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 .


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


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.


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

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.