Issue 48— March 2001
Bill Clifford - Bill, who was 94 years old, died at Freeland on January 3. He was very much a 'Jericho man'. He lived initially in Cardigan Street in one of the houses subsequently pulled down to build the new school. He worked as a Laboratory Technician at the University Department of Pathology in Parks Road until 1946 when he went to the Institute of Medical Research in London. After he retired in 1971, Bill returned to Jericho, living in Cranham Street where he was often to be seen during the 1980s wheeling his brother around the streets in his wheelchair. Later he moved to School Court.
For many years Bill was the Scoutmaster at St. Barnabas Church. He was an excellent artist, and was also was fond of music and took part in many concert parties. He was very keen on cricket and wore his University Cricket Club blazer to his 94th birthday party just before Christmas.
Val French - Val's funeral took place at St. Barnabas on January 15. Val was born in Juxon Street and lived most of her life there or in Mount Street. She devoted her life to her family and when you met her, you were immediately conscious not only of her friendliness and kindness but also of her determination and energy. All this was put to the test when her daughter Joanne was seriously injured. Val devoted herself to enabling Joanne to recover and to securing her future. For the past 20 years Val worked at St. Luke's nursing home and continued to go three times a week even when she herself was ill. We extend our sympathy to her father, her husband, sisters, children and grandchildren.
Peter Corlett - Although not born in Jericho, Peter became a Jericho person 'by adoption'. When he retired from teaching at St. Edward's School he came to worship at St. Barnabas and developed a great love of Jericho. After a few years he became Churchwarden and he was in that office when the appeal was launched to repair the tower. Peter devoted himself to this project and became 'Clerk of Works'. The restored tower is something of a memorial to him. After retiring from the position of Churchwarden he was elected Chairman of the School Governors and threw himself wholeheartedly into the task giving great support to both staff and pupils. Peter was a man of many talents and great kindness and will be sorely missed.