December 1933, Doug Eveleigh was an adacemic at Rutgers University in New Jersey for 45 years. You can read his obituary here.  John FLETCHER ( also1945-53) writes: The late Phil White, Doug and myself all played Rugby at school. We were all victims of the transition from  the Higher Schools Certificate to GCE 'A' level in 1952, which saw very few people getting enough passes to go on to university, so we were all senior prefects together in a swollen 6th Form from 1952 to 1953, Phil as school rugby captain and head boy. Together we three then went to the University College of the South West (which became Exeter University in 1955), after which we all went our separate ways, Doug moving to Canada in 1959 and then to the USA in 1961. We all caught up again in later life and visited each other's homes. Doug continued working part time and travelling for his many professional interests into his early 80s. As you will see from his obituary he really was a larger than life character. He will be sorely missed.  It is a sad feeling to be the last survivor of our trio.

 

Bob FITSAL (1941-47) died 01January 2019 aged 88.  Bob was a regular attender at our Annual Reunions. His old friend Fred ALLEN notes that Bob was a member of the O.C. Rugby Club and served as Team Secretary for a number of years .He was greatly interested in old cars and was a member of a car club . He worked for the British Oxygen Company all his working life.

 

Robert GOLDSMITH (1948-53) died suddenly on 19 July 2019. Robert was a regular attender at our gatherings, with his wife Gillian and daughter Karen. You can see a published obituary for Robert here.

 

Tony HANSCOMB (pupil 1943-50 and staff 1958-72)  born 1931 – died 1996.

 

Barry HINTON (1967-73) passed away suddenly on 27th August 2019 aged 63. 
 

Mrs Shirley JONES, née Key (1945-47)

 

Clive KING (1962-69) died on 20 September 2019. 

 

Harold Lawson KING (1957-65) died on Wednesday 21st August 2019 after a short battle with lung cancer.  Harry loved sport - especially representing the school at rugby, cricket and athletics - and in later life he had a passion for golf. He was also a lifelong Crystal Palace fan and could frequently be heard giving advice (and his opinion) to the players, manager and referee - he will be sorely missed!
 

Derek John LANGLEY (1942-46?) died on 06 May 2007 in Newbury. He was born in Ipswich in 1930 and attended Selhurst in the early 1940s.

Sidney LAVENDER 1940-44 died 10th January 2014

 

Peter LOCKLEY (1942-46) died in August 2019.

 

Alec NEW (1941-46) died on 21 November 2018.

 

Sue RAMSDALE (née Baines) (1955-60) died on 22nd May 2019 after suffering from Motor Neurone Disease

Louis Alwyn Frank STOCKLEY (1937-44) died on 29 September 2019

 

Helen SPRATLEY (née GOSTLING) (1940-47)


Robert THOMSITT 1957-59 died on 23 January 2018

 

Ian TIMMS (Staff 1960s-70s)   died 09 December 2011 aged 83.

 

Heather VICKERY née STOCKLEY (1940-47) died 15 January 2018, aged 89

 

Derek Harold James WALLER (1937-?1941) died on 08 July 2019.  Born 18 May 1926, he commenced sea service with the Royal Navy on his 18th birthday as a volunteer and was demobbed in 1947 after serving in the Pacific Fleet.  He then worked in the furniture trade as a sales representative.  He lived in Carshalton Beeches until his wife (see below) passed away, when he moved to Devon to be near family.

 

Pamela Ivy WALLER née CROFTS (1938-?) died on 15 August 2006.
 

John WILKINS (1951-58)

 

Janice KAY née WILLETT (1943-49) died in November 2018. Her daughter Serena's obituary of her mother will be published in the 2020 OCA magazine.