John Willmington (OM 1956-64)

The following was received from Adrian Gaunt, who we thank for the input

It has come to my notice that John Martin Vanderlure Willmington has passed away. He was born in 1945 and died on 11th April 2016 aged 70. He was at Maidstone Grammar with me from approximately 1956-1964. He graduated with a BA from what was then St David’s College in Wales in 1969, took a further degree at Oxford in 1969 and was ordained in 1972. He served as Curate at St Mary Abbots, Kensington, from 1975-1983, as Rector of Perivale 1983 – 1991 and as Vicar of Acton Green 1991-2014. He retired in 2014 and was living in Hampton at the time of his death.

Philip Thompson (MGS 1979-1985)

Taken from a post to the LinkedIn Old Maidstonian group by Simon Peacock.

It is with great sadness that I report the untimely death of Philip Thompson (MGS 1979-1985).
Philip was killed in a fall 100m from the top of Mount Elbrus in Southern Russia on 26th May.

His day job as an Accountant belied the fact that Phil was a keen climber and adventurer who had reached the summit of many of the world highest peaks, swam at the North Pole and spent time in Antarctica and many other remote parts of the planet.

Also a keen Rugby fan he occupied the seat next to myself at Harlequins for the last 15 years.

He is survived by his brother Alex (also former MGS), 2 Nieces and a Nephew

Jack Long

Received from Maggie Clark []

Dear Graham,

I’m sorry to have to tell you that sadly Jack died peacefully here at home from terminal cancer on the 5th November 2015. He was my partner and I have been checking his emails and found yours. He was very fond of his old school. So thank you for keeping him up to date.

He is sadly missed by myself and all his friends.

My best wishes,
Maggie Clark

Eric Haslam

I recently made a visit to the OM Website and on inspecting the Register of members noticed that there was reference to our oldest recorded member Eric Haslam who left the School in 1935.

I don’t whether you are aware that Eric died aged 96 on 21st April, 2014.

He was a distinguished Police Officer who was the holder of the OBE and the Queen’s Police Medal for outstanding service.

I served with him at Gravesend in the Kent Force and later followed his career when he became Deputy Chief Constable of Kent and later Chief Constable of the British Transport Police

Best wishes
Denys E. Whatmore
1944 – 1949

Ken Perriman

Sent in by

One of my clients was Ken Perriman, and I also act for his son Dr (Major) Tony Richie, who was a big part of the CCF helping his dad.

As you will know, Ken was caretaker living in the gatehouse and running the CCF for many years and sadly he passed recently.

I have informed (Uncle Richard Ratcliffe, old family friend of my father!!!) and also Neil Turrell will be back from Australia for the funeral [Added by webmaster: they being the current and immediate future OM Society Presidents]. The funeral for Ken will be held at Vinters Park, 26th January at 10.15 with the wake to be held in the Chequers at Loose.

Kind regards,

Clive Norris

We regret to record the recent death of Clive Norris (OM 1955-1960). The information came via his and my contemporaries Mick Craske and Mac Allardyce. We hope to be able to give additional information either on the website or in the “Old Maidstonian” in due course.

Malcolm MacCallum (as admin and webmaster)

John Skinner

We are informed by his son Richard (OM 1964-71) that John Skinner, who was the Head of the Mathematics Department at MGS from 1958 to 1966, and was subsequently Head of Oakwood Park Grammar School for 19 years, died on Sunday May 31st. Richard says “As I believe you know, Dad has been suffering from dementia for some time. Very sadly, Dad deteriorated very quickly over the last month and passed away last Sunday but it was very peaceful in his own bed in the nursing home with my mother & sister by his side.”

Among others he taught our immediate ex-President, Gardner Crawley, and me. Richard reports that his father wrote ‘The most challenging aspects came from the preparation of Sixth Form students for Open Scholarship papers at Oxford or Cambridge. I repeat, nothing in my experience was as stimulating as seeking to teach young men, who fundamentally, were more able than myself – at KES [his previous school, King Edward’s in Birmingham] and later at MGS…phew!’

An appreciation will appear in due course in the ‘Old Maidstonian’.

There will be a private cremation on 16th June, which just the family is attending, followed by a Thanksgiving Service at 2.30pm at Longbridge Deverill Church, Warminster, Wiltshire, which is open to all. Richard informs us that “It is there since both my parents moved to Warminster 2 years ago to be near my elder sister with Dad going into the dementia wing of the local care home.”

Donations, if desired, for the Goodman Centre which is a day centre for people with dementia in Maidstone. Cheques payable to ‘Age UK Maidstone’ and sent c/o F. Curtis & Son, Funeral Directors, 11 Portway, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8QG Tel: 01985.212033

Malcolm MacCallum as webmaster