Monthly Archives: December 2016

Milo Dhanoa / no more

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. 

Obituary | PETER TRAVERS | Rivaz 1942-45.

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)

Billy Gill (Curzon 1961) passed away

Just received a call from D. Singh (Jaaj) informing of the sudden passing away of  Billy Gill this morning at Chandigarh.

Cremation at Sector 25 cremation grounds Chandigarh tomorrow 19th December 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Our deepest condolences to Billy Gill’s family.

Update 19th Dec :

Cremation is over. Wreath presented from OCA INDIA Northern Chapter.  Antim Ardas to be held on Thursday 22nd December at sector 11 gurdwara Chandigarh at 12 noon. Please pass the word around. Thanks Lots. God bless.



Dear All,

With great sadness I learnt of the passing away of Billy Gill yesterday. He had a cardiac arrest in the morning. From what I know, Billy was diabetic but had no previous medical history of any cardiac issues. Billy’s cremation was held today afternoon and the details of the Bhog are awaited.

We all knew Billy for over 50 years but most of it relates to his years at BCS. I am looking for more information about him, professional and personal details, and if any one has more inputs to offer, please be kind enough to pass them on so that we can put together the story of the life of this large hearted man. My thanks

Warmly, Vijay Khurana