Obituaries

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obituaries 2022

Barrie Percival (1953-1954; Kingweston) 

We regret to share the news that OM Barrie Percival sadly passed away on 24 May, at 87 years old.  

Our sympathies are with his family and friends at this time, ​he will be fondly remembered by those who knew him in the Millfield community. 

Simon Franks (1963-66; St Anne's)

We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of Simon Franks.

Simon will missed by many. Our hearts go out to Simon's family and friends during this difficult time.

Nicholas Williams (1965-66; Walton)

It Is with great sadness that we inform you on the passing of Nicholas Williams. During Nicholas time at Millfield, he had a very keen interest in sport, especially athletics and rugby. 

Our thoughts go out to Nicholas’ family at this difficult time.  

Prince Paul Wossen Seged Makonnen, 2nd Duke of Harrar (1964-66; Kernick) 

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of His Imperial Highness the Duke of Harrar, Prince Wossen Seged Makonnen Haile Selassie after a long illness. His Imperial Highness was 74. 

Prince Wossen Seged had an independent mind and a keen sense of observation. He always had a place in his heart for the less fortunate, which made him popular with the Ethiopian people. 

Richard Stainthorp (992-94; Kingweston) 

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Richard Stainthorp who died 26 March. 

Richard was a talented artist who ran a sculpting business.  

He was a great athlete who had a passion for playing rugby. Richard enjoyed running various clubs and bars in Spain and Ibiza during the late 90’s and early 00’s.  

A bright light has gone out in the world and his life will missed by many. 

Adnan Zahid (1966-71; Shapwick)

We are saddened to hear about the passing of OM Adnan Ibrahim Zahid. He was at Shapwick House, Millfield School from 1966-71. Adnan had a keen interest in fencing during his time at Millfield and had several family members who also attended the school.

Our thoughts go out to Adnan’s family at this difficult time. 

Elizabeth Roebuck (Former Staff)

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the death of Elizabeth Roebuck at the age of 93, following a short illness. Elizabeth was a long-standing and popular member of staff (alongside her husband too), as well as parent of four students and grandparent to another six! The Roebuck family connection with Millfield exceeds 110 years. 

Elizabeth primarily focused on teaching mathematics and was Head of Department. Alongside all this, Elizabeth was School Counsellor and Staff Governor and valued her roles very highly indeed.

Elizabeth’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 12 April, 3pm at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Glastonbury (Magdalene Street, Glastonbury Somerset BA6 9EJ), followed by a Committal at Mendip Crematorium, Old Wells Road, Croscombe, Wells BA5 3RR. All who knew Elizabeth, or of, are very welcome to attend the service. Mourners are requested to wear some bright colours to reflect the celebration of and thanksgiving for her life.

Dr Michael St George Wilson (1947*-53; Tor)

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Dr Michael St George Wilson who sadly passed away on 7 January 2022.

Michael attended the school between 1947-53.  He went on to Christ’s College Cambridge to study medicine and after an eventful few years overseas, settled to work as a GP in Chelsea where he established a very successful private practice. He retired in 2000.

Michael had fond memories of Millfield, and after he passed, a few notes were found on his desk that he had typed out as a brief summary of his life. This is taken from these notes:

My schooling continued at Millfield which was owned and run by the Headmaster RJO Meyer, Captain of Somerset Cricket Club and five Blues to his credit at Cambridge. One of the first questions he asked me was what I wanted to do later in life. I replied “to become a doctor”. He asked me where and I replied Oxbridge. I well remember his next remark – “If you do some work, we will get you in.”

John Penruddocke (1945-49; Orchards)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of John Penruddocke, who passed away aged 93.

John attended Millfield between 1945-49.  He then prospered, going on to read Agriculture at Cambridge. He later farmed in Wiltshire, successfully introducing maize crops on chalk farmland to the UK, then retiring early to live in France.

John will missed by many. Our hearts go out to John's family and friends during this difficult time.

Jim Lidgate (Former Staff)

We very much regret to announce the death of Jim Lidgate, who passed away peacefully on 1 March after a long illness. Jim was a popular teacher of Maths at Millfield from 1973 to 1995 and Director of Studies from 1986. 

 Jim’s funeral will be held on Friday 25 March, 2.30pm at Mendip Crematorium, Old Wells Road, Croscombe, Wells BA5 3RR. Mourners are requested to wear bright colours to reflect the celebration of and thanksgiving for Jim’s life. 

 We send our most heartfelt condolences to Jim’s wife, Liz, who warmly invites friends and colleagues to gather afterwards at Stoberry House, Stoberry Park (off College Road), Wells BA5 3LD. 

 Please see here for information regarding donations, if desired. 

Julia Dorothy (Wife of Former Staff, Herbie Davies)

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Julia Dorothy, who passed away peacefully at her home on 9 March 2022 aged 84 years. 

Wife of Herbie Davies, former member of staff and rugby coach 1959-1968. 

Julia will be remembered by many former pupils and staff. 

Funeral service to be held at Mendip Crematorium on Thursday 24 March at 10.30am. Family flowers only but donations, if desired, for ‘St. Margaret’s Hospice’ may be forwarded to Unwins Funeral Directors, The Firs, Wookey Hole Road, Wells, BA5 1AF. 

Adrian Wontroba (1963*-69; Old Rectory High Ham)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former student, Adrian Wontroba.

Adrian was an excellent riffle shooter and was Captain of the Miniature Range Club during his time at the school.

He will be missed by many and may the fond memories of Adrian bring his family comfort during this difficult time. Our heart and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Robert Campbell Beveridge Mackenzie (1953-57; Kingweston)

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Robert Mackenzie.

After leaving Millfield, Robert remained a very active member of the golf community here at Millfield for many years, and was Head of Kingweston in the 50's. He was so proud of his days at the school, and loved sharing all his stories with his House Mistress.

We are thinking of Robert's family as they celebrate his remarkable life.

Tony Pooley (Former Staff)

We very much regret to tell you that Tony, a popular Head of Strings at Millfield from 1974-1999 and a much-admired violinist in the wider world, passed away on 11th January after a long illness. Messages of condolences and tributes to Tony can be sent to his son Jeremy, via Tony's successor, Clive Hughes: hughes.c@millfieldschool.com

Claire Tomlinson (née Lucas) (1960-62; Billet)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Claire Tomlinson (née Lucas) at the age of 77. Claire suffered from advanced Dementia and passed away at home peacefully on 12 January with her 3 children by her side.

Claire was a Distinguished Old Millfieldian and an England Ladies Polo International. She was an influential former England team coach and matriarch of a family often described as Britain's leading polo dynasty.

Our thoughts go out to Claire's family at this incredibly difficult time.

Please read the full obituary here. 

Colin Humphreys (Former Staff)

We have received the sad news that former staff member, Colin Humphreys, sadly passed away on Tuesday 4th January. 

Colin was a much loved and respected member of the Millfield community. He was a Clerk to Governors between 1991-2006 and a Governor from 2006-2008.  

Our thoughts go out to Colin's family at this incredibly difficult time. 

Derek Homfrey-Davies (Former Staff)

We regret to have to inform you that Derek passed away on 4th January. He was 93.

Following a long career at Wellington College, Derek was appointed by Tim Taylor in 1981 to be Master in Charge of Rugby, having refereed the game to a high standard. Derek achieved much success, coaching three cup-winning Edgarley teams in the prestigious Rosslyn Park 7s tournaments of 1982, 1984 and 1990. Derek also oversaw the extra-curricular life of the school and taught Maths.

There will be a private burial on Friday 28th January at Glastonbury Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service in St John’s Church, Glastonbury, at 12.30pm. Donations may be made to St Margaret’s (Somerset) Hospice, Glastonbury.