Memories of Gus by Rick Stubbing, childhood friend

Created by Lucy 8 months ago

In his final year at Latymer, Gus was school Vice-Captain, Captain of both Athletics and Rugby and won the English Schools' 440-yard Championship. He ran for Thames Valley Harriers, where his exuberant post-match celebrations in the bar did not endear him to the coaches, as well for the now defunct Old Latymerians A.C., where he was an integral part of the fun. Similarly, at Osterley R.F.C, where such celebrations were mandatory, as with all junior rugby clubs both then and now. He still found the energy to enjoy the Jazz Club on Eel Pie Island on Saturday nights.
 
He went up to Loughborough to train as a P.E. teacher where his athletic talent was nurtured, but he was still able to enjoy time away from the strict training programme. At Loughborough, he met Mari, a student at the Art College, and they married shortly after coming down.
 
Gus taught for a brief time at Latymer and helped restore the Athletics Club to the prominent position it had always held in school athletics circles. He took up a position on the I.O.W. teaching P.E. at Sandown Grammar School (later Sandown High) and captained Sandown R.F.C., where his on-field performances and post-match celebrations became the stuff of legend.
 
He was an enthusiastic supporter of the I.O.W. music festival and remained on the Island, apart from occasional forays to the mainland when his daughter Lucy was appearing on stage at the Chichester Festival Theatre, or later at Cambridge University.
 
Gus finished his teaching career as a Senior Teacher at Sandown High and in later life survived two serious cancer operations, but died suddenly just before Christmas 2020.
 
He leaves his wife, Mari, his daughter Lucy and two grandchildren, Alexander and Clara. His brother Roger was also a prominent athlete.