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Obituary - Jack Davey

It is with regret that we notify you of the death of Jack Davey (OI 1944-53)
11 Mar 2022
Alumni News

Jack was at the school from 1944-1953 and will be sadly missed by his friends, family and all who knew him at the School.

We are conscious that many people from this time at school may not be in contact with us and we would be very grateful if you could pass on this information to those that you know.

As is the usual practice, we would like to place an obituary for him in the next OI Journal and would be very grateful if anyone felt they could come forward to write one. Alternatively, if you know of any stories or memories, please pass them on so we could put them together for the publication. Address any contributions to me through


With best wishes,

Iain Chesterman

OI Chairman


Jack was a contemporary of mine and I recall that he was good at everything which was more than confirmed by the research which I was able to carry out.

Born in Ipswich in 1934 Jack entered the School in 1944 by which time he was living in Waldringfield. He was strong academically and pursued many of  the opportunities which the School offered. He was vice captain of 1st XV rugby in 1952 for which he was the hooker and played for the 1st XI cricket team in 1952 and 1953. He was in the scouts and the CCF for which he was appointed CQMS. He took part in two school plays, Dr Faustus and the production of HMS Pinafore which was fondly remembered by the many who took part.

Living in Waldringfield he had easy access to the sailing club. He was keen on singing and played the piano which was mostly self-taught.

It came as no surprise that Jack proceeded to Cambridge where again he pursued his love of rugby and cricket playing for the Fitzwilliam first teams. After completing his degree in modern languages he did National Service in the RASC stationed in Aldershot and after being commissioned was posted to Germany.

Having joined an Anglo-German group he met his future wife Elisabeth and they were married in Waldringfield in 1959. They were married for nearly sixty years until his wife died in 2018.

After National Service Jack joined 3M an American conglomerate and became a senior executive, based in Birmingham, Manchester and London ending his career in Bracknell to where 3M moved their headquarters. Jack and family moved around the country with his job and he took the opportunity to retire early in 1988. Later in his life he moved to Camberley.

Jack was very much a family man with two sons and two daughters. He maintained his interest in sport and played cricket in various teams. He was an ardent supporter of Ipswich Town and watched many of their matches in their glory days.

Early retirement gave jack the opportunity to develop his love of stamps and postcards . He travelled all round the country buying and selling at fairs and auctions and he was Chairman of the Camberley Stamp Club. Jack visited the School for gaudies and was always very pleased to link up with his contemporaries.

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Jack moved to a nursing home where he died earlier this year.

Karl Daniels (1944 – 1953)


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