Very sad to inform you that my elder brother Suraj Prakash Akers passed away yesterday in Toronto. He had been ailing for some time, recently.
He was in Lefroy around 1948-50.
Sorry to hear this sad news that Tejpal Singh Sawhney [TS] passed away today.
No further details yet, but we will add any information as it comes in.
I would like to take this opportunity to send cordial fraternal good wishes for a happy & successful Reunion OCA Delhi next Saturday.Would you be kind enough to add my sadness on behalf of OCAUK:Last evening I received a call from Les Homer (L 43-49) in Bristol to say Ron Plunkett (C 43-50) passed away at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon in Somerset after a prolonged illness.Pauline with love & devotion nursed him through those years.After leaving school the first time I met Ron again was at attending my first OC Reunion on Oxford Street about 1971. From that meet Ron, Les, Arthur Jones (L 42-48) & I remained in close contact. Ron joined the Metropolitan Police force and retired as Superintendent & settled into a charming homestead on Porlock Hill Somerset. Maggie & I and sometimes accompanied by Shirley & Arthur Jones spent many long weekends and on occasion Sylvia & Les Homer would join all of us. Happy Days & us guys recalling school years & tales of India while our wives rehearsed their exchanges. Pauline & Ron attended all the OCA lunches till Ron could no longer travel after moving to resettle in nearby Allicombe. Phone calls, letters & cards replaced contact & our presence.I can recall the significant return to Patina OCAUK Chairman Dick Bayliss, Ron Plunkett, Arthur Jones & myself made June 1992. DC Anand kindly sponsored & made arrangement with late SM Jain to make our experience an outstanding visit. For all of us an historic moment struck that gave the arrowhead to the Spirit of BCS across the globe.We shall miss Ron and send our united condolence to Pauline, son Shaun and daughter Melanie – bless him another Curzonite to be remembered.Thank youPeter Stringer (Lefroy 43-47)
Shocked and saddened on hearing about the sudden demise of Milo Dhanoa.
No further details yet.
Excerpt from a message by his daughter Vaneeta Dhanoa Manhas :
Dad no words can express how much we love you. I can’t let you go yet because I still feel that you are here. I don’t know how we will recover from your passing but we know that you will be watching down on us always. The boys will miss their Nana. RIP my beloved father. I miss you so much.
Funeral Services will be held at Riverside Funeral Hall, Delta, BC on Dec. 29th at 1:00 pm.
PETER TRAVERS (Rivaz 1942-45)
Instead of happy Season greetings sorry to be the barer of sad news.
In our post this morning I received a letter from Alison Price, daughter of Peter Travers – Peter passed away 10 December in Woking.
I have managed to make contact and received details –
A Cremation service is at Woking Crematorium. Hermitage Road GU21 8TJ 28 December at 11.45 am
Would you (Gursant of OCA UK) be kind enough to make arrangements for an OCA(UK) floral tribute or you might prefer me to do the necessary giving Puneet permission to meet cost from funds.
There is every chance that I will attend the service with any other OCs who may wish to join me.
Please let me know early as it is the holiday season.
We must cherish & keep the Old Cottonian Spirit.
In the next few days I will send you an obituary please post it on the web :
Peter left when I joined the Main School from Prep. in 1945. Honestly I cannot recall when first meeting Peter in England when he joined our London chapter.
From the start, even though not remembering him in school, we formed a close friendship.
I found Peter a genuine nice guy – a quintessential gentleman, mild mannered and always ready to join in conversation. He often regaled me with many stories – two come to mind. Late Derek Rogers (C 42-45) & Peter at one time were close neighbours in Lucknow. Their signal (send & read) learnt when scouts were used to communicate from each other’s homes by flashing mirrors much to the latent intrigue of parents.
Peter’s boyhood spent in India was rudely dispelled when he arrived with his family in Liverpool docks – grey, dank dark & foggy miserable no sun and no warmth. People in dark clothing, sinister in appearance as everyone hurried past. He longed for India intensely!
He always attended the Reunion Lunches after joining the fold. He was welcome and came to many of our ‘Lunch on-the-lawn at Fairlands’ and a few more to taste Maggie’s curry specials. On many occasions we met at the Himalayan Hill Schools Reunion and latterly he would join me on invitation to the Sherwood College Reunions held in a Croydon Church hall.
Passed away 10 December —We shall miss him he was a fine fellow! Cordial condolence to his daughter Alison Price and Chris his son.
On behalf of Old Cottonians UK.
Peter Stringer (L 43-47)