Heath Old Boys Association


Obituaries


Percival Graham Smith [Heath 1946–1951]

P.G. Smith, known as Graham, passed away on . He was at Heath from 1946 to 1951, before leaving to study Law at Leeds University. He became a lifelong friend of the Headmaster, Ron Swale, travelling on the school trip to Denmark, and was a member of the fives team. In his time at Heath he once climbed the inside of the clock tower and recalled the occasion when some sixth formers turned a Master’s car on its side and managed to get it through the door of one of the fives courts, where they left it.

After graduating from Leeds he qualified and practised as a solicitor in the Halifax area during his working career, as well as working as the Clerk to Ripponden Parish Council.

From the 1960s to the 1980s he held a variety of posts within the committee of Heath Old Boys Association and was involved in the talks with the Old Crossleyans after the merger of the schools.

The school was never far from his thoughts and in recent years he pushed to get the school’s annual Founder’s Day reinstated. He spent many happy years on walking weekends with fellow old boys and remained a regular walker until his early 80s. He leaves behind sons, Nicholas and Charles, daughters in law, Elizabeth and Jennifer, and four grand children.

Charles Smith