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Graham Stewart Davies (1938 - 2015)

"My brother Graham Davies died on 4th November 2015 after several years combating mouth cancer and Parkinson’s disease.  He was 77 years old.  At Eltham his main activity was in the art room, winning the Tuck Shop mural prize in his final year, and as a leader in the Christian Union.  He also appeared as a ‘love sick maiden’ in Patience and as a ‘gondolier’ in the Gondoliers.  He went on to study architecture at the Regent Street Poly, now Westminster University.  Initially he worked in London both in private practice and with the then GLC, appearing on Saturdays for the OERFC as scrum half usually for the ‘B’ fifteen.

His main interest though was developing his Christian faith and ministry and he went on to further studies for three years at the South Wales Bible College in Barry.  It was there that he met his wife Angela.  They were married in 1969 and were blessed by rearing four boys.

The family left London in 1974 in order to help a former college colleague with the running of a small Baptist Chapel in Gloucestershire.  Graham continued to work as an architect in Cirencester, Gloucester and latterly with the NHS Hospital Trust in Cheltenham.  He must be one of the few NHS employees who had to point out to his employers that he had reached retirement age and ask whether he should retire.  They had not noticed!  He was told to retire for one day, and returned to the Trust on a different contract for a further two years.

After eventual retirement Graham and Angela moved to Newark in Nottinghamshire to be nearer family and he became an elder in the local Evangelical Church where he served faithfully until his health made it impossible.  He is remembered by many there as someone who would befriend any new arrivals, and several speak of him being instrumental in their coming to faith in Jesus Christ.
He was the penultimate member of a long line of Old Elthamians.  Our father (J Mac Davies 1919-1923) was secretary of the OEA at the time of the opening of the Foxbury sports ground.  We had six uncles on our mother’s side, the Elder brothers (Owen, Jim, David, Arthur, Frank and Andy) whose parents were missionaries in Argentina and who all studied at Eltham. Our mother and one of her sisters were pupils at Walthamstow Hall.

So as the only surviving member of this dynasty I am not sure who will write my obituary for Elthamians.  Perhaps I will do so myself, send it to the editor and leave them to fill in the dates as and when necessary."

R Gordon Davies (EC 1954-1961)