John's brother, Martin Brown, OBS immediate past President, has advised us of the sad news that John passed away on 28th August 2016.

Martin has sent us the following obituary:

" John Brown,  School 1944 - 58, (senior school 1950+) died in Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital on the 29th August 2016 where he was undergoing treatment for lymphoma.    His early ambition had been to follow his father to sea, in a career with the RN.  This was spoiled at 15 by his colour vision failing to satisfy the rigours of the requirements in place for deck officers.   He was academically bright and won a boarding scholarship at 13, when he transferred to School House and began a course in A level smoking.   He was a fine athlete and played in most school teams, winning the javelin cup at the LAC Public School's sports at White City in 1958.  He won with his final throw; a typical gesture to summarise his competitive approach.   He took a degree in Spanish and French at Birmingham, playing competitive Bridge for the University.   He became an active member of the OBRUFC and Oxton CC after graduation.   He studied Chartered Accountancy with Cooper Bros. and emerged in the finals prize list.   He married his BHS sweetheart Averil Jones in 1964, with whom he had two daughters and a grandson who all survive him, and celebrated their Golden wedding in 2014.  

 

His business career in the food industry was significantly with Bernard Matthews near Costessey, Norwich where he spent the final 39 years of his life.    His mark on the industry was the development of interests in Hungary, Germany and  New Zealand.     He held major offices in the Royal Norwich GC serving as Treasurer, Captain and President, and was the leading force in negotiating the redevelopment of the Club on a new site and a new course, involving the sale of the former premises for a large mixed housing development.    He was always widely active in Community affairs, serving as a local councillor in Driffield and as a member and President of The Strangers Club' in Norwich,  and as a fund-raiser for the ancient parish church of St Edmund, Costessey.  His recent generous gift to the OB School Endowment Fund, with an intent for its use in bursaries, was typical.

 

At his funeral in Norwich cathedral attended by over 250 mourners, a friend in a powerful tribute, said of him,

 

"John had both a  fine sense of humour and sense of the ridiculous.  He was good company who could laugh at himself as well as at and with others.  He had transferred from Driffield Round Table to Norwich Castle RT and soon afterwards with a dozen or so fellow Castle Tablers created a caterpillar-like creature for the Lord Mayors Procession.  It was  a long, wide piece of cheap green material, draped over everyone, with only 24 feet clad in yellow wellingtons visible.   John was the last pair of feet and walked backwards all the way round the City to the amusement of the crowds." 

 

I am sure that is how he will be best remembered by those who knew him and who will sympathise deeply with his close family. "