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Obituary - Howard Tweddle

It is with regret that the Club announces the death of Howard Tweddle OI (1960-1969)
13 May 2020
Obituaries
TWEDDLE, Howard. Passed 22nd April 2020.

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Many thanks
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Jane Pope (Tweddle) and Jerry Tweddle writes:

We are writing with the sad news that our brother Howard Tweddle died on 22nd April 2020. He was a pupil at the school from 1960 to 69, starting in Prep B and leaving from the sixth form. He was an outstanding musician and contributed to the musical life of the school throughout his time there. He was also a brilliant scholar, particularly in maths and won an Open Scholarship to Pembroke College Cambridge to study Electrical Sciences.  Howard first worked in London and then Brussels. He moved to Ottawa, Canada for the rest of his career, working for many years for Mitel and more recently in start up companies, which he greatly enjoyed. Howard continued his deep love of music for the rest of his life, playing the double bass, bass guitar and piano in jazz bands in and around Ottawa. He is greatly missed by the music community. He was still working and playing until he was admitted to hospital at the end of March. Howard had undergone a kidney transplant in 2014 which had implications for his immune system and although he was fit and the hospital worked hard to support him, he died from complications related to Covid-19. 

Howard was married to Eveline and had three children, Eva, Terence and Mila and four grandchildren. He was a devoted and much loved father, grandfather, father in law and brother. He will be greatly missed by all the family, in England and in Canada. A musical memorial will be held at a later date. His obituary can be seen on the following link:
https://ottawacitizen.remembering.ca/
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Terence Blackford OI (1957-1969) writes:

I as so sorry to learn of Howard’s passing, it is a great loss and I extend my sincerest condolences to his widow and family.
 
I knew Howard throughout his school life, chiefly through our membership of Broke, rather than shared classroom studies. I got to know him best during his last year, when he was head of house and I was one of his house prefects. Whilst, it may be ungenerous to say he was the best house captain that I encountered during my long tenure at the school, I do not remember a better one.
 
Howard was so far above his peers academically, there was no point trying to compete with him.  Someone who knew him both at school and Cambridge described him as a genius, but he always carried both his musical and academical learning very lightly.  I recall that Howard once said that he had a photographic memory, or so close that it did not matter.  Although, some remember him for his baggy rugger shorts!
 
I have not seen  Howard since he left school, but his name came up at the half century O.I.’s Anniversary Leavers Lunch, so even after fifty years he had not been forgotten and demonstrates the respect that he was held in by his peers.
 
Apart from being a clever person but Howard was also a decent man, I do not believe that anyone can have a finer epitaph.
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Edward Hyams OI (1958-1969) writes:

It is hard to add much to the words of Jane and Jeremy, but here goes...........
 
I was very sad to learn of the death of Howard Tweddle. Howard made an immediate impact on teachers and fellow pupils alike when he joined the Prep in 1960. It was immediately clear that he was immensely intelligent, excelling in every academic subject and in music.  He was nevertheless modest and engaging and participated energetically in every aspect of school life, with the exception perhaps of a notable lack of enthusiasm for school team sports! Throughout our time at school he was a good friend as well as a challenge to keep up with academically. 
 
Howard was back in touch just a few years ago when we compared notes on careers based on electrical engineering and increasingly of late with an emphasis on the environment. We tried to meet up when he was visiting East Anglia briefly for a family event, but sadly it did not happen.
 
In our final year at School (1969), I recall we played on clarinet and piano our own arrangement of a well-known song of the day. It went down well - except with the then Headmaster who did not approve of ‘pop songs’ at a school event. We survived unscathed and times have indeed changed!
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