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   Obituary - Nigel J. Brown


Nigel J. Brown

House: Nicholson & Staff
Years: 1952-1957 & 1966-1970

On 6th June 2008, Webmaster received a call from Nigel's widow, Sylvia, who phoned to say that Nigel had lost his long battle with cancer on 5th June.

If you have any memories of Nigel, either when he was a student at the Prince of Wales School, or when he later taught at the school, please e-mail Webmaster.

The following announcement was published in The Times on 12th June 2008:
Brown, Nigel John aged 68 years. Passed away on Thursday 5th June 2008. He will be so missed by family and friends both near and far. Funeral service at St Nicolas' Church, Abingdon, Oxfordshire on Friday 13th June at 1pm followed by private cremation. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired for the Old Cambrian Society c/o Edward Carter (FD) 107 South Avenue, Abingdon OX14 1QS.

Webmaster welcomes tribute e-mails from Old Cambrians and other who knew Nigel:

  • E-mail of 16th June 2008 from David Atkinson (Staff 1961-1969)

  • On Friday, June 13th, my wife and I attended the funeral of Nigel Brown. We said goodbyes to a fine family man and a good friend. Our love and sympathy go to Sylvia, Sophie and her family.

    Nigel was one of the most modest men I knew. He didn't talk about himself unless you teased it out of him and then what little he offered was worth listening to. He was passionate about his family, Kenya, teaching and the theatre. We saw some great productions at the Prince of Wales School When he returned as a master, and I persuaded him to play rugby for the Old Cambrians against the school. He broke his wrist early in the game. Sylvia wasn't very pleased, but forgave me.

    We kept in touch over the years and in the last three years saw each other quite a lot. He was always cheerful and had a very positive attitude to life and never complained no matter what it threw at him.

    David Atkinson (Staff 1961-1969)

    The following was Nigel's entry in the Alumni section of this web site prior to his death:

    Nigel J. Brown

    Nickname: Bruno
    House: Nicholson & Staff
    Year: 1952-1957 & 1966-1970

    During my time as a master at the school, I was Assistant Housemaster and then Housemaster of Clive House. I was Head of English and General Studies.

    I shall make what looks as if it might be an excessively lengthy entry into the 'school memories' section in due course.

    I have been a schoolmaster for over forty years and live just south of Oxford. Married to Sylvia for almost as long. We had two daughters, the younger of whom , who was Downs' Syndrome, died ten years ago, while the elder is married and lives in Rugby. Sylvia and I live in Abingdon, just south of Oxford.

    I would be pleased to hear from anyone who was at the school during my two spells there.
    Ex-pupils NB: please don't address me as 'sir' or even 'Mr Brown'!

    (Registered - 10th March 2006)