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Wally Wright

Wally Wright: humanities teacher, lifelong rugby fan and ‘wonderful man’

A FORMER head of humanities at Noadswood School and rugby enthusiast Wally Wright has died at the age of 85. Described by his daughter Katharine as an extremely generous and kind man, Wally was a...

Monica Langston: parish champion who ran village post office

PARISH champion Monica Langston, who ran Lyndhurst’s post office for many years, served as church warden and was a longstanding volunteer at the community centre, has died at the age of 87. Along with her...
Lymington artist Daphne Bruce

Daphne Bruce: accomplished artist who studied under Henry Moore

SCULPTOR and poet Daphne Bruce died just three months after celebrating her 100th birthday in Lymington. An accomplished artist who studied under Henry Moore, Daphne was also a gifted oil painter and enjoyed wood whittling. She...

Stuart Bailey: tool hire business founder who worked on record-breaking steam car

SINCE a small boy Stuart Bailey was never happier, according to his family, then when he was “tinkering around with something in his shed.” It was no wonder that Stuart went on to found one...
Gill and Wayne Loveland

Gill Loveland: helped run company transporting world’s most precious cars

A WOMAN who for decades was responsible for the global transportation of some of the world’s most valuable cars has died aged 60. Gill Loveland, of Blackfield, had been a director of Marchwood-based Polygon International...
George Stickland was born in Bashley

George Stickland: stationer and Bashley football fan ‘knew everyone’

WELL-KNOWN New Milton stationer and newsagent George Stickland has died at the age of 92. A familiar face in the town, George and his brother John ran Murray’s on Station Road for 40 years. He was...

Sunseeker co-founder who started out at Christchurch dies aged 75

AN icon of the marine industry who started out with his brother in Christchurch before going on to found luxury boat firm Sunseeker has died. Robert Braithwaite CBE, who was 75, was hailed as an “inspiration”...

Tributes paid to larger than life New Forest peer Lord Normanton

A LARGER than life peer who turned his New Forest estate into a major event venue has died at the age of 73. Tributes have been paid to former cavalry officer Lord Normanton, who raced...

Walter Purvis Smith: mapping pioneer who led Ordnance Survey

TRIBUTES have been paid to Walter Purvis Smith, a mapping pioneer who became the first non-military Ordnance Survey director general in its 200-year history, who is being remembered at a thanksgiving service. The service for...

Dave Hurrell: ‘Mr Cricket’ of the New Forest who encouraged young players

A LEADING light of Sway Cricket Club who was a hugely popular figure on the local cricket scene has died at the age of 61. Tributes poured in to “true gentleman” Dave Hurrell, with officials...
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