I would like to take this opportunity to send cordial fraternal good wishes for a happy & successful Reunion OCA Delhi next Saturday.
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.
Peter Stringer (Lefroy 43-47)
Thank you for all your lovely thoughts and words of Dad, we miss him loads. Mel Taylor (Nee Plunkett)
From Dick D’Abreu
I was saddened to read of the passing of Ron Plunkett. He was a young member of Curzon House when I knew him in 1946 . His cousin Jim Lee also of Curzon House 1942. Informed me that Ron retired from the Police Force as a Chief Superintendent. My condolences to his wife and family. Rest in peace Ron.
Posted on behalf of Dick D’Abreu :
Forwarding you Jim Lee’s email to me regarding his cousin Ron Plunkett of Curzon House in the 1944 –45 era. I knew Ron as a young fellow in the Curzon sports team in 1946. A fine young fellow. If possible could you include his passing in the Old Cottonians web page. We would much appreciate it. Thanks …..Best wishes…..Dick.
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From: Jim Lee
To: Dick D’Abreu
Cc: Peter Maidment
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 16:06:01 -0800
Subject: Sad News!!
Just a quick note to let you know that Ron Plunkett passed away yesterday, Saturday, February 4th. We got a telephone call this morning from Pauline, Ron’s wife, giving us the sad news. She said that Ron’s passing was a blessing because he had absolutely no quality of life. Ron’s family were at his bedside, and Pauline said that she was thankful for their support.
Dick, it would be nice if Ron’s passing was announced in the OC magazine. I am afraid I don’t have the details of his tenure at BCS, but he was a young fellow when he joined, and he graduated from the school. Would you mind, Dick, passing this news on to Advani who probably can get the details from the school records. Ron was in Curzon House, and was, I believe, one of Baby Hawkes’ pugilists on the school team. At his death Ron was 83 years old.
When he graduated from BCS he enlisted as a paratrooper, and when demobbed joined the Metropolitan Police Force in Britain, retiring with the rank of Inspector.
Thanks, and Cheers, Jim
Sorry to hear about Plunkett’s passing away. May he rest in peace.
I remember Plunkett as tough & a tall guy who, to the best of my knowledge, was the first to do the plunge in the School swimming pool- all 48′ 3″ of it & he held that record for quite some time.
I had just joined the School in 1950, which was his last year in School.
( Incidentally L.J. Homer was our House Captain in 1950 – so he was there till 1950 & not 1949).
Dr. Santokh Singh (L 1950-57).
Sorry to hear loss of a senior OC. God bless the departed soul. Regards to you Peter & Maggie. Hope to meet you soon. D.Singh. Chandigarh.