John B Upton (OH 1940-1947)
JOHN died suddenly at his home on 18th November 2006 aged 76.Whilst at the Cathedral School John used to play most sports including rugby, cricket and shooting.On leaving HCS, he was initially articled to the Hereford City Engineer before joining Peter Lind & Co, a firm of civil engineers in London. Later after finishing his National Service in the RAF, he moved to the Birmingham area where he worked for George Wimpey. John was later appointed Managing Director of Wales Construction ( Midlands ) responsible for all contracts outside London. JBU became one of the most competent and respected men in the industry.At the time of his passing, John had just been watching England defeat South Africa at Twickenham in The Investec Challenge 2006 Series on TV. This is now an event that is staged annually in the autumn in the UK and in that particular year, John would have been proud to know that England went on to become victors over all three major Southern Hemisphere countries, placing them at the top of the IRB World Rankings that year.He leaves behind his wife Dorothy whom he met whilst in the RAF, plus two daughters and five grandchildren.The above text has been adapted from an account of John's life as recalled by his widow Dorothy J. Upton, which has now been published in full in the OH Newsletter - 2007 edition.