It is with much regret that we report the deaths of the following members, and staff, of the Company:
Freeman David M JOHNS on 16 December 2017 aged 76. Made free of the company on 27 November 2006 by Freedom 500 OSA.
Brian Pocknall - Registrar on 22 October 2017 aged 59.
After a childhood in Kent, Brian joined the finance department of BT at its head office in Newgate Street at the age of 18. In the 19 years that he was there, he was responsible for management accounts for the head office support units, covering around 8,000 people and a turnover of some £400 million. Thereafter he spent six years as the Group Accountant for an equipment hire firm, four years at an agency of the Department of Health and two years at an aeroplane leasing company.
Brian joined the Company on 1 December 2011, in the role of Registrar, taking over from Bert Abel. He brought a new level of financial experience and expertise to the accounts function at the Stationers’ Company, improving our use of computer technology in managing the ledgers, moving to online banking and automating quarterage invoicing through the membership database. However, Brian brought so much more to the role by helping at events, attending events, taking on responsibility for HR management and acting as Secretary of the Investment Review Committee. He was always friendly and supremely generous with his time, both for members of the Company and colleagues in the Office.
Brian was a great cricket enthusiast and a loyal supporter of Surrey. He loved nothing more than to have a ticket booked for a day at Lords; unless, of course, it was a ticket for a match at his beloved Oval. He also visited county and club grounds in Kent and Surrey on annual get-togethers with his many cricketing friends.
Brian leaves a son, Robert, who has his own photography and film business and has frequently taken photos at Company events, and daughter, Charlotte, who has just started on a creative writing degree course in Winchester.
Brian’s sudden death has left the Company, office staff and members alike, with a deep sense of shock and loss. He was a wise counsellor, calm in a crisis, deeply caring about his colleagues and a good friend to us all. We are going to miss him terribly. However, our sense of loss is nothing when compared to that of his family and we will be holding them in our hearts and minds over the coming months.
Freeman Donald H FRAKE on 20th October 2017 aged 84. Made free of the company on 2 October 1956 by Service.
Freeman John R LANGTON on 24th June 2017 aged 88. Made free of the company on 26th February 1990 by Redemption. The funeral will take place on Thursday 27 July at 12-30 pm. at Harwood Park Crematorium, Watton Road Knebworth SG2 8XT.
Liveryman Victor Frank ADSHEAD on 18th June 2017 aged 93. Cloathed on 3rd November 1987 by Redemption. The funeral will be held at St Edward the Confessor, Sutton Park, Guildford GU4 7QN at 12 noon on 6th July.
Freeman Sir Gordon Charles BRUNTON on 30th May 2017 aged 96. Made free of the company on 7 April 1964 by Redemption.
Liveryman Professor Iain STEVENSON on 1 March 2017 aged 66. Cloathed on 6 October 2009 by Redemption.
Freeman Sally Maureen WHITAKER on 21 October 2016 aged 77. Made free of the company on 4 June 1985 by Redemption.
Liveryman Dennis Allen MONCKTON on 24 August 2016 aged 90. Made free of the company on 26 July 1983 by Redemption.
Liveryman Edward George WARMAN on 30 July 2016 aged 91 in South Africa. Cloathed on 5 November 1996 by Redemption.
Freeman Arthur Ernest William CHAPMAN on 30 July aged 75. Made free on 7 May 1963 by Service.
Liveryman Peter John PICKERING on 26 March 2016 aged 79. Cloathed on 3 February 2016.
Liveryman Anthony Graham WILLIAMS on 24 March 2016 aged 87. Cloathed on 3 May 1949 by Patrimony. The Thanksgiving Service is at 11.30 am on Wednesday, 20th April 2016 at St Mary's Church, Wimbledon to be followed by a Memorial Service in the city later in the year. No flowers and no black clothes to be worn, but donations if wished, to The Victoria Foundation, St David's House, 15 Worple Way, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6DG.
Freeman Stephen LING on 29 February 2016 aged 76. Made Free of the Company on 7 November 2005.
Freeman David MENHENNET CB on 5 February 2016 aged 88. Made Free of the Company on 25 June 1990 by Redemption.
Liveryman F Neil BAILEY on 4 February 2016 aged 94. Cloathed on 29 July 1947 by Patrimony.
Liveryman Elizabeth RODGERS on 19 January 2016 aged 95. Cloathed on 10 January 1978. A Memorial Service will be held on 3 February 2016 at 12 pm at All Hallows Church, Woolbeding, Midhurst GU29 9RR.
Freeman Jack F COCKS on 19 January 2016 aged 90. Made free on 5 April 2016.
Liverymen Douglas EAST on 29 November 2015 ages 92. Cloathed on 28 July 1970. The Memorial Service will be held on Friday, 6th May 2016 in Henry VII's Chapel at the eastern end of Westminster Abbey. The time is likely to be 6.15 pm but this has yet to be confirmed. It will be followed by a reception at Westminster School.
Freeman on Patrick HOWITT on 25 November 2015 ages 70. Made free on 6 July 1976. The funeral will take place in South Africa but there will be a memorial Service in the UK which will be arranged in due course.
Liverymen Raymond BARKER on 25 April 2015 aged 79. The funeral will be held on Thursday,7 May 2015 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Windmill Hill, Enfield EN2 7AL at 10.30 am. Letters of condolence can be sent to Ray's widow Lady Rita Barker at Flat 3, Anabelle Court, 11 Slades Hill, Enfield EN2 7DL.
Past Master Richard Kinnaird HASELDEN on 27 March 2015 aged 87. Cloathed on 7 May 1957 and was Master in 1994-1995. Richard died of pneumonia following an illness that had lasted for several weeks. There will be a private family cremation. There will be a Memorial Service on Wednesday, 8 April at 2.00 pm at St. James's Church, Oxford Road, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 7DJ, followed by a reception afterwards at the centre connected to the Church. Letters of condolence can be sent to Richard's widow, Shirley at Layters, Oak End Way, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 8DA.
Liveryman Keith John HUTTON on 13 March 2015 aged 85. Cloathed on 7 October 1975 by Redemption. Letters of condolence should be sent to his great friend, Richard Morley at Shopfield House, 53 Old Church Road, Terrington St John, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE14 7XA.
After a private cremation, a Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration will be held on Tuesday 31st March at 3.00 pm at All Saints Church, Hillington Square, King's Lynn PE30 5AE.
(Parking at Boal Quay Car Park - directions on request to Terrence Shapland, firstname.lastname@example.org)
No flowers by request please, however donations may be made in support of All Saints' Church on the day or sent to: Phornally Funeral Services Ltd., Austin Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1QH and subsequently in London, a Reception in Celebration of the Life of Keith will be held at Stationers Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD on Monday 13th April at 2.30 pm. R.S.V.P to Liveryman Terrence Shapland: email@example.com or 01842 828291.
Past Master Vernon Fitzmaurice SULLIVAN on 24 December 2014 aged 84. Cloathed on 5 April 1960 and was Master in 1998-1999. Letters of condolence should be sent to his wife Shirley at The Dolphins, Woodland Lane, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire WD3 5LS. There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, 30th January at 11.30 am at Christ Church, The Common, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire WD3 5SG. The Service will be followed by refreshments, to which all our welcome.
Past Master Robert Johnston RUSSELL on 6 November 2014 aged 81. Cloathed 3 March 1982 and was Master in 2001-2002. Letters of condolences should be written to his wife, Gillian at 6 Seeleys Close, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 1TA. There will be a Thanksgiving Service, following a private family funeral, at 2.00pm on Friday, 21 November 2014 at St Mary & All Saints Church, Windsor End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JW. The service will be followed by a tea. All Stationers are welcome. No flowers. Details of where any donations in Bob’s memory should be sent will follow in due course. If any Stationer has any specific anecdotes about Bob that might be suitable for inclusion into the eulogy, please can they email Bob’s son, Jes, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Freeman Robert John THRELFALL on 6 November 2014 aged 96. Made free of the company 7 March 1939 by Service.
Freeman Albert George CALVERT on 3 September 2014 aged 95. Made free of the company 4 Novmeber 1941 by Service.
Past Master Charles Jonathan Paul STRAKER on 1 September 2014 aged 78. Made free of the company 5 April 1966 by Redemption and Cloathed 7 June 1966 and Master in 2003. Letters of condolences should be written to his wife Jeannie Straker at 12 Beech Avenue, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 0NL. There will be a memorial service at St Bride's Chrch, Fleet Street EC4Y 8AU at 11.30 am on Wednesday, 19 November 2014, followed by a reception at Stationers' Hall. All are welcome and there is no need to RSVP. The family will be holding a private funeral service.
Liveryman Roger William Kew PARLBY MBE on 4 August 2014 aged 90. Made free of the company 23 February 2004 by Redemption amd Cloathed on 27 July 2014. The funeral will take place on Monday, 18th August at Newark Parish Church at 2.30 pm. Letters of condolences should be written to his daughter Liveryman Joanna Parlby at The Fotherham, Cromwell Farm Close, Cromwell, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 6JD.
Freeman John Edward MITCHELL on 1st July 2014 aged 87. Made free of the Company 23 June 1997 by Redemption. Letters of condolences should be written to his wife , Mrs Susan Mitchell (Freemand and former Liveryman) at Furners Keep, Furners Lane, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9HS.
Freeman Peter George BULLEN on 21 June 2014 aged 87. Made free of the Company on 28 October 1996 by Redemption. The Funeral took place on Thursday, 10th July 2014 at St John's Church Wantage. Donations in memory of Peter made payable to the British Liver Trust. Letter of Condolences can be written to his wife, Olive Bullen at 1 Evenlode Close, Grove, Wantage, Oxfordshire 012 0NW.
Liveryman Maurice John Frederick MANDER on 31 May 2014 aged 81. Made free of the Company on 1 April 1969 by Redemption and cloathed on 6 May 1969. The Funeral will be at Chichester on 11 June 2014. Letters of condolence can be sent to his partner of 35 years, Nina Ramling at 51a West Front Road, Pagham, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 4SZ.
Freeman Donald Edward Arthur ROSS on 28 December 2013 aged 81. Made free of the Company on 27 October 1997 by Redemption. The Funeral will be on Friday, 17 January 2014 at 11.15 am at the West Suffolk Crematorium, Risby, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk IP28 6RR.
Past Master Roy FULLICK on 26 December 2013 aged 90. Made free of the Company on 9 January 2013 by Redemption. Cloathed on 31 July 1973 and Master in 1996. Roy's funeral will be held at 1.00 pm on Friday, 10 January 2014 at St Marylebone Crematorium, N2 0RZ. Letters of condolence should be sent to his daughter Vicky Fullick at 67 Carleton Road, London, N7 0ET.
Liveryman David Peter GRAY on 22 November 2013 aged 77. Made free of the Company on 28 June 1999 by Redemption. Cloathed on 11 April 2000. A memorial service will be held in Chichester Cathedral at 2.00 pm on Thursday, 12 December 2013
Liveryman Reginald Alfred BOXALL on 28 October 2013 aged 82. Made free of the Company on 26 May 1987 by Redemption. Cloathed on 1 November 1988. The Funeral will be private.
Past Master Peter Pasmore COX on 4 October 2013 aged 90. Made free of the Company on 2 October 1945 by Patrimony. Cloathed on 2 October 1945 and was Master in 1982. The Funeral will be private and their will be more details to follow next week..
Liveryman Peter John Michael JENNINGS on 10 September 2013 aged 65. Made free of the Company on 16 November 2009 by Redemption. The Funeral will be held at St Chad's Cathedral, St Chad's, Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU at 10.30 am on Wednesday, 18 September 2013.
Freeman John Rosslyn MOON on 23 July 2013 aged 84. Made free of the Company on 3 February 1987 by Redemption. The Funeral is at 12.00 pm on Thursday, 15 August at Beckenham Cremaorium, BR3 4TD.
Liveryman Athol ANGUS on 19 June 2013 aged 73. Made free of the Company on 27 November 1989. Cloathed on 5 February 1991.
Past Master William YOUNG on 12 June 2013 aged 93. Made free of the Company on 1 July 1952 by Patrimony. Cloathed on 7 October 1952.
Freeman Colin STANLEY on 18 April 2013 aged 76. Made free of the Company on 8 January 1985 by Redemption. Cloathed on 3 February 1987.
Liveryman William James TIMMS on 20 March 2013 aged 88. Made free of the Company on 27 July 1982 by Redemption. Cloathed on 4 June 1985.