Sadly we have to report that his son has recently contacted us to let us know that his father, David Asher (1942-51) passed away on 29th. April, 2010.

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His son, Simon, has written: to tell us that Dr. Peter Raymond Samsworth passed away in February, 2011  aged 81 after a short illness. He was a keen sportsman whilst at school (see photo below, he has the ball) He practiced as a GP in Herne Bay for many years and is survived by his wife Alison.


Mike Chew also remembers Peter Samsworth as Captain of Cricket.

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Kim, the widow of  Keith Hill (1945-50) has written:


“I have recently received the COSA newsletter and have realised that I did not notify the Association of my husband’s death.


“Keith Hill was one of your members and very proud of his old school. I remember him going off to reunions many years ago when our children were quite young. We made many trips to Oxford to see his family and we always took a look at the old school building.


“Keith was born in South Wales in 1934 but moved as a baby to Oxford where his father had found work. He was the eldest of five children, all his siblings being born in Oxford.

At the age of 10 Keith won a scholarship to the City of Oxford School where he remained until he was 16 years of age, leaving with the School Certificate. Keith’s passion was rugby and he played for the school 1st Fifteen when just 15 years. Keith kept his school magazines in which he appeared several times!


“On leaving school Keith worked briefly for a firm of Chartered Accountants until he was called up for National Service in the Royal Navy. He went on to marry and had three children.


“In December 1954 Keith joined the Metropolitan Police and served in various parts of South London until his retirement after 30 years service, his final rank being that of Detective Inspector. He was commended on 7 occasions for detective ability by various Commissioners of Police.


“Keith retired to Cornwall in 1985 and had two children with his second wife,  away from the stresses of London. Keith sadly suffered a severe stroke in 2004 and over the following 6 years he was left disabled but was stoical in keeping himself cheerful for his family. Keith died suddenly in May 2010 at home.

He was 75 years old.”


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David Cooper (1947-54) has written to let us know that John Martin (1947-54) died on 1st. September, 2011 in Winchester. He says “John Martin was one of the three Martins who were in the same year at School. John was a decent spin bowler and not bad with a bat. Leaving school he read geography at St. Catherine’s and began a career in advertising, copy writing for firms in London. He bought a house in Winchester but rather lost contact with his Cowley contemporaries. We do not know if he had any dependants. If he had not taken up a place at St. Catherine’s I probably would not have gone over the wall 57 years ago to study geography at St Peter’s”


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Gordon Dawson (1951-56) has written to tell us that David Pardoe (1952-58) has died. He says “David Pardoe (a member of COSA) passed away early on Sunday morning (11th. September, 2011) in Chichester. Nearly six years ago he was diagnosed with cancer and given a maximum of six months to live.

“David was determined not to give in and after a couple of years of chemotherapy, special diet etc. he was pronounced totally clear. Since that early diagnosis he has had a number of holidays (including one to Australia), seen the birth of three grandchildren and written two books (one of which has been published and the other is with the publisher).

“Unfortunately, over the last few months the cancer had returned and this time David lost the battle.

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We have heard that Pat Hayward (1953-58) died on 25th. September, 2011. Pat became a professional entertainer and worked under the name Squire Ronnie Hayward. He achieved early success, appearing on Sunday Night at the London Palladium. Our condolences go to his widow, Sue, his two children and three grandchildren.


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His nephew, Simon Weemes, has written to let us know that John Thorne (1939-45) passed away on 22nd. October, 2011. He says that John was proud to have studied at the School which led him towards a Bsc as well as a long career with British Cellophane in Bridgwater, Somerset.


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His brother Mike has written to let us know that Paul Jocelyn died on 2nd. December, 2011.

Mike and Paul’s widow Pam say “After his spell at COHS Paul went on to Keble College, Oxford. Having obtained a degree in Physics in 1954 he took up a teaching post as Physics Lecturer at Bootham School in York. After some seven years he joined the staff of Clifton College of Education (a teacher training college) where he again lectured in Physics.

Having taken early retirement he found his musical instrument making hobby turn into a second career as a violin and viola maker. At his untimely death he had been commissioned to make over one hundred and twenty instruments. Many are being played in some of the UK’s most famous orchestras.”

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His brother Ron has written to let us know that Ken Tapping (1947-55) died from prostate cancer in 2007. He says that Ken worked for several years in Corby  before moving to Newport in South Wales for a few years. He then moved to Basingstoke where he worked in Patents.


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I have received a note from Denis Tomlin to let us know that his cousin, E. J. (John) Robins (1933-39)  died in March. He writes of EJR “He left the School in the summer of 1939 to begin his degree course in Mathematics at Wadham College before he was enlisted in the Royal Engineers in 1940. He later saw service in North Africa and Italy until after demobilisation he returned to Oxford. Having completed his degree he moved with his wife, Suzanne, and daughter, Elizabeth, to Henley-on-Thames, where he remained until ill-health forced him to move to a nursing-home near Hereford, close to his daughter and her husband.

His career at the School was remarkable. In his final year he was captain of Rugger, Cricket and Athletics and participated keenly in other, less physical, activities. I entered the School in September, 1939 and was for the next seven years was constantly, to my chagrin, urged to follow the example of ‘cousin John’! Needless to say I failed in this respect.

John spent his working life with ICI and continued to involve himself in sport with Oxfordshire Rugby Union and Henley-on-Thames RFC and, with the help of a buggy in later years, in golf. He will be remembered, I am sure, for his enthusiastic approach to life, which never waned, even when faced with disability.”


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Tony Jones has written to say  that F.H. (Fred) Ayers died aged 91 on  16th. September, 2012. Fred played for the Old Oxford Citizens R.F.C, as a second row forward for several years. He took a degree at St. Cats., and was a librarian at the Radcliffe Science Library. He then became a librarian at A.W.R.E. At Aldermaston and lived at Upper Buckleberry. Finally he became a librarian at Bradford University, living at Guilsly near Leeds with his wife, Margaret. During the war he served in the Royal Navy.

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Glyn Frewer (1943-50) has written about his friend Neil Russell (1943-50):


Neil died on 12th. September, 2012  aged 80. Although his school escapades are still remembered, notably his painting of ornamental stonework on the School roof he is chiefly remembered as an outstanding all-round sportsman and Captain of the 1st. XV. After HSC he won the Lawrence Exhibition to read Geography at Jesus College, where he rowed and played rugby for the Oxford Greyhounds, not quite making the Varsity team. This was followed by two years National Service in RE digging tunnels in Cyprus and Gibraltar. He then worked for OUP for two years producing atlases before taking up a teaching post at Dover College, during which time he took pupils across the Channel in a whaler to Ostend and back. He retired in 1993 after 27 very happy years at Bearwood College where he was Housemaster and his wife, Penny, was Sister. The courageous way he coped with encroaching Parkinsons was an example to all who knew him and he is greatly missed by his many friends and all his family.


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Sadly I have to report that the COSA Vice Chairman, Ken Powell ( 1939-43) died on 23rd. August, 2013. I am sure that we will miss his input at COSA Committee meetings and the slide shows he presented prior to the start of the Annual General Meetings


I give below a few details of his time at School and subsequent life:

School Awards and Achievements

1943  Appointed Prefect

1943  1st. XV Colours

Further Education and Achievements

Chartered Engineer, M.I. Mech. E.

Bsc (Hons) Open University

Career

1944-48  Royal Air Force – Initially aircrew under training, then RAF Police – Special

               Investigation Branch

1949-60  Various Works Management jobs in Motor Industry

1960-67  Production Director at Qualcast Ltd. in Derby

1967-75  Negotiator with Engineering Employers’ Federation

1975-85  Assistant Director of E.E.F.

Honours, Awards and Distinctions

1972-75  Churchwarden (Beaconsfield)

1982-83  Mayor of Beaconsfield

2007       Vice-Chairman of City of Oxford School Association


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Gordon Dawson has written to let us know that Stephen Garner (1951-58) died on 13th. August, 2013, aged 73. He writes: Steve was at COHS from 1951-58. He was a keen sportsman, played cricket for the School, football for an “unofficial” COHS football team and banjo in a jazz band of COHS pupils (as mentioned in an earlier Newsletter).

He went on to study modern languages at Birmingham University, later also qualifying as a teacher at Eltham Training College.

After that Steve changed direction somewhat and spent most of his working life in the motor industry at Rootes Group (later Chrysler and Peugeot), Kalamazoo and Saab in the UK before retiring in 2001.

Steve leaves behind his wife Robina, son Andrew, daughter Helen and two grandchildren.

Steve and Robina were members of the Caravan Club and spent much of their spare time travelling in the UK and Europe, especially Scotland, France, Spain and visiting their daughter in Switzerland. They were also keen members of their local Solihull badminton club.

Steve stayed in touch with a number of his old COSA friends throughout his life and will be sadly missed.

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Ted Longthorp has written to let us know that Mick Green died on 8th. December, 2013. Ted remembers Mick for his prowess at cricket and after school he joined the army rising to the rank of Major.


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Bryan Webb (1945-50) has written to let us know that Jim Fleetwood (1946-51) died on 2nd. January, 2014. He had lived in Canada for many  years. Jim, Bryan and David Green had last visited Oxford in 2012.

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Mike Gardner (1942-50) has passed on the sad news that Pat Cripps (1944-51) died in June, 2014.

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Alan Trinder has written to let us know that Maurice Croxon  (1944-48) died on 17th. December, 2014 after suffering a brain haemorrhage. He writes that Maurice was in his form at School and was known for his sense of humour. He attended the reunions until back trouble prevented him from driving. He lived in Havant..


This photo shows Maurice (seated) at one of the Reunions. He should also be remembered as a founding member of COSA.

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David Cook has written to tell us that John Nettell (1941-46) died in September, 2014 after a period of illness with cancer. He says that John would be remembered by those who knew him as a tall private person who was devoted to the Scout Movement  when school demands were completed.

Michael Blackler (1935-39) passed away on 6th. October, 2012. He was one of the oldest of COSA’s Old Boys.

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Clive Bower has written to let us know that Gerald Haggis (1938-43) died on 15th. October, 2012.

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It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Tony Jennings (1945-52) has died. Tony was an indefatigable worker as a member of the Dinner Committee in arranging the Autumn Reunions along with his wife Julie and we have much to thank them for. We shall miss Tony.


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Sadly we have received the news that Michael Phelps (1941-48) has died. He played scrum-half for the First XV in 1945, 1946 and 1947.

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Tony Jones has written to let us know that Robin Kemp (1933-39/40) died on 23rd. March, 2013. He played for the Old Oxford Citizens R.F.C. for several years. He served in the Fleet Air Arm as a pilot and did his training at Culham Air Field. He owned a small plane and was flying until recently. He was in business as a Surveyor and Valuer.


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Mike Gardner has also told us that Ted Longthorp (1944-48) has died

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His daughter telephoned to let us know that Alan Lower (1942-51) has died

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His widow has written to let us know that John Rowe (1944-49) died on 9th. May,2015 after a long illness.


I have received a telephone call from his daughter to let me know that Ivan Mason (1940-46) has died.

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We have received a letter from his widow to let us know that Robert Rice (1938-43) has died.

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His widow has been in touch to let us know that John Steley (1944-49) has died.

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We have been informed that Harold Winstone has died.

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Sadly another death has been reported, that of Michael Pargeter (1940-46)

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His son has written to let us know that Brian Tuffrey (1950-57) died on 5th. August, 2016. The funeral will take place at Bournemouth Crematorium on 22nd. August, 2016.

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We have been informed that Brian Amos (1942-47) dies on 28th. August, 2016.

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