It is with great sadness that I write to the Lancing community today to let you know that the College has lost one of its most devoted and long serving masters. Ken Shearwood died peacefully on Thursday 5 July at home with his children Paul and Vanessa at his bedside.
A member of the Common Room from 1952–1996, Ken was, from the beginning, always a memorable figure, able to harness the energy and passion of colleagues, and he exuded a personal chemistry which was loved by OLs and engendered for them a lasting affection for their old school.
Ken was 96 and had lived an extraordinary active life: schooldays at Shrewsbury; service aboard a destroyer in the Second World War; commander of a landing craft; experience of the vagaries of pilchard fishing in Mevagissey; the joy of playing soccer for Pegasus; and finally all that he gave to Lancing, the hundreds of people who benefitted from knowing him as a teacher, Housemaster of Sanderson’s, football coach or friend.
Ken’s beloved wife, Biddie, died in November 2016 and wonderfully, they had celebrated 70 years of married life together earlier that year. His life was that of a true gentleman, blessed with an inherent kindness, an endearing and influential friend and loved by all.
If you would like to write to Paul and Vanessa, please send any correspondence c/o Lancing College, and we will be happy to forward it. It is likely that the funeral will be for family and close friends only and a memorial service for all who wish to attend in Lancing College Chapel in the autumn. We will let you know further details as soon as they have been finalised and they will also be published on the website.