A.K.S. (Roly) Franks (42-45)

Roly Franks OBE (42-45) died on April 9th, 2014. He was 85. Merrick Rayner (73-78), chairman of the OP Society, represented the Society at the Thanksgiving Service at St. Luke’s, Matfield, in Kent where Roly was a key fund raiser, Warden and Treasurer. He writes: “The charming, small Church is in walking distance from Roly’s…

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Grenville Gore-Langton (38-41)

Earl Temple of Stowe (38-41) died on 17th September, 2013, “as gently as he lived.” He was 89. He attended the NCP as W. Grenville A. Gore-Langton and became the 8th Earl in 1968. His son Robert writes: “Grenville Gore Langton (as he was prior to assuming the family title later in life) remembered with…

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B.J. BENSON-DARE (37-39)

Brian Benson-Dare (37-39) died on 4th February, 2014, according to a report received from his son. Benson-Dare served in the Royal Navy during the war and was involved in 12 Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union and in the sinking of the Bismark. After the war he served in the Metropolitan Police from 1952-78. His…

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D.J. Fisher (59-62)

                                               David J. Fisher (59-62) died on 1st March, 2014, following a short battle with cancer. He was 68.David joined Port Line after the NCP and spent most of his life at sea, also…

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R.H. Atkinson (45-47)

Captain Raymond Atkinson (45-47) died on 28th January, 2014 aged 83, as reported by his daughter Lydia Walton.After the NCP Raymond Atkinson was apprenticed with Royal Mail Lines. He stayed with Royal Mail until he attained his Master’s ticket. He left the sea in the early 1960s as his family expanded. Eventually he had six…

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Commander David Isard RN

Cdr. David Isard, RN, Bursar at the College from 1972-80 and an Honorary OP, died in peace on November 29th, 2013. He retained his humour to the end after a long illness. His funeral was held in Dorset on December 12th. Peter Points gave the Reading Psalm 107 verses 23-32.Lionel Stephens writes: “David had a difficult inheritance because…

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Ian Duncan Currie (52-55)

Ian Currie died in Melbourne, Australia, on 12th July 2013. He was 75. He was once amiably described by Lionel Stephens during a visit to Australia some years ago as “one of the most extraordinary OPs I have ever met.” Ian’s friend Richard Strachan (58-62) writes: “Any meaningful effort to describe ‘Currie’ is a job for a professional biographer…

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V.R.B. Vivian (54-57)

The Hon. V.R.B. Vivian (54-57) is reported to have died according to David Boehm.David Boehm writes: “After the Merchant Navy Victor worked in Qatar and Dubai and Nigeria for Lancing Bagnall and Lancer Boss. After that he lived in Norway, London and for 25 years in France in various places as an estate agent and looking…

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N.H. Lampe (60-64)

Nick Lampe (60-64), the OP Society Representative in Sydney, Australia, died of pancreatic cancer on October 10th, 2013. He was 66. He leaves a wife Anne and two sons. The funeral service attended by 250 people was held at The Palm Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium in North Ryde, New South Wales. The OP Society was represented…

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C.R.K. Stone Pearn (51-54)

Rodney Stone-Pearn (51-54) died on July 8th, 2013 according to his widow Amberley. He was 75 and lived in Fetcham, near Leatherhead, in Surrey.   Rodney Stone-Pearn spent three years at the NCP, leaving with a handful of ‘O’ levels which allowed him to start his seagoing career with BP Tanker Company as a Deck Apprentice.…

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