Obituaries (55)


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THERESA HAY 1924 - 2015

KHS STAFF 1972 - 1978 

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I must sadly announce that my beautiful beloved mother lost her battle with Motor Neurone Disease at 03.41 hrs GMT on Tuesday 10 March 2015, at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, Farnham, three days before her 91st birthday. Mum could not have been in a better place, or be better cared for at the end of her life. Everyone at the hospice was so kind to her and were very caring to me too, worrying for my wellbeing.

Mum died peacefully in her sleep with me holding her hand. It was a long and arduous journey of illness, pain and suffering, but she was an inspiration to everyone, especially in the dignified and courageous way she dealt with Motor Neurone Disease. She never let it get her down despite it completely paralysing her and taking away her ability to speak or eat and drink. It was a soul destroying illness, but right up until her final breath she still believed that life was worth living and she made an effort to be upbeat, happy and kind and cheerful to all who came into contact with her.

Mum will be missed but never forgotten and I shall love her with all my heart until the day I follow her.


Address by Peter Wynne-James

at St Nicholas Church, Lower Oddington,

Friday 16 th May 2008

In memory of John Guthrie Essame

1926 - 2008

'Benevolence is like sound health, the full value of it seldom known until it is lost'.

Our loss today is John Essame whose life which was largely devoted to the benefit of others, sadly came to an end on 6 th May at Horton Hospital in Banbury at the age of 81.

As we are gathered here today we can do two things - we can remember together and we can thank God together.

In remembering John our many different recollections are likened to the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle which, as they come together, form a total picture of his life. In completing John's jigsaw I am indebted to Paul Harvey (a life long friend of John), Jim Woolliams, Housemaster of Kingham Hill School, and the Old Boys.

John Essame at Kingham Hill School

We are sad to learn of the passing of Geoff Ball who died on February the 15th 2015 after being unwell for the last 18th months.

We are sad to report hearing news that Barbara Hargreaves died in January 2015 just short of her 100th birthday.

Barbara was a member of staff between 1937-1947 and employed as a housekeeper in Clyde, Plymouth and Sheffield.

President of the KHA 2008-2015

I have the privilege to collate a tribute to all those who knew Robert C Hughes, known affectionately as " Bob" Hughes, who came to Kingham-Hill School in 1930 as an eight year old, but dedicated his whole life after the second world war to the Kingham Hill Association in many ways.

Simon Briggs who knew Bob over 60 years has kindly helped me to give a valuable insight into Bob's life.

Sylvia Hughes and family would like to let you know that Bob Hughes died peacefully on 12 January 2015

Bob was for a great many years the President of the KHA (now Kingham Hillians) and dedicated his time selflessly in support of his fellow former pupils. He will be in our thoughts forever.

His funeral arrangements are as follows

williamhenryparkerOn behalf of his family, I regret to have to let you know, that our father, William Henry Parker (Bill), passed away on Thursday 27th November 2014 in Nambour District Hospital, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. His age was 90 years and one month.

He greatly enjoyed keeping up to date with the latest happenings at Kingham Hill and knew much about its history. He regularly communicated, by email or via Skype, with a number of his former fellow students and staff of Kingham Hill.

He made a number of valuable contributions to the KH website over the years, sharing photos and stories and posting documents, some of which reflected the poignancy of very sad moments he experienced while in the navy during World War 2, when far, far from home. For example this article > click here <.

We have this evening received the following news from Simon Briggs, KH Committee member.

I am sure you will join with us on the School Days team in offering our sincere condolences to Simon and his family and reflect on the sad loss of John from our community.


Recently SmallHans Leistina, a dear friend to many on School Days and a well known member of our community passed away at the end of September 2014.


Nick Seward writes, 

I was very sorry to hear of Hans' passing. We remember him for his great love of Kingham Hill and the fascinating stories he told about his life. Kingham Hill School took him in as a young refugee who had escaped from a concentration camp at the beginning of the Second World War. The School became his home and family. Hans retained his links with KHS throughout his life despite living overseas for much of it. He will be greatly missed among the Kingham Hillians community.

Nick Seward, Headmaster

Gentlemen & Friends:

We were informed this morning by one of ours (Matt Huber) who had just picked up on an obituary notice in today's Telegraph: (Link at the end of this message) a very dear friend of ours has recently passed on:

Timothy Kenneth Whitfield Hart (Head of School , Head of House Sheffield). For details of his memorial service please click 'read more'

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