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DEATHS AND OBITUARIES the harvest prevented him from going on the annual tour to Kent and Sussex. Graham also played rugby at Clifton Park for one season and then did not play for three years. However, that changed when he came to my 21st at Malton & Norton rugby club in 1972 and I persuaded him to come and play rugby there with me, which he did at the start of the 1973/74 season. This marked the beginning of a long and fulfilling connection with the club both as a player and socially. Graham captained the club for the 1975/76 season and only six games were won. Writing a piece for Jos Sturdy’s history of the club, the first 50 years, Graham gives a good insight as to the enjoyment and good friends he made whilst playing for Malton. In 1978, we both got married. Barbara and I in September, and Graham and Anne in December. Graham was my best man and I was his. Their first daughter (my goddaughter), Elizabeth, was born in 1981 and my son (Graham’s godson), James, was born the following year. Graham and Anne went on to have seven children and with such a large family we did not see as much of them as we would have liked. We usually saw Graham about twice a year and invariably at the St George’s Night dinner at the rugby club. I was so pleased that I saw Graham on the Tuesday before he died. As I was about to leave we shook hands and he thanked me for visiting and for the good wishes from everyone at the club. It never crossed my mind that this would be the last time we spoke to each other. and 1st X1 cricketer. His schooldays at Pocklington were the start of a long association with the school, which saw him as pupil, parent and, later, as School Governor (1980 to 2002) and Life Patron. This was a role he was particularly committed to and he was very proud of the way the school has developed and thrived. After the war, David moved to Burton Fleming to take on the running of his own farm. His experiences on the farm saw massive changes and he would often talk about working with horses in his younger days. He was married to Doris in 1951 and has two sons and two grandchildren. He continued to play local cricket and was a good all-rounder, very capable with both bat and ball. He was a great supporter of village life in general and, among other things, was an enthusiastic church warden and member of the Deanery Synod. He served on the Parish Council as Chairman for many years. Soon after moving to Burton Fleming, he was elected to the Bridlington Rural District Council and remained on the Council after it became first North Wolds in 1974 and then East Yorkshire in 1981. He served as Mayor of East Yorkshire in 1987/8. David died peacefully on 18 July 2018. (Chris Southwell, 61-71) (John Machin, 60-69) Justin Edward John Twelftree (78-83), a Senior Research Assistant for Oliver Wyman, died in March 2018 aged 52 of a traumatic brain injury. He was well considered by all those he worked with for his professionalism and determination to complete all his duties to the best of his ability. Justin was born in Crick, Northamptonshire. His father John was involved in retail food management. His mother Bee was a mid-wife – they moved around quite a lot with John’s job but settled in Nottinghamshire where they still live today. 28 After sixth form, he attended Newark Technical College to improve his grades so that he could go to Polytechnic. He also took time to travel to France and Spain, which broadened his outlook on life. Justin attended PNL (Polytechnic of North London) studying French and Philosophy between 1986 and 1990. He loved the French language and loved visiting the country. He took part in grape harvesting and was also a goat herd on a farm in the South of France. It was at PNL that he met is wife, Cathy, in 1988. Cathy was also studying French and they decided to live together in Bethune, Northern France during their year abroad as English Assistants. After graduating in 1990, they moved into their first house in London and married a year later. Their son Oliver was born in 1994. Justin’s first ‘proper’ job after graduating was working for Pims keeping the European media directories up to date. Then he worked for EMAP for several years on a publication called: ‘Containerisation International’ – updating container and shipping information. Wherever he worked, he was known for his sense of humour and the strong friendships he forged. He stayed in research when he landed a job at Oliver Wyman (Mercer Management Consultancy). This was his last job and he worked in the company for 21 years. He became an expert that consultants relied on to provide them with the necessary information to resolve many company’s performance issues – initially in transportation but later on in the retail sector as well. He was held in high esteem throughout Oliver Wyman not just in the London Office but also in their research departments throughout the world. Graham lived life to the full. He worked hard and played hard. He has been a great friend to me and many others. However, above all he was a family man. He loved Anne, the children and grandchildren with a passion and he will be sadly missed by them and all that knew him. David Vickerman Southwell (39-44) was born in 1928 and brought up on his father’s farm in Thorpe Bassett with elder sister Elisabeth and younger brother Tim. He spent the war years at Pocklington School, boarding at the Lodge, which he often spoke of fondly. It was very close to the airfield and the Halifax bombers taking off each night made a great impression on him. He was a keen rugby player He became quite a talented Hockey player. He just wanted to excel at whatever he did. Apart from playing at school, he played in goal for South Nottingham Hockey club, Bethune Hockey club in France and Southgate Adelaide. The seeds of Justin’s hard-working attitude were planted during his time at Pocklington School, which he attended between 1978 and 1983 His housemaster was Chris Solomon and he really enjoyed the company of the other boys in his house; they were like extended family. He forged friendships that remained with him all his adult life. Pocklington also nurtured his sporting prowess. A keen cycling enthusiast, Justin insisted on travelling into work on his bike every day partly to keep fit, partly as he disliked relying on public transport. Cycling was a hobby as well; he travelled all over Chile and France on his bike. More often than not, his travels were with a close friend, Andy, whom he had known since he was 8 years old. Justin was never still. When he was not working, he was going somewhere, helping someone – bored was a word that did not exist in his dictionary. Over the years, he had many interests: growing his own vegetables, cycling, playing hockey, taking part in triathlons, hiking and carpentry. It was whilst hiking with a group of friends in Scotland that he incurred his fatal brain injury after a bad fall. He died two weeks later in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on 15 March 2018. He is survived by his wife Cathy and son Oliver, his parents Bee and John and his brother Dominic. (Cathy Twelftree)