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Around the corner I have a friend, in this great city that has no end.
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on, and before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friends face, for life is a swift a terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well, as in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine but we were younger then, and now we are busy, tired men.

Tired of playing a foolish game, Tired of trying to make a name.
"Tomorrow" I say! "I will call on Jim, just to show that I'm thinking of him".
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes, and distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner, yet miles away, "Here's a telegram sir,". "Jim died today".
And that's what we get and deserve in the end, around the corner, a vanished friend.

Remember to always say what you mean. If you love someone, tell them.
Don't be afraid to express yourself. Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you.
Because when you decide that it is the right time it might be too late.
Seize the day. Never have regrets. And most importantly, stay close to your friends and family,
for they have helped make you the person that you are today.

Obituaries

Life and Times of a Goldings Boy

Just been informed Bryan Steadman 49-52 Buxton House passed away 2013 our sympathy goes to his family and brother Alan Steadman

Just had the sad news from Keith, his twin brother that Malcolm Brierley passed away in late December. They were both at Goldings in the early
50's in the sheet metalwork shop, and Malcolm was invited back to Goldings by Mr DeBoeck to take over his shop as he was retiring in 1965,
and later Keith was to join his brother as assistant .I am sure many Old Boys and Staff will remember them.

Sad news today, Brian (Perrier) passed away at 11-30 Friday 20th Feb, our sincere condolence's to Ellen (his wife) and his family,
his humour and friendship will be sadly missed by us all. Dave
Once again we loose a Dear friend & Brother.
Brian what can I say I think you have said it all Dave. Brian had a lovely Humour also a
friendship in which we shall all miss at our Reunions, Goldings will not be the same, but for Brian we will have to make it the same that
way he will never be forgotten our Condolence goes to his Dear Wife Ellen & Family R.I.P. Len & Chris

Sad news just had a phone call from Rosemary Hilton today, to tell me John Hilton passed away yesterday 15-9-2015 .RIP
So near to the old boys reunion. Mick Smith Kerr

Click for earlier losses

The main reason for contacting you today is to belatedly report the sad passing of Betsy Corbett on 4th March 2015. I visited her on a few occasions at
her house in Ludlow and contacted her on the phone once or twice a year. I phoned today and her number was unobtainable. My worst fears were
confirmed with a follow up call to St Lawrence Church Ludlow.
Many old boys will remember the
Rev Corbett and perhaps Mrs Corbett when she braved injury at the monthly dance sessions in the gym. She was a
lovely lady and at 93 years old she was as bright as a button, although she said she was a little forgetful.
I can’t help feeling she is the last of the staff members of my era and would appreciate any information to the contrary.
Victor King

John Horn 42-45 Aberdeen House Died 27 March 2015 Hi Dave,
I was not sure who or how to Contact the Goldings crew, but I know my dad would want me to let you all know of his passing on from the world. I used
your website for your email address.
I’m sure you were aware from his lack of attendance at the last couple of reunion that his health was declining, still he made it to 87! Sadly since Xmas he
had declined rapidly, and although he remain at home until the last minute he died this morning peacefully in hospital with most of his family in attendance.
My Dad talked with great affection for Goldings, from his memories as a boy/teenager there, and also of the reunions in his later life.
If I have the right contact, please let me know and I will provide further information if required. Best regards, Mark (John Mark Horn jnr)

With sadness I have to inform you of the death of my lovely husband James (Dixie)Deane.Born 12-5-42 and died 14-1-16. We were in Canada by our
son and grandchildren in November 2015 but he suddenly felt unwell and we came back to England, were he was diagnosed with brain cancer, after
radiotherapy he lost his battle with cancer,but he kept his humour until his last moment. He fought long and hard over the years, but never once c
omplained. Shotley Park 1947-55, Goldings 1955-58. I would like to send you a photo of James.
Greetings Maria Deane (40 yrs. of marriage is a long time)I still can't believe that he is gone.

Alan (Dearman) sadly passed away early this morning, 12-2-2016. Our condolences to Margaret his wife and his family. Alan was a fervent supporter
of Dr Barnardos and its principles. Also a big supporter of our Golding's website and Guestbook, Attending our Annual Reunion and Golding's Memorial
Cup Final. Alan will be sadly missed by all.
R.I.P. Alan Dearmaan Pelham House 55-59

Gerd Lubzsynski died on the 19th February. I have just pulled his card to add the details and realised he was at Goldings.
The details of his funeral are:
Friday 4th March at 3.45pm: at South Chapel, Enfield Crematorium & Cemetery, Great Cambridge Road, Enfield EN1 4DS.
Family request no flowers, but that all donations will go to Dr Barnardo's.

Joseph Willans. 1938-2009 and George Martin Willans 1939-2015

7-10-2016 Silvia Embleton
Just to let you know that my sister, Sylvia, died this morning so I will not be at the reunion. I hope that you may be able to remember
her in some way on the day. My best wishes to you all, Joan
J.V.EMBLETON

Brian McCarthy Printer born 30 1 1938 passed away 3 rd September 2015
Our condolences to his family

Dear Dave,
It is with great sadness that I am writing to you but my father passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday the 8th of November at 3.23am. He passed away
due to complications to do with Parkinson's disease which dad had. He was still in Barnet general hospital where he had been since 10th of September.
Andy Orello
José Ma Orella 26/61926 - 8/11/2016

John Dunmore Goldings 1941
Hi all it is with regret I have had phone call from Ivy John Dunmore's Wife to say John passed away early Dec 2016 & the Funeral will take place today in
Finchley London he had a long illness with Dementia, he was at Golding'S around 1941-4 he was 91 .
Len and Chris Harpin

Michael Dickson who moved to Canada passed away recently.
He came to Goldings in August 1960 from Blackpool.He was a member of Aberdeen House,and his trade was Sheetmetal.
He left in April 1963 back to Blackpool,and then moved to Canada.

Dear Dave
how strange that you should contact today as unfortunately
Ron Willans passed away yesterday 27-07-2017 after a long battle having contracted sepsis
last December. I had been thinking about all the people that I needed to contact and you were on my list.
Regards and keep up all the good work
Yvonne Willans

Derek V, Norman died 94 years old Summer 2017 our Sympathy goes to his Daughter and family

Letter received today 10-8-17 ref Mark Snowden.
Dear David.
Thank you for the invitation to my husband Mark to attend The Golding's Reunion, the pictures brought back memories of the times I came to Hertford with him.
Unfortunately, he passed away in 2015 and I apologize for not letting you know sooner. He was always grateful for what Barnardo's did for him, and I'm grateful
for the super husband they made for me!
Best Wishes, Jacqui Snowden

Letter received today 12-08-2017 ref Leslie Lack
Dear Mr Blower,
I have the sad duty to write and inform you that my father,
Mr Leslie Lack 2016 died last year. I would be grateful if you could update your records accordingly.
My father wrote an wonderful account of his childhood some fifteen years ago. In it he records in great detail his life at the school, which was considerably
different to his prior experience growing up with foster parents in Suffolk. It is clear he was grateful for the learning opportunities which Goldings provided,
even though he was only at the School for a short time in 1941. I know he was pleased to have revisited the school site.
Andrew Lack (Son)
I hope your planned reunion goes well.

Letter received today 29-08-2017 ref Eric David Rollins
Dear Mr Blower, Thanks for details of Reunion in October, sadly my husband Eric David Rollins died on 24th August. He was a good man and very grateful for
His love and care, given to him as a “Barnardos” boy. He was very happy to tell his children and grandchildren of his early start in life.
He would want to say many thanks Margaret Rollins “wife”

Sad news Old Boy Victor Rowlands 62-65 passed away. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends 20 November 2017

Edward Jones
A good friend of mine and an old boy of Goldings
Mickey Duce who trained as a sheet metal trainee at Goldings 1945 1949 died a few months
ago. (Late 2019). Think he was 89
29 January 2020


15-12-2019
We lost David Wheatley our headmaster Mr Wheatley son
Dear Dave,
Sadly, David died of bronchial pneumonia on Sunday after a 3-week battle with the illness.
We are all devastated. I am heartbroken – he was my rock and loving friend, All his loved ones were with him when he died
and we are grieving a warm, kind and generous man.
The funeral date is not known yet. Probably near the end of January. I will, of course, let you know.
David has requested that his ashes be scattered at the site of the cricket ground at Golding’s.
He loved the reunions and felt that he was reunited with a second family. I would be grateful if you would inform the Old Boys and give them
my love.
Kind Regards,
Carolyn Eley (Wheatley)

Email received
5-12-19 Derek Hammond
Hi Dave, very sad news -
Glyn Parry passed away this week, I don't have all the details but he was surrounded by family and friends at the end.
If I get any more details I'll let you know, cheers for now - Derek

I attended a funeral for
Michael Duce on Monday 28 October, he was 89. He learnt sheet metal work at Golding's. He had no close
relatives as far as I know. Some of his contemporaries might want to know. Edward

Ken Newton Phone call received today 8-10-2019
Evelyn Newton our P.T.I. Bob Newtons wife passed away this week age 92
Funeral; at Watton at Stone 31-October 12-45 pm

Such sad news to hear that
Len Harpin died yesterday 6-10-2019 it was only on Saturday he was calling us all to attention
for our 2 minutes silence.
Well respected and loved by us all
God Bless Len.


Brian Cunningham Aberdeen Old Boy
passed away Wednesday 11 9 2019 our condolences to Chris and his family

R. Coleman 1930’s, passed away December 2018 age 90 our condolences to his wife and friends

Barry Archer
Print staff passed away 2019 our condolences to his wife Marie and friends

Alan Ives Goldings 43-46 School Captain Died 10 March 2019

Geoffrey Crowe 60s Old Boy Died March 2019 our condolences go to his brother Micky

I am really sorry to give you all more bad news my dads brother
Henry Peet passed away 14th April. Ant Roe
Sadly Missed
R.I.P. Henry Cairns Old Boy Condolences to the family

Had a phone call this evening from Henry Peet to tell me his brother
Bill Roe passed away today.
28-03-2019 Sadly missed by all
R. I. P. BILL ROE
Mount Steven
Condolences to the family

Received a call lunchtime today from Joan James informing me another Old Boy John Sansom Somerset House Captain
died 17th March 2019 Reunited with his wife Joan.
R. I. P. JOHN SANSOM
Our condolences go to John friends and family

Sad news from Bill Harris. 50s old boy John Brown passed away yesterday 12-11-2018
God bless John
Our sympathy goes to Johns family
Bill will be attending Johns funeral to represent Goldings Old Boys.


Anthony Brian Johnson 49-52 Printer Passed away 2018 our condolences to his son Neil, family and friends.

It’s with regret that I have to Inform you, That My Dad David Leslie Ingram passed away on 28th Aug 2018 at 95 years old.
Dad had not been to good since he had a fall in 2015 and broke his hip after that he never really got back to his old self, this last year he had been in and out of
hospital a lot mainly for kidney failure and c.o.p.d. and just recently Gall Stones . He was very poorly this last few months especially the last 3 days but at least he
wasn’t in much pain at all.
He had a good life and spoke highly of his past at Barnardo’s and Goldings. Also of the Association’s that he was a member of NVA , Italian Star. British Legion
to name but a few.
Yours Faithfully, Janet Goddard (Daughter)

George William Schooly 39-41 sadly passed away March this year. Our condolences go to his daughter and family

29-1-2018
Joan James rang me this morning to tell me that
Roger Coppin has passed away, a former Goldings Old Boys who lived in Ware. Roger came into
Golding 1962 he was in Aberdeen House and later became a Printer


20-10-2017
I had the sad news today,
Arnold Hargreaves passed away this week. He had just turned 100 2 weeks ago. He left Goldings in 1935 as a
printer and we were privileged to have his company at our re-union last year when he was 99 on that very date. Arnold was a very
interesting character who was part of the Boarding party that captured the enigma decoder in the Second World War.
R.I.P.From us all.