Passing of Barrie Sheard OD (1945-1950) -Society Archivist

It is with great sadness and shock that I report the sudden passing of Barrie Sheard, our archivist. Barrie passed away on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 at Royal Derby Hospital. Further details will be posted when known. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

The below received via Facebook from his daughters Angela & Barbara; (25th Jan 2020)

It is with deep gratitude, love and sadness we announce the passing of our dad and best friend, J Barrie Sheard.
His life journey came to a sudden AND peaceful end on 22nd January 2020. He reached the grand old age of 85.
He lived and loved life so well, sharing love, joy and optimism with so many. His shining presence will remain forever bright here and beyond.
We will be holding a farewell gathering locally in Derbyshire this next week for all his family and friends to come together in celebration of his life. We will let you know soon when and where.
We will be creating a space for photos and words, (if you could look out a photo of you together with him and bring with please.)
For the ones who cannot attend, you can send words/photos to email familysheard22@gmail.com Thankyou.
With much love from
Barbara & Angela
The Twinkles in his eyes!

Ted Olpin – OD (1939-1946)

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that Ted Olpin of Allestree, Derby died on 27th December 2019.
One of our oldest OD’s having been at St. Helen’s House, Overton Hall and also Amber Valley Camp.
Ted started at St. Helen’s House way back in 1936 having started in the Preparatory School in 1936.
He was in the first group of pupils to be evacuated to Overton Hall on Saturday 2nd September 1939 and consequently arrived at  the newly built Amber Valley Camp in June 1940, returning to St. Helen’s House in September 1945.
Funeral arrangements are at St. Nicholas Church, Allestree Lane in Allestree on Monday 20th January 2020 commencing at 12 noon.
His wife is Beryl Olpin.
Arrangements are in hand to receive a detailed obituary which will eventually be placed into the OD Website.
It is my intention to attend the funeral on behalf of the Society, perhaps other members will take the opportunity to attend.
 
 
 
Barrie Sheard – OD Archivist

In Memoriam – John Reader Blackton MBE

 John Reader Blackton MBE co-Founder of Derby Grammar School, former chairman of RB MacMillan Ltd., the Walbrook Housing Association and the fundraising committee to establish the first Nightingale MacMillan Hospice in Derby died recently on 27th December 2018 at the age of 89. He was a former pupil at Derby School at St. Helen’s House in King Street, Derby in 1937 and 1938, prior to moving to Denstone College. He became a member of the Old Derbeian Society.

 His experience and expertise in education as a fellow of the Woodward Corporation led him to become the driving force in establishing Derby Grammar School as an independent day school for boys between the ages of 4 and 18 and now girls between the ages of 16 and 18.

 With the help of both Old Derbeians, alumni of the original Derby School and others, the buildings and grounds were acquired to establish a new school, primarily for boys which would uphold high academic standards and a strong extra-curricular programme. My Blackton had proven skills which suited him to this new venture. He was the former chairman of RB MacMillan label printers and a past president of the British Printing Industries Federation. He donated the MacMillan Prize for Upper School Mathematics which is awarded each year to a deserving pupil at the school’s speech Day.

 He was a person who immersed himself in charitable works and the consideration of the comfort and improvement of others and their living circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He later became the chairman of the fundraising committee to establish the first Nightingale MacMillan Hospice in Derby. Today, many gain support from the Nightingale MacMillan unit for palliative care now based at the Royal Derby Hospital.

 A keen sportsman, Mr Blackton played cricket for Duffield, hockey for Belper and was a life member of Chevin Golf Club and was always keen to use the development of sport at the school.

 Mr Blackton’s memory lives on in the form of Blackton House, one of the four houses at Derby Grammar School that compete in a variety of extracurricular activities and sporting competitions. Blackton House is named to honour all that he did in establishing and supporting the development of the School.

 Those at the School will be forever grateful and indebted to him for his generosity of spirit, benevolence and vision. He will be remembered fondly by governors, staff, alumni and pupils.

 Mr Blackton is survived by wife Joan and their daughters, Sarah and Katie. His funeral took place at St. Helen’s Church in Etwall on January 23rd at which the OD Society was represented. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and our thanks to his widow, Joan, whose support of her husband’s work has been invaluable.

 For 15 years, from 1970 to 1985, Mr Blackton was chairman of the Walbrook Housing Association in Derby, a charitable Housing organisation that repurchased properties to provide accommodation for families and individuals who need support with housing. During this time the housing stock increased from 15 to 1,000 properties. In 1964 he was awarded the |MBE for his work.

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