Obituaries & Tributes

Dr Roy Hunt

We have been informed by his son of the passing of Dr Roy Hunt (OB 1945-52) in December 2023. We send our condolences to his family and thank Andy (his son) for providing more detail about a life well lived. 

Geoff Fuller

In response to our recent appeal for getting in touch with members, several Old Bordenians have advised us of the sad passing of Geoff Fuller (OB 1972-80) two years ago.

Geoff is understood to have succumbed to Covid.

We send our condolences to Geoff’s family and friends and ask for any memories or stories about Geoff which could allow us to publish a more detailed obituary in the near future. Please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phil Kitney

We have been advised of the passing of Phil Kitney (1972-79) in December 2023.  We send our belated condolences to his family and invite any Old Bordenians to submit any memories or stories about Phil which could allow us to publish a more detailed obituary in the near future.

Stan Whitnell - Obituary

We aim to publish obituaries of those Old Bordenians we have lost, even if sometimes we learn of their passing sometime after the fact.  In a recent drive to update records we were sad to hear of the death in 2021 of Stan Whitnell.  His nephew and fellow OB Allen Whitnell kindly provided this obituary of Stan which we are honoured to publish.

Dick Baker - a further tribute

Dennis Fowle (at School 1945-51) contacted the OBA on seeing the obituary for Dick Baker, who he had known at School. Dennis has sent us a further tribute to Dick Baker which we publish below:

Francis (Dick) Baker

It is with great sadness we report the passing of Francis (Dick) Baker CBE in December. His daughter, Karen Page, wrote to the OBA with this obituary of one of our most distinguished OBs both through public service but also in supporting the School.

John Frederick Hearn (Teacher)

Following notification from his son, we note the death on 4th July 2023 of John Frederick Hearn, teacher at the School during the 1960s.

Mark Sayer (OBA Committee) offers this personal tribute to his old teacher:

Ronald Swan

We are sad to report the death of Ronald Swan who was at the School from 1936-41. His grandaughter Catherine contacted us to pass on the news. Ron passed away on 27th April 2023 aged 97.  

Jonny Webb - OB 1990-1995

We regret to report the passing of Jonathon (Jonny) Webb who attended the School between 1990 and 1995. His friend and fellow OB John Gardiner has provided this fulsome tribute to a life well-lived but sadly ended by cancer at the early age of 45 on 2nd April. 

Jonny attended Borden Grammar between 1990 and 1995. I knew Jonny from later in his life, but we overlapped at Borden for a while and we used to joke that I might once have given him a detention. ‘Did you become a prefect?’, I much later asked Jonny. ‘No!’, he replied, with a vigorous shake of the head and one of those amused grimaces which always signalled, for him, awareness of perhaps a little more fun enjoyed than sticklers might have condoned. Jonny once described his time at Borden to me as lively. (‘Lively’ was a very Jonny adjective.)

David Jenkins - OB and Teacher

Its with great sadness we learn of the passing of David Jenkins (1960-2022) who was both an Old Bordenian through his studies at the School (1973-1978) and teaching career which ended in 2015.  Many OBs will have known 'Dave' Jenkins as a fellow pupil during his years or studied under him in his Science classes.