Obituaries

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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.

Following a Family Funeral, a Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Tetbury, Gloucester at 3:00 PM on Monday 24 January. 

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 Colins 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.

Obituaries 2021

Neil Marshman (1974-77; Walton)

We are saddened to hear about the passing of OM Neil Marshman on 22 December 2021. He was at Walton House, Millfield School from 1974-77 and had a keen interest in photography during his time at the school. Neil's son, Samuel, was also an OM.

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

Vicky Hitchcott (Former Staff)

We regret to have to tell you that Vicky, who taught at Millfield for 20 years and was Head of Geography, died on Saturday 11th December 2021 at Castle House Nursing Home, Keinton Mandeville.

Her cremation on Tuesday 18th January, 12pm at Yeovil Crematorium, Bunford Lane, Yeovil BA20 2EJ, will be followed by a reception at The Preston Hotel, 64 Preston Road, Yeovil BA20 2DL.   Those who wish to attend the reception are kindly requested to contact David Broad on 01278 723 778 or 07866 688 533 or by email at davidbroad963@gmail.com Vicky's ashes will be interred at St Leonard's Church, Butleigh BA6 8SA on Wednesday 19th January at 12:30pm.

Ray Fox (Former Staff)

We are very saddened to report the death of Ray Fox, a much loved and respected member of the teaching staff, who joined the geography department in January 1968, where he taught for 22 years before his retirement in 1990.

Until 1975, Ray was heavily involved in coaching Millfield sport, most notably hockey and volleyball — introducing the latter to the school in 1970. He then took on the considerable role of master in charge of examinations, which he held until his retirement.

After retiring, Ray and his wife Annette (a long-serving member of the French department, who sadly passed away in 2018) became active members of the 21 Club, and maintained many connections with former colleagues.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Ray’s two children and OMs Robert and Patrick, and his six grandchildren.

Rasheed Chinoy (1953-58; Walton)

We are saddened to hear about the passing of OM Rasheed Chinoy on 4 October 2021. He was at Walton House, Millfield School from 1953 to 1958 and played for many school teams. Rasheed's family were known to Jack Meyer, the founder of Millfield School, and many members of the family went to Edgarley Hall and Millfield School.

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

Robin Mainwaring (1959-61; Millfield)

We are saddened to hear about the passing of OM Robin Mainwaring who spent two immensely happy years at Millfield, as a sportsman and as Head Boy. 

Robin frequently talked of the great contribution Millfield made to his life, not least the friendship from Jack Meyer…”Boss” as he used to refer to him.

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

Timothy Rowley (1955-58; Day)

We are sorry to share the news of the recent passing of OM Timothy Rowley, who sadly passed away in October 2021. 

We extend our deepest sympathies to Timothy's family during this difficult time. 

Please see a full obituary here.

David Duff Scott (1957-1962; Millfield)

David Duff Scott died in late June after being admitted to hospital with Covid19 in South Africa.

Duff, as he was universally known at Millfield, was among the most liked boys of his year, if not the most liked, and news of his death will bring great sadness to all who knew him at Millfield. He played a full part in school life. He was captain of swimming and played in the back row for the 1st XV in 1961 and 1962.

After Millfield, he returned to his native South Africa where he went to university and then pursued a career in business after a period in the mining industry. He loved the outdoors and adventurous activities, including triathlons/ biathlons, skiing and parachuting.

He is greatly missed by his partner, Michele, and family and friends in South Africa. His many Millfield friends will also greatly mourn his loss.

Ralph Clark (Former Staff)

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Ralph Clark, former School Governor and father of Judith Derbyshire (1968-1973; Day). Ralph was a Governor from 1971-1999 and Chair of Governors from 1989-1997.

Ralph played a huge part in the culture and history of the local area around Millfield. His and Judith’s ancestors, Cyrus and James Clark, founded Clarks Shoes almost 200 years ago, in 1825. The Clarks headquarters are still based in Street, just down the road from Millfield. 

Ralph will be deeply missed by his friends, family, the local community and all who knew him. 

Diana Bray (Former Staff)

We are sad to report the recent death, after a long illness, of Mrs Diana Bray, a former member of staff at the Prep School, who, with her husband Arthur, ran Hall House from 1975 to 1986.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Arthur and his family.

George Coppen (1957-1958; Joan's Kitchen)

We are sorry to share the news of the recent passing away of OM George Coppen.

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

David Whatmough (1965-1967; Kingweston)

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of OM David Whatmough earlier this month.

David will be greatly missed by the Millfield community, and we wish his family and friends the best at this difficult time.

Sheila Barnes (Former Staff)

We have received the sad news that former staff member, Sheila Barnes, has passed away.

Sheila and her husband, Harold, were Houseparents at the Lakes in the early 80s. Harold continued to teach Maths and to run the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at Millfield until 1989. Sheila was also active in Scottish Country Dancing locally.

Our thoughts go to Sheila's family and friends at this difficult time.

Julie Kent (1972-1976; Southfield)

We are sorry to share the news of the passing away of OM Julie Kent on 4 June 2021.

Julie was full of life; she was an accomplished rider and skier and enjoyed travelling around Europe. She also had a successful career and never wavered from her ‘can-do’ attitude.

Julie will be fondly remembered and missed, and our thoughts are with her daughter, Jessica, her siblings, Sally, Christopher and Debbie, who are also OMs, and the rest of her family, at this difficult time.

Photo of Julie (centre), with siblings Debbie, Christopher and Sally.

If anybody would like to pass their condolences onto Julie's family, please email us at omoffice@millfieldschool.com and we can provide their address.

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Ray Hopkins (Husband of Former Staff Member)

We are sad to announce the death of Ray Hopkins, the husband of Miriam Hopkins, former Head of Classics and Housemother at Oaklands, 1978-1995.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Miriam and the rest of Ray’s friends and family at this difficult time.

There will be a private family funeral; donations in memory of Ray should be made out to the Salvation Army and addressed to Miriam at her home address. 

Paige Roberts (2002-2007; MPS/2007-2012; Overleigh)

We are deeply saddened to share with you that OM Paige Roberts passed away in April, at the age of 26.

She was a wonderful pupil who made a great contribution to school life at Millfield. She was an active sportswoman and a respected member of the school First XI Girls' Hockey Team.

After leaving Millfield, Paige went on to Cardiff University.

Paige’s mother, Jane, is also a former member of Millfield staff.

Our most heartfelt prayers and condolences go to Jane and the rest of Paige’s family at this impossibly difficult time.

Sheila Burdett (Former Staff)

We are sorry to have to inform you that former member of Millfield staff, Sheila Burdett, who had been in declining health for some time, passed away on Good Friday at her home in Butleigh, surrounded by her family.

Sheila was John Davies’ secretary from 1980 to 1995, when he was Bursar, and he counts himself fortunate to have had such a capable assistant.

We offer our most sincere condolences to Sheila’s three sons, James, Newman and Richard, all OMs. Her late husband Tony, also a long-standing Millfield member of staff, passed away in 2019.

William Thornton (1962-63; MPS/1963-67; St Anne's) 

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of OM William Thornton, who sadly passed away in April. 

William attended both Edgarley and Millfield and was a keen sportsman during his time at school. He was involved with the rugby, soccer and athletics team. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his brother, George, and his sister, Mary, and all his family and friends during this difficult time. 

Patrick Vaughan (Former Staff)

We are very saddened to report the death of Patrick (Pat) Vaughan, a long-serving, much admired former member of staff at Millfield.

Pat joined Millfield in 1969, immediately taking over as Housemaster of High Ham. He helped the students with football and maths and eventually became an Admissions Tutor, continuing until his retirement in 1994.

In his life post-Millfield, Pat became an enthusiastic golfer and Captain of the Millfield Golfing Society. 

We extend our deepest sympathy to Pat's three children Will, Johnny and Rachel, and his wife, Ro, the senior figure at Millfield Reception for many years, whom he married in 1990.

Margaret Elliott (Former Staff)

We were very sorry to hear that former member of staff at Millfield, Margaret Elliott, has passed away.

Margaret came to Millfield in 1969 and was Head of the Fashion Department until 1980.

We send our deepest sympathy to her son Timothy, who informs us that his mother had very fond memories of her time at Millfield.

Karen Wojcik (1992-1994; Johnson's)

It is with great sadness we share the news that OM Karen Wojcik tragically passed away in January.

Karen was kind, caring and selfless, and will be greatly missed by so many.

Our thoughts and prayers go to her sister, Vikki, and the rest of her family and friends at this difficult time.

Please see the fundraising page in Karen’s memory, and a tribute from her sister, here.

Neil Henshall (1962-1966; Shapwick)

We are sorry to share the news of the recent death of OM Neil Henshall, who passed away on Saturday.

Neil started Millfield in Glaston Tor House, before joining Shapwick, until he finished school in 1966.

Our thoughts are with Neil’s brother, Mark, and the rest of his family and friends, at this incredibly difficult time.

Paddy Newbery (Former Staff)

We regret to inform everyone that former Millfield teacher and House Parent, Paddy Newbery, has recently passed away.

Paddy taught at Millfield for 15 years, from 1964 to 1979, and was Housemaster of Butleigh House from 1973 to 1979.

He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. Our condolences go to Paddy’s family and friends at this time.

Johnny Thomas (1951-1953)

We were saddened to recently learn about the death of OM Johnny Thomas in December 2020.

Johnny’s kindness and friendship will be greatly missed by those who knew him, and our thoughts go to his family.

Johnny was an influential figure in the world of old cars. Please see a tribute from the Vintage Sports Car Club here.  

Colin Keith (1953-1958; Holmcroft)

It is with regret that we inform you of the passing away of OM Dr Colin Keith earlier this week.

Colin served his community as a general practitioner and was the epitome of compassion, modesty, and dedication.

Our thoughts are with Colin’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Tom Dann (1994-1999; Millfield)

We are saddened to share the news of the death of OM Tom Dann, who passed away at just 40 years old. 

Tom played 1st team cricket and rugby at Millfield, and had toured with the Old Millfieldian Rugby Club many times. 

Our thoughts and prayers go to Tom’s wife and children, and all of his friends and colleagues, at this devastating time.  

He will be missed by many, and fondly remembered by the Millfield Community. 

Robert Link (Former Staff)

We are very sad to report the death of Robert on Wednesday 17th February at his home in Weymouth,  due to long term complications from type 1 diabetes. 

Robert, formerly of Baltonsborough and a 21 Club member, was Head of Design and Techology and i/c Activities (especially the fun ones!) at the Prep School from 1986 to 2013, and a popular and tireless teacher and colleague, not least for being the 'Mr Fix-it' member of staff for every eventuality.

We offer our most heartfelt condolences to Robert's wife, Anne, a former member of the Pre-Prep teaching staff, and their daughters, Emma and Amy, both Edgarley OMs.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent via Roger Parsons at the Prep school: parsons.r@millfieldprep.com

Alan Lerwill (Former Staff)

It is with regret that we share the news of the death of Alan Lerwill on the 6th of February 2021.

Alan was a loved and respected member of the Millfield community for the past 25 years. He was Head of Athletics for 11 years until 2006 when he retired. He then coached at the school, helping numerous athletes to international success.

Read a full tribute to Alan here

Julian Bott (1976-1980; Orchards)

We regretfully inform that OM Julian Bott passed away on the 3rd of January 2021.

Julian was a much-loved member of the Millfield Community, particularly within his close group of fellow swimmers, and he will be missed.

Read a full tribute to Julian here.

Martin Valentine (Former Staff)

In January 2021, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Martin Valentine.

Martin was a well-loved individual in the Millfield community as an art teacher and an Assistant House Parent at Joan's Kitchen and Orchards House from 1988 to 2001.