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Dunstable Grammar School

Dunstable School

The Francis Ashton School

High Street North, Dunstable, Beds

 

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John at the 2014 Lunch, with former Head Boy David Taylor

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Ypres head protection, with wife Lynda and Alan McMurray

 

 

 

In Memory Of John Bryant

(1949 – 2022)

At School: 1961 – 1967

D.S.O.B.A Chairman: 2004 – 2022

Members were shocked and saddened to hear that our Chairman died in his sleep on Thursday morning (August 4th).
John, 72, had returned home only a few days earlier after undergoing a knee replacement operation.
He became Chairman in 2004 and proved an ideal leader. He set out his stall in his first letter to Members, requesting email addresses to improve communications and talking of a website, while thanking the new, “younger” Committee Members, Robin Marriott and Ian Stewart, for their efforts in this direction.
He led the introduction of our present newspaper-style Newsletter in 2011, forged links with Dunstablians Rugby Club and set up the initiative of a plaque in St George’s Church, Ypres, to commemorate our former pupils who had died in the Great War.
John’s legacy, in 2022, is an Association that has a 500+ membership, with ex-pupils always joining, a Newsletter that keeps Members in touch more efficiently and a website constantly developing under David Durnford’s touch. The Annual Lunch is still popular at the Old Palace Lodge despite the loss of our venue when a developer bought the School buildings.
But John was always more than “the Chairman”. To the Members, he was cheerful, charismatic and sociable. To his fellow Year of 61-ers, he was simply our mate. We will all miss him very much.
Our deepest sympathy and best wishes go to his wife, Lynda, and his family. Rest in Peace, John.

 

Den O’Donoghue, Membership Secretary

 

 

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John (circled), behind Rog Powley, Brian Grigg, Mick Scuse and Andy Amos, on a 1967 Cornwall geography trip. Top: Unknown, Alan Robertson, Steve Clarke, Tony Morris, Howard Davies. Middle: Rob Valentine (part hidden), unknown, unknown, Adrian Tibbett and Ross Tomkins

 

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In St George’s Church, Ypres, in 2015 to commemorate our plaque to our First World War Fallen, flanked by Alan McMurray and Chris Jell; Den O’Donoghue and Tony Morris

 

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John meets his French pen-friend Jean-Michel Delsuc for the first time in 2013 – 52 years after their first letters

 

 

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