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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.


Just received the very sad news from her daughter that Dot Halfhide has died. She was such a good friend to Goldings and befriended so many Goldings boys.
She worked from time to time in the Sick Bay and was always willing to help out wherever she was needed. She will be so sadly missed.
Her funeral is 1.15 on Wednesday 31st. August at Loughborough Cremetorium.
Goldings old boys, Bob Pegg and Dick Rowen, who attended. RIP Dot.
Cliff Steele Pop 24-8 11

Celia Wheatley Died September 26th 2011
For those of you who were at Goldings during the 40's and 50's, I am sad to tell you that my sister Celia died yesterday after a long battle against cancer.
She had hoped to be with me at Waterford Church on Saturday where her own marriage took place on April 2nd, 1955.
I would like to thank everyone for their kind messages about Celia. The funeral was held in Jersey last Friday and growing up at Goldings featured in my
eulogy. It was a dignified and moving occasion attended by over 600 mourners.
David Wheatley. Our Thoughts and Sympathy were with David and All of Celia’s family

Francis John Wood. Cairns House Goldings 63-64
Marina. Woody's daughter
I needed to inform all of you that my father died peacefully, without pain, yesterday evening at 17:50. He would have wanted you all to know.
Could you all send me contact numbers should you wish to know service details as I may not pop on here too often.
R.I.P. Woody. 04:11:48- 03:12:2011
I will miss him so very much. Thank you everyone for your friendship and support.

Dave, have just found out that we have lost another Old Boy. John Woods passed away on the 18th December.
He was school captain, drum major and was trained in the tinsmiths. John was a great entertainer and sang under the name
Johnny Silvo.
Our condolences to Berit and son Patrick.. Clive Gillingham

Bob Whibley passed away 2nd Jan 2012.
I first met Bob and his wife Rene eight years ago when I was paying my last visit for that year to Goldings after the reunion on the Sunday before starting
home and by chance his son-in-law had drove him to Goldings and at this stage Bob wasn't aware we held reunions and asked my permission to walk
around the grounds of Goldings and at this I said it would cost him a £1-00, and as he started to put his hand in his pocket I told him I too was a Goldings
boy and from that day we became firm friends as we exchanged our recollections of our time at Goldings. Throughout the years we kept in touch by phone,
and even though we went to Goldings in different era's a bond developed which is something that Goldings Old Boys seem to have.
Robert Whibley Goldings 1943-46 Cairns, Bootmaker.
Robert Whibley R.I.P. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Rene and his family

Gordon Alfred Hughes 1948-2012
Gordon died peacefully on 28th August 2012 aged 64. He lived in Oswestry.
When he was 12 he was admitted to Barnados of which he had fond memories. He was particularly proud of his achievements as a print compositer - a
skill he learnt at Barnados.
In his adult life he worked in children's homes for many years mainly in specialised adolescent units in Redhill, the Midlands, North Wales and Shropshire.
He also worked as a senior manager in a care home for vulnerable adults.
A colleague who worked with him for many years described him as "a very caring compassionate man who instinctively understood The needs of resident
and was a much valued colleague."
Gordon suffered ill health for much of his life and took early retirement devoting the rest of his life to caring for cats. He was also very interested in
photography and used to enjoy rambling in Shropshire and North Wales.
His funeral service which took place at St Philip and St James Parish . Brian Perrier

Tom Mathews Cairns 45-48
Sorry to bring bad news but Tom Mathews died in Lister Hospital a few days ago, he was a member of the team that won the league only losing the
last game, and played for Ware and Hertford, I remember him as one of the best centre halfs to play for the School.
Sleep well Tom. Sam (John Sansom)Feb 2013
Our condolences go to Toms family

Norman Maconochie died after long illness 6 March 2013
I sadly have to report the loss of another of our Goldings Brothers. I have just received the following E-mail from Liz Maconochie:
I just wanted to let you know that my darling husband Norman, passed away at 1 am this morning. He had been ill for a long time and had been in Hospital
for most of this year. He had struggled for such a long time that we are glad he is now out of pain and is peaceful. For the last week we made sure there was
always someone by his side. I was doing days and our son was taking care of the nights. It was so hard to watch him going downhill before our eyes.
It was so nice to see you at the reunion and I know he was really pleased to be whizzing around the grounds on his buggy sharing his memories with me.
Kind regards Liz x
I first met Norman a couple of years ago at Blenheim Palace when he and Liz attended a Barnardo event when I was giving a Barnardo presentation along
with Dylan Carroll and Dr David Barnardo. I was able to give Norman details of our web site and about our Goldings reunions. We have kept in touch from
that time.
RIP Norman Alan Dearman

Tonight I had a very sad phone call from his daughter that Eric MacKay passed away on the 18th April.2013
Eric came to Goldings in 1941-44, trained as a Carpenter,and later as a Policeman in Palestine, and became a Detective in Bath, finally retiring after
becoming a Detective on the Murder Squad.
John Horn remembers him well from Goldings and we did both meet up with him in Bath when he was awarded the "Goldings Award" (On the site under
Profiles) which was prompted by his Grandaughter writing to Barnardo's suggesting he was a recipient due to his sterling charity work for various charities,
including Barnardo's.
Meeting him, it was explained by his family that he was reluctant to talk of his past, but he did remember many of "The Goldings slang words" we used at
the home!
R.I.P.Eric, our thoughts are with his family

Life and Times of a Goldings Boy

I had a phone call Friday from the son of Ernie Warren to tell me Ernie had passed away, last week after surgery.
He hopes that someone from Goldings represents the school at his funeral this thursday at Croyden Crem,West St Chapel,Thursday 13th at 10-45
Ernest Warren, Somerset, September 1958-June 1962 R.I.P.

Click here for Mrs Halfhide’s Memorial service booklet

Had a call from George Loftus last night to tell me Housemaster Mr Sandeman of MaCall late 40's-50's passed away Thursday gone.
10th October 2013. Later he left Goldings and joined the R.A.F. and flew early Jets. Our deepest sympathy go to his family

Sad news today from Jerry Davis, his brother Robert Keith Davis died last night 28th March Bob was a Somerset House boy and followed on to become
a Verney boy as his trade was Print. Our Condolences go to Jerry and Roberts Family

Allen Blackburn (4 August 1935 – 14 January 2014) Goldings Old Boy who went on to have a carreer in Football with West ham United
Allen Blackburn R.I.P. Henry Peet
Sad news to hear of
Allen Blackburn's passing away in Jan 2014. Many memories of a great friend at Much Wenlock, and Goldings. Bill Roe

Sadly Leslie Thomas has passed away aged 83. He died at his home near Salisbury in Wiltshire on Tuesday 6th May 2014
Leslie Thomas, who died yesterday.
RIP to Alan and Leslie. Alan Dearman

William “Casey” Turner Printer died May 2014
Very sad news about
Casey Turner who passed away last week, we played football for many a year for the old boys RIP Mick Smith Kerr

Fred Barnes Much Wenlock, recently passed away 2014. Fred was not a Goldings Boy but he was a great help to myself with the history of Goldings on
the website and researching into the Boys who were buried in Waterford Graveyard. He soon became a good friend.
Our sympathy goes to Flora his wife and family.

I received sad news today, our dear friend, Ron Urquhart passed away peacefully today. Our Sympathy goes to his dear wife.
He was a great friend of many, also {Len Harpin and John Warner of New Lodge).
30 July 2014

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

I have been informed this morning that Mrs Fordham (99years old) has passed away, she was a member of Staff along with her husband who was a
Gardener, who passed away earlier this year and both came to our re-union in 2004.
R.I.P. Mr and Mrs Fordham

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

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 happyto tell his children and grandcildren of his early start in life.
He would want to say many thanks Margaret Rollins “wife”

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.

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

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

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

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

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.