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4 June 2024 Update re Richard 'Dickie' Corrigan from Norman.

The funeral of Richard ‘Dickie’ Corrigan, OE from 1964/1971 is on Friday 14th June 2024, 1pm at Our Lady of Walsingham church,
Netherton, followed by Thornton Crematorium at 2.15pm, then the wake at Aintree Conservative Club.
All OE’s of Dickie’s vintage are warmly invited to attend and say farewell to a unique old schoolmate.

28 May 2024 A belated notice email from Norman Howens.

Rev Brother A.I. Chincotta RIP

Rev Brother A.I. Chincotta, a former headmaster (he succeeded Br Ryan, who of course came just after Bro Coffey).
Br Chincotta died peacefully in a nursing home in Cheshire on 17/11/2023, and his requiem funeral was held in Bowdon on 14/12/2023.
The obituary notice can be found on the Liverpool Echo website.

Copy of the tribute to Rev Brother A.I. Chincotta CFC in Parents Magazine from the college.

A second notice from Norman is as follows:-

Regret to advise the very recent death of my old schoolmate Richard 'Dickie' Corrigan on 17th May 2024
Dickie attended SEC from September 1964 thru July 1971, and was well known and liked by so many of that vintage.
There are no funeral details as yet, as we await the post-mortem results.
Sadly, Dickie was a widower for the past 15 years or so, and is now survived solely by his son Edward and two fine Grandchildren.

May he rest in peace.

Third message from Norman is an advert for an Old Edwardian of 1964-71 vintage, Kevin McKee.

Kevin has just had his first novella published by Amazon, no less!
The book is a semi fantasy/semi mystery entitled 'All The Luck'
It is set in pre and post-pandemic London, and consisting of 180 well written and truly entertaining pages, with numerous twists and turns that kept me reading from start to finish in just one rainy afternoon!

It's only available on Amazon, whilst there's a Kindle version also, for those who like their literature in tablet form.
As a new author, Kev could do with some support from the OE fraternity, and would especially appreciate all positive reviews from readers who may care to leave their comments on the Amazon website.
Many Thanks.

May Welsh Martyrs

3 June 2024 Welsh Martyrs

please click on photo to access the PDF file of the tribute to Welsh Martyrs.

10 April Jim Kirby update.

Images from Ciaran, Jim Kirby's son.

and also attached a picture of a sketch that one of his grandchildren made using the words of You’ll Never Walk Alone

2 April 2024 Jim Kirby RIP Message via Peter O'Hare.

Jim was J.A. Kirby, known to us at St.Edwards as Jim, and was called Tony by his family.
He died Tuesday, 2nd April, just short of his 85th birthday,

5 April Update from his son Ciaran Jim's DOB 08/04/1939, and survived by his widow, Breda and family.
His funeral was held today April 5th.

Jim Kirby cropped from 1951 school photo.

19 February 2024

A cropped photo of Jimmy Armstrong to jog the memories at one of the December reunions.

12 February 2024 Jimmy Armstrong RIP.

Dear All, Sad news, Just received e-mail from Jimmy's son to say that Jim, who had been in poor health, died on Sat 3 february

Funeral will be at St Aloysius, Twig Lane, Huyton L36 2LF on Tues 20th Feb 11.15am

followed by cremation at Anfield Crem, then back to St Aloysius club.

Jimmy went right through St Eds from Miss Wilson's in Runnymede on to 2A in 1953 to VI A Science in 1960.

A good little footballer was Jimmy.

He was one of the regulars at the October re-unions.

Will be sadly missed. Phil T.

30 December 2023

Thanks to Kevin McCoy we have another flash back to 1960s

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10 July 2023 Notice found on Newsletter of St Richard's Church Skelmersdale.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Canon Brendan Alger, Des Alger’s brother, who died early on Monday 26th June 2023

I have photo of Des Alger but not Brendan so far.

25 June 2023

Newspaper cutting (CLICK ON SMALL PHOTO)

20 June 2023 Mike Dooling funeral details.

"Thursday 6th July at 11 am at St.Bartholomew's Church, Warrington Road, Rainhill L35 6NY (parking at Ship Inn opposite (pay on line/by phone)).

Then 12.30 pm at St.Helens Crematorium WA10 6DF.

The wake will be at Blundells Hill Golf Club, Blundells Lane, Rainhill L35 6NA from noon onwards.

No flowers, donations to CAFOD."

19 June 2023

Note from Michael Deveraux "Sorry to announce bad news that Mike Dooling passed away last night (12th). Mike was a stalwart of British Athletics and very much on local school X/C as well as Senior Races notably in Sefton Park for qualifying events for European teams. I had the pleasure of working with Mike for many years helping our Cafod Event, and it was only at last night's meeting we were drawing up a list of guests for this year's 40th anniversary and Mike Dooling name was to be added to the list. We at Penny Lane Striders would like to send our condolences to his family.

May He Rest In Peace."

14 June 2023 Sad note from Peter O'Hare that Mike Dooling MBE died 12th June 2023. He was born on the 14th May 1949 however known to many older Edwardians. This below gives some detail of his athletic skills.

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Having been a loyal member of his Club, Liverpool Harriers and Athletic Club, for over 45 years, representing the Club on the track, road and country, Mike's biggest impact on the sport lies in his involvement with the English Schools, and in 2009 he became their Chairman. Born on the 14th May 1949, and brought up off Rice Lane, Walton, he attended Blessed Sacrament RC Juniors.

While starting running as far back as he could remember, it was when he furthered his education at St Edwards College in West Derby that he started serious athletics. He started competing on the track and over the country for the school, and joined the Club in October 1963. Though not very naturally talented as a runner, he worked hard to improve. As the saying goes: "what you put in, you get out". Like many youngsters in the Club, he was influenced by Tom O’Mahoney and was in many of his training groups. His early experiences gave him an insight into organising in the sport, which came in handy later in his life when he was a teacher at a Huyton school where there was lack of athletic expertise. After starting at cross-country, he developed on to his favourite event, road racing, with best times of 24mins 15secs for 5 mile, 51mins 10secs for 10 mile, 68mins 10secs for the ½ marathon, and 2hrs 26mins 15secs in the Manchester Piccadilly marathon. On the track he achieved personal bests of 4mins 10secs for 1,500m, 15mins 19secs for 5,000m, and 32mins 16secs for 10,000m. The photo shows him tucked behind Peter Carey in a Northern League 5000m at Kirkby, probably in the 1970s.(WHEN I CAN GET A COPY - Ed) He was away at Training College for 3 years, where again he got himself involved in the track and cross-country. On his return he took up a teaching appointment in Kirkby. It was then that he joined the Club’s elite training squad with John Woods, Frank Davies, and Geoff Smith, to name a few, and reached a good level. He was training 60-70 miles a week, and was in the top 10% in most cross-country races as well as winning a few local road races. Mike was to experience a number of Club team triumphs, and among his other highlights was clocking 2hrs 35mins in the first London Marathon in 1981. Alongside his teaching and his running, Mike found time to attain a BA (Hons) degree in Education at Liverpool University, after a three year part-time study. Having already acquired coaching and administration skills, at school and training college, it was while training with the Club at Kirkby Stadium back in 1971 that he got involved with the Catholic Schools athletics organisation. He progressed to form the Knowsley Schools Athletic Association, naturally moving into Merseyside Schools. The busy athletic official has been involved in many roles within the sport, locally, County and nationally, but has not neglected his roots. He ran the Club’s North of England teams, and been part of the Club administration for over 25 years. Mike's English Schools commitments started back in 1981, when he was assistant secretary of the English Schools at Kirkby, and in the same year was elected to the English Schools Executive Committee, and the following year became Assistant Meeting Manager for the ESAA Annual Athletic Championships. Having been the ESAA Team Manager for over 25 years, he was elected Vice-Chairman of the ESAA in 2008. The top honour arrived in 2009, when he was appointed Chairman - a move which meant retiring from teaching after 38 years.

Mike also spent time at Radio Merseyside and this event of running up the Liver Buildings took place at the time for charity. (CLICK ON SMALL PHOTO)

Over the years he has travelled the country with his duties at the English Schools Championships, and has attended five World Schools Cross-Country Championships in Beijing, Latvia, France, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Among his highlights of his long career in the sport has to be English Team Manager at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Edinburgh in 2002, and officiating at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in the same year. Also high on the list would be his involvement in the World and European Indoors in Birmingham. Mike is married to Eryl. They have two sons, Gareth and Matthew, and live in Rainhill. Mike is a regular at the clubhouse, where he is now putting his efforts into the development of the junior end of the membership which, as he rightly says, is the future of Liverpool Harriers. He claims that he likes to spend his spare time on walking, music, and collecting stamps - but it is hard to see how this busy guy has any spare time at all! From John

Hi Ed Great to hear from you unfortunately very sad circumstances that have brought us here. Yes I was still very much in contact with Mike, we walked every week (no more running) his passing was very surprising although he was not in the best of health he was still active. I think I have the photo you are referring to, Bob Azurdia ? I think is with us. Thanks again for reaching out.

He ran for and later in life was president of Liverpool Harriers and Athletic Club. He was recognised in the honours list for services to athletics(MBE). He carried the torch on a stage for the London Olympics. Was well known in the North West for the unselfish work he did in athletics.


2 June 2023 Photo of 1951 kindly sent by Jeanette Boon.


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TOM HACKETT 19 February 2023 update - Obit from John Hackett, Tom's son and kindly sent to me for our Notice Board.

Tom was born in St Helens on 4/12/1928. He attended West Park Grammar, where he captained the rugby & cricket 1st teams. In 1946, aged 17, he went to St Mary's Training College, Twickenham, after which, in 1948 he did National Service in the army, where he played rugby, cricket, basket-ball and even boxing. He continued his studies at Carnegie PE College in Leeds, gaining a distinction in gymnastics. In the 50's he played for Liverpool Rugby Union Club (alongside Wilf Murphy, a well-known St Edward's OB). Tom & Wilf often got good write-ups in the Liverpool Echo. Tom also got 10 Lancashire caps in the 50's, and was Lancashire’s 440yds champion for a while. He continued playing sport well into his 40's.

Tom taught at St Edward's from 1954-64, during which time he attended evening classes, leading to a B. Sc. in Economics. In 1964, he moved to Mater Misericordiae (now Maricourt Comprehensive), then onto I.M. Marsh training College, lecturing in Education. In the mid-70's, Tom was appointed Deputy Head of Cardinal Allen's School in West Derby, teaching maths and economics - and introduced rugby to the sports curriculum.

Tom & his wife, Cecilia took early retirement in 1983, and moved to the Lake District, where Tom developed a keen interest Amateur Operatics, and ended up as a lead singer in many productions.

In retirement, Tom was persuaded to take up temporary teaching at Sedburgh School & Witherstack Approved School where he revived school sports.

Tom passed away peacefully, aged 94, on 6th Jan 2023, survived by his wife of 67 years, Cecilia, 4 children, 7 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren.

8 February 2023 evening message

Tom Hackett RIP

At present I have very little information other than Tom's Requiem Mass was today 8th February 2023

A very quick message came from Phil Traynor to say the mass was in the Lake District.

I have since found, with the help of Charles Cuckson, the Requiem Mass was at Holy Trinity and St George Church Kendal.

Mass was at 12:30

Notice - HACKETT Tom Passed away peacefully at home on 6th January 2023 aged 94 years. Devoted and loving husband of Cecilia, and father of Sarah, Matthew, Michael and John. Tom will be fondly remembered for his many leading roles in plays and musicals with Kendal Operatic Society, Staveley Roundhouse and The Brewery Arts Theatre Company; and for his sporting prowess in many fields especially athletics and rugby union. A Requiem Mass will be offered for Tom at Holy Trinity & St George Catholic Church, Kendal at 12.30 on 8th February.

Click photo of Tom Hackett to enlarge and see teachers, then move mouse over faces to see names.

Tom Hackett took over from Martin Regan and Tom was appointed to the staff on 1 September 1954.

Hello Ed

I have fond recollections of Tom Hackett, and four specific occasions spring to mind.

I was studying the A Level mock results and he stopped and advised,"If you don't do better than that laddie, you'll end up as a PE teacher like me.

I ended up as a PE teacher, but far below the standard set by Tom. He allowed me to practise goalkeeping during PE lessons. A brave decision at a rugby school but I played for Old Caths at the time.

He turned up at Dovecot Baths during the school holidays, on his moped, so that he could register my swimming ability for a job application.

Finally he made me welcome at his home in Parbold many years later.

He and his wife Cecilia did wonderful pro-life work for SPUC.

A model teacher who knew his pupils, I was so pleased that he was able to enjoy retirement in the Lakes.


Wilfred "Wilf" James Murphy RIP 16 January 2023

Wilf was a lecturer at (now) Liverpool John Moore University. He was very well known in education circles and one of his claims to fame was his playing rugby until he was 60

He will be greatly missed by his wife Margaret, and all the children grandchildren and great grand-children.

Message from Janice Shields Wilf's daughter. We would greatly appreciate you posting the details of Dad’s funeral.

Please spread the word wide and far.

Funeral Mass on Tuesday 7th February

10.30am St Agnes and St Aidan's Church L36 5SQ

(car park on St Mary’s Road, Huyton.)

Then commital at Knowsley Cemetery 12 noon

Foxes Bank Lane

L35 3SS

Jaguar Social Club (open from 12)

Cronton Lane


Message from one of Wilf's year group Peter Tennyson.

I am deeply sorry to read about the death of Wilf Murphy. He was a giant in our class and on the rugby field. I remember how he and Bob Azurdia used to get stuck in the second row when I played scrum half. He was the first to commiserate with me when I got sent off by Brother O'Brien who was the referee. The last time I saw him was in Church Street when he was working in Radio Merseyside with Bob just after I had completed my National Service and we had a chat about our days at St Edwards. In class he was always amiable and had an easy smile on his face. To me I looked up to him and he is the end of era. Please kindly pass on my condolences to his wife Margaret, children and the rest of his family. I will light a candle for him. RIP.

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22 December 2022 Barney Davis RIP

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A very brief note for now from Peter O Hare and hope more later. ( We have been away so not kept up with news Ed)

Hi Ed, I rang just before Christmas to tell you that Barney had died on the Thursday morning. Barbara told me that Barney had been ill.

UPDATE 3 January 2023 Hi Ed, I spoke to Barbara Davis yesterday.

Barney's funeral is Friday Jan. 13th 2.30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, Mackets Lane L25 8TG.

His cremation will follow at Springwood Crematorium at 3.30 p.m. L25 7UN and then on to Allerton Hall, effectively next door, same post code.


5 September 2022. This evening I had a message from Michael Collins' son that Mike had passed away surrounded by his family on the 18th August 2022.

Michael Paul Keith Collins RIP born 15 April 1939 and died 18 August 2022.

Update 8 September.

Part of Eulogy from Damian Collins who is Michael's son.

Michael Paul Keith Collins was born in Prescot, then Lancashire, in April 1939 as part of a large extended family with deep Irish immigrant roots. He was a bright boy, and lucky to be part of that post-war generation that saw better education opportunities for working class kids, but he made the most of that luck, passing his 11+ and earning a scholarship to St Edwards. He thrived at St Edwards, excelling academically and on the sports field - particularly on the rugby field, emerging as a top talent and playing representative Rugby Union for Liverpool Senior Schoolboys and Lancashire Schoolboys.

He then went on to Liverpool University, the first to do so from the family, where he studied Law and continued with what was becoming a serious rugby career, at this time playing representative rugby for English Universities and Lancashire. He was also approached by St Helens Rugby League club to sign professional terms, but declined that offer.

Mike then joined the RAF, a time when he hit the peak of his rugby career, starring for London Irish (where he was player of the year in 1965), and earning a trial call up for the Ireland national side, only to miss out on that opportunity with a broken collar bone.

After leaving the RAF, he was early into the world of Management Consultancy, and this was to be his main career for the next 30yrs.

Mike was a man of many passions - he loved music, poetry, literature and paintings, and indulged all of these as an active member of the Chelsea Arts Club. As Oscar Wilde once wrote "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken", and Mike surely did that, he was an original who embraced his life, enjoyed it and packed so much in to it.

He passed peacefully on 18th August at home in Warborough, Oxfordshire surrounded by his four children, Clare, Siobhan, Gabrielle and Damian who read out the Eulogy.

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John McGrail contacted me to say his brother Frank McGrail had passed away on 4th August 2022.

He said both Frank and himself had attended many recent Annual Dinners.


Also a message in August 2022 re Michael Maybury RIP.

Charlie Cuckson rang with belated information that Mike Maybury had passed away on 13 January 2020 at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth

            (Click Rugby Photo below for Larger Version and Names)

International Schools Journal   May 2020: Obituary: Michael Maybury

One of the most visible and influential figures on the international school stage for more than two decades prior to his retirement in 2004.
T. Michael (“Mike”) Maybury died at age 81 on January 13, 2020.
After several hospital stays, he passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family members, at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

A long-serving Executive Secretary of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), he led schools on three continents and made significant contributions to the development of the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Mike Maybury was born in Liverpool on October 15, 1938. The eldest of four, he attended a primary school once headed by his mother, and her mother before her, so teaching was in his blood.
After secondary school at St Edward’s College, Liverpool, he studied at St Mary’s College, Twickenham, and began his career teaching mathematics and PE.
He completed a BSc degree in mathematics and computer science at Liverpool University before taking head of department and senior teacher roles nearby.

AISA Remembers Mike Maybury

Mike Maybury was a force of personality who played an important role in the development of the Association of International Schools in Africa.
He first came to the International School of Tanganyika in August, 1979, knowing nothing about the organization, but soon understood its importance in supporting teachers and administrators working in difficult circumstances. By the time he attended his first conference in 1980, he was already contributing his ideas and suggestions for strengthening conferences and other AISA activities.

In 1980, he was elected to the AISA board, where he supported such new initiatives as the hiring of a part time Executive Director.

In 1981, he was elected president of the AISA board, the first non-American to hold the position.

He continued his work with the board in setting out more visionary plans for the future, particularly in developing conferences on both sides of the continent to enable more people to attend and benefit from the training provided. AISA is fortunate to have benefitted from Mike Maybury’s support during its formative years. While he served for a relatively brief moment in time, he nevertheless exerted his energy and considerable leadership capabilities to improve the organization and help set its priorities for the future. Mike recently contributed his thoughts about AISA for the History of AISA book, demonstrating his continuing interest in the organization, even after these more than 30 years since he left Africa. He is remembered by those who knew him as a driving force, a visionary leader and a jovial colleague. To have known him is truly to never forget him. AISA extends its condolences to his wife, Heather and to the Maybury family during this time of loss.


28 June 2022. Charlie Cuckson rang me today to say John Boon passed away yesterday morning.

I hope to have more details via Charlie from Jeanette Boon, John's wife. They live in Canada. (Click photo below to enlarge.)

2 July 2022
This notice appeared in the local press that I have just found.

                      JOHN MICHAEL BOON         MONDAY JUNE 27th 2022

John Michael Boon died peacefully yesterday, 27th, surrounded by his family at the age of 82. Husband to his beautiful wife Jeanette, Father to Fiona (Dan), John (Shelley), and Andrew (Vicki). Grandfather to Evelyn, Ella, Sadie, Ian, Gavin, and Sam. Neighbour to Tim. As Monty Python once said, he has kicked the bucket, He’s passed on! He has ceased to be! He’s expired and gone to meet his maker! Bereft of life, he rests in peace… But what a life.what a legend…

Born an Evertonian in 1939 in the city of Liverpool, John’s birth was rumoured to have been the reason for the second world war. Truly though, his life was spent providing joy, kindness and laughter to others. John had a passion for education and helping others. After receiving his teaching certification, he took a much larger version of that Ferry across the Mersey and landed in Canada. He met a smart, beautiful and no-nonsense Scot named Jeannette and they have been married since 1967. John and Jeanette adored and loved each other deeply. They lay claim to being Welland’s greatest power couple.

After working in Toronto as a teacher, the Niagara Region beckoned and he graced Welland with his presence for the last 48 years. John worked with the Lincoln County Board of Education as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and special education consultant. His commitment and dedication to his students had a lasting impact that is felt to this day. Once retired, “Grandad” enjoyed his time with 6 incredible grandchildren and was certainly the greatest entertainer for all of them.

If you knew John, you knew he was the life of the party. His laugh was contagious and his sense of humour was almost impossible to match. He maintained that humour in spite of his illness. During a difficult conversation about funeral homes and visitations, John was asked about open or closed casket. He replied simply that he would like to be sitting up. “I want to make it as uncomfortable as possible for everyone” he would joke.

John loved playing the guitar and if you were lucky to hear him sing House of the Rising Sun, you understand you were witnessing an epic moment.

John loved his football and that meant really only one word…Everton. Their club motto Nil Satis Nisi Optimum (“Nothing but the best is good enough”) is a Latin phrase that exemplifies how John approached treating and helping others. John took his love of football and coached within the Welland Soccer Club for many years. He might be the only coach to teach and execute the offside trap to 9 year olds…such was his joy of the game.

John was a faith filled husband, father, and grandfather who loved, and was deeply loved. His life will continue to serve as an example to us all.

Following his wishes, there will not be a service, but a celebration of life in the near future.

He will be greatly missed, but our tears will turn to laughter when we think of John and his legacy of kindness, laughter, and humour.

The entire Boon family would like thank the doctors and nurses at both the St. Catharines General Hospital and the Welland Hospital.

Donations to the Hope Centre in his name are greatly appreciated


For John Boon Eulogy please click the photo of John below.

Click Santa 2008 image below for Toffee Web memories of John (it may take a minute or so to open)

John Boon RIP



2 June 2022 Gerry Shawcross Funeral details from Ernie Mann

The funeral of Gerard Shawcross will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Church

Marshside Road, Southport PR9 9TJ at 2.00pm on Wednesday 15th June.

21 May 2022 A simple quick note from Ernie Mann today .....GERRY SHAWCROSS died last night.

Please remember him in your prayers.

(When I get further detail I will endeavour to add it on here.)

Gerry Shawcross RIP


8 November 2021 Update from Kathy Coffey

Ron's funeral is to take place at 1000hrs on Friday 19 November at St Gregory the Great Lydiate, Liverpool L31 2NA and all welcome.

Cremation to follow at 11:15 at Thornton Crematorium Lydiate L23 1TP.

21 September 2021 - message from Phil Traynor

Dear All, Sad news, Ron 'Jim' Coffey died on Monday, following a sudden heart attack/stroke.
He was on a trip to Poland with his son, Christopher, meeting up with Chris's prospective In-laws.
Our thoughts are with his wife, Kathy, and family at this sad time.
God bless, Ron. RIP Phil Traynor

May he rest in peace.

Ron Coffee from 1959-60 Prefects photo.

Ron was born in 1942 in Wales - his mother was evacuated to avoid the bombs.
Attended St John's Primary, Kirkdale & St Ed's 53-60.
With his 'A' Levels he work as an analytical chemist in the city centre before moving to the Bootle Tin Works.
In the early 70's he went to Byrom St Coll of Science & Technology (still a 'Poly' then) and studied to become a Member of the Royal Institute of Chemists.
That qualification, the equivalent of a degree, enabled him to become a chemistry lecturer at Mabel Fletcher College, which changed and moved over the years, ending up as Lpool Central College in Clarence St.
He retired about 2010 in his late 60's. He was a very knowledgeable railway enthusiast and CAMRA real ale fan.
No funeral arrangements, yet, as his body is still in Poland.
Will try to keep you posted on the situation. Phil T

23 September 2021 - message from Roy Warburton

Our 1953-60 yearly meeting this year all over shadowed a little bit by the news that John Richards passed away this morning.

Our condolences go out to his wife Margaret and his family. R.W

May he rest in peace.
More details when available.

Update 1 October
John Richards' funeral will be at St Bede's, 16 Appleton Village, Widnes, WA8 6EL on Fri 8th Oct 11am

John Richards RIP

21 August 2021 - message from Terence Duffy
I had a phone call this morning from John Granby telling me that his father, Tom (both OEs) had died last week.
Tom’s dates at college were 1944-50 and his son John 1972-83.
May he rest in peace.
No more detail at this time.

12 August 2021 - message from Mike Treanor:
Dear Ed, please let the C.I.Edwardian Association know that my best and oldest friend (of 75+years' standing), Tony Devine, passed away on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, aged 78.

Tony's funeral will be held at St. Gregory's, Liverpool Road, Lydiate, at 1300. hours on Monday, August 16th, 2021.

Tony attended St. Edward's from 1954-1961.
RIP dear friend.

"A Tribute to Tony Devine (including many reminiscences of Tony Devine and myself)"

Tony Devine, born 21/5/43, passed away 3/8/21.

Tony was my dearest and oldest friend(of 75+years' standing). He was like"a brother from another mother"to me. We first got to know each other in the mid-1940s because we both lived in the same street, Evered Avenue, Walton. Tony and I played, together with friends of our own age, in a beautiful park close to our houses (Walton Recreational Ground), known fondly as "The Rec". In summer, we played cricket, or tried(!) to do athletics by jumping over waist-high privet hedges, or we sometimes played a so-called, make-believe fighting game, called "Japs and Commandos", as WWII had only just finished, remember? Alternatively, we would go and play on the swings or the "monkey ladders"(remember them?),which were also located in the park.

In winter, football was the order of the day, with temporarily discarded pullovers or jackets placed on the floor as "goal-posts". Those were the days! It was a really idyllic childhood! Tony and I often went to the "Walton Vale Cinema"(long since demolished) on a Saturday, to watch what was on offer, usually films with Abbott and Costello, the serial called"White Eagle", or Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Often when the show was over, we would race all the way home (no mean feat, as home was about one and a half to two miles away!), pretending to be our heroes on horseback, with our coats fastened to our necks and dangling down our backs, streaming out behind us, intended to look like capes or cloaks!

Regarding education, our paths often coincided. The first establishment we attended together was "Miss Duke's Nursery School"in Walton Park, from the age of three onwards. Tony used to say to me:" Mike, don't you remember, when we were three, Miss Duke made you stand on a desk for being a naughty boy?! "I couldn't for the life of me remember the incident, but if Tony said it happened, then it did happen! Next, we both went to Blessed Sacrament Primary School, Aintree, now, sadly, demolished to make way for new houses. This was a tremendous school, and helped us both gain admission to St. Edward's together. Here, we both played in rugby teams over several years, and both represented the College at athletics.

Tony opted for the Sciences, whereas I was a Modern Linguist (French and Spanish) so, after "A"level, our paths diverged. However, we were "reunited"when we both started our teaching careers in St. Kevin's Comprehensive, Kirkby (the school attended by Former World Boxing Champion, John Conteh, and the Screenwriter of "Brookside", Phil Redmond). Tony then applied for the Head of the Science Department post at St. Augustine's Comprehensive, Huyton, and was successful in his application. Ironically, in 1970, I became the Head of the Modern Languages Department in St. Augustine's, so our paths crossed once again! (St. Augustine's was the school attended by Peter Reid, one of the greatest Everton players ever!). Later on, Tony then became Deputy Head at a Wigan Comprehensive, whereas I stayed on at St. Augustine's, until I retired in 1992. St. Augustine's was later called "St. Thomas Beckett School ", (as a result of re? organisation).This school has now been demolished, as indeed, St. Kevin's has! (It sometimes seems as though demolition is always hot on my heels!) After my retirement, I went to live in Spain for 27 years.


12 March 2021

20 July 2021 Anthony (Tony) Edwards RIP
I have just heard this evening there will be a requiem for Tony Edwards and this below from Bulletin of St. Anne’s Ormskirk
23 Prescot Road Ormskirk L39 4TG.
Requiem Mass:Thu 22 at 11.00am Anthony (Tony) Edwards

Tony Edwards RIP

26 June 2021

Dr. Joseph Chamberlain RIP.
Sadly I report that Joe Chamberlain who set up our wonderful web site died in hospital on 25th June.

At the moment Jean is contemplating a private family funeral only but this may change.

I will up date information as and when I get it.
Please pray for Joe and Jean and the rest of their family.

3 July - Latest Information:-

A service will take place at Swanwick crematorium, Derby Road, DE55 1BH, at 2.15 pm on Friday July 16.
Donations in Joe’s memory can be made to Parkinson’s UK through Thomas Ryde & Sons, rydefunerals.co.uk

Click on photo to view details.


12 March 2021

Help wanted with this cricket picture please.

Click on it to view

2 March 2021

Recent information on the sad loss of one of our former teachers and who was also a pupil at St Edward's.

The information initially came from John Le Roi and then from Chris his son with some dates and photos.

James ( Jim ) Dillon RIP. Jim was born on 5 October 1931 and died 12 December 2020. He was 89.

Click on images for larger size (then click back).

30 January 2021
Mike Azurdia and Gillian Patricia Azurdia RIP - They died within a few days of each other.

Sad news from Adrian and Terry Moorhead received was 2 February.

20 February we received this Message from the family:-

Mum and Dad's funeral will take place at 2.30pm on Monday 1st March 2021 at Saint Michael & All Angels Catholic Church, Wirral.

Followed by a service at 4pm at Landican Crematorium, Wirral.

Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions, we are only allowed to invite 30 people to the church and the chapel, and the vast majority of that number will be taken up by family.

We know that many of you would like to pay your respects on the day, so we have arranged a livestream of both services.

We do hope you will join with us to say your goodbyes to our wonderful parents.

Please also forward this email to anyone you feel would like to pay their respects to Mum and Dad.

As you can imagine, we have found it very difficult to distribute this information to all Mum & Dad's friends and colleagues, without having all the contact details. If you can help us as best you can, to get this information out there, we would be ever so grateful.

And finally, should you wish to donate in aid of Mum and Dad, please see the link below to the British Lung Foundation via Charles Stephens Funeral Directors.


Best wishes

Richard, Ruth, Debs and Katie xx

Mike Azurdia .... click on either photo for larger size.

1st March 2021 Order of Service

please click on photo to access the PDF file of the Order of Service

Peter Dunn RIP born 31/ 10/ 1944 died 22/ 10/ 2020.

I have received this sad news from Joe Dunn

"On 22 October 2020, My younger brother Peter died last Thursday, on holiday with his wife Carolyn in their holiday home in Spain.
He was cremated in Spain on 28th October 2020."

Peter attended St Edward's from September 1956 till June 1962 and is mentioned in the school magazines a number of times in cross country and rugby team reports.

He joined the Police Service in March 1966 and retired after 30 years in March 1996

For 1962 Athletics Team information please click link below.

15 October 2020
Mike Slemen RIP

Michael Anthony Charles Slemen 11 May 1951 – 20 July 2020
Peter Tennyson has forwarded to us information that Mike Slemen former St Edward's pupil who played in cricket first X1 at college.

Mike is mentioned in the college magazines in cross country cricket and rugby section reports.
He went on to play rugby as an England and British Lions wing player and became Englands most capped wing, collecting 31 caps in the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Mike Slemen .... click on the photos for larger size.

10 July 2020
Patrick David Morgan
A belated card from Tony with which I mention the sad passing of Pat Morgan 20th February.

Pat Morgan .... click on the photos for larger size.

6 March 2020
Seán Murphy, Wing Commander RAF (retired) RIP. Just had sad news that Seán died 6th March via Barbara Davis and Peter O'Hare.
Seán lived in Kilmeena, Westport, Mayo, Ireland with his wife 'Pip'
Seán was at St Edwards main school 1950-1958.
Seán's funeral took place on 10 March 2020.
If I get any more news I will post it here.

Daily Telegraph

27 November 2019
Monsignor Cookson RIP who died recently.

Monsignor Peter Cookson who was at St Edwards for a short time in the early 1950's left for the priesthood.

Neil Sayer comments that the Cathedral Newsletter was taken over by the recent death of Monsignor Cookson. He was Dean here for 17 years and, as a popular priest and administrator, his death has very much affected the parishioners and Cathedral family.

This information is in the Cathedral Newsletter "Rest In Peace Mgr Cookson
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Monsignor Provost Peter Cookson, who died on Friday 8th November. He was 80 years of age and was in the 57th year of his priesthood."

23 May 2019

Ian Parker RIP

Kevin Parr passed on the information that Ian Parker's funeral is at Springwood Crematorium at 10:00am on Tuesday 28th May

At Springwood Avenue, Garston, Liverpool L25 7UN.

Ian was at St Edwards 1972-79 and was in many Rugby teams and was a trialist for North of England and represented Lancashire and South West Lancashire and was a long serving member of the Old Boys Rugby Team.

In 1976 he took part in All England Athletics Championship.

I found these photos with Ian in 1976 and 1979 in college magazines that are on line and there are over 20 mentions in these of Ian's sporting activities.

29 July 2018
(updated Catholic Ramblers link 16 Jan 2019)

It was in 1968 that a plane crash in Germany took the lives of 8 young girls from Liverpool Catholic Ramblers.

9th August 2018 is the 50th anniversary of this sad event.
A group of relatives and friends will be attending a mass followed by a procession to this memorial that was built in the German village near where the crash took place.
Local people have been tending the memorial all these years and there are a number of connections to pupils who were at St Edward's.

For more information please click below for link.

6th June 2018, 74th Anniversary of D-Day Landings

Although Father Gerard Barry was not a St Edward's pupil, he lived in Newsham Park not far from the college and this tribute has been put together by Peter Tennyson who was a pupil from 1947 to 1952 and did meet him.

please click on photo to access the PDF file.

20 April 2018
Fr Edward Rodgers SJ who died on 30 December 2017

From the Spring edition of "Jesuits and friends" magazine.
An Obituary for a St Edward's former pupil born in 1925.

4 February 2018

Paul Martin RIP

May he rest in peace.

Sue Martin has informed me that Paul lost his long battle with illness on the 22nd of January.

Sue has asked we remember her and their two daughters in our prayers.

It was Paul Martin who provided the 1962 Big Picture and provided many of the names of the lads in the photo.

Paul is seen here at the 2013 Dinner explaining about the 1962 Big Picture Poject.

Click below for link.

The funeral will be on Tuesday 13th February at noon at St. Joseph’s church Winsford, Woodford Lane, Winsford CW7 2JS

Please note if you attend, then you need to be aware that parking is very limited at the church, so you may have to park nearby and walk.

22 January 2018

Peter Douglas RIP - update from Saturday's Liverpool Echo.

DOUGLAS - PETER, December 31, 2017.
Ex-Leesiders Folk Group. Died peacefully on 31 December.
Sadly missed by daughter Mary and brothers David and John, and all his relatives and friends.
Funeral service at St. Eriks Chapel, Berthága Uppsala, Sweden at 3pm on Friday January 26.
17 January 2018

Peter Douglas RIP - update from his cousin.

"I have heard from Peter Douglas' daughter Mary with some more information about his funeral and cremation.
Service will be held in St Erik's chapel, Berthaga, at 3pm on Friday 26th January, with the cremation on Monday, 29th January.

She gave me a local web-site for a florist, which is below.
However Peter also did voluntary work for an organisation called "Stadmissionen", which his brother John tells me was to do with caring for the homeless. I think I will make a donation in remembrance of Peter to a homeless charity here; we have a "House of Mercy" run by our church in Gravesend, which is about to open another hostel for the homeless.

For flowers you can call this number or go in to the website and there you can order flowers if you’d like: city@uppsalablommor.se
004618-474 20 60
Just remember to mention Peters name and the date of the funeral."

10 January 2018

Information for two Cantata concerts.
Click picture to enlarge and for details.

Click picture to enlarge and for details this event
For this concert it will be ticket admission only available from 14th January

The Collective now has its own web site :- www.liverpoolbach.com

05 January 2018
Peter Douglas RIP

"It is with great sadness that I reported the recent death of my cousin, Peter Douglas, formerly a member of the Leesider folk group. Music had been the major driving force behind Peter ever since I can remember. He featured on the trombone in the St Teresa' church band which appears on this web-site along with his time with the Leesiders.

My earliest recollection of his debut in front of a live audience was in St Edward's school hall. School concerts in those days (1950s) were generally drab affairs with Fred Boraston conducting the choir and Mr Genin the school orchestra while the soloists were largely playing classical piano or violin pieces.

Peter sought to change that and approached Brother Wall, the tall thin ascetic headmaster and enquired if he could play his mouth organ to which, to our amazement, he was given the green light. With some of his class-mates as his backing group, Peter went on stage and gave a rendition of the popular cowboy song, 'Muletrain'. When they finished the boys listening with utter disbelief, erupted in applause and standing up cheering to the rafters.

Peter was a happy go lucky guy, who loved teaching music as much as performing. He moved to Sweden after leaving the Leesiders and is survived by his daughter Mary. His two brothers John and David who both attended St Edwards with us, the former lives in Blundellsands and Dave emigrated to Australia nearly 60 years ago. Peter had been in poor health for some time with cancer but collapsed while taking part in his church choir two months ago. After six weeks in hospital and two weeks in a hospice, he passed away with his daughter ever present at his side. He is deeply missed by his family and all who knew him for his warm and affectionate smile".

Peter Tennyson.
Peter's funeral to take place in Uppsala at 3pm on 26th January 2018.
31 December 2017
Peter Douglas RIP

I have just heard from Peter's cousin that Peter died early this morning.

Peter Douglas.

There is a section on our WEB site to the Leesiders a group Peter and Bob Buckle were part of for about 7 years until Peter moved on to other ventures.

Click below for link. ( much more via our web site under musicians. )

I will post more when details available.

10 October 2017
Please see attached for details of latest Bach Cantata for November

please note later starting time.

Click above for details.

31 August 2017
Please see attached for details of the Bach Cantatas - the 2017-18 programme.

Click above for two pages of details.

17 August 2017
Sunday 20th August sees the start of the 40,000 nautical mile Round The World Clipper Race. The Clippers are at present assembled in the Albert Dock Liverpool having arrived on Monday.
This group photo showing some of the racing yacht's for the round world race berthed at Liverpool's Albert dock.
Many thanks to BARFLUER from the North West Airnews site for use of his photo.

15 Years ago former Head Girl Francesca D'Arcy started the 2002 Clipper Race in Liverpool.

Francesca is now raising funds for Nugent, seen here addressing a meeting and Patron Phil Thompson Ex-Liverpool FC.

"Together we are Nugent"

click link below for more

10 August 2017
Please see attached for details of the September Cantata.
The Syllabus of all Cantatas in the forthcoming year 2017-18 will be available shortly.

Click picture to enlarge and details.

19 July 2017
I have just been passed the sad news that Derick Chamberlain passed away on 1st July but have no further details at this time.
May he Rest in Peace.
PURPLE DAY 8 July 2017
This will follow the successful formula of recent year's.
Please Click link below for news of this years Purple Event and Evening Dinner - the Dinner will be followed by a disco - 19:30 to 01:00.
As last year there will be a quiet area away from the disco to be set up after the dinner is served.

Please note bookings are already being taken.
24 May 2017 update

Published in the Liverpool Echo on 22nd May 2017 (Distributed in Liverpool)
This notice has had 55 visitors and has one image ( as at 24th May).
ROONEY DENIS JOSEPH Sadly died at Whiston Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Devoted husband to Dot, great dad to Catherine, Michelle, Gerard and Paul.
Proud grandad to Adam, Sophie, Alice, Jack and Georgie. Much loved brother, brother in law, father in law and uncle.
Will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Requiem Mass to be held at St. Bartholomew's, Rainhill, L35 6NY on Thursday 25th May at 10am, followed by interment at St. Helens Crematorium (WA10 6DF) at 11.30am.
Family flowers only please. Donations can be made in Den's name to CAFOD.
Contact Gornalls funeral director, West St. Prescot.
20 May 2017
Denis Rooney RIP
Jim Griffiths next to his friend Denis
in the 1955-56 Crosscountry Team
A message from Jim Griffiths
It was with great sadness that I heard of the death of Denis early this week.
He died peacefully at home, after a long illness, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 17th May 2017, with all his family around him.
Denis was a real gentleman, friend, colleague and fellow parishioner at St. Bartholomew's church, Rainhill, where his funeral service will take place next Thursday, 25th May, 2017 at 10am.

Always interested in sport (cricket and athletics at St. Edwards) he went on to encourage and fully support, on the touch line, his children and grandchildren in their endeavours on the football pitch wherever it might take them. He will be sadly missed by all within the Rainhill parish community and beyond.

God bless you my friend.

Jimmy Griffiths.
17 May 2017 --this notice of bringing Cantata season to an end - 25 June 2017, click on painting for details.

Click picture to enlarge and for details of last Cantata for this season.

Click picture to enlarge and for details this special event.
A concert - Summer Baroque - on July 2nd
The Collective is saving up to purchase a pair of baroque oboes, and this concert is in aid of the Oboe Fund.

5 April 2017 ---- I have had a message from Peter Kilfoyle this evening.

Less than two years ago, twenty Old Edwardians of the 1957 intake met up in Liverpool for a stroll down Memory Lane.
It was so good, we decided to do it again, once more in a hotel in Central Liverpool - a few beers, some nibbles, and lots of tales.
Hopefully, we can contact many more old friends, in the hope that we will get an even better turnout on Saturday, October 7th.
If you wish to come, or just to chat about it, feel free to contact me on my email at - peterkilfoyle@gmail.com

I and Phil Freeman, who have been charged with organising the evening, would be glad to get you along to what promises to be a memorable knees-up.

Peter Kilfoyle

4 April 2017 -- 14 May 2017 Cantata, click on painting for details.

This event and is the be held in S F X Church Salisbury Street, in Everton.

They will be performing Johann Sebastian Bach: Es ist euch gut, daß ich hingehe - It is for your good that I depart (Cantata 108).

This is another celebrated church whose architect was Joseph John Scoles and was opened in 1848.

Click picture to enlarge and for details of Cantata.

14 February 2017 -- the March 2017 Cantata, click on painting for details.

This is a special event and is held in Saint Vincent de Paul Church St James Street, in its 160th year.

They will be performing Johann Sebastian Bach: Es ist euch gut, daß ich hingehe ---It is for your good that I depart (Cantata 108).

This is yet another celebrated church whose architect was E. W. Pugin and opened in 1857.

Click picture to enlarge

24 January 2017
Geoff Robinson RIP
Many of Geoff Robinson's family, friends with teachers past and present attended a memorial service in the Rosemary Chapel of Springwood Crematorium to celebrate the life of Geoff.

16 January 2017
Geoff Robinson RIP Funeral Arrangements

A message from Mr Robinson's family.
Dear Old Edwardians -
In the early hours of January 5th my father, Geoff Robinson, peacefully passed away, after many years of illness, receiving excellent care both from the home he was in, and from many others - they know who they are.

The funeral will be held in the Rosemary Chapel at Springwood Crematorium, Springwood Avenue, Liverpool L25 7UN on Tuesday 24th January at 2pm. Anyone wishing to pay their respects will be welcome.

Family flowers only. Donations if required to Parkinson's UK, Oxfam or Amnesty International c/o Funeral Director Graham J Clegg 7 Dover Road, Maghull, Liverpool L31 5JB

We honour the dead best by living well. Love and peace to all.

Leon Robinson
Programme Leader
Religious and Philosophical Education
University of Glasgow

11 January 2017
Geoff Robinson RIP

I have had a brief message from Emma Quale at St Edward's College.

"We received the sad news that former Head of Maths Geoff Robinson passed away last week.
I am not sure if you have heard this news but I will update you with funeral details when I have them."

Geoff passed away on 5th January

There is a tribute on the College news page from Gordon who is a teacher at St Edwards.

Click on links for some photos

9 January 2017 -- the February 2017 Cantata, click on painting for details.

22 December 2016

Chris Gilbert(OE54-61) RIP

Hello Ed. Can you post the sad news on the notice board that my brother Chris Gilbert (OE54-61) passed away peacefully after a short illness on Saturday 17th December.
His funeral will be at Holy Name Oxton Birkenhead 60 Beresford Road CH43 2JD at 9.30am on Wednesday 4th January 2017
and then the Landican Crematorium Arrowe Park.
from Mike Gilbert (OE55-62)

Chris Gilbert in 1960 First Xl Cricket Team

and at 2010 Dinner Chris with his brother Mike on left of photo.

6 December 2016 -- the January 2017 Cantata.

November 29 2016    Big Picture 1962 updates (then on Dec 2 a number of 1959 name corrections)

Thanks to Alan Nolan we have the following information

Part A
23A Paul Curran 26A Eddie McMahon 32D Basil Sexton
Part B
49D John O'Hagan
Part D
75D Phil Doyle 83D Robert Musker 85D Brian Olverson
Part E
54E Vincent Ruxton who sadly died 7 May 2013, 57E Allan Hobson 93D Alan Nolan

With these more help needed to the list of Possibles/Incomplete

Part A
3A Brian (???) Prescott? 28D Tony (???) Glynn
Part B
38D ??? Rooney?
Part D
80D ??? Ingram
Part E
65E Adrian Clarke? 94D Paul Clifford?

10 November 2016 -- the December Cantata.

3 October 2016

Canon Kevin Mullen RIP

Article about Archbishop Thomas Roberts SJ who ordained Father Kevin in 1953 that appeared in a Friends of SFX newsletter in 2011

30 September 2016

Brian Edward Mulroy OBE --May Brian Rest In peace.
Brian sadly passed away on Monday 26 September 2016.

Brian a former Head Teacher at St. Monica's Catholic Primary School, Sefton, Merseyside- was awarded an OBE in the 2001-02 New Years Honours List for services to Education in Sefton.
He left St Edward's in 1960.

Brian's funeral will be held at St. Bartholomew's Church, in St Helen's, L35 6NZ at 11:30 on Thursday 6th October.

13 September 2016 -- the October Cantata.

29 August 2016

Following on from previous notices this Syllabus is being distributed to churches in Liverpool and all are welcome to attend.
Philip Duffy was at St Edward's 1953-60

Dear Friend
We are very pleased to announce that Philip Duffy is bringing his group of singers and musicians to a number of venues on Merseyside. We attach the poster for this event. Philip is past Master of the Music at the Cathedral. His Liverpool Bach Collective aims to perform a Bach Cantata at a Merseyside church every few weeks within an Evening Prayer setting.

click to open two Syllabus pages

Marie Louise Wilson RIP

I only just found that our teacher from the 1950s and 1960s in Runnymede sadly died last month.
Notice was in the St Helens Star.

In hospital on 1st June, Marie aged 90 years, of Dentons Green.
Sadly missed by all her family and friends.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated in St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Windleshaw, on Tuesday 14th June, at 11.30 a.m. followed by interment in St. Helens Cemetery.
Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the Alzheimer's Society.
This notice was published in the St Helens Star on 9 Jun 2016.
May She Rest In Peace.
1 June 2016

Following on from previous notices this notice is being distributed to churches in Liverpool and all are welcome to attend.
Philip Duffy was at St Edward's as a pupil from 1950-1962 - starting in 'prep' (1st yr) in Runnymede and became Head Boy in 6th form.

Dear Friend
We are very pleased to announce that Philip Duffy is bringing his group of singers and musicians to a number of venues on Merseyside. We attach the poster for this event. Philip is past Master of the Music at the Cathedral. His Liverpool Bach Collective aims to perform a Bach Cantata at a Merseyside church every few weeks within an Evening Prayer setting.

Click on painting image for details in .pdf

June 2016
Mike Dittman
I have received a request to see if anybody has information as to how we can contact Mike Dittman who was at the college in the 1950’s leaving about 1957-58. His friend Franklin Wilson has asked if we can help, bit like Friends Reunited. Please email me if you can help on huntscross (at) gmail.com. or via LEAVE A MESSAGE tab above. Mike's class are shown on this link. I need a few missing names for this class group so help with those needed.

21 May 2016. This information from the Notices in the press has just been received.

CREWE - DAVID FRANCIS, APRIL 19, 2016. Suddenly aged 76 years.
Beloved husband of June and brother of Brian and brother-in-law to Margaret, Sandra and Dave.
Funeral service and cremation at Springwood Crematorium on Friday May 6th at 2.30pm.
No flowers by request but donations if desired in favour of either The Salvation Army or Carla Lane Animals In Need.

David was in the College from 1950 to 1955.
David spent much of his working life Education Administration in Merseyside.
More information may be found following this link from our main index page and clicking on Dave's name on a page set up by Joe Chamberlain.

David Crewe is on the front row at left end of this photo, class of 1950 first year.

David and June in 1961 then later in Florida and Dave "cowboy" is on the third photo.
18 April 2016
Advance Notice.
Please Click link below for news of this years Purple Event and Evening Dinner - the Dinner will be followed by a disco - 19:30 to 01:00.

There is to be a quieter area "We are also setting up a separate area this year after the Dinner for those who prefer to spend the evening in a quieter location away from the disco!"

More information to follow but bookings are already being taken.
8 April 2016
Just had message today from Phil Marron that his brother has died recently
MARRON - FRANCIS JOSEPH (FRANK), March 29, 2016. Aged 83 years. Sadly missed by his Family and Friends.
Funeral Service to take place at Christ the King, Bromborough, on Tuesday 19th April at 10.30am followed by cremation at Landican South Chapel at 11.30am.
No flowers please but donations in memory of Frank are welcome for the British Heart Foundation
Frank Marron was at the College 1943 to 1949 and appeared in the first Old Boys team about 1951

20 March 2016

Following on from previous notices this notice is being distributed to churches in Liverpool and all are welcome to attend.
Philip Duffy was at St Edward's 1953-60

Dear Friend
We are very pleased to announce that Philip Duffy is bringing his group of singers and musicians to a number of venues on Merseyside. We attach the poster for this event. Philip is past Master of the Music at the Cathedral. His Liverpool Bach Collective aims to perform a Bach Cantata at a Merseyside church every few weeks within an Evening Prayer setting.

25 February 2016
Thomas Pearson RIP 1 January 1940 - 12 February 2016
Tom was the first child born in Walton Hospital in 1940

18 February 2016
Thomas Pearson RIP
I have had a brief message that Thomas Pearson died on Friday 12th February.

Funeral will be Thursday 25th for the family with family flowers only.

13 February 2016
Thomas Pearson RIP
I have had a brief message that Thomas Pearson died on Friday 12th February.
I have not had any other information yet however may no more after Monday 15th February.

27 July 2015 Thomas "Brian " Butchard RIP

I have had message today from Ian the son of Thomas Butchard and belated press details.
Ian has only just discovered our web site.

BUTCHARD BRIAN (THOMAS) April 28th, 2011.
Suddenly at home, aged 71 years. Beloved husband of the late Jackie. Loving dad of Paul and Ian, much loved father-in-law of Tracey, special grandad of Paul, Liam, Tommy and Katy, much loved brother of Colette. Brian will be sadly missed by all his loving family and friends.
Funeral Mass at Holy Rosary Church on Wednesday, May 11th at 9.30 a.m., followed by Cremation at Thornton Crematorium.
25 July 2015 Miss Marie Wilson
While at the airport I met a friend of Miss Wilson who was a teacher in Runnymede in the late 1950's and 60's. In the last few weeks she has celebrated her 90th birthday. Congratulations Miss Wilson.

Miss Marie Wilson in white

23 July 2015 Brother Aidan Brennan Funeral Mass on 23 July 2015

20 July 2015 John Shelley RIP
I have had very brief information that John Shelley Died today in Fazackerly Hospital. John was at St Edwards circa 1948-54 and was in many rugby teams. He played for the St Edward's Old Boys in the late 1950's and early 1960's. This small photo taken from one of the Old Boys' team photos.

Thanks to Nick Nelson more detail now given.
Funeral Mass will be at Saint George's Church, Maghull L31 3DF at 11:30 followed by cremation at Thornton Crematorium L23 1TP followed by a reception.

6 July 2015

We have just heard that Brother Brennan died this afternoon.
More details to follow.

Brother Aidan Brennan R.I.P.
17 November 1921 - 6 July 2015
This photo taken March 2010 at the College

Thanks to Brother Chincotta we now have all the particulars.
The Funeral Mass will take place at 12 noon on the 23rd July. The church chosen is St Werburgh's which is near the tunnel entrance.
St Werburgh's Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside - CH41 2XZ
The burial will take place at Landican cemetery about 90 minutes later (approx).
Landican Cemetery & Crematorium, Arrowe Park Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside - CH49 5LW

24 May 2015

Alex Morrison R.I.P. 1936-2003 who died in Bath Hospital on 22nd November 2003, a former St Edwards College Teacher.
I have only recently received information about Alex who was a former teacher at our school and there are now appreciation and tribute pages set up via this link for pupils in the late 1960s who will have known him and wish to contribute.

25 April 2015

Laurence Doyle R.I.P.
November 17, 1932 - April 19, 2015
Died peacefully at the age of 82, surrounded by his family.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Dominic Parish - 2415 Rebecca St., Oakville, ON L6L 2B1, on May 14th at 10:30 a.m.

Laurence attended St Edwards in 1940's and left in 1950. Had recently been living in Canada. Larry came to our Annual Dinner in 2009.
Larry pictured at the Dinner 2009
and click links below for 1949-50 rugby team and Obituary

27 March 2015

Following the success of our Purple Evenings at Christmas time, the College is launching our first Purple Day on Saturday 11 July 2015.
The format of the day is as follows:
Rugby, cricket, hockey and netball matches for Old Edwardians to take part in or to watch

Afternoon Tea-style refreshments -- Tours of the College

Then after a quick trip home to get spruced up it is back to the College for the Old Edwardians' Dinner:


Champagne reception in the College Hall -- Three-course meal with wine -- Raffle -- Disco

Whether you left the College four or forty years ago, the Dinner is the ideal occasion to reunite with former classmates and friends. Tickets cost £20 and can be purchased online by clicking here
Tables are available for a maximum of ten people and smaller groups or couples will be seated together (partners are welcome at this event). Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis and are non-refundable. Please note this is a black-tie event. Should you wish to take part in the sport or organise a reunion table for your Year group and need some assistance, please do make contact with Emma Quayle, Communications Manager who will do her best to help by phone, 0151 254 7409, or by e-mail.

Booking enquiries may be made by e-mail to emma.quayle@st-edwards.liverpool.sch.uk

Please get in touch if you would like to be the main sponsor, or sponsor any part of the event (i.e. pre-dinner drinks) or if you would like to provide a raffle prize. Your generosity will be much appreciated and, as a matter of course, your support acknowledged in the menu card. Monies raised from this event will be used for the benefit of pupils of the College.

23 March 2015

Paul Francis Dobson RIP 1940-2014
A belated notification.
DOBSON - PAUL, October 30, 2014. At East Cheshire Hospice, formerly of Brookdale Road, Liverpool 15, St. Clare's Parish.
St. Edward's old boy, survived by wife Teresa, three Children, sister Bernadette and brother Peter.
Paul who was born 22 January 1940 was at the college with the 1951-56 group in the senior school for a very short time having been in Runnymede from September 1948. However Paul left to join the Redemptorist Order at their junior house at Erdington Abbey in Birmingham. At the age of 18 went to study for priesthood at the novitiate in Perth but may have only stayed for one year. He then took up a career in banking. Later married Teresa at St Francis of Assisi, Garston in 1965. ( Not Bishop Eton as in Catenian article). They had two daughters and a son.
Paul was a committed member of the Catenians in Knutsford were in 1980 he became Vice President and their President in 1981.
An expanded history of Paul's life is published in the March edition the Catenian shown below. His Requiem Mass at St Vincent's Knutsford was filled to capacity.

May he rest in peace.
Paul Dobson pictured at the Dinner 2008
Obituary in the Catenian.
And earlier at Runnymede in 1948 Paul is 5th from left on back row.

12 January 2015

Arthur "Dixie" Duggan RIP
May he rest in peace.

Just had information that former teacher from mid-1950's to mid 1960's has died recently.
Very little information at this time but will update as soon as more details are passed to me.
If anyone can help with information please let us know.
This photo from 1962 BigPicture sent in by Paul Martin - Mr Duggan was his history teacher.
**Update Arthur Duggan died on Thursday 8th January 2015 and funeral is to take place on 29th January.**

Arthur's funeral is on Thursday 29th January 2015 at 2.30pm at St. Benedict's RC Church in Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4DL.
Edwardians most welcome.

There is a Tribute Page set up for anyone with tributes and memories to send in - using the email address on Tribute Page.

Dixie Duggan

9 January 2015

Shaun Tighe 1960-2015
Message received via Emma Quayle at St Edwards

An OE, Shaun Tighe, has recently passed away and the family would like to post this on your notice board as well as on the College website.
Shaun Tighe
Shaun was a pupil at Runnymede between 1965 and 1969 before joining the College in 1970 to 1975. Shaun followed in the footsteps of his brother, and former Head Boy, Tony Tighe. Shaun had lived in Tenerife for the last 22 years and ran a very successful business there before the onset of multiple sclerosis. Sadly, he died on 2 January 2015, aged 55 after some years of illness. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
Yesterday, a funeral service was held for Shaun at the local Catholic church in Tenerife (I don't have the name, I'm sorry). This was attended by Shaun's family. Today (9th January) the family will return Shaun's ashes to the UK.
Shaun was an Everton fanatic and such is the affinity of the family to the club that they have planned a memorial service at St. Luke's Church, on Goodison Road, L4 4EL, Friday 16 January at 3pm. This will be followed by a reception at The Brian Labone Suite at Goodison Park. The family has made it clear that they would welcome, to these events, any friends and Old Edwardians who knew Shaun.
The family have requested that there are no flowers but have invited attendees to donate to MS Research in memory of Shaun.

Shaun's former classmate, Joe Wilcox (OE 1970-77) can be contacted on 07720 207005 for further details about the service.
9 January 2015

Message from the Communications Manager
Dear Old Edwardian,
On behalf of the Principal, I would like to invite you to hear renowned academic and Old Edwardian, Professor Jim Staunton FRS (OE 1946-53) deliver this years Roche Society Lecture, entitled Creating New Antibiotics: A Frankenstein Approach on Wednesday 28 January at 14.15, in the College Hall.

Professor Staunton is emeritus professor of Chemistry at St Johns College, Cambridge and has held several posts at the University; including acting as Dean of the College and as Director of Studies in Natural Science. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1998 and has received several awards and prizes including the Tilden, Natural Products and Robert Robinson medals from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Most recently, Professor Staunton has forged a career in industry, engaging in applied research into antibiotics and other medical compounds through two spin-off companies exploiting research discoveries made at the University.

This will be the sixth lecture in the Roche Society Lecture series, which aims to provide pupils and friends of the College with the opportunity to hear nationally and internationally renowned individuals speak about subjects or issues which they have a passion for. Previous speakers have also been Old Edwardians - Sir Terry Leahy, former Chief Executive of Tesco; Professor Vincent Gillespie, JRR Tolkien professor of English at Oxford; Professor Martin Birchall, professor of Laryngology at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital; Dr Stephen Baxter, science fiction author; and Professor Paul Preston, leading biographer of Franco and specialist in Spanish history at the London School of Economics.

If you would like to reserve tickets for the lecture please RSVP by return before Friday 23 January.

With best wishes,

2 January 2015

We have just been informed by Norman Layne that former St Edward's pupil and prefect the Very REV Canon William (Fr Bill) Redmond who taught at Ushaw College and served as Parish Priest in Widnes and Warrington died on Saturday 6 December at the age of 65 having served the archdiocese as a priest for 39 years. He was much loved brother to Anthony who was Head Boy in 1964-65, brother in law of Ann, uncle of Michael and Nicholas, great-uncle of Hayden, and beloved pastor to the people of his parish. He will be widely missed.

William George Joseph Redmond was born in Maghull on 3 June 1949, the son of William and Mary Redmond. He was educated at St Monica's School, Bootle, and St Edward's College, Liverpool, before studying at Oriel College, Oxford. After graduation he began his studies for the priesthood at St Joseph's College, Upholland and was ordained priest at St Monica's, Bootle, on 19 July 1975.

Following ordination he was sent for further studies at the Biblicum in Rome and was awarded a licentiate in Sacred Scripture. Upon his return to the archdiocese he was appointed as assistant to Monsignor Thomas Adamson at St Clare's, Liverpool, in September 1979. However, very soon his postgraduate studies were put to use with his appointment to the staff at Ushaw College, where he taught Sacred Scripture between September 1981 and February 1990. In February 1990 he was appointed parish priest of St Paul of the Cross, Burtonwood. After more than ten years in Burtonwood he became parish priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Hough Green, in September 2000. In addition to his appointment at Our Lady's, he became parish priest of St Michael's, Ditton, in July 2008. His final appointment was as parish priest of St Oswald's, Padgate, in September 2011. He remained at St Oswald's following his retirement in September last year, but this latter period was marked by increasingly poor health.

In March 2009 he was appointed Canon Theologian of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter and also served on the Ecumenism Commission of the archdiocese. His body was received into St Oswald's, Padgate, on Thursday 18 December at 7.30 pm when Mass was celebrated.

His Funeral Mass was led by Archbishop Malcolm Patrick McMahon and the Most Rev P A Kelly, Archbishop Emeritus, at St Oswald's on Friday 19 December at 12.00 noon, followed by interment at Yewtree Cemetery, Liverpool.
28 December 2014

This notice is being distributed to Friends of SFX Church Liverpool but all are welcome to attend.
Philip Duffy was at St Edward's 1953-60

Dear Friend
We are very pleased to announce that Philip Duffy is bringing his group of singers and musicians to SFX on Sunday 4 January at 6pm. We attach the poster for this event. Philip is a Friend of SFX and, of course, past Master of the Music at the Cathedral. His Liverpool Bach Collective aims to perform a Bach Cantata at a Merseyside church every few weeks within an Evening Prayer setting.
As the SFX date was only arranged just before Christmas, there has not been much time to advertise the event. So, please do your best to spread the word to anyone you think would be interested so that we can support a fellow Friend...and enjoy some quality music in our beautiful church.
Festive greetings and best wishes.
Bach Cantata Posters for two events
and this is the Order of Service for January 4th occasion on link below-----

2 December 2014

A timely reminder about Christmas, and a little bit of fun from Nugent Care      12 Days needs to open in new window

26 November 2014

One of our former Head Girls from St Edwards, Francesca, is now Fundraising Officer at Nugent Care and this year they are developing a theme once used at St Edwards College on the front lawn when Francesca was fund raising for CRY "Cardiac Risk in the Young"
I thought to add this information and maybe you can look at the link and help raise awareness.

21 November 2014

My name is Peter Jordan OE 1939-46 and wonder if any more of my vintage are out there.

My first HM was Brother McNamara but soon succeeded by Bro. Wall.
In 1947 I joined British Enka and in 1950 was awarded a British Rayon Research Association Scholarship to Manchester University.
In 1954 I joined Farbenfabriken Bayer (now Bayer AG) and served 36 years with them.

I wonder if Ricky Edge, John Wilkinson Leo Gould and Bev Ahearne are still around.
I was 86 on Sunday Nov. 9th

Regards Peter Jordan Congleton and yes please show my E mail address. "pvjordan@go-plus.net"

Peter sent in the photo below a few years ago and there are a couple of names still need identification, if you can help please let us know.

17 November 2014

Jim Doran RIP

Some sad news Jim Doran passed away last Monday 10th November after a short illness. His requiem mass is next Thursday 20th November at 10am at the Church of the Good Shepherd Torrisholme near Lancaster. I would be grateful if you would post it on the noticeboard for me in case anybody wishes to attend.
From Phil Marron

Edit on 20th November
JIM DORAN Peacefully at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, aged 80 years.
Dearly loved husband, brother, father and grandfather to the late Barbara, Marie, Mandy, Pippa, Nicky, Jamie, Nat, Ben, Lydia, Charlie and Safiya.
A Requiem Mass will take place at The Good Shepherd, Torrisholme at 10.00am on 20th November, followed by cremation at 11.00am.
Family flowers only and donations to St. John's Hospice. Bare & Torrisholme Funeral Service, 5 Bare Lane, Morecambe. Tel: 410240.
UPDATE -I attended the funeral today. It was a lovely service and the church was full. Best wishes Phil Marron

10 November 2014

Martin Regan RIP

Sad news of the death of Martin Regan, former teacher at St Edward's College and later at St Anselm's College.

Martin's first teaching job was at St Edward's and went on to work outside teaching but then went to St Anselms for many years. Martin was capped by England twelve times between 1953 and 1956 after which he left the Liverpool club to play Rugby League for Warrington. Martin (85) was a most remarkably passionate and inspiring coach and teacher at St. Anselm's College. He had the true patience of a saint and was liked by all, he was instrumental in the remarkable development of College rugby. He oversaw an incredible period of success, producing numerous international players. He will be sadly missed but his legacy as a man and an educator lives on. He truly epitomised the values of St Anselm and Blessed Edmund Rice and his sportsmanship and honesty will never be forgotten.

May He Rest in Peace

The Pathe Newsreel below features Martin scoring a try against Ireland in 1954.
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/twickenham-england-v-ireland (Paste into your WEB browser)

Martin's funeral is at St Monica's Church, Appleton, on Wednesday 12 November at 12 00 noon, followed by cremation at Walton Crematorium with a reception at Warrington Golf Club.
see also included in Teachers Pages which also mentions Warrington Wolves connection.

4 November 2014

Paul Rooney RIP
Liverpool Echo reports the death of Paul Rooney.
Paul appears on our BIG PICTURES at
1. 1956 - 73G on Part 5
2. 1959 - 68B on Parts 2 & 3.
3. 1962 - 96A on Part E
More details when known as I have only just heard via Paul Martin.

Looks like Echo article is not recent information ----- this is from the legal press last May.

A tribute to leading Liverpool solicitor Paul Rooney

Last month prominent Liverpool solicitor Paul Rooney sadly passed away following a long illness. Paul studied law at Sheffield University before being admitted as a solicitor in 1970. He founded the Paul Rooney Partnership in Liverpool over 30 years ago and owned the firm until it was acquired by Manchester based personal injury firm Antony Hodari in September 2012, becoming Paul Rooney Legal. The sale of the firm didnt mean retirement for Paul though and he continued to work for the firm providing consultation on direct marketing. It was in the field of legal marketing that Paul Rooney made his name; pioneering extensive radio advertising campaigns, which until his contribution had not been heavily used by the industry. He coined the phrase, slip trip or fall; call Paul for the firms radio ads. It is a testament to the quality of the catchphrase and to his radio advertising strategy that the phrase is still used, particularly in Liverpool. The firm remains true to the catchphrase and retains a slip, trip and fall compensation claims specialism. Under Pauls leadership the Paul Rooney Partnership became one of the most well-known personal injury brands in the country. Speaking of her late colleague solicitor at the firm, Caroline Sergeant has said, he worked hard to make the firm the best it could possibly be in Liverpool. He enjoyed the marketing side and promoting the business. Unafraid to try controversial marketing tactics the firm has attracted attention in the past for offering incentives such as shopping vouchers or cash to persons encouraging personal injury claimants to contact them. Such tactics have in recent years been criticised as fuelling a compensation culture in the UK and have been done away with by the Jackson Reforms of April 2013. However cynically some firms carried out ambulance chasing tactics the aim of Paul Rooney was justice; we dont think its fair that you should pay for someone elses mistakes epitomises the firms approach. Paul instilled in the firm a deep commitment to its clients remembers Caroline Sergeant, he was also very particular about the way we dealt with clients and to help them as much as we could. Pauls commitment to justice was a motivating factor in him merging with Antony Hodari, which was also in part a result of the Jackson reforms. Speaking of the merger Paul said, it will become harder for injured people to bring claims from next year and they will need firms with the resources of an Antony Hodari to take on their cases and fight for their rights. Paul was as dedicated to his staff as he was to getting justice for his clients. The merger with Antony Hodari went through without any redundancies, with all 50 staff remaining in their roles. Commenting on the team spirit his fostered at the firm Caroline has commented that, all his staff were all very loyal as once you went to work for him, you thought youd found your home. It was like working for a family, adding, he wanted us all to be happy because he knew happy staff work harder. Paul was a proud Liverpudlian and an avid Liverpool FC supporter, speaking of the merger firm's merger he said that, its also good for Liverpool as it means a highly resourced firm will still be based here. The Paul Rooney Partnership was hugely supportive of the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and represented a number of them in the Public enquiry. Stewart McCulloch of Liverpool Law Society summed up the thoughts of many at Paul's passing, Paul was a very prominent, industrious member of the legal profession in Liverpool. He was a big character and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts go to Pauls wife, Sue and their two sons.

30 October 2014

Brother Patrick Coffey RIP Tribute Page link

30 October 2014
MULHOLLAND - ANTHONY GERARD (TONY) who left St Edwards in 1950 died October 21st 2014.

He passed away peacefully, aged 83 years. Beloved husband of Tricia, devoted dad to Margaret, Michael, Daniel and John.
Requiem Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Garston, L19 on Friday, October 31st at 12.00 noon, followed by Cremation at Springwood Crematorium (Rosemary Chapel) at 1.30 p.m.

Family flowers only please, but if desired a donation would be greatly appreciated for Cure Parkinsons Trust or R.N.L.I.

At least 10 former St Edward's pupils attended the Requiem Mass.
May Tony Rest in Peace.
29 October 2014
Brother Patrick Coffey RIP
Coffey (Christian Brothers) Cowper Care  St. Patrick's Nursing Home, Baldoyle, 28th October 2014, Br. Patrick Titus, formerly of Shanaway, Ballineen, Co. Cork and England.
Deeply regretted by his sister Sr. Maelisa OP and his brother Sean, sister in law Madge, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great-grandnephews, relatives and friends, fellow residents and Brothers in Religion.

Rest in Peace

Reposing at the Kirwan Funeral Home, Fairview Strand this Thursday evening with Rosary at 5.15pm followed by Evening Prayer.
Removal on Friday (31st) morning to the Church of SS. Peter and Paul, Main Street, Baldoyle arriving at 11.20am for 11.30am Requiem Mass followed by burial in Blessed Edmund Rice Cemetery, Baldoyle.

more information on College main site.
and also on our site included in Teachers Pages

20 Aug 2014

Just received from Emma at the college.

"On behalf of the College and the Catholic Institute Edwardian Association, I invite you to attend the Old Edwardians Dinner, which will take place on Friday 17 October 2014 at the College. This popular event is held each year on a Friday close to the Feast of St Edward (13 October).
The ticket price includes a drinks reception in the College Hall and a delicious four course meal. Ticket prices are: Standard Ticket - #30, Under 25 Ticket - #25, Table of ten - #270 (buy nine get one free) and can be purchased online. Alternatively, please contact me on the details below for other ways to pay. Tables are available for a maximum of ten people and smaller groups or couples will be seated together. Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis and are non-refundable.

If you would like some help in organising reunion tables please do contact me and I will do my best to be of assistance.
Please get in touch if you would like to be the main sponsor, or sponsor any part of the event (ie pre-dinner drinks) or if you would like to provide a raffle prize. Your generosity will be much appreciated and, as a matter of course, your support acknowledged in the menu card. Monies raised from this event will be used for the benefit of pupils of the College.

I do hope you are able to join us on this most enjoyable evening and that you will also be able to attend the Mass to celebrate the Feast of St Edward which will be held at 11.00 on Sunday 19 October at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.

Best wishes,

Emma Quayle (nee Hassett, Old Edwardian 1991-1998) Communications Manager St Edwards College Sandfield Park Liverpool L12 1LF
T 0151 254 7409
M 07917 520 278
F 0151 281 1909

or enquiries via the following e-mail address.
St Edwards College Edmund Rice Academy Trust "

31 Jan 2014
Tony H Roche RIP
Tony was a pupil 1941 to 1948 and his funeral was concelebrated by Bishop Vincent Malone and Father Vincent from Holy Family Church.
Tony for 20 years had been chairman of Friends of the Cathedral.

ROCHE - H. ANTHONY (TONY). January 23, 2014. Loving Husband of Molly, devoted Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Will be sadly missed, may he rest in peace. Requiem Mass of Friday January 31st 2014 at Holy Family Church, Mackets Lane at 12 noon. Followed by Cremation at Springwood Crematorium (Rosemary Chapel) at 1:30pm.

28 December 2013
Passed away suddenly. Loved and revered husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Funeral Mass to take place at St. Joseph's Church, Upton, Wirral on Wednesday January 15th 2014 at 10.00 a.m.
Followed by Private Family Committal.
Family flowers only please but donations if desired to A.C.N.
Ralph was at St Edwards in late 1940's and won a Victor Ludorum in 1951 and was a Prefect same year. (see links below)

6 December 2013
We have just had a time with the servers we use being unserviceable due to malicious attacks, so sorry if you could not see our information.
Recent addition of photos from Derick Chamberlain added to this page (near the bottom of page), and maybe someone can help with names.

and still need help with reunion/Dinner photos

25 October 2013
2013 Dinner photos now on line via REUNION tab on index page. ( some are not too clear, sorry)
So far only one Dinner photo from 2012 so have just added that in hope more are unearthed.
1962 BigPicture has so far had 13 more names added as a result of Paul Martin's efforts at the dinner and more to come.
21 October 2013
I hope to have photos taken at the Old Edwardians' Dinner later this week via the Reunion Link on our main index page.

11 October 2013
A happy reunion after about 56 years with a little help from our web pages.....

Dear Friends,
I left St. Edward's in the summer of 1957. So did Paul Carrier. So in 1957 we went our separate ways, ne'er to meet again. However an article, with photos, on e-mail recounting an SEC anniversary dinner a couple of years ago meant that I got in touch with Paul. I live in northern France, little more than an hour's drive from Calais. Quite recently Paul mentioned that he was going through France to see his daughter. Learning that, on his way back, he would be taking the Channel tunnel I managed to persuade him to stop overnight and, as you can imagine, we had a good old chinwag. If my maths are correct, that means that we met up again after 56 years, THANKS TO YOU; Please accept my deepest gratitude.
Brian Ludden.

October 2013
Belated news of John McCann RIP (OE 1952-57) via his sister Sue prompted by checking our BigPicture photo 1956.
I found this information -Widnes Rugby Union Football Club released this news "It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of John McCann, this evening (Friday 26th November 2010) in hospital. Our thoughts are with Jenny and the family at this sad time.
Born in February 1941, John was educated at St Marie’s and St Edward’s schools. He played at St Edward’s Old Boys before being converted to the Wids by Brian Higgins."
John appears in a number of photos on our site.

And this is information on Pitchero site click link

24 July 2013
Annual Dinner is Friday 11 October

24 July 2013

I have today reloaded the magazine section as some of the links were not responding.
Please let me know if you find any problems, feedback most welcome please contact the following e-mail address.
Email: huntscross2@gmail.com
Today 23rd May.
Richard Byrne(1961-1966), a great rugby player and athlete for the school, unfortunately died from Cancer.
After leaving the school in 1966 he became a stalwart of the sports section of the Old Boys for many years captaining both rugby and football teams.
He moved to Yorkshire to look after family members and settled in Huddersfield where he also flourished in golf.

May he rest in peace.

23 April 2013
Lawrence (Lol) Montagu O.E. (1958-65)
This link to memory of Lawrence time at St Edwards and later years:-

15 April 2013
Peter Butchard
We have just heard that Peter Butchard died on Friday and his funeral is to be on Friday, 19th April.
More details will be posted soon.

Details from Notices 17 April
BUTCHARD - PETER JAMES, April 12th, 2013. Farmer.
Died peacefully at home with his family, after a short illness. Much loved husband, dad and grandad.
Funeral Service will take place at Holy Rosary, Altway, Old Roan, L10 2LG on Friday, April 19th at 12.30 p.m.
Family flowers only please by request, donations if desired for Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

14 April 2013
Lawrence Montagu O.E. (1958-65)

It is with great regret I have to inform you of the death, after a long illness, of Lawrence (Lol) Montagu O.E. (1958-65).

An outstanding sportsman at school, Lawrence captained the First XI at cricket, played for the First XV and First XI for three years. He entered teaching and devoted the whole of his career to Catholic education, becoming one of the youngest head teachers in the country when he was appointed to St Peter's High School in Gloucester, which he guided for nearly 30 years. It is now one of the leading Roman Catholic comprehensive schools in the country.
In recognition of his services to education, which saw him serve on numerous national committees, he was awarded an OBE in 2001. Lawrence will be laid to rest after a requiem mass at Gloucester Cathedral on Friday, 19th April at 1pm.

Our sincere condolences to his wife Isobel and his sons Paul and Kieran.

May he rest in peace

Joe Quirk

10 February 2013
Col. "Paddy" Bryson -feedback from "Paddy" Bryson's daughter
Dear Eddie
Congratulations to all of you on the wonderfully produced Web Page for St Edward's. It reads extremely well and is so easy to negotiate.
Please do extend my thanks to Phil and Terry too. I know our family will thoroughly enjoy having all the information concerning our father's funeral, the Memorial Service and contents of the Eulogy by Sir Alan Waterworth in one compact website. And what is most interesting is the article written by our father on his memories of St Edward's College. You have made a fitting tribute to our father, and we are extremely grateful.
With very best wishes from Gillian

8 February 2013
Col. "Paddy" Bryson
We have set up a section dedicated to the memory of Paddy Bryson who died last September in his 100th year.
Many of the family also former pupils Terry and Philip Duffy have contributed to these pages and also Sir Alan Waterhouse KCVO, DL who gave such a wonderful Eulogy at the memorial service last November.
The link to the pages which will be expanded as more material arrives is at:-

9 December 2012
Message from James Blackburne.
Dear, Edward.
I learned that my cousin, Richard Blackburne, who was an old boy of St Edward's also, has passed away. It was a peaceful departure at home, with his wife. A service will take place at Bishop Eaton's, Dec 12th 2012, at 12:00.
His health had deteriorated over the preceding year. He will be remembered with great affection, as a true gentleman.
May he rest in peace.
20 November 2012
Message from John Kearney.
Former college student Gerry Hale has died.
Gerry won a scholarship to St Edwards at age of 11 back in 1950's and during his time at the college he excelled in rugby, athletics, cricket and tennis.
He studied economics at Liverpool University where he formed his own group Gerry de Ville and the City Kings in 1962.
May he rest in peace.
22 October 2012
Message from Nick Nelson.
Nick wishes to remind all Old Boys and especially past players that there is a match at the college at 3PM next Saturday 27 October 2012. The Old Boys team are playing North Manchester from Division 1 North Lancashire Section.
All are welcome to support the College OB's Team in this competition. St Edwards are presently 2nd in this league.
As usual the club will be open to all after the match.

14 October 2012
"Feast of St Edward Solemn Mass to Celebrate The Feast of St Edward King and Confessor.
Please send in any photos you have from the Dinner on Friday 12th. There were many cameras about at this great event. Many thanks to all the organisers.

28 September 2012
Col "Paddy"James Graeme Bryson RIP 1913-2012
It is with regret I inform you Col Paddy Bryson KC*HS died yesterday, we pray for the repose of his soul and for his family.
Funeral arrangements.

(Up date Monday 8th October 2012)
Archbishop Patrick Kelly announced at the Funeral Mass that there will be a memorial service for Paddy Bryson.
It will be in the Cathedral on Sunday November 25th 2012.

19 September 2012
Steve Keating RIP 1942-2012 update
Message to Dave from Natalie Keating, Requiem Mass will be at 1:30, (our time) EDT, this Friday, September 21, 2012, in Coral Gables Catholic Church, Miami.
Natalie and family send a thank you all for the Masses and good intentions being expressed at this sad time. That will be lovely. You all meant so much to him.
Philip, Connie and several of their big family will be here for the mass and gathering afterwards. Again, Thank you, Natalie

16 September 2012
Steve Keating RIP 1942-2012
I have just received a phone call from Natalie Keating in Miami informing me that Steve, old mate of St Eds and Compostela "The Way of St James Walks", died peacefully today.
Please remember Steve in your prayers.
Dave H

14 September 2012
Big Picture 1962
On the Big Picture 1962 the email address for Paul Martin was causing problems. This has now been corrected and Paul hopes that any more names that are shown as unknown will be pointed out to him.
There has been an upsurge in viewing as this is the 50 year anniversary for the 1962 Group, see item below.

31st August 2012
Old Edwardians’ Annual Dinner

Class of 1962 - 50 Year Reunion

Clive Owens has been in touch with the College to find out if any members of the Class of 1962 are planning to attend the Dinner.
Please get in touch with rachael.biggs@st-edwards.liverpool.sch.uk if you would like to join him on a reunion table.
Members of the following year groups have already bought their tickets, would you like to join them?
1958, 1961, 1948, 1957, and ’The 1940s’
Information about the Dinner and how to purchase tickets can be found here:

Rachael Biggs (nee Eades)

25th August 2012
Message from Lindy Azurdia and family
Dear friends and family,
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Tony died peacefully at 3pm on Thursday, 23rd August.
Some of you will already know this but for those of you who have not yet heard, I apologise if this has come as rather a shock. He fought hard against his illness for eighteen months, and we have been able to have some wonderfully happy times. The funeral is to be held on Thursday 6th September and I have included details below for anyone who wishes to attend, you are of course very welcome.
With best wishes Lindy & family

The Requiem Mass will be held at 3.00pm, Thursday 6th September at Holy Ghost Church, New Wokingham Road, Crowthorne. Parking at Holy Ghost is limited so please consider car sharing where you can. The family will hold a private service at the crematorium following Mass, and will then go on to Cantley House Hotel in Wokingham (RG40 5QG) for a celebration of Tony's life.
24th August 2012
Anthony R Azurdia 1940-2012

Message from Terry Duffy
I heard yesterday evening (23rd August) from Michael Azurdia that his younger brother Tony had died during the afternoon. He has been ill for very many months with a variety of blood problems, involving regular day and stays in hospital for transfusions of blood and platelets. Despite all of this he remained cheerful and upbeat. Tony was one of my best friends from school days and I was a regular visitor to the family home in Grassendale. I played for his wedding and we have kept in touch over the years, despite his living in Sandhurst. His wife, Lindy, has been a tower of strength and they have a grown up family and grandchildren. Tony had been a staunch member of the Catenians and was a former Provincial President of Province 8 of the Association. The last occasion we met was at Westminster Cathedral when the Catenians were attending the Solemn Mass, at which I was involved in presenting a cheque for the cathedral on behalf of the Friends of Cathedral Music, a pure coincidence, neither of us expecting to meet !
Tony Azurdia October 2008 - before Old Edwardians' Annual Dinner

18th July 2012
Old Edwardians' Annual Dinner
Former pupils and their partners are warmly invited to attend the Old Edwardians' Annual Dinner, which will take place on Friday 12 October 2012 at the College. This popular event is held each year on a Friday close to the Feast of St Edward (13 October).
Ticket Information and Buying Tickets Online:-
Standard Ticket - #30, Under 25 Ticket - #25, Table of ten - #270 (buy nine get one free) The ticket price includes a drinks reception in the College Hall and a delicious four course meal.

20th June 2012
Mersey Tunnel 10K Race
On Sunday 10 June, Old Edwardians James Riley (1993-2000) (Liverpool Harriers) and Maria Barrett (1995-2002) triumphed at the annual Mersey Tunnel 10k race. James was first across the finish line at New Brighton Promenade in 31min 28sec, and Maria was the first female to finish with a time of 35min 49sec. The event saw more than 2,600 participants undertake the challenge to run from the 6.2mile course from Pall Mall in Liverpool City Centre to New Brighton.
Well done to 2,648 runners who took part and their many sponsors.

13th June 2012
Junior Bantams 1943-44
Frank McGrail OE 1942-46 identified a few surnames for this photo. He had also added last two missing names for a 2011 Dinner photo, table 15, being himself and his brother. I sent out to a number of contacts in the 1940-50 eras and have had great response, mainly from Jim Dillon who has filled in most of the gaps. It also stimulated other memories from a number of years. Pity the photo is not better and maybe someone can send in an improved one!

22nd March 2012
Message from John Kearney
Sad news for Old Edwardians in the 70 year old age bracket...Mike Judge, who lived above Bow and Arrow Pub in Princess Drive, West Derby, died last week. His funeral is at Anfield Crem on Monday next March 26 at 1:00pm
R I P Mike

14th February 2012
Message from Rachael Eades at St Edwards.
Subject: Old Girls' Matches & Champagne Afternoon Tea
Dear Old Edwardian,
You are warmly invited to take part in the annual Old Girls Hockey and Netball Matches and to attend the first College Champagne Afternoon Tea. These two events will be taking place on Saturday 24 March 2012 as part of Founders Weekend.
Please do contact me with any queries, or for information on sponsorship or promotional opportunities.
See St Edwards College WEB site for full programme of events taking place that weekend.
Best wishes,
Rachael Eades, Communications Manager T: 0151 254 7409

4th January 2012
A very Happy New Year to you all.
We have just heard that Colonel James Graeme 'Paddy' Bryson, who attended the College from 1922 to 1929 has been made an honorary doctor of law by the University of Liverpool. Details from St Edwards college site can be found via this link.

10 December 2011
UPDATE **** Christmas Message from Carl Falconer- President CIEA ****UPDATE
Sorry everyone Pre Christmas drinks at the CI has been cancelled as all rugby and football matches have been cancelled also.
Best wishes Carl Carl Falconer President CIEA

5 December 2011
Christmas Message from Carl Falconer- President CIEA
Some dates for your diary for Christmas festivities at the CI:
Saturday 10th December
Pre Christmas drinks at the CI after the crunch 1st XV game against Birchfield Game kicks off 2.15pm
Drinks at the CI from 4.30pm

Thursday 15th December, starting 9pm
Christmas Quiz
#5/ team Mince pies and prizes...

Saturday 17th December 8pm
Poker Tournament #10 buy in, re-buys until 1am Cash prizes

Opening hours over Christmas:
We are open every evening including Xmas Eve and New Year's Eve Closed 18th,20th,21st and 25th December.
Happy Christmas and I hope to see you over the holiday!

10 November 2011
Leesiders on YouTube
Peter Douglas OE 1950-56 is featured on clips some with Bob Buckle thanks to 'Wanderwing'

Click on Link bottom right on Leesiders Records page.

21 October 2011
Magazine Disk update. The latest editions to the project have made file size too large for a CD so now on DVD format.
28 early CI magazines from 1855-1856 (monthly) then from 1908 -2007 almost a complete set of magazines from CI through to the Edwardian editions.
Over 220 items.
Contact me to make arrangements if you would like a copy. huntscross2@gmail.com

Dinner 2011 went well and photos should appear once college is back from half term meanwhile temporary link via our HOME page then REUNIONS link.
23 September 2011
This message received looking for our help
"Hi, I'm trying to track down some of Class of '78

Mark Grosart
Phil Mokrysz Opthalmics, Manchester
Frank Potter Oxbridge
Phil Hughes Forensic science , Leeds
Dave Jones Manchester
Mark Clarke Fire service?
Paul Sergeant
Ashley Manion
Paul O'Hara
Dave Price Sheffield?
Eamon O'Brien Liverpool
Barry Cunningham Oxbridge
I have tried "googling" to no avail, although I think I've found Phil Mokrysz's brother John on facebook.

Thanks Alice Klaar nee Price-Smith"
Quite a list

16th August 2011
EXHIBITION Art lovers have particular reason to visit the Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool this month when an exhibition of paintings of sacred icons goes on display.
Pelikons is an exhibition of richly coloured panels by the Southport artist John Hart which will be displayed in the West Apse for three weeks from Sat. 27 Aug. John Hart, a former St. Edwards College pupil and one-time senior art adviser for Liverpool Education Authority, developed the collection of over 60 panels out of 150 pen-work vignettes of the triple cycle of the Sunday liturgy produced for the newsletter of his parish, St Marie on the Sands. He describes this work as his response to the sidelining of Christianity in our society and the attacks it faces in the media. Open day from 8am  6pm.
7 August 2011
More Prize Day magazines added, for 1962 and 1963, thanks to Paul Martin.
7th June 2011
Message from Joe Ratchford
Very sorry indeed to report recent death (31st May) of John in Minnesota,USA. Edwardian 1949-1956.Tremendous contributor to life, particularly (all) sports. Univ.Liverpool 1st class Hons.Marine engineering. Rugby++; UAU; and went on to captain and become President of Northern and Northumberland and played against Wilson Whinneray's All Blacks. After Parson's Marine Turbines closed he emigrated to The States.We have kept in regular contact ever since,the more so since e--mail. He has been over several times particularly for the Grand National and we had lunch together in April. Throughout life he stuck true to his Faith so hopefully a big RIP.
Obituary from St. Cloud Times

26th May 2011
Brother Ligouri Gillespie Funeral will take place on Tuesday 31 May at 11.00, Holy Angels Church. Wicker Lane, Hale Barns, Cheshire WA15 0HF.
for directions see the College WEB site.

20th May 2011
From the College WEB site.
The College is sad to announce that Brother Ligouri Gillespie, Old Edwardian and Former Headmaster of St Edwards College, died in Wythenshawe Hospital on Wednesday 18 May 2011. Brother Gillespie was born in 1935: he was educated at St Edwards College, St Catherines College Cambridge - where he gained an MA in History, and was awarded a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. He was Headmaster of St Edwards College from 1979 to 1984 and Provincial of the Christian Brothers from 1984 to 1991. He then worked extensively in Sierra Leone and Zambia. He was one of the Colleges most distinguished alumni and had a significant impact on the lives of many around the world.

Academy Status 03 May 2011
A message from Mr T Sweeney, Chairman of Governors and Mr J E Waszek, Principal:
We are pleased to inform you that last Thursday, 28 April 2011, the Department for Education confirmed that St Edwards College could convert to become an Academy with effect from Sunday 1 May 2011. Since the founding of the Catholic Institute in Hope Street in 1853, the College has undergone many changes in status. Each of these has added to the richness of experience enjoyed by our pupils and we are confident that this conversion to Academy status will enable the College to go from strength to strength. The name of the College is unchanged; although as a legal entity will be known as St Edwards College, Edmund Rice Academy Trust. We would like to confirm there will be no changes to the Admission arrangements, or to the membership of the Governing Body. We would like to thank the many parents who have supported the Governing Body during the conversion process.

April 14 2011
Total now 200 magazines and from 1908 up to 1990 looks to be only 13 missing thanks to help of many, Mark Kirwin providing latest four from 1919 and 1920. Because of changing number system not always obvious if not printed.
There are also Prize Day and Sports Day Programmes in this collection with and a selection of adverts from the magazines.
Please use this link to access the section.

March 25 2011
I was away earlier in the week but this sad notice has appeared in the Echo:-
Edward Denis O'Leary 15th March 2011
O'LEARY EDWARD DENIS March 15, 2011 Born Cork, Ireland 1927 Peacefully at his daughter's home, Liverpool. Educated St. Edward's College. Chairman of the Old Boys Association, 50 years service to the Football Association. Requiem Mass at St. Cecilia's Church, Green Lane at 10.00 a.m. on Friday March 25, followed by Interment at Yew Tree Cemetery. Family flowers only but donations gratefully received in his memory to Cystic Fibrosis c/o Thomas Porter and Sons Ltd. 66 Allerton Road, Woolton Village, L25 7RG. Tel: 0151 428 9040 Loving father of Denise, father-in-law to Derek, grandfather to Tom, Glyn and Harry (Nuttall). (Who trusted himself when all men doubted him but he made allowance for their doubting too. Rest in peace.) Dearly loved uncle to Dr. Michael Brooks in Maryland, Ian Brooks, Chicago Illinois, Capt. Philip Brooks, San Diego, California, Monica Andrus, Phoenix, Arizona. (Rest in peace Uncle Eddy.)
A Tribute page has been set up on College Web site.

March 4 2011
Three more magazines added one for 1917 and two 1918.

February 5 2011
1918 magazine and Prize Day 1907 added. 1907 has some early photos of Jack Curtin and Didge Rowe. This includes five photos of better quality than some more recent ones.
27 January 2011
Anne Crimmins sent some more magazines to add to the collection, many thanks Anne.
Are there any more out there we could borrow!!
11 January 2011
More magazines now added to complete the 80's section, some of the photos in the later ones are poor quality but plenty to read. This brings total to over 180. Overall we need a few gaps filling so please let me know if you can help.
3 January 2011
Happy New Year to all our readers.
There are more editions of Edwardian Magazine and first of the Image Arts Magazine recently added. Thanks to Terry Duffy and Bill Lomas.
14 December 2010
Hi Joe and Eddie
Just a quick thank you on behalf of all OEs for your extremely hard work on our behalf, it is very much appreciated.
I hope you and all your family have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful 2011. Best wishes Kevin
13 December 2010
Over 20 more recent magazines have now been added to the magazine section. These are the Edwardian series. The earliest so far is the 10th edition and we are looking to borrow any missing copies to carry on building these sections. huntscross2@gmail.com

1st November 2010
After finding an entry in a 1930's magazine on our Magazines CD referring to a family wedding Joe Chamberlain has put out this appeal.
For the purposes of family tree research, I would like to make (or re-make) e-mail contact with my OE second-cousins Philip (1949-1956?) and Stephen Keating (1953-1960), Peter Hill (1956-1963) and Terry Murphy (1958-1965) all, like me (1950-1957) and my brother Nick (1954-1961), great-grandsons of Winifred and John Chamberlain of Ormskirk.
Can anyone help?

28th October
Dear all
Just in case you are looking for something to do on Saturday 6th November, myself and Terry Loftus will be bringing our band, Coverup, to the CI for a night of 70's rock. #3 on the door, starts approx 8:30-9:00 Regards Martin Dooley

Reunion Dinner was Friday 15th October 2010 and St Edwards Mass was on Sunday 17th October at the Cathedral. (See college web site for details.)
The dinner was another successful event and enjoyed by all. I hope to have some photographs on the site in next few days.
We had available at the dinner disks with all the college magazines we have been able to trace. 11 from 1855-1856 and 126 from 1908 to 1984.
They proved so popular that we sold out, profits from the sale will go to charity nominated by the college.
If you wish a copy more are being produced and will be available for a donation of #5.00. Please get in touch asap.

22 August 2010
We have had an appeal/update from Mark Kirwan in connection with his entry from January
"Mark Kirwan is very pleased with the comments received following his queries published 14th January 2010 about the school chant, or cry, and the successes in the Liverpool Schools Football Shield. He still has a problem with the story of the Junior Shield won in 1921 when they beat Liverpool Institute. We want to hear from anyone who has a medal for this success in their family archives and, in particular, the name of the person who received it."

I have moved the message below to aid anyone who is able to help

from 14th January 2010
Mark Kirwan has submitted research in connection with our School Chant and also C.I. Football History.

21st August 2010
There are now 92 magazines to read on line and also many Prize Day booklets have recently been added. Please read the notes to get the best out of the section.
Very many thanks to all involved in this mammoth task. Access via home page from button below.
If anyone has any missing ones that they can provide on loan please contact via Notice Board email.

3 August 2010
I should very much like to have news of Joe and Gerry Peacock and of Br Butterworth all of whom were exemplary in their spirit of service. They lived the spirit of the gospel every day. Brian Ludden, SEC 1949-57.
Contact with Brian maybe made via this message board.
Photos of Gerry Peacock and Bro Buttimer appear on the BigPictures and many class photos.

1 August 2010
Extra photos added to Form Photos promoted from the second set now that more names are known, but still some to go.
This is with many thanks to Brian Ludden, John Cunningham, Joe Ratchford, Bill Lomas and John Le Roi.

17 July 2010
Extra photos added to Form Photos thanks to Mike Stephens see link
( there are also more in a second set of Form Photos, many need names.)

30 June 2010 - There is also the sad news of the death of Jim Murray at the end of April who was an old boy of St Teresas and St Edwards (1945-50). Jim was a headteacher in Skelmersdale and Maghull. In his early career he taught in the centre of Liverpool.

29 June 2010 - Bob Burns OE 1944-51, was the visionary publican who set up Flanagans Apple on Mathew Street, which was the UKs first Irish themed pub. He died on June 16 in Aintree hospital after getting a chest infection. He leaves behind his wife Joan. Bob passed away last week aged 77 after a short illness. His funeral will take place at 11am 29th June at St Pauls Church in West Derby, followed by an internment at the Yew Tree Cemetery.

12 June 2010- We have had many "hits" on our WEB since last Friday (4days) with over 450 visits and nearly 2500 page views thanks to Francesca's last email.
one of the messages is below:-
Prof John F Moorhead FRCP,who lives in London
I was in the first rugby team from 1947 to 1953 but I did not see my name on any of your lists. Nor did I see any other Moorheads  I was the first, followed by my brothers Peter, Paul and Bernard (twins). Several younger cousins were also pupils. It was interesting to see how much the school changed, there were parties, reunions and everyone looked very prosperous and not at like it was in 1943. We had extra milk and orange juice. Some of the brothers were much more at home in Gaelic than English. What your name is? I was once asked.
(John Moorhead has since found his name on a number of photos, Ed.)
Another was from John O'Garra in France who gave me 24 names for BigPic 1959 which are now added.

27th May 2010 We have received this from Francesca who has been a tremendous help to the Old Boys network.
We wish her well in her chosen career :-

Dear Old Edwardian

I hope this finds you well. I am writing to inform you that I will be leaving the College on Friday 11 June 2010, as I have a new job with the Alzheimer's Society Charity. I would like to take this opportunity to say what a pleasure it has been being in contact with you over the past four years and for your support at the Annual Dinners and other College events.

Kind regards


Francesca D'Arcy
Communications Assistant
St. Edward's College

26th May 2010
News from The Mayor of Chigley
We have our annual Charity 7s competition on Saturday, in aid of Marie Curie in memory of Bernadette Tierney late wife of our committee member Chris Tierney, #5 entry and a very good day!

24th May 2010
There are now 92 magazines to read on line. Please read the notes to get the best out of the section.
Very many thanks to all involved in this mammoth task.
If anyone has any other ones that they can provide on loan please contact via Notice Board email

9th April 2010
More magazines added in 1930-39 years. We hope to index them for easier searching as there are now over 75 on line.

4th March 2010
Nick Nelson wishes to remind all past rugby players there is a "Past Players Day" on Saturday 17th April. Hope to see you all there.

5th February 2010
We have added a new feature to give access to some selected magazines using searchable PDF files.
Access via our Home Page then School Magazines.

14th January 2010
Mark Kirwan has submitted research in connection with our School Chant and also C.I. Football History.

11th January 2010
Additions to Teachers Page with tributes to Mr. F. Boraston and Mr. Robert Allen

31st December 2009
I came across your site on the St Edwards website. I would like to know if anyone has any information regarding the art teacher a Mr Alex Morrison who taught there in 1964. If anyone knows anything about his whereabouts I would be grateful to hear from them. Best Regards, Vincent Ruxton (1958-64).
Please contact via site email address

29th December 2009
ROBERT ALLEN RIP December 22, 2009. Aged 91 years. Requiem Mass to be held at St. Paul's Church, West Derby on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11.45 a.m.

24th December 2009
A selection of messages in tribute to Robert Allen R.I.P. will appear at this link

23rd December 2009
Robert Allen R.I.P.--"Pop" Allen died peaceafully last night (22nd) in Leighton Hospital Crewe age 91. We will keep you informed of details but funeral expected to be week commencing Jan 3rd at St Pauls Church West Derby.

21st December 2009
It has come to our attention that Robert Allen who taught many at St Edwards in the 50's and 60s (till he was 70) and now in his 90's is seriously ill in hospital , can you please pray for him.

21st December 2009
Message from Joseph Lambton 1939-44 "I attended 1939/ 44' ; Form Brothers. Reardon Rouane Baylor Francis Principal J.O.Macnama and Head M.C Wall. Other names from a failing memory Melwood O'Brien O'Dowd Barter Rowe Mullen Curtain McGee. Pupils : Carter Rigby Parr The Davies twins Riley & so many more. Ihave once met Joe Merriman who was\is a priest..... ...................a merry christmas to all our readers. Joe Lambton." Any messages via the Notice Board.

16th December 2009
A selection of recently found photos ranging from 1920's to 1990's. Help required to put names to faces

7 November 2009
Reunion of 1953-60 group at the Everyman - Hope Street photos by E Quinn.
6 October 2009
New photos in Rugby Teams 1960's and also see Class 2Alpha 1957 thanks to Tony Morgan.

5 October 2009 Nick Chamberlain has sent in many missing names for Class 2A 1954/55, a few more names still needed

28 September 2009 thanks to John Keegan for new and updates to 13 names on 1959 Big Picture

28 September 2009
New photos of Rugby Teams in matches between Old Boys and School Teams 1955-61, thanks to Nick Nelson for most of these.

26 September 2009
"Dear editors, I have spent a happy hour browsing through your pics, recalling personalities and events. Its a great collection!"
Frank Morgan (1955)

24 September 2009
Austin McNally askes:- "My memories revolve around "Rugby" and "VI Science". If there are any survivors from those areas (46-49) I should love to hear!!" If any one wishes to contact Austin please use the "leave a message" button on NOTICE BOARD.
22 September 2009
Fantastic response to the college mail shot yesterday, as a result over 20 more names for 1959 picture.
There are more photos to add thanks to Nick Nelson, in next day or so, keep watching.

19 September 2009
New photos on many sports sections but also Old Pictures

5 September 2009
Feedback from todays mailshot:-
Francis Nugent Dixon - 1950-1958. "Great Stuff in the new photos ..... This site is becoming an institution ! Best Regards from Paris -Francis"
(We are pleased that our efforts are appreciated Joe and Ed)
5 September 2009
A timely reminder about the dinner in October, see School Song from 2008 Click here      School Song

2 September 2009
New photos on Rugby 1940's thanks to Phil Marron and Form photo's section thanks to Frank Waring
30 Aug 2009
Pete Douglas is on youTube.
It starts with him showing the steps of a line dance he choreographed, but then goes on to show him dancing it to music with a young man. It is taken at the Bvdabaden dance resort where he spends his summers.      DANCE
You can also see him teaching Qi Gong at Bvdabaden.      QI GONG
Don't forget the sound!
21 Aug 2009
New Cricket sub section for 1960's with thanks to Joe Quirk for many photos. He has also supplied a colour prefects one.

17th August 2009
New photos on Athletics, Rugby and Cricket sections from the 1960's also Old Pictures

3rd August 2009
New photos on Rugby and Cricket sections from the 1940's

23rd July 2009
McNAMARA - THOMAS RIP, July 20, 2009. (Christian Brother). Peacefully at Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, Surrey.
Requiem Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church, Beresford Road, Oxton, Birkenhead on Friday, July 24 at 9.30 a.m.
7th July 2009
Bernard Ramsbottom, Gary Crozier, Chris Walsh, at St.Eds with me 1942+ Are they still around? Frank Woods.

6 June 2009
New Section on 1950-57 pages. Other recent photos would also also be welcome.

15 May 2009 (This section updated 22 June)
New photo on ATHLETICS PAGE for 1954

24 April 2009
Catherine Leahy, possibly first granddaughter to check our pages and see her grandfather James Anthony Leahy 80B on 1956 Big Picture.

21 April 2009
Second success, John Le Roi 1948-55 located the photo he was looking for (see 20th Feb) and now in Form photos.

28 March 2009
Help requested by Bob Butchard 1951-56
I left at the end of the 1956 school year. My first cousin Brian Butchard was in the same year as me but we lost contact some time before I emigrated to Australia in 1965. Do you have any record of him through the old boys network?
Our first success, contact now established with Brian with help from Terry Duffy, Rev Des Alger and John McDonald.

28th February 2009
John (Cags) Callaghan is wishing to meet up in Liverpool for a drink with his 1951-58 contemporaries.

20th February 2009
Pat Brennan 1945-52 is asking for photos and information on whereabouts of Matt Brown who sat next to him at St Edwards and later became a teacher at the College.
M K ('God')Brown can be seen on this link.

20th February 2009
John Le Roi 1948-55 is looking for information and photographs referring to Bishops Court. I remember we had a photo taken by our formmaster (Bro. Coffey) on the college roof when we were LVAlpha anyone have a copy