We are sorry to announce that the following Old Haberdasher's have passed away;
Duncan McInnes (OH1959)
Duncan unexpectedly passed away on 27 February 2018.
The family's moving obituary may be read here.
Our sincere condolences go to Duncan's family and friends at this sad time.
Richard 'Dick' Roberts (OH1969)
Dick Richards sadly passed unexpectedly on 16 December 2017.
Visit 'Dick Roberts remembered' to read a moving tribute and obituary.
We offer our deepest condolences to his widow Sarah and his two young daughters.
Lionel Marks (OH1932)
Shortly before Christmas the Foundation was informed by his family that Lionel Marks (OH 1932) had passed away peacefully on 12 December 2017 at the age of 101.
Please see below the record of the Director of the HABS Foundation, Roger Llewellyn’s visit to see Lionel earlier in the year.
Having been contacted by Mrs Alison Davis shortly before the end of the 2017 summer term, Director of the HABS Foundation, Roger Llewellyn, was made aware that her father, possibly the oldest living Old Boy Lionel Marks (OH 1932) was in fact residing only a few miles away from the School in Bushey Heath. It was therefore a pleasure for Roger to be able to visit 101 year old Lionel recently and learn more about his time at the School in Westbere Road.
Lionel joined the Prep in 1924 and was one of three brothers (out of five) who attended Haberdashers, from their home in Cricklewood. This being the case, Lionel was able easily to walk to School without having to use buses or the `Bedpan’ trainline which ran past the School. At School, Lionel’s two sporting passions were Boxing and Swimming, excelling as a Lightweight in the former and winning trophies for the latter. In the Easter 1925 edition of Skylark it was recorded that 'in the Four Stone (Boxing) class, L. Marks by sheer determination beat a more scientific opponent in Van de Volk’. Lionel’s memories of his teachers were that many had served in the Great War with distinction and that they were universally very capable, and strict but fair. This had to be the case as classes were often as large as thirty. Corporal punishment for misbehaviour or as Lionel put it `saying the wrong things’ was common, but this was accepted by the boys without question. Lionel believed his favourite subject was Mathematics, but it was difficult to plump for one over another. He remembers few of his contemporaries, but does recall Ken Blessley (whose son Colin is now President of the OHA) very well.
Lionel left Habs at 16 and went into the family tailoring business with his brothers, before seeing action in the Second World War with the RAF in places as far as Kuwait, India and Egypt. Back in Civvy Street, Lionel returned to the tailoring business, bringing up five daughters (no sons!) before finally retiring at 80. He now has ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, the majority of whom live close by. He is still keen on sport and takes great delight in watching his beloved boxing, rugby and football – coming, as he does from a family of Arsenal supporters.
Before leaving, Roger was able to give Lionel his own house tie, that of Russells the house that both he and his brothers Charles and Harry shared. Lionel sends his best wishes to the School and all its Old Boys and current pupils.
Condolences go to Lionel's family and friends from all the Haberdashers community.