Old Ruthinian Association

Michael (Mick) J. Maulden

Michael (Mick) J. Maulden

Sadly we report the passing of Michael (Mick) Maulden on the 23rd May 2021, aged 72.

Michael (known to all as Mick) was at Ruthin from 1961 to 1964. He was a boarder and a member of Dean Ellis House.

After leaving school Mick joined the Royal Air Force in 1966 and spent 22 years on the engineering side, managing the servicing and operation of a wide variety of aircraft. On retiring from the RAF he joined an international company which specialised in the design of aircraft flight-decks and the production of flight-simulators. His job entailed much international travel, liaising with various aircraft manufacturers.

We send our sincere condolences to his wife Maggie and family.

Jack Henry Robert de Carteret

Jack Henry Robert de Carteret

We have been notified of Jack's passing on the 24th March 2021, aged 89.

Jack was at Ruthin from 1944 to 1949, firstly as a dayboy in Dean Goodman House later joining School House 1 after which he became a boarder in Lord Kenyon House. He wasn't keen on rugby or cross country running but excelled at cricket playing for the School 1st XI.

After leaving school Jack worked for a well know wine merchant in London and within five years he had qualified as a 'Master of Wine'. He spent the whole of his working life in the wine trade, a career he very much enjoyed.

Jack was a staunch supporter of the ORA and attended many functions throughout his life.

We send our sincere condolences to his wife Jean.

Anthony Andrew Louis Bater

Anthony Andrew Louis Bater

Sadly the untimely death is announced of Anthony (Tony) Bater on 11th August 2021, aged 67.

Tony was at Ruthin along with his brother Chris from 1969-1972.

He was a boarder and a member of Bishop Wynne House. Tony was an active member of the Christian Union where he developed a strong Christian Faith which remained with him throughout his life.

After leaving school he pursued a career in hotel management. He lived in the Forest of Dean.

A private family funeral was held in Lyndey, Gloucestershire.

We send our sincere condolences to his wife Cinzia, his son Luca and granddaughter Olivia.

John Christopher Hall

John Christopher Hall

Sadly we report the passing of John Christopher Hall on 26th March 2021, aged 61.

John was at Ruthin 1973-76 and was a popular member of Lord Kenyon House. He was a keen sportsman and played rugby and cricket for the 1st XV and 1st XI respectively.

After leaving school he joined the family business in the retail vegetable business before joining his father at The Brookhouse Mill Restaurant near Denbigh. John and his wife Karen built up a very popular and successful business.

His funeral took place on Friday April 9th at St Asaph Crematorium. We send our condolences to his wife Karen and children Jacob, Georgia, Josh and Emily.

Francisco R. Parra

Francisco R. Parra

Sadly we report the death of Francisco Parra on December 16th 2020 at his home in East Orleans, Massachusetts, USA aged 91.

He attended Ruthin along with his brother Alirio from 1939 until 1947. They were sent there by their father who was Consul General of Venezuela based in Liverpool.

He was a boarder in School House 2 and soon became a very popular member of the school. Franki, as he was affectionately known, played a full part in school life and became a very active member of the Debating Society. Sport was also a big part of his leisure time whilst at Ruthin as he played rugby and cricket at all levels with his last three years in the 1st XV as a fast, hard tackling centre three-quarter. At cricket he opened the batting with Keith Tamlin for the 1st XI being awarded his colours in both rugby and cricket. He was Head Boy in his last year.

After leaving school he attended Geneva University, leaving with a degree in Political Science before entering the Petroleum Industry. In 1968 Franki was appointed Secretary General of OPEC. He was also President of Energy Economics Research Ltd. In 2004 he published, Oil Politics: A Modern History of Petroleum.

We send our condolences to all his family.

Glenn Neil-Dwyer M.S. FRCS FRCSE

Glenn Neil-Dwyer M.S. FRCS FRCSE

The death is announced of Mr. Glenn Neil-Dwyer on the 30th November 2020 aged 82.

Glenn was at Ruthin from 1951-1957 and was an outstanding sportsman and athlete, captaining the 1st Xl and XV and was awarded his colours in both sports. He was very popular with both staff and contemporaries and was elected Head Boy in his last year.

He left Ruthin to study medicine at St.Mary' s Hospital in London and was the only one of his generation to Captain the rugby team for two consecutive years - he also played for London Welsh.

He held the position of Consultant Neurosurgeon at Southampton University Hospital from 1987-2002 and was elected as President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons from 1998-2000. Latterly he was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor.

Sadly his wife Susan predeceased him early this year. The Association sends its condolences to his three sons and seven grandchildren.

Walter Leslie (Les) Harlow DFC

Walter Leslie (Les) Harlow DFC

Sadly the death is announced of Les Harlow on the 9th November 2020, aged 99.

Les was at school from 1934-1939. He played rugby and cricket for the school. In his final year Les was Captain of the 1st XV, representing North Wales in the Welsh Trials and was Vice-Captain of the 1st X1. He was a WW2 RAF Lancaster pilot also Chief pilot with British Airways until retirement. Ex-Captain of Veterans at Sidmouth Golf Club.

A private funeral service will be held on the 25th November 2020.

We send our sincere condolences to his family.

Sir Peter Gilmour Noto Badge

Sir Peter Gilmour Noto Badge

Sadly the death is announced of Sir Peter Gilmour Noto Badge on the 29th October 2020, aged 88.

Peter was at school from 1941-1950. He played rugby and cricket for the school. He was an accomplished track athlete and outstanding distance runner. Peter was Head Boy and Captain of the 1st XV in 1946.

After leaving school he read law at Liverpool University. He began his professional life as a prosecuting solicitor with New Scotland Yard. Peter handled the committal to trial of Rosemary West on ten charges of murder. He was also Chief Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate.

Upon retirement he moved to Devon. He was the founding Chairman and later President of the Coracle Society and author of 'Coracle of the World' 2009.

Peter was a staunch supporter and active member of the ORA serving as its President from 2008-2011.

We send our sincere condolences to Lady Mary Badge and her family.

Bill (Frederick William) Strange

Bill (Frederick William) Strange

The death is announced of Bill (Frederick William) Strange on the 28th June 2020, aged 90, after a short illness.

He taught English Language / Literature at Ruthin in the early 60s.

A private funeral service was held at Aberystwyth Crematorium.

David Alexander Simpkins

David Alexander Simpkins

Sadly we announce the untimely death of David A. Simpkins on the 3rd April 2020, aged 51.

David and his twin brother Derek were at Ruthin from 1980-1987. They were members of Lord Kenyon House. David gained his full colours whilst Captain of the most successful 1st XV in the history of the school. His other interests were mountain climbing and abseiling. School holidays were mainly spent with his parents in Botswana.

After leaving school he attended Crewe and Alsager College gaining a degree in Sports Science. David played rugby for Manchester Rugby Club and Cheshire R.F.U. He was a prolific golfer and always supported the ORA in their golf tournaments.

David was practice manager at his wife Angela's Dental Practice, they have two children Erinn and Flynn. He also has a son and daughter Richard and Emma from his first marriage.

We send our sincere condolences to his family.

David Inward Lovell Jordan TD

David Inward Lovell Jordan TD

Sadly the death is announced of David I.L.Jordan on the 26th March 2020, aged 72.

David was at Ruthin from 1961-1966 and was a member of Bishop Wynne House. He was Head Boy and an Under-Officer in the C.C.F. He played rugby for the 1st XV. David enjoyed rock climbing in Snowdonia under the tutelage of Mike Hewer. After leaving school he joined the Territorial Army achieving the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration Medal by Her Majesty the Queen for 20 years of service.

We send our sincere condolences to his widow Frankie and his children Natalie and Nicholas.

Ian David Robinshaw

Ian David Robinshaw

Sadly the death is announced of Ian D. Robinshaw of Priorslee Telford Shropshire who passed away at home on the 25th March 2020, aged 61, after a short illness.

Ian was at Ruthin from 1972 to 1975 and was a member of Bishop Wynne House.

A private funeral service was held in Telford.

Robert Pitchford Griffiths

Robert Pitchford Griffiths

Sadly the death is announced of Robert Griffiths on the 13th January 2020, aged 70.

Robert was at school from 1959 to 1965. He was a member of Dean Goodman House. After leaving school he joined the Midland Bank. Robert left the bank after 20 years and became the Financial Services Director of 'Slaters of Abergele' arguably the largest Car Sales and Servicing business in North Wales at that time. He retired in 2012.

His funeral will be held at St. Asaph Crematorium on Thursday 30th 2020 at 2.00 pm.

We send our sincere condolences to his widow June and his daughter Claire.


Geoffrey P. Colley

(25th December 2019)

Sadly the untimely death is announced of Geoff Colley on the 25th December 2019, aged 71.

Geoff was at Ruthin from 1961 to 1966 and was a member of Dean Ellis House. He was a keen sportsman and represented the school playing cricket and rugby at all levels. He was awarded half colours for rugby and full colours for cricket. The highlight, playing for the 1st XI at school was scoring 156 runs not out against Llandovery College in 1966 - one of his sixes smashed the headmaster's office window for which Geoff was awarded a new cricket bat from J.R.T. Russell. After leaving school he attended St. Luke's College, Exeter, where he studied Science in Sports. He spent his teaching career at Merchant Taylor's School, Northwood.

His funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Gateway Close, Northwood, HA6 2RP on Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 12 noon and afterwards at Northwood Golf Club, Rickmansworth Road, HA6 2QW.

We send our sincere condolences to his widow Lesley and his sons David and Ian.

John Emlyn Hooson

(18th August 2019)

The death is announced of Emlyn Hooson on the 18th August 2019, aged 89.

He was at school 1941-1943.

Dr. Mark P. Vernon-Roberts

(29th September 2019)

Sadly the death is announced of Dr. Mark P. Vernon-Roberts on the 29th September 2019, aged 74.

Mark was at Ruthin from 1955-1963 where he joined his three brothers Neil, Barrie and Paul. He was a member of Dean Goodman House. Mark was a prolific middle distance runner winning the half mile and mile races on many occasions. He played rugby for the 1st XV as a fly half. Mark left Ruthin to go to Charing Cross Hospital to study medicine, later he practiced as a GP in Evesham and The Gower before retiring due to ill health. Mark and his wife Pam emigrated to Blenheim in New Zealand in May of this year to be near their three children.

We send our sincere condolences to Pam and their family.

To read the Obituary of Mark's brother Barrie Vernon-Roberts, click HERE
William David Arthur Lloyd

Sadly the death is announced of David Lloyd on the 9th May 2019, aged 86.

David was at school from 1944 to 1949. He was a member of Goodman House. After leaving school he followed his father into dairy farming. David was a member of the Association and regularly attended the Annual Dinner and other events. He is survived by his wife Pam.

A private funeral was held at Llangwyfan Church, Denbigh on Thursday the 23rd May 2019.

We send our condolences to his family.

Robert Harry Pickervance

Sadly the death is announced of Robert Harry Pickervance on Saturday the 4th May 2019, aged 74 after a short illness.

Harry was at Ruthin from 1956 to 1962. He was a member of Lord Kenyon House. Harry played for the 1st Xl in his final year at school. He was an accomplished wicket keeper. After leaving school he joined his families pig farming business on the Fylde. He is survived by his wife Barbara and his two sons from his first marriage.

His funeral will be held at Lund Parish Church, Church Lane, Clifton, Preston PR4 OZE on Friday 31st May 2019 at 1 pm.

We send our condolences to his family.

Harry Thomas Fairclough

(18th April 2019)

Sadly the death is announced of Harry Fairclough on the 18th April 2019, aged 71.

Harry was at Ruthin from 1961 to 1965 along with his brother Edward. He was a member of Dean Ellis House. After leaving school he ran the family farm near Warrington with his brother. He never married.

His funeral will be held at St.Oswald's Church Golbome Road Winwick Warrington WA2 8SZ on Thursday 16th May at 1 pm.

We send our condolences to the family.

George A. Hartley

(1st March 2019)

Sadly the death is announced of George Hartley on the 1st March 2019, aged 71.

George joined Ruthin on the teaching staff in September 1988 along with his wife Sally. He taught Art and became involved with the naval section of the school CCF. He was very keen on inter school shooting competitions. He took over the reins on Stan Cloke's retirement. George also coached the junior school rugby team along with Jonathan Hamer until his retirement in July 2004. His wife Sally taught in the junior school under Rosemary Downey until her untimely death in 2009. Their children were educated at Ruthin. George was made an Honorary Old Ruthinian on his retirement.

His funeral was held at St.Peter's Church Ruthin on the 18th March 2019.

Our condolences are sent to his family.

Robert Duray-Aiyar

(19th February 2019)

Sadly the death is announced of Robert (Bob) Duray-Aiyar on the 19th February 2019, aged 86. Bob was at Ruthin from 1945-52 and played a full part in school life. He was a great sportsman gaining his full colours in cricket and rugby before going up to Oxford.

As his friend and contemporary at Ruthin Bob Barber said in his book "The Professional Amateur", "Aiyar was fast and accurate enough as a bowler to have made a considerable impact on first class cricket and facing the fearsome Aiyar in the nets taught Bob not to be afraid of fast bowling in the courageous way he took on Hall and Griffiths in his later career shows that Aiyar's impact was entirely successful".

Robert was married to Elizabeth for many years and they lived in Ruthin.

His funeral will be held at St. Asaph crematorium on Friday the 8th March, 2019 at 10am.

Peter N. Snape

(3rd November 2018)

Sadly the death is announced of Peter N. Snape on the 3rd November 2018, aged 73. Peter was at Ruthin from 1956-62 where he joined his brother Michael. He was a member of Dean Ellis House. He was a keen cricketer and played for the 1st X1 for 2 years gaining his colours in 1962. Peter was a very successful architect working in London and latterly retiring to live in the New Forest.

Our condolences go to his widow Laura and his children James and Samantha.

His funeral will be held at St. John The Baptist, Boldre, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 5PG on Thursday the 15th November, 2018 at 2pm.

Jeffrey F. Edwards

(17th October 2018)

Jeffrey F. Edwards died 17th October 2018, aged 82. At school 1950-54.

Robert W. Blane

(15th August 2018)

Sadly the death is announced of Robert W. Blane on the 15th August 2018, aged 63. Robert was at Ruthin School from 1966-73 and was a member of Ellis House. He was Head Boy 1972-73.

His funeral will be held at St.Chad's Church, Patshull Road, Pattingham, Nr. Wolverhampton, WV6 7BQ on Tuesday the 11th September 2018 at 12.15 pm.

Stan Cloke

(14th August 2018)

Sadly the death is announced of Stan Cloke on the 14th August 2018, aged 90. He taught history at Ruthin, was Housemaster of Casson and a Commanding Officer of the CCF from the late sixties to the early nineties.

His funeral will be held at St.Dyfnog's Church Llanrhaedr DC LL16 4LT on Monday, 20th August 2018 at 2pm.

Sir William Gladstone Bart., KG. M.A.

Sadly the death is announced of Sir William Gladstone on the 29th March 2018, aged 92. Sir William was Patron of Ruthin School and the Old Ruthinian Association. He had been a strong supporter of Ruthin School for nearly 40 years and headed up the Council of Management during a difficult period for the School in the 1980s. Sir William is credited with making some key decisions to ensure the survival of the School.

His funeral will be held at St.Dieniol's Church, Hawarden on Friday the 13th April at 2.30 pm.

Alan D. McCutcheon

(14th March 2018)

The death is announced of Alan Dixon McCutcheon on the 14th March 2018 aged 71. Alan was at Ruthin from 1959-65 and was a member of Lord Kenyon House. He was a great sportsman and played for the School XV for 2 years as a prolific goal kicker, gaining his colours. After leaving School he joined the family undertaking business in Swansea.

His Excellency Dr. Alirio Parra

The death is announced of Dr Alirio Parra on the 9th March 2018, aged 91. Alirio and his brother Francisco were Venezuelan and both came to Ruthin in 1939 when their father was the Venezuelan Ambassador to the UK in London. Alirio was very keen on sport and played for the 1st XV for two years, gaining his colours and represented the school whilst playing for the Welsh Schoolboys. Alirio left Ruthin in 1945 but remained an ORA member and continued to revisit the School on occasions.

In later life he worked for CWC group in London, dealing in energy resourcing. He became Venezuela’s minister of Mines from 1992 to 1994 and was head of its OPEC delegation. He was a Past President of the OPEC Conference.

Alfred S. Hill

(22nd January 2018)

Sadly we announce the death of Alfred S. Hill on Monday 22nd January 2018, aged 91.

Alf joined the school as a young graduate in 1953 to teach Mathematics becoming Senior Master in 1960 and Headmaster in 1967. He retired from this position in 1985.

Many ORs will remember Alf for his coaching of numerous rugby teams at Ruthin, with his famous "corner flagging" defensive system. In his early days at school Alf would join in the practice matches and show some of his skills which he gained as a New Brighton and Cheshire XV wing three-quarter. Many a maths lesson was stopped by some boy asking "What did you think of the Ist XV win last Saturday Sir?"

In retirement Alf and Edith would attend many School events and latterly, despite failing health would always be present at the ORA AGM.

Our condolences go out to his widow Edith and his family at this time.

His funeral was held at St. Peters Church, Ruthin on Thursday 8th February, 2018.

Philip Eyton-Jones

(9th November 2017)

Sadly we announce the death of Philip Eyton –Jones on the 9th November 2017, aged 77. Philip was at School from 1951-57, gaining his colours in both rugby and cricket. He qualified as an architect and worked for Denbighshire and Flintshire County Councils as well as being a tireless member of the Flint and Denbigh show. Philip was in the T.A and reached the rank of Colonel. He was also a great supporter and active member of the Old Ruthinian Association serving as its President from 1999-2003.

His funeral was held at St Asaph Cathedral on Monday 27th November 2017.

B. M. R. Heys

(3rd March 2017)

The death is announced of Bruce Heys on 3rd March 2017. Bruce was at Ruthin from 1945-50. He served as a Governor of Ruthin School for over 20 years as well as being a committee member and Vice President of the ORA for many years.

His funeral was held on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at Pentrebychan Crematorium, Rhostyllen, Wrexham.

B. R. Sherratt

(13th February 2017)

The death is announced of Barry R. Sherratt on the 13th February 2017. Barry was at Ruthin from 1954-57 along with his two brothers Graham and Rodney. Barry was a life member of the association and regularly attended the annual dinners and other events.

J.P. Oliver-Jones

(4th January 2017)

On Wednesday 4th January 2017, Philip Oliver-Jones, aged 95, passed away. He was a pupil at Ruthin from 1932-40 and returned as a master and House Master at Ruthin after the Second World War.

His funeral was held on the 27th January at St Asaph Crematorium.

J.J. Meakin

(4th January 2017)

On Wednesday 4th January 2017, John James Meakin passed away. John was a pupil at Ruthin from 1950-52.

His funeral was held on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at St Peter’s Church, Lower Heswall, Wirral.

J.D. Kinnier

(20th December 2016)

On Tuesday 20th December 2016, Jamie D. Kinnier, aged 41, passed away. Jamie was a pupil at Ruthin from 1985-93.

His funeral was held at Llanrhaedr Church near Denbigh on Friday 20th January 2017.

G.G.V. Machin

(17th December 2016)

It is very sad to report the untimely death of Giles Machin on Saturday 17th December 2016. Giles was at Ruthin from 1959-64 and was in Bishop Wynne House.

He was a great supporter of the ORA and the School and was a member of the victorious team that won The Welsh Public Schools golf tournament in October this year.

His funeral was held at St Swithuns Church, 1 Chapelgate, Retford, Nottinghamshire on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Jeffrey Kenneth Howarth

Jeffrey Kenneth Howarth died in December 2015. Jeff was at Ruthin 1959-63 and was in Dean Ellis House.

Denis Lunn

(September 2001)

To read an Obituary by Alan L.J. Bowen, click HERE

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Emeritus Professor Barrie Vernon-Roberts O.R.

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