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Obituaries

Jimmy James died on 20 August 2007 aged 75 years. Jimmy was a well-known face to many Old Boys and Girls having held a
leading role on the National Council for many years and for playing an active part in organising Goldings reunions. Jimmy was
admitted to Barnardo's care when he was two years old and was boarded out in Cambridgeshire. He was a former pupil at
Goldings and after RAF service during the Second World War, Jimmy returned to Goldings to finish his printing apprenticeship.
He later became a much respected teacher at the school and at his funeral, David Wheatley, son of Jimmy's Goldings' headmaster,
said:' I was only eight and Jimmy 14 when we met and Jimmy used to get me out of all sorts of scrapes. Jimmy was always kind
and honest and what you saw was what you got."
2007

Mr A. P. Culver. A man remembered most affectionately by hundreds of Goldings Old Boys, 'Skip Culver', died recently.
He joined the staff of the then William Baker Technical School in 1931, taking the position of storekeeper, after completing 12
years as a regular soldier, seeing service in India, China and Malta. He re-enlisted on the outbreak of war, serving a further six
years.
Returning to Goldings in 1945 to become a housemaster, he formed a detachment of Army Cadets at the school and very quickly
the small squad grew to company size and Albert Culver became a lieutenant.
The Company then formed it's own bugle band, a retired drum-major being responsible for their training, and that unit also, in its
own right, became a very efficient unit, very much in demand to attend functions throughout the county of Hertfordshire.
Albert Culver was promoted to the rank of Captain and Her Majesty the Queen graciously approved the award of the Army Cadet
Force Medal and Certificate for his service to that force.
A mild-mannered man, 'Skip1 probably influenced more boys than any other member of staff at the school to become mature; and
capable members of society and many of his cadets joined the services when they left the school.
Ron Stackwood

1990

Mr J. Taylor. Ex-Goldings and Barnardo School of Printing staff and pupils will be saddened to learn of the death of Mr Jim
Taylor, at the age of 77.
He joined the staff of the printing department in the fifties to become journeyman-instructor in charge of the bookbinding and
finishing department, having gained wide experience with large firms in the printing industry.
Apprentices he trained quickly and they learned that the words 'near enough' were words to be forgotten and 'perfection' was the
word to remember. No matter how good the printed product, one small error on the guillotine could ruin it, but under Mr Taylor's
guidance errors were very few. Proof of his teaching came at the point of his retirement when his last apprentice, Brian Chambers,
took over responsibility for the department.
Popular with apprentices and staff, Jim was very much a team man, dedicated to meeting demanding work schedules.
He enjoyed a very happy retirement since 1977 with his wife Rosie, and a few days before his death had played in two bowls
singles championship finals, winning one and losing the other narrowly.
We all join in sending our deepest sympathy to Rosie.
Ron Stackwood
1990

George Henry White died on 2nd April, aged 88. He joined Barnardo's in 1924 and was a teacher of General Subjects at Goldings,
retiring in 1961.
1985/6

Mr G. W. Penny, who retired in October 1956, was a teacher at Goldings for 30 years. We regret to record his death on 12th
November 1980, at the age of 89 years.
1981

John Pettigrew (Goldings), we were saddened to learn, died in December 1979. Our sympathies to his wife and family.
1981

Mrs. Ruby Culver, wife of "Skipper", died after a short illness in hospital at Deal, on 29th January; many hundreds of Old
Boys from Goldings will wish to join in this expression of our sympathy to Captain A. P. Culver.

April 1977

Thomas Burrell (Goldings) we were sorry to hear, died on the 4th May 1975 at the age of 37 years, and to his family and
friends we extend our deepest sympathy.
Mr. A. E. Brooks, former Head of the Painting and Decorating Department at W.B.T.S., Goldings, died recently. He had retired
in 1966 after thirty-one years loyal service to Dr. Barnardo's, and had been responsible for both training the boys who passed
through the school, and for decorations to all buildings in the Goldings estate. During the war he acted as games master, and was
Housemaster of Cairns for some years. Very many Goldings Old Boys will, have cause to be thankful to him for his training and
for his help to them. Our sympathy goes to Mrs. Brooks and family.

1975

It is with deep regret we record the death 69 of Mr. R. F. Wheatley, B.Sc., former head master of the William Baker School,
Goldings, Hertford.
He joined the School in 1945 as its first headmaster, the previous principal officers having been governors, and he brought with
him an enthusiasm and vision that lifted the standards and improved the conditions for staff and boys. His endeavours in this
direction were continuous throughout his service.
Faced with post-war shortages and rationing of materials his plans were often frustrated, but never did he accept they were not
possible and gradually new buildings appeared and the dormitories in the mansion achieved a new look.
Living in the mansion he was constantly in contact with the boys and had little time for personal pursuits. A keen cricketer, he
was a member of the school team, commanding his place on ability,
The boys of his time are now mature men, scattered throughout the world, in diverse occupations: businessmen, teachers,
missionaries, craftsmen.
All, I am sure, have affection in their hearts for the man who was always striving to improve the quality of their lives.
The decision in 1966, the year of his retirement, to close Goldings the following year made him very unhappy.
However, the young men who passed through the school during his twenty-one years' service are still living proof of the school's
motto: Finis Coronal Opus "The End Crowns The Work".
R. STACK WOOD
Principal, Barnardo School of Printing

1975

James Brown (Goldings), we were deeply sorry to hear, died at his home at the age of 26 years.
James's mother, Mrs. Barbara Brown, had worked for twenty years in The Village before leaving some four years ago, and we
extend our sincere sympathies to her in her sad loss.
1974

Charles Tubb (Goldings) died at the Repatriation Hospital, Sydney on Friday, 30th August. He went out to Australia on the
Demosthenes, arriving on the 12th June 1924, with the seventh party. Charlie was well respected in the area, took an active
interest in, the R.S.L., and bowling clubs, and was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, and will be sadly missed.

1974

Mr. Ernest Walker,
the maintenance engineer at Goldings, Herts., when the William Baker Technical School opened in 1922,
died recently in St. Margaret's Hospital, Epping, Essex. In the early days of his service he was responsible for the huge generator
which supplied the Goldings estate's electricity. Among the mourners were Mr. R. Stackwood, Mr. and Mrs. W. Purkis,
Mr. R. Purkis, Mr. L. Wrangles and Mrs. Maslin, all ex-Goldings colleagues.
1974

Clifford Abraham (Goldings), we were very sorry to hear, died suddenly on 28th November 1971, at the age of 43. We extend
our deepest sympathy to his wife and family.
1972

Mr. Percy Eley, chef at Goldings and who completed forty-three years" service before retiring in 1960, died on 27th January,
aged 69.
1972

Frank lorns (Goldings). It was a shock to hear of the tragic death of this Old Boy in July 1971, at the age of 22. Our deepest
sympathies go to his mother and friends.
1971

Mrs. Marchant, widow of a former Bandmaster at W.N.T.S. and Goldings, passed away recently: we extend oar sympathies to
her daughter. Mrs. Maslin.
1971

Mr. A. T. H. De Boeck, former sheet metal teacher at Goldings and who retired in 1965, died on 8th July at the age of 73; we
extend our deepest sympathy to his married daughter.
1970

Mr. John Jones, former house-parent at The Village and at Goldings. died in December 1969, and we extend our deepest
sympathy to his relatives.
1970

Miss Mildred Wilson died suddenly at Cartref Melys on 26th September 1969; in her 61st year, she was acting as relief cook at
the Adventure Centre at the time of her death. When she retired at the end of 1968 she had seen fourteen years' Barnardo service
as a cook.
1969

William Haswell (who was at the Garden City) died on the 12th March 1969, at the age of 69, we regret to record.
He was cremated at the City of London Crematorium, and Mr. H. Mullens, Trust Officer. attended the funeral.
Mr. C. C. Howell, formerly a carpentry instructor at Goldings and who retired in 1959 after 19 years' service in Barnardo's, died
in December, aged 72.
1969

Roy Fulwood (Goldings):
We were very to learn of the passing of this Old Bo August 23rd, 1966, after a long illness, age of 33.
The funeral took place at Colchester crematorium on August 26th, and was attended Mr. L. Reynolds, Welfare Officer, and Miss
Croall of the Social Services Department.
Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife children, and his brother and sisters, Raymond June and Margaret.
1966

Mrs. L. Embleton wife of the Deputy Headmaster of Goldings, passed away on February 8th in hospital after a long illness.
A service was held at Goldings chapel, and she will be fondly remembered by countless Old Goldings boys; we extend our
deepest sympathy to Mr. Embleton , and his family.
1966

Major Horace Wilson (Goldings). Although Major Wilson had suffered ill health for many years as a result of his War
experiences, it came as a great shock to us to learn of his death,
1966

Mr. J. Maslin died suddenly on August 12th. He had been head of the school office staff at Goldings since 1922 until he retired
in 1963. Countless Goldings Old Boys will have cause to remember him. He always found time to help the school in many ways
outside his official duties, especially in sporting activities and he will be sorely missed. The Cremation took place at Enfield
after a Service in the Goldings' Chapel, and was attended by Mr. Clough of Headquarters. We extend our deepest sympathy to
Mrs. Maslin and her son.
1965

We are very sorry to record the death of Mr. W. H. S. Millar on December 30th, 1964, and we know that all Old Goldonians
especially, perhaps, those trained as printers will feel a sadness at his passing, as well as a sense of gratitude for his well
remembered teaching and guidance. Mr. Millar was a member of the Federation of Master Printers, and enjoyed an influence in
the trade from which many lads have benefited. The heartfelt sympathy of all will go out to his widow.
The following letter from Derek C. Martin expresses the thoughts of many
"I am writing to you as a Goldings "Old Boy" and in the connection of the recent sad death of Mr. Millar of Goldings, whom I
had the great pleasure of knowing. Being trained at Goldings as a printer, I feel that I owe a lot to this man for all that he taught
me during my training there.
That which he, and others like him, taught us boys will always be remembered."

1965