No. 188

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  Autumn 2015


Ralph Patrick Thomson (FN 52-57).

Edward Thomson (F 51-55) has submitted the following:

Ralph, (also known as Rudolf or Rupert) (the younger brother of Andrew Thomson), died peacefully at home on 22nd June, after a fortnight in hospital, suffering from a bacterial infection in his leg which led ultimately to heart failure.

He left a much loving wife, Kathy, two sons (Andrew and Patrick) and two grandchildren (Ralph Peter and Henry).

Ralph’s time at St Bees was marked by his sporting successes. He was a keen cricketer, golfer and squash player and represented the school at rugby, cricket, athletics, and cross country running.

After school, he was for a period of time at Edinburgh University where he continued his sporting successes, representing the University at both squash and golf. He also loved spending time walking in the Scottish Highlands.

He then worked in banking for a short period, before entering the Civil Service. Again he made his mark in the sporting field, playing squash for a Civil Service team. He won the Civil Service trophy so often it became known as the “Ralph Thomson Trophy”.

Regrettably, his career was cut short due to heart problems, which forced his early retirement.

In his latter years he became a very good bridge player, playing at the Carlton Club in Low Fell.

He will be sadly missed.



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