Stuart Le Blanc Smith (33-37) died on 13th January, 2016. Born on 31st December, 1919, at he time of his death one of the oldest OPs. For much of his life he farmed in Norfolk. His daughter Krista Hanratty, writes: “My father regaled us with many tales from his Pangbourne days. Early morning…Details
A Michael MacDowel (46-49) died in January, 2016. An obituary published on the website of the British Racing Drivers Club stated: “With great sadness we have to report that Michael MacDowel passed away yesterday at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness. In recent years, Michael will be known to many BRDC Members…Details
D.R. Ford (36-40), a Lt Cdr MBE, DSC, RN, died in mid-December, 2015, aged 92. A full page obituary in the Guernsey Press stated in part: “With the death of Lt. Commander Derek Ford, Guernsey has lost a man who fought with distinction during the Second World War, and who was involved in the…Details
Cdr. Russell Johnson (46-50) RN died in 2010 according to his daughter Tamsin Kidwell. He was a BA Cantab., a Commander in ‘L’ branch and was awarded an OBE in 1984. We have no other details.
According to his daughter Julia Ridge, Peter Butterfield (46-49) of Culmhead, Taunton has “moved house and since passed away.” He was a Chartered Accountant. We have no further details.
Marc Hanreck (50-54) died on 2nd October, 2015, aged 78. His sister Julie North writes: “Marc was born in Horsham and was educated locally until he went to The Nautical College in 1950. After Pangbourne he joined Union Castle Line as an Officer Cadet on foreign-going vessels and completed his cadetship in 1957.…Details
Charles David Cobb (35-37), the renowned marine artist, died peacefully at his home near Lymington on 18th June, 2014, aged 93 as recently communicated to the OP Society. His friend John Webster (46-50) in an obituary for The Royal Cruising Club (RCC) of which David was a life member, wrote: “At…Details
Tony Sissons (49-53) died peacefully in Harrogate on November 7th, 2015, following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 80 and leaves behind his beloved wife of 36 years Roberta Sissons (Bobbie), three siblings, six children and stepchildren and 10 grandchildren. Raised in North Yorkshire, he attended the Nautical College, Pangbourne, leaving…Details
David Wiseman (69 -73) died peacefully in Tunbridge Wells hospital with his loving family beside him following a short illness on 7 October, 2015. He was 59. Danny Lee (69-74) his good friend, represented the OP Society at the funeral. He writes: “David Wiseman was born in 1956 and was the second of four boys.…Details
Sam Hosegood (37-41) died in October, 2015. He was 92 and always remembered his days at the NCP with affection. His good friend Erik Bjorkstrand (52-55) writes: “Sam left Pangbourne in 1941. During the Second World War he served in the Merchant Navy both in home waters and in the Far East. He experienced…Details