I have been informed of the sad passing of Clive Hardie (L40-45) on 23rd January 2019. His funeral will be held on Thursday 7th February 13:00 hrs at the Ammasham Chilton Crematorium – Chilton Chapel.
Clive was Senior Prefect of my house Lefroy and finally Captain of School 1945.
I talked with his eldest son Christopher – Clive 92, gently slipped away in his sleep after months of slow decline.
Chris tells me Clive often recalled his years at BCS and spoke of support for OCA(UK) fraternity.
Clive leaves dear Shirley and sons Chris & Nicky and their families.
KARANPAL SINGH SEKHON [Rivaz, 1971 batch] – passed away at Cairo Egypt while on a family trip.
Further information awaited.
[Editor: 19th Nov 2018 – Please see below update regarding Antim Sanskar]
19th Nov 2018 UPDATE
Last rites (Antim Sanskar) for Karanpal Singh Sekhon, Political Secretary to Chief Minister of Punjab, will be held at 3:00 PM 20th Nov 2018 at Manimajra Cremation Ground (Chandigarh).
AN ABSOLUTE PILLAR OF BISHOP COTTON SCHOOL
JOHN WHITMARSH KNIGHT
I am deeply deeply grieved to be the bearer of sad news…
A noble soul a gentleman and a scholar, my mentor since 1999 though I can swear by The Almighty that he was omnipresent in me from the day I was born, John Whitmarsh Knight breathed his last, last evening Friday ( 9th Nov 2018) TBC ….. I was informed. I sit here in Delhi and whirl of memories of this amazing gentleman are hovering around me….
He was the most honest, transparent and forthright Gentleman and I was Blessed to have known him … I spent years in Weybridge with him and he taught me the path to becoming a well formed human being…
..whilst in the UK under the auspices of the OCA UK we orchestrated his tenure at the greatest school in the planet : OUR BISHOP COTTON SCHOOL… he worked tirelessly in School and he not only taught English but was a mentor to the boys …
he looked at the world with the widest photo lens and the boys during his years looked up to him to as a Global Citizen who played his part in giving them an all around education …
My Brother Sharat and his wife Rupa ALWAYS hosted him in transit to School and the UK at their place in Gurgaon…
John was steadfast in his views and saw the world in Black and White .. he stayed away from politics and intrigues and falsehood … and his own tuition and guidance was under his Uncle Tubby Whitmarsh Knight… John was School Captain, Rugby Captain at Dulwich College where Ernest Shackleton and PG Wodehouse hailed from …
He strived to instill good noble values in the Boys at BCS…(he never forgave me for his termination at BCS .. due to ill health.. “ VIVEK , I could have lived in Chandigarh and continued to have mentored to Boys if they chose to visit me… as I WISHED to die in India…”)
I am weeping incessantly for John Whitmarsh… he passed away all alone … a confirmed Bachelor in Addlestone / Weybridge…
I CAN ONLY PLEAD TO HEAD MASTER MR ROY ROBINSON TO HAVE AN EXTENDED SERVICE FOR JOHN WHITMARSH KINGHT
I CAN ONLY PLEAD TO ALL THE OCA CHAPTER MEMBERS, COTTONIANS WORLD WIDE TO PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS ABSOLUTE SUPERB GENTLEMAN WHO LOVED INDIA, DEEPLY LOVED BISHOP COTTON SCHOOL… HE WAS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR DURING THE SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS ( ALWAYS IN THE BACK GROUND)
I CAN ONLY PLEAD TO
THE OCA UK CHAIRMAN TO PLEASE ARRANGE A VERY BEFITTING TRIBUTE AND FUNERAL FOR JOHN….
I am not sure who is there for John and his beautiful belongings ..??
“ John…. Thank You Sir for being a part of my life… I can see you sitting in your lounge surrounded by your 2000 Books … looking at your garden and reciting quotes from Shakespeare, Keats, Shelly and Wordsworth…… someday Sir… I too will meet you .. in that special garden.. so we can continue ….”
Rajive Sawhney passed away last night. Cremation today at 4:00PM at Lodi Road
May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti
Further details to follow ASAP
8th September UPDATE :
Prayer meeting for Rajive Sawhney at the Chinmayananda Mission, Lodi Road at 4:30PM on Monday, September 10, 2018
Om Prakash, Curzon House 1966 Batch, passed away at Chandigarh this morning (28th April 2018). Cremation is on 30th April 11 AM at Sector 25 cremation grounds Chandigarh.
Our condolences to Ompi’s family.