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AN ABSOLUTE PILLAR OF BISHOP COTTON SCHOOL JOHN WHITMARSH KNIGHT – passed on

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 ….”

AMEN
Vivek Bhasin

A fantastic true shot of the First Flat, circa 1913, discovered by John Whitmarsh Knight among his family memorabilia. Vivek Bhasin [L 1961-70] says “John Whitmarsh-Knightnephew of Tubby Whitmarsh-Knight taught English and internationalism at BCS for three years and ratcheted up the ranking of the School; the boys excelled in English and topped the charts! The boys under his tutelage remain in constant touch with him.

The 1st Flat, Bishop Cotton School Simla. c1913. Picture provided by John Whitmarsh Knight.

The 1st Flat, Bishop Cotton School Simla. c1913. Picture provided by John Whitmarsh Knight.

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The Sesquicentennial Coordination-committee

THE SESQUICENTENNIAL COORDINATION COMMITTEE

It is recommended that there be a maximum of three batch coordinators each batch (year wise) for maintaining appropriate decorum for the duration of celebration.

The attached names per batch from 47 – onwards are recommended. However if any one else wishes to volunteer his services he will be more than welcome.

The Sesquicentennial Coordination Committee has further welcomed the widows of august old boys to represent as a coordinator of the husband’s class.

It has been agreed that Mr. Harish Janartha (OC) Board of Governors representative,  Mrs. Sushila Prabhudas (OCA representative) and Mr. John Whitmarsh – Knight (School representative) comprise the local governance  of the Sesquicentennial Coordination Committee along with the Headmaster working along with OCA.

The President of the OCA (India) and Executive Committee would be very grateful if Batch Coordinators advise the Coordination Committee by end July 2009 of numbers likely to attend the celebrations. Use the OCA e-mail network: oca_delhi@yahoo.com

Attached:

D.C.  ANAND
President – OCA (India)