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 [mailto:maggzz@btinternet.com]

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 andy.springett@btinternet.com

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,
Andy