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Barry Bridge Sutton 1937 - 2016

Old Elthamians who had the good fortune to know Barry Sutton will have been greatly saddened to learn of his recent death.  Professionally he was a very successful schoolmaster and Headmaster. He was a fine historian, a graduate of Peterhouse, Cambridge, the university's oldest college. He was very knowledgeable and widely read. One of his admiring pupils once remarked, 'The trouble with Mr Sutton is that he knows everything!'

His first appointment was at Wycliffe College and his first headship at Hereford Cathedral School where he served for 12years. Then, in 1987 he was appointed Head of Taunton School. Here Barry served for 10 years. In 1991 another OE was appointed Head of a neighbouring independent School, Queen's College, Taunton, and Barry and Margaret typically went out of their way to make the newcomer and his wife most warmly welcome.

Far from addressing the needs of Taunton school alone, he took on numerous challenges. These included serving the Scout movement at national level, the Headmaster's Conference as one of their most
capable lead inspectors of HMC schools, the local branch of the English Speaking Union for which he was Secretary, the Magistrates Courts for which he served as Chairman of the Bench,
the twinning of Somerton and Licciani Nardi ,with Margaret sharing over the years in a number of greatly valued exchanges.

Barry and Margaret were also very committed to the local church to which they gave much time and loyal service, Barry being a church warden. One further good deed for which OEs are profoundly grateful to
Barry and Margaret was their willingness to welcome a goodly gathering of South and West OEs to their annual summer reunion held in the beautiful grounds of Taunton School. Happy days!

We as Old Elthamians can be proud of all that Barry contributed in so many ways to so many people. He will be greatly missed and by none more than his devoted wife, Margaret, and their now
grown up children Mark, Clare and Jane, their spouses Jo, Mike and Dermot and the grandchildren: Anna and Jono; Tom, Ewan, William and Angus; and Sean and Georgia. To them all we express
our sympathy and warmest good wishes.

OE Chris Bradnock