2021 Farewells
05/11/2021
For a full list of those who have passed this year see attached.
Gwilym Greenly
29/09/2021
Gwilym's family have informed us that, sadly, Gwilym passed away in July this year aged 90 years. Gwilym attended TC from 1942- 1947. He lived in Penn and worked for Sir Alfred McAlpine Construction. He was a widower for many years.
Michael Orton
06/09/2021
With thanks to David Davies (OT 64) for contacting us and to Roger Dugmore (OT 64) for the eulogy.

MICHAEL ORTON
1948 - 2021

Michael was born on 28th April 1948 in Walsall the third child of Jack and Olive Orton after David and Robert with Richard completing the family. ‘Mick’ following his two older brothers entered the College Lower School as a boarder in 1958 his contemporaries amongst others were Stephen Berg, Roger Dugmore, David Goodson, Philip Taylor and Ian Lanfear.
He entered form 3A in the Senior School in September 1959. Roger recounts that he excelled at PE and Gym and enjoyed all sports. On the 1961 sports day he came 1st in the U13 Hurdles, and was in a number of the School rugby teams.

As a teenager Michael became very interested in magic, buying lots of books on the subject, magic kits and equipment for individual tricks. He practiced all the time and it became very difficult to tell how the tricks were done and he would never tell !

After Tettenhall Michael attended Wolverhampton Art College and then Newport College of Art. He later attended a post graduate course at the Central School of Art in London. In 1969 Michael met Liz who was working part-time behind the bar at The Elms public House in Leytonstone. They married in 1977, daughter Alex was born in 1980 and son Nick in 1981. In June 1985 the family moved to Hitchin where they made many lifelong friends. Michael attended St Mark’s Church Hitchin for the last 35 years and was a very special, well respected, devoted and giving member of the St Mark’s family.

In the early 1980’s Michael started his own company with an office in Soho. Michael continued to work for himself gathering an impressive portfolio of clients including - Saatchi & Saatchi, New York design agencies, and blue chip UK companies.

Always the enthusiastic sportsman Michael was a very good runner, taught Judo at Hitchin Judo Club, and ran the London Marathon in 1988 and again in 1989 when he entered under the made up name of ‘Alexander Nicholls’.

Very sadly in 2008 Michael lost his beloved wife Liz to cancer. Following her death, Michael immersed himself in life with his children, holidays with friends, work and the Church.
Thankfully after a while and with the support of family and friends, Michael was able to build a new life for himself and to find happiness again with Julie who was introduced through a mutual friend. They enjoyed holidays, the theatre, meals with friends, drinks on the patio and had a future together planned. Sadly this was cut short with Michael’s illness, when in the summer of 2020 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He underwent surgery, radiotherapy and chemo-therapy .
Michael passed away peacefully on 10th July 2021. He is greatly missed by his family and friends.
Matthew Harris (TC04)
01/09/2021
Announced via Facebook - see attached. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Matthew's friends and family.
Sad news
22/04/2021
We have heard today that Peter Reynolds (1949 - 59) died on March 15th, 2021, at The Harley Street Clinic, London. Our sympathies to wife Shirley and their two sons, Adam and Giles (both Old Tettenhallians).

Many thanks to Terry Bond for passing on this information to us.
David Crowther Art Teacher
20/04/2021
David Crowther, head of Art at TC from about 1970 to 1997, sadly passed away recently after a long illness.
David was well loved as evidenced by the comments on our Facebook group. It is very touching that even in these challenging Covid times there were 5 old boys at David's funeral.
Geoffrey Pugh
23/11/2020
Geoffrey Cecil Kipling Pugh was at Tettenhall College during the war and left the school in 1945.
Geoffrey died on 10 November 2020 aged 93 years old, just five weeks after his wife of 55 years, Wendy, had died.
Much of their 55 year married life was spent at Tirley Garth, the Moral Re-Armament (MRA) Conference Centre in Cheshire. This was a Christan charity for which Geoffrey volunteered and worked unstintingly throughout his life.
For a full biography please see the attached document.
John Dunphy
16/10/2020
John W Dunphy (TC 53-60) passed away in March 2020.
To read the full tribute to John please see the attached.
Farewells
13/10/2020
Sadly we have also said goodbye to a few other OTs this year.

Edward Barnshaw (TC 1985-1990) suffered a tragic accident and passed away at the end of July this year.

Rez Samii (TC1977 - 1983) passed away in April. Rez suffered with MS over a number of years and had become very frail and sadly we are led to believe that Coronavirus finally took hold and he passed away overnight.

We also learnt recently about the passing of David Guest (TC 1947-1952).
John Baker
21/09/2020
John Baker was at TC from 1934-1943. His family were well known in the town, with a large shoe making factory and retail shops in the Midlands. He sadly died in April this year.
John was born in Wolverhampton on May 25th 1926, the only child of Douglas and Violet. He was educated here at Tettenhall College and then read Natural Sciences at Queen,s College, Cambridge. He undertook his National service in the Royal Navy and spent most of his time in Malta involved in weather forecasting.
Bill Snelson
21/09/2020
Sadly Bill Snelson passed away November 2019.
Bill Snelson was born on Friday 14th April 1933 at Whittimere Farm,
ln 1942 he was sent to boarding school at Tettenhall College after having been
found once too often re-arranging the men's work instructions from his Father, who would be at a council meeting at Stafford for the day!
After the initial shock, he soon settled down and as he proved many times later in life, made the very most of it.
He left in 1949 into a country in the grip of post war.
He was in his element on the farm and quickly began to learn anything and everything.
In the words of another OT
"I first met Bill Snelson through membership of the old Tettenhallians Club. He was some 15 years my senior, but that made no difference what so ever. Bill had a warmth and humanity that bridged any generational gap. BIade - straight and steel true, he did not stand on ceremony. He offered the hand of friendship and had a transparent sincerity. Bill was a good man,a thoroughly decent chap,
who had standards which governed his Iong and energetic life. He was a"doer" and a "giver. "
He is remembered by many of his generation at Tettenhall college for his fine singing voice. A leading treble. He was very loyal to his old school, and was appointed President of the Old Tettenhallian Club.
This won universal approval because he had an authentic voice which expressed the true spirit of his old school."
Tim Harborow
27/11/2019
We are sad to announce that OT Committee Member Tim Harborow passed away on Wednesday 20th November. Tim was at TC from 1961 -1966 and joined the committee in 2012. Tim was 70 years old.
Tim is shown here (3rd from left on back row) in 2016 with members of the committee.
Alan Beaumont
08/11/2019
We are sad to announce that Alan Beaumont has passed away Alan died Thursday 31st October aged 88.

Alan was at the College from 1939 until 1948. He was President of the OT Club in 1985-1986.
Martin Wellsbury
08/11/2019
We are sad to report that Martin Wellsbury passed away on 31st October at the age of 81. Martin was at the College from 1949 to 1955.