John Rice and Memories

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Posted by Roger Callan on November 01, 2006 at 20:57:09:

In Reply to: Updated emails posted by webmaster on August 20, 2006 at 13:16:47:

Smith's comments about Mark Hopkins, who was in my Cinematography Club, prompted the memory of the day he was killed under the front wheels of a lorry in Park Road at the corner of Altrincham Road, running home because it was his birthday. It was the same day we buried Dave Score, whose funeral was at the school that morning, and whose poor mother (he was her only child) broke down completely at the gravesite. It was and remains the worst day of my life. I was on duty that afternoon, and so it was I who had to go and see what the trouble was when someone told me someone had been injured. After that it was my turn to break down under all that strain, and I had to spend the night at a friend's house because I could not face being at home alone. Dave had driven me and Messrs. Thorpe and Muir to work every day from West Didsbury, so we were great friends. He had once driven me and three boys down to Oxford in about 1972 to "beat the bounds" of the university church of Mary the Virgin on Ascension Thursday. We stayed with friends from the time I was at Oxford. The boundary stones of the parish were beaten with long canes, and the boundary ran through various colleges. At Oriel we were given ice cream, but the highlight was trailing through the wine cellar of All Souls College, cobwebs and all, to be fed cherry cake inthe dinaing hall, the annual rent to the parish for building in their cherry orchards centuries before. All very Harry Potter...

Then yesterday I got an e-mail from Chris Glynn:

I imagine you had news of John Rice’s death a few weeks ago. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for a long time. He had a great send off at Christ Church Parish in Heald Green and I saw Mike Allen, Denny Howells and Mike Kearney there. I thought we all looked as we did thirty years ago but doubtless that is the self delusion of old age. I have no recent knowledge of past Sharston Mount clan members. The site is now a very well established allotment and housing estate. Sic transit gloria mundi….. etc!

John was a lovely man with a wonderful sense of humour. All these memories! And all from St. A's

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