Deaths

2018

Harley Maxwell Patrick MA (Cantab). (Patchell’s 42-46) b. 20 January 1929 and died on the 4 February 2018, aged 89. He is survived by his first wife Caroline and their three daughters, Sophie, Elisa and Millie. Memorial Service : at 11.30am on Friday 18th May 2018, St Peter’s Church, Milton Lilbourne, Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 5LQ

Mr William (Willie) Erskine McKie (Matheson's 1946 - '50) Passed away suddenly at home on 20 April 2018, aged 85. Beloved husband of the late Daldie, devoted father to Ian and Kate, brother of Alison and loving grandfather of James, Georgie, Emma and Euan. Funeral service at Gatehouse of Fleet Parish Church, DG7 2LF on 30 April 2018 at 11.00am. Family flowers only. Donations for Gatehouse of Fleet Surgery and/or Gatehouse of Fleet Drop In Centre will be accepted at service or c/o Stanley Grieve, Funeral Director, Carneys, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2JE. Obituary to follow.

Sir William Gladstone  Bt K G, (Glenalmond Fellowship, Former Chair of Council 1982-1985 & Honorary OG) passed away on March 29 2018, aged 92. Died peacefully surrounded by family. Beloved husband to Rosamund, father to Charlie, Vicky and Rob and grandfather to fifteen adoring grandchildren. 

J A S Burn (Skrines 1935-39). Died at home on the 10 February 2018. Mr Burn was aged 95.  He was one of a long line of the Burn family as OGs: his father HS (1897-02), uncle RER, brother RJS, cousin AR, sons SDS and DAS.  He left with a scholarship to Trinity College Oxford to read Classics but the war intervened and he joined 5th RHA and fought at El Alamein, across the desert to Tunis, north through Italy, Normandy on D Day and was one of the first British soldiers to enter Berlin.  He then went to Pembroke College Cambridge to study Engineering.  Interestingly in the desert in 1942 he thought the war would end in 1945 and he could go to university in 1946.  He wrote immediately to Pembroke and applied to enter in 1946, which is what he then did.   Much later he wrote a book about his war years ‘May the Fathers tell the Children.’   His business career led to him being Chief Engineer of Imperial Tobacco and a whole host of voluntary positions in and around Bristol.


Harley Maxwell Patrick (Patchell's 1942 - '46) Sadly passed away on 4 February 2018. Obituary to follow. 

 

Paul R. Thomson (Matheson's 88 - '93) Died suddenly on New Year's Day 2018 after a quad bike accident in Lerags Glen, near Oban in Scotland. Mr Thomson (41) and his wife, Lauren, had a young son and daughter. The family moved from the London area after buying Lagnakeil Lodges in 2015.

Sir Angus Farquharson (Patchell's 1948 - '53) Died peacefully on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 aged 82 years. Funeral service to be held at Birse and Feughside Parish Church, Finzean on Tuesday 23 January at 11.00am to which all friends are warmly invited. Family flowers only please. To read The Times notice, please click here

 

2017

Mike Feather  Died on 27 December 2017 in his mid seventies; he had been suffering from cancer. He taught at Glenalmond for sixteen years, retiring in 2004, and was an Honorary OG. Obituary by David Willington

Ian C Simpson QC and acclaimed crime writer (Matheson's 63-66) died on 11 December 2017 after a long illness. An obituary appeared in The Scotsman  on 23 December 2017.

Robert Alastair Adam, (Matheson's 1950 - '55) on 3rd December 2017

Robert James Wilson Anderson (Goodacre's, 1953-57) died in the Lister Hospital, Stevenage, Hertfordshire on 23 October, 2017, following a sudden and unexpected illness. Robert is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elisabeth, their daughter, Barbara, married to Laurence Marks and with two children, Francesca (21) and Alexander (19), and by their son, John who, with his wife, Jo, has two boys, Robert (11) and Edward(9).

Heather Elliott passed away suddenly on 3rd October 2017.  Heather was the widow of Alan Elliott (House Masters Warden's 1954 - '76) who died in 2014 and mother to Mary and Andrew (OG, Patchell's 1971 - '76).  Heather herself also taught biology at Glenalmond. 

Richard Burton Malcolm (Patchell's, 1940 - '44) Passed away on 19th May 2017 after a short illness, just two weeks shy of his 91st birthday.

Ivan Henry (Harry) McCaw (Patchell's, 1946-50) Died peacefully during the night of Thursday 24th August 2017. He was 84 years of age. Harry is survived by his wife Brigid, and their three children Kenneth, Gordon and Anita. 

Canon John Symon Teacher and Chaplain at Glenalmond College from 1985 to '91, upon retiring. Died 6 July 2017. To read a full obituary click here

Desmond Bassett (Sub Warden 1997 - '99, House Master 1984 - '97 & Honorary OG) died on 27 June after a long illness.

Reay Curno Granville Clarke (Patchell's 1937 - '40) born 8 July 1923 in Easter Ross. died 17 May 2017, also in Easter Ross, aged 93. Farmer, Arctic Convoy survivor, community councillor, elder and conservationist. The Scotsman obituary

Adam K Bergius DSC (Skrine's, 1939 - '42) Passed away at home in Achnaha, Glenbarr. He and his late wife Fiona, had five children - Charles, Cara, Peter, Johnny and Pol. Adam was a Second World War submariner, awarded the DSC for gallantry following a daring underwater mission to cut Japanese communication cables. Born on March 25, 1925, died on March 3, 2017, aged 91

Obituary in The Herald

Michael Paul Chappell (Skrine's 1948 - '53) Passed away at a nursing home in Scarborough on Friday 3 February 2017. Since 1976 Chaplain of Holy Trinity School, Stockton on Tees. Published works on church music. Retired to Scarborough.

2016 

Eric R Paton (Goodacre's 1946 - '51, Captian of Coll 1951). Passed away peacefully on 30 December, 2016. Aged 83.

Dr. Kenneth Douglas Boyd MB MD (Goodacre's, 1943 - '47) Passed away on 31 December. Kenneth leaves his loving wife of 55 years, Ann; children, Sarah (George) and Andrew (Dilhari); and grandchildren, Matthew, Daniel, Marisha, Natasha and Scott; predeceased by son, Adam.

David J Hall (Cairnies 1956 - 61) Passed away on 30 September aged 74.

William G Waterston (Matheson's 1962 - '67) Peacefully, at Strachan House Care Home, on September 23, 2016, William, beloved husband of the late Andrea, devoted and loving father of Matthew and a friend to many. A private cremation will be followed by a service of Thanksgiving at The Church of St John The Evangelist, Princes Street, Edinburgh, on Saturday, October 15, at 3 pm, to which all friends are invited. There will be a retiral collection for Alzheimer Scotland at the service. An Interment of the cremated remains will take place on Monday, October 17, at 11.30 am, at Humbie Kirk. 

M G Ogilvie (Peter) (Matheson's 1947 - '52) Passed away on Saturday 10 September 2016 aged 82. Peter was a School Prefect and a member of the shooting eight which won the Ashburton Shield at Bisley in 1952. From 1953 until 1956 he was at Clare College, Cambridge where he took a degree in Engineering and rowed for his college.

David C M Laing (Matheson's 1960 - 64) Passed away on 31 August aged 70.

Charles D Vane (Patchell's 1969 - '74) Passed away on Saturday 20 August 2016. The funeral will take place on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at Havant Crematorium (PO9 5RT) at 12 noon.

Andrew Lothian (Cairnies 1955 - '60) Passed away on 1 July 2016

Donald Emslie-Smith (Skrine's 1936 - '40) Passed away peacefully at home on 30 June 2016, aged 94. Much loved father of Alistair and Sophie, grandfather to Tom, Matthew, Finlay and Sarah and father-in-law to Katy and Baxter.

John G. Dudgeon (Goodacre's 1945 - '48) Passed away peacefully on 27 June 2016, aged 84. Much loved husband of both Susan and the late Sheila, father of Sandy, Charles, Claire, Hazel and Johnny, step-father, grandfather and friend to many. Funeral service at Kirkliston Parish Church on Wednesday 6 July at 11.30am, thereafter to Kirkliston Cemetery. All welcome. Donations may be made to Marie Curie Edinburgh.

Rev John Keble Towers (Patchell's 1933 - '38) Passed away peacefully on 12 June 2016, aged 96. John, beloved husband of the late Helen and father of David, Jim, and Michael, grandfather and great-grandfather. Funeral service at St James Church, Goldenacre, Edinburgh, at 12 noon, on Saturday, June 25, following a private cremation. Family flowers only please, retiral collection in aid of Christian Aid.

Anthony J. N. Daldy (Attwater) (Goodacre's 1947 - '52) Passed away on 23 May 2016, aged 81. Stepson of Frank G. Daldy, former House Master of Skrine's and Sub Warden.

John F. McLaren (Matheson's 1965 - '68) Passed away on 1 April 2015 aged 64.

Duncan Poore (Skrine's 1939 - '43) Passed away peacefully at Raigmore Hospital on 22 March 2016, aged 90 years.

Michael I R Dickson (Cairnies 1962 - '66) Passed away peacefully on Monday 21 March 2016. Michael was surrounded by his family at the Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy. Beloved husband of Dorothy, much loved dad of Caroline (Cally) and Claire and adored papa to Isla, Holly, Maggie and Effy.

James Neil Hynd (Skrine's 45-49) passed away in Bathurst, Australia on 17 March 2016.

Alan G Dewar OBE (Skrine's 1943 - '47) Passed away on 11 March 2016 after suffering from a long illness, uncomplainingly, for over a year.

Andrew Mould-Graham (Patchell's 1963 - '67) Passed away peacefully in hospital on 4 March 2016 after a long illness. Loving husband to Stefania, father of Max and Jasper and step father to Kim. Funeral service at Islington & St Pancras Cermatorium, 278 High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 9AG on Monday, 14 March, 3.30pm. Family flowers only please.

2015

Neil Ritchie (Cairnies 1965 - '69) Passed away on 25 December 2015

W Andrew M Clarkson (Patchell's 1950 - '55) Passed away 16 December 2015

Malcolm H McQueen (Warden's 1929 -  '34) Passed away on 11 December 2015

George Mulvein (Matheson's 1950 - '55) Passed away on 10 December 2015

J H Julian Jackson (Goodacre's 1951 - '56) Passed away on 30 October 2015.

Charles A W Warr (Goodacre's 1937 - '40) Passed away on 25 October 2015.

Graham Biggart (Skrine's 1951 - '56) who lived in Kilmacolm, died in hospital in Paisley 8 October 2015. Graham was a member of the OG Curling Club and a 'weel kent' figure in curling circles in Renfrewshire and Glasgow. 

Robert C Taylor, Skrine's 1938 - '42, passed away on Sunday 27 September 2015. The funeral will take place at Cardross Crematorium on Mon 12th Oct at 1.15pm.

Christopher P D Grant, Patchell's 1939 - '43, passed away on Saturday 26 September 2015.

Kirsty L Bailey, Home 2005 - '07, passed away on Thursday 3 September 2015. The funeral will take place in Dunkeld at 11am on Friday 18 September. Kirsty wanted everyone to wear bright colours.

Rev'd Dr John Lindsay Davidson (Goodacre's 1941 - '44) passed away on Thursday 27 August 2015.

A R W (Tony) McMillan, Goodacre's 1949 - '63, passed away on Wednesday 19 August 2015

Brian T Stewart, Patchell's 1935 - '40, passed away on Sunday 16 August 2015. The funeral will take place in Chapel at Glenalmond on Friday 21 August at 4pm.

James (Jimmy) Small, Skrine's 1946-'51, died on July 1st 2015. Mr Small went from Coll to Cambridge and was brother of David Small, Skrine's 1940 - 1945 who passed away on 28 January 2015.

Iain Illingworth (Cairnies 1973 - '98) 

We are deeply saddened to inform you that, despite a brave battle with a brain tumour, Iain Illingworth (O.G.1973-78) passed away peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday July 21st.  

A service will be held at Perth Crematorium on Friday 7th August at 11.30am at which Iain requests colourful outfits!  A celebration of Iain’s life will follow at Westerton (the family home), to which you are all welcome.  

Family flowers only please but should you wish to make a donation to Marie Curie or Headcase, there will be a retiring collection at the conclusion of the service.

Our thoughts are with Shelagh, Jamie and Sophie at this difficult time.

Christopher Brian Darling (Skrine's 1958 - '63) Passed away on 18 July 2015

Yuri (Iurii) Lavygin (Skrine's 2012-’14)

Patrick Louis Taylor (Skrine's 1954-'58) 

Blair Charles Macnaughton, Matheson’s 1940 – 1944, died peacefully, at Balhousie Care Home, Pitlochry, after a short illness, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

John N M Gillespie (Honorary OG and Former Member of Staff) 

The Glenalmond community mourns the sad loss of John Gillespie who died at the weekend. Together with his wife Jill, John was at Coll. from 1985 to 2009.

He was a full and forceful member of the SCR throughout his time with us. A graduate of “another Trinity  College” (this one in Dublin.) he came to be Head of Modern Languages as a seasoned and experienced teacher. He was forthright and effective and made no secret of his love of linguistic rigour. “Old school” is a term he would have embraced with pride.

He was able to teach French, German and Spanish and did so with his own style and considerable success. He was a fine sportsman and did a very great deal to raise the profile of both Fencing and Squash here at Glenalmond. He and his wife Jill who did so much in pastoral work for our girls and in sport for girls, were central figures in our community and both popular and respected. John will be vividly and fondly remembered, as we hold his family in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time of bereavement. 

The funeral service will be held on Monday 27 April, 1.30pm, Dunkeld Cathedral.

Ranald E M McGowan (Patchell's 1948-52) Passed away on 11 March 2015 after a long illness.

Timothy John Hannay (Goodacre's 1943 - 1946, Skrine's 1946 - 1947) passed away on February 10th 2015, aged 85. Beloved husband of Lyn and much loved father of Patrick (Goodacres 1973 – 1977), William (Goodacres 19776 – 1981), Neil (Patchells 1990 – 1994) and Timothy (Goodacres 1990 – 1995), and proud grandfather to Pim (Home 2003 – 2009), Tim, Guy, Flora, Angus, Hector, Rory, Max and Alice.

Tim hugely enjoyed his time at Glenalmond, where he had particularly fond memories of being in the shooting 8. Following Glenalmond, he served for many years in the RAF where he spent much time in the Far East. Tim will be missed by all family & friends.

Wilson Aitken, Matheson's, 1942 - 1946, passed away on 21 February 2015

Robert I Murray (Matheson's 1941 - 45) Passed away on 20 February 2015.

Peter Ballantine, Skrine's 1935 - 1939, passed away on 8 February 2015

Thomas L Usher, Matheson's 1940 - 1944, passed away in February 2015

David Small, Skrine's 1940 - 1945, passed away on 28 January 2015

Robin W Wilson, Patchell’s 1950 – 1954, passed away on 1 January 2015

James R Parker, Matheson’s 1952 – 1957, passed away on 1 January 2015

 

2014

Johnathan C Cumming, (Goodacre's 1945-50) Passed away in 2014

John G Speirs, Skrine's 1951 - 1956, passed away 27 December 2014

Peter Barber Fleming, Patchells 1966 – 1970, passed away in December

T David Hart, Patchell’s 1952 – 1958, passed away peacefully on 13 December 2014 after a short illness

John Mair, Skrine's 1942 - 1947, passed away late November 2014

Donald Richardson, Patchell’s 1945 – 1949, diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer the beginning of October and passed away on the morning of Saturday 29 November 2014

The Revd. Canon J Cameron Walker (Skrine's 1945-49) 21st November 1931 – 12th November 2014

William P Laird, Skrine’s 1951 – 1955, passed away on 22 October 2014

Alexander H Rochford, Patchell’s 1944 – 1946, passed away in October 2014 in Trinidad.  Survived by his wife Sally.  Mr Rochford was the third of three brothers (Peter and David) to attend Coll.  They all came from Trinidad and returned there for their careers

John Hinchliffe,  Matheson’s 1954 – 1959, passed away on Saturday 18th October 2014 after a lengthy illness.

Alan D V Elliott, member of staff 1954 – 1976 (Matheson’s House Master 1962-1976), passed away peacefully in hospital on Friday 17th October 2014, following a short period of illness.

Alaster Scott Templeton, Skrine’s 1946 – 1951, passed away on 8 October 2014

Ian James Cowan, Honorary OG, passed away 21st September 2014

Grahame Blair, Skrine’s 1949 – 1954, passed away 4 September 2014 after a lengthy illness

Dr John Graham, Patchell’s 1946 – 1950, passed away on 29 August 2014

Ronald Alexander Ruthven, Patchell's 1940 - 1945, passed away on 5 August 2014

Alan Kerr, Patchell’s 1958 – 1963, passed away on 3 July 2014

James Douglas Neil Ford, 1950 – 1954 Matheson’s passed away on 11 April 2014

Patrick A.M. Cox 1939 – 1942 Skrine’s, passed away on 5 April 2014.

Robert FB Greig, 1946 – 1951, Patchell’s, passed away on 16 March 2014