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Stephen (Steve) Johnson

Although any death is a sad occurrence, when someone younger than you dies then it seems to be so much worse.

From 'The Craven Herald':

JOHNSON Stephen (Steve). On Saturday, May 7th 2016.

Steve passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Darling husband of Sharon, brilliant dad of Angela and Kirsty and fun-loving CBeebies - tolerant granddad of Finey, Mia, Gerry and Eleanor.

Steve was the much-loved son of Joan and the late Harry Johnson and loving brother of Martin, Susan and Harry. A service to celebrate Steve's life will be held at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Linton Falls (near Grassington) on Monday May 23rd at 1.00 p.m., which will of course be followed by drinks and the chance to share happy memories. The cremation will be for immediate family only. No flowers please, if you would like to make a donation to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance or Manorlands Hospice there will be a collection plate at the church or alternatively please send your donation to H.H. Birch & Son Ltd., Nab Wood, Shipley, BBD18 4BG

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959-1966

Current location (optional) Shoreham-by-Sea

Re Arnold Boddy

It is with deep sorrow that I have to inform you that my brother Arnold passed away today following a short illness. He was 79 years old and was at KBGS from 1950-1954. His photo is on the 1st XI in 1953. He is seated at the right hand side. He is also featured on the 1995 reunion photo (1) and photo(2). He worked for Martins Bank and eventually Barclays before retiring. He was then able to put more time into his passion for music. Arnold will be sadly missed.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959-64

Current location (optional) Keighley

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959-64

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: Re Arnold Boddy

Sorry to hear this sad news, David. I remember your brother as secretary of Charlie Peach's stamp club in the early to mid '50s. I wonder - did he pursue that hobby in later life or, like most of us, retain a vague interest that didn't actually amount to active collecting any more?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Re Arnold Boddy

Thanks Doug he did keep up his stamp collection

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959-64

Current location (optional) Keighley

Raymond Land 1948 - 2016

To KBGS via Highfield Infants (Mrs Swales' [Reception] Class ) in the summer term of 1952, and then Holycroft Infants and Ingrow County Primary, it is with sadness that I have to report the untimely, but peaceful, death of Raymond (Ray) Land on October 5th 2016. Raymond's cremation Service will take place on Friday, October 21st, at Oakworth Crematorium at 11.30 a.m.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959 - 1966

Current location (optional) Shoreham-by-Sea

Re: Raymond Land 1948 - 2016

Many thanks to Dave Baldwin for posting news of Ray's death. Ray was a quiet and unassuming person. On leaving KBGS in 1964 he took up a job at Ramsbottom's on Cooke Lane. His heart was set on working for the Ordnance Survey but sadly that was not to be. He remained in the radio/tv/audio world for the whole of his working life. Dave Baldwin, David Boddy, John Ackroyd and I have fond memories of reunion evenings spent together in the Boltmakers' Arms on East Parade where, despite the availability of Landlord and Golden Best, Ray always drank lager. His final years were difficult, especially following the death of his wife Sylvia in 2012. He was good friend, I had known him for 64 years and he will be sadly missed.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959-1967

Current location (optional) Ebberston, North Yorkshire

Re: Henry Bird

It is with very great sadness that I note the passing of Henry Bird, who first taught me as an eight-year old at Eastwood Junior School, when he was doing his teaching practice from (I think) Bingley Teacher Training College. He then went on to a full-time post at Parkwood, where he remained for several years, certainly teaching my younger brother (by eight years) at that School. He spent several years teaching in the Far East - Singapore and Hong Kong - and it was when I myself was working in Singapore ('65-'67) that I ran into him by sheer chance, at an Amah's market in Serangoon Gardens. We subsequently lost touch again after my return to Britain, but I was delighted to find him and his wife, Beth, at the first of the September KBGS Reunions I attended, in 2007. He and Beth were regular attendees until Henry's ill health prevented their coming last September. He was always a great guy, full of fun and 'stories' and, indeed, what made him very popular as a young teacher was the stories he wrote, and regularly read to us, on a Friday afternoon.

RIP

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick (Cumbria)

Re: Henry Bird

I was sorry to read of the death of Henry Bird. He and I met on rare occasions - usually at the reunion dinners when we always had pleasant conversations. He was a delightful man! Henry had flown in Lancaster bombers and he was interested to know that I had painted a watercolour of the aeroplane in flight for another ex serviceman. He was chuffed when I provided him with a copy! We will miss him.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945 - 50

Current location (optional) Norfolk

Re: Henry Bird

Never realised that the picture was yours, Denis - they have it framed, in the hall at Ben Rhydding!

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick (Cumbria)

Re:David Bryan Baldwiin

Sad to report the passing of David Baldwin wo died peacefully at home on the 11th of March, aged 83 years. David, who lived at Long Lee, was at KBGS the same years as myself although in a different Form, and was a Solicitors Clerk during his working life.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: Gordon Milne Warin

Sadly also, to report the passing of Gordon Warin of Glusburn, who died peacefully at Beanlands Nursing Home, Sutton, on the 5th of March. Gordon was in the same Form as myself all through our time at School. He was a good cricketer and played with me in the School 1st X1 in 1950.
I spoke to Gordon's wife Marjorie, on reading about his death in the Keighley News, and the subject turned to Frank Wellock, a teacher at the School and a well known local sportsman, who married one of Gordon's cousins. Margerie then mentioned that Frank was also in 'Beanlands'. He is now 94 years old but his memory is 'not very good'. David

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: Re:David Bryan Baldwiin

Sorry to read about the death of my namesake with whom I spent many a boozy Friday and Saturday night in the Con Club playing thee card brag for 6d stakes.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959-66

Current location (optional) Shoreham-by-Sea

Re: John Waddington-Feather

It is with great sadness that I receive news of the death of John Waddington-Feather, with whom several of us corresponded over a number of years. Allan Robinson wrote to tell me, this afternoon:

"Ian Dewhirst rang me yesterday to tell me that John Waddington-Feather died last Friday. He had sounded very frail the last time Ian had spoken to him on the phone. I'm not exactly sure how old he was, probably in his mid-eighties, but he was still writing stories, essays and poems almost to the end of his life. An admirable feat considering his life was dependent on dialysis for many years. Ian is writing an obit for the Keighley News. I thought I'd let you know (though you might have already heard) as I gather you corresponded with one another."

Farewell, and RIP John.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: John Waddington-Feather

John (Waddy) W-F was a great man who taught me English at KBGS and introduced me to a life-long love for literature, especially Dickens and Conrad to whom I have returned throughout my life. He was a natural born enthusiast who will be remembered for many things, not least his publication The Muse that encouraged many of us to overcome a boyhood shyness to write poetry. Always pupil-focused he never raised his voice or threatened violence and knew when to switch from teaching English to entertaining us with tales of his prowess at boxing and his years of National Service. I wrote to him on many occasions in later life and he never failed to reply with warmth and enthusiasm. A lifelong Christian he was never shy about his faith and work as a prison chaplain in Shrewsbury. There is much I could write about J W-F but he will be remembered with affection by many and sadly missed.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959-1967

Current location (optional) Ebberston, North Yorkshire

Neil Howarth (Photographer)

Just noticed that a Neil Howarth (ex Silden) has died and I believe that Neil was an Old Boy.

My apologies in advance should I have made an error but confirmation (either way) would be appreciated.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959 -1966

Current location (optional) Lancing

Re: Neil Howarth (Photographer)

Dave, wasn't it Neil Howarth who did the biennial School panorama photographs?

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Neil Howarth (Photographer)

And another query Dave. Was Neil Howarth a big lad who was in the same year group as me (one year older than you)?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

Re. David Baxter.

David Baxter who lived in Sutton in Craven died a few days ago in Airedale Hospital. He was 83 yrs old. David started at KBGS in 1945.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945 - 50

Current location (optional) Norfolk

Re: Neil Howarth (Photographer)

No Shaun, he was much older than us and had his studio at the bottom of East Parade in what, from memory, was Midgley's radio shop. However, his son attended KBGS but was younger than me.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959 -1966

Current location (optional) Lancing

Re: Neil Howarth (Photographer)

Dave Baldwin
No Shaun, he was much older than us and had his studio at the bottom of East Parade in what, from memory, was Midgley's radio shop. However, his son attended KBGS but was younger than me.
That was Keith Howarth I think.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Geoffrey Lambert Kitchen

KITCHEN Geoffrey Lambert The family announce the peaceful passing of Geoffrey at home on January 30, 2018. The dear husband of The following announcement has just ben published in the Keighley News.
Jean, much loved father of Judith and Ian and a proud granpa of Oliver, Matthew, Luke, Hannah and Emma and great-granpa of Benjamin and Olivia. The funeral service will be held at Christ Church Oakworth on Friday, February 16, at 10.45a.m., followed by a private cremation. No flowers please but donations would be appreciated for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Provision will be made in church or may be sent to Lyndon M. Leeson Funeral Director, 51 Bridge Street, Oakworth, Keighley, BD22 7PX.

Geoffrey entered form 1 in 1937 and stayed at kbgs for a year or two before moving to Giggleswick School. He later played rugby for Keighlians.



















Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1937-44

Current location (optional) Huntingdon

Re: Geoffrey Lambert Kitchen

So sorry to read that Geoff Kitchen has died. Geoff was a little bit older than myself but for several years,when we both played in the Keighlians XV, we were good friends. I could have said that we were close friends - Geoff was the hooker and I played in the second row - how could we be other than close friends? More recently I saw him occasionally on a Saturday lunchtime in the club house in Utley, together with Malcolm Pickles who ‘propped’ in the same team. RIP Geoff.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945 - 50

Current location (optional) Norfolk

Re: Derrick Birtwhistle

Very sad to report the passing of Derrick Birtwhistle, one of our annual reunion stalwarts. He had had a cancerous kidney removed five years ago but had quickly got over that and soon resumed his regular visits to the gym. Only a month or two ago was it discovered that other parts of his body had been affected. He declined very rapidly, was unable to walk, and died on 6 March, at the age of 89. The funeral will be held at Nab Wood cemetery, Bingley, on Monday, 26th March, at 2pm.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Derrick Birtwhistle

So Derrick has passed on? Sorry to read that Doug. He was a Suttoner you know? Used to Deliver milk up Bent Lane and on Low Fold before coming to school. I used to wonder how he managed a great big carrier bike with a cart load of pint bottles on board. But he did! Big strong lad were our Derrick. He worked for Frank Ingham who Derrick considered to be the reason for his success in life - his mentor if you like. I don’t think i’d set eyes on Derrick for almost sixty years before I started going to the Old Boys’Linches. We always had a chat - usually about lads we’d known in Sutton in the ‘Olden days’. I’ll miss him next September - confident, Square jawed, Victor Ludorum Derrick.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945 - 50

Current location (optional) Norfolk

Re: Charles David Thompson

It is with the deepest sadness that I record the sudden death, after a short illness, of my younger brother, Dave, on Tuesday, 27 March, at Loughborough. He was at KBGS from 1960 to '68 and went on to take a degree in European Studies at the University of East Anglia, followed by a Ph.D at Warwick University. From '69 on he made his life in Germany, married and had two daughters, and after several years as Director of Language services for AKSO-Enka in Wuppertal set up his own English Language School. Latterly, he and his wife, Monika, taught at the University of Aachen. Although, to the best of my knowledge, he never posted on this site, he was one of our silent, anonymous readers, almost from its inception.

His funeral will take place at 3.30pm on Friday, 13 April, at Loughborough Crematorium, followed by a Reception and Celebration of his life at the Manor House Hotel, Quorn, Leicestershire. The service will be conducted by his friend from their second year on at School, the Rev.d Phil Atack.

RIP Dave.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Charles David Thompson

Doug,
I was shocked and of course saddened to learn from Phil Atack the other day of Dave's very sudden death.
As you know, we go right back to the early sixties at KBGS and had maintained tentative contact over the years through the obligatory exchange of Christmas cards and occasional 'reunions'. Not wishing to come out with the usual platitudes all I can remember are good experiences of our time especially in the Sixth Form and the various antics which subsequently ensued.
It is so very apposite that Phil (aka Neddy) is officiating and I will endeavour to be at Loughborough on the 13th if possible.
In the meantime please accept both mine and Penny (my wife's) sincere condolences on your most personal of losses.

Current location (optional) Norfolk

Re: Charles David Thompson

Dear AG,

Thank you for your kind thoughts, and I do hope you are able to be present on Friday. Dave would certainly have wanted you to be there.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

David (Duggie) McDougall

It is with great sadness that I wish to announce the passing of David McDougall late of Southport, Australia who passed away peacefully on 23rd April 2018.
We were great pals through our years at KBGS but lost contact after leaving. It was decades later that we renewed our friendship, through this very site if I remember correctly, and have been in contact ever since.

Gone far too early, rest easy my dear friend.

Re: Alan Wall

I noticed a name in last week's Keighley News 'obits', which rang a distant bell. Alan Wall, aged 85 years, would have been a year ahead of me at School but was always identified by his wavy ginger hair and small stature. Originally from Haworth and later, Black Hill, I often saw him passing through The Airedale Centre. I seem to recall having played against him at cricket during my younger days, probably against one of the Haworth junior teams. R.I.P. Alan

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) KeighleyStill)

Kevin H Hawkins

I have heard on the grapevine (hope its right!) That Kevin Hawkins has passed away of cancer. He was from Silsden, and high flyer, becoming Midlands Area Director of the CBI, a Director of WH Smitb, and later of Safeway. Then he was Director of the government quango 'The Retail Consortium' . I last saw him about 15 yrs ago when he gave a paper on Genetic Modified food at a conference I attended. He was also into acting and music. Some will remember his 'Major General' when doing Pirates of Penzance with KGGS. He sang and played the clarinet.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Kevin H Hawkins

Just to confirm Kevin Hawkins passing is in todays Keighley News

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

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