Earlier this week we received this from Michael Good:
It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of my father, Norman Good. He was a pupil at Lord Williams's School - head boy in 1944 - and a member of staff for many years during the 1960s and 1970s, retiring in the early 1980s
He died peacefully yesterday, 27th October, at Salisbury hospital. He will be buried at St James Church in Shaftesbury on Thursday 12th November. He was 89.
I will put together a longer summary of his life at the School after the funeral.
We put news of Norman's death on our Facebook page and these are some of the comments that have been written:
'Sorry for your loss - he was my chemistry teacher in the late '70s - excellent teacher and kind and generous soul. RIP' Adrian Goodall.
'I remember Mr. Good very well as a kind, considerate and capable chemistry teacher and head of science in 1982-4. Sincere condolences to the family.' Peter Clarke.
'My condolences to his family, Mr Good was a skilful teacher and a gentleman. I remember him taking my class down to the swimming pool (which in the 60s wasn't far from the chem lab), and throwing lumps of Alkali metals into the pool with pyrotechnic results so we could see what colours they burnt.' Paul Gleeson.
'"Jack" Good was my chemistry teacher too, from 1966-1970. A really kind man, especially when someone like me found chemistry very difficult. Yes, I remember the alkali metals in the swimming pool too! My thoughts are with you and the rest of his family.' Chris Giles
'He was a soft spoken and very welcoming man who earned respect because of his gentleness.
Be assured that loving prayers surround him.' Charles Boyle.
I was sad too to hear news of Ben Kerwood’s recent passing. He was a lovely and hugely talented man and as professional as they come.
I remember a history trip, typically arranged at a weekend and made in his own time, to Warwick in 1972/3, when I was in the Lower School. We didn’t get to the Castle as planned but enjoyed Lord Leycester’s Hospital and Kenilworth instead! I also recall Colin Brooks, as the Lord High Executioner in the Mikado, singing a 2 line parody about Ben’s short time as Officer Commanding of the CCF:
“The Man who put on Khaki to be Captain of the Corps, well he did for a few years but he isn’t any more!”.
He was the sort of man who could take the joke but I know from talking to my brother, Martin, that he had a huge influence on those who were considering a military career at that time. He remained a close professional colleague and personal friend of my Father.
Really sorry to read the news about Ben Kerwood-a lovely man . I'm now retired after 34 years in and out of prisons-as a governor I hasten to add! living in the scenic Derbyshire countryside and still enjoying sport and quizzes as much as ever. I'm still in contact with Chris Giles up in the
Orkneys and look forward to meeting up with some late sixties/early seventies OTAs on Founder's Day.
One final reminder: Founder's and Reunion Day Timetable
Lots going on at Founder's Day this year including the unveiling of the new Roll of Honour Board and the restored originals. Please come and join us at this event and the rest of the day if you can.
The OTA Scratch choir will be putting on a performance and all are welcome to join - there will be a 'rehearsal' at 1400 in the school.
Mark Ansell is organising a major reunion of his year group, and they will be enjoying themselves on the school fields playing various games during the afternoon. Other reunions will be staying in the warmth of the school hall. An exhibition of historic items will be mounted.
0845 St Mary’s Church Opens
0915 Founder's Day Service
1015 Coffee at the school’s Foundation Centre, Oxford Road
1045 AGM of the Old Tamensians’s Association
1145 Unveiling of the new Rolls of Honour with guests
1200: School tours also Mark Ansell's footy at midday and then rounders at 1pm
1230 Lunch and bar (cost £12). The two course lunch includes Duo of Beef in red wine jus or Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli; Limoncello Meringue and Cheese and Biscuits. Music by students. (Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to book lunch.)
1345: Games commence including hockey and rugby
1400: Choir Rehearsal
1500: Entertainment by the scratch OTA choir
1530: Afternoon tea and raffle
2000: Class of 1996 Reunion at Thame Cricket Club.
The Trustees will be meeting on 4 November. This year 37 applications were received.
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