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Obituaries

The father of Stratford Boat Club

MEMBERS of Stratford Boat Club have been mourning their own loss. Felix Badcock, president and coach at the club, died peacefully at home on Saturday, 10th January after a few months of illness. He was 80 years old.…

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Popular GP and Shipston Rugby Club president

THE widow of a popular Shipston GP of 36 years has led the tributes following his death. Sue Williams told the Herald her husband Dr Graham Williams was a “such a lovely man, people just loved him”.…

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Tributes paid to former councillor

BOB WHITE, a former Liberal Democrat town and district councilllor for Shipston, has died at the age of 81.…

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Richard Pasco – A Shakespearian great

RICHARD PASCO, the distinguished Shakespearean actor whose career spanned theatre, films and television, has died at his home near Stratford at the age of 88 on November 12. He and his wife, the actress Barbara Leigh-Hunt, were both heavily committed to the cultural life of Stratford.…

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Tony Brooker – ‘One of Stratford’s leading entrepreneurial figures’

TONY BROOKER, businessman and former chairman of Stratford Town Management Partnership, has died aged 77 on the Caribbean island of Antigua. One of Stratford district’s leading entrepreneurial figures during his business career, Mr Brooker was passionate about the town.…

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David Biddle – KES pupil and teacher

THE life and work of David Biddle was celebrated by his family, friends, students and staff at King Edward VI School where he was a member of staff between 1992 and 2014 and also a former student between 1949 and 1957. David Biddle died in July, aged 76, after battling a brain tumour. He was a much loved member and a huge part of the KES – and Stratford – community.…

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Gary Davies – F1 mechanic

GARY Davies, a well-known former Formula 1 and Le Mans-winning mechanic from Stratford died on 16th September, aged 63. Mr Davies, who died of pneumonia, enjoyed a lifetime of success in motor racing and was a top racing mechanic in Formula 1 in the 1970s and later with Jaguar.…

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RSC leads tributes to Sir Donald Sinden who has died, aged 90

SIR DONALD SINDEN, one of the towering figures of theatre, film and television in the post-war years – and a passionate champion of Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon – has died at the age of 90. He had been suffering from prostate cancer and died at his home in Kent. His family described his death as “a huge loss”.  …

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Phil Hart: a life-long volunteer

THE death has been announced of Philip S Hart, or Phil Hart, as he was popularly known. Mr Hart moved to Stratford from Somerset in 1975 to take up the post of contracts co-ordinator at Stratford District Council (SDC). Immediately after coming to live in the town he volunteered at Tyler Street Youth Clubs and did almost 30 years’ service, finally becoming chairman of the committee until his health started to decline when he developed Parkinson’s Disease. …

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Diana Jaggard: lover of life and captivating teacher for 60 years

DIANA JAGGARD, who died last Friday at the age of 90, was a captivating teacher who served pupils in the Stratford area for some 60 years. The daughter of Sir Edward Salt, the Conservative MP for Birmingham Yardley from 1931 to 1945, she took a Froebel Degree, a modern form of child-centred education, at Roehampton University. The university was evacuated to Knebworth House during the Second World War and Diana completed a three-year course in two. …

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