Stuart Blair.

Stuarts death has saddened old Clubs, and this page reflects the thoughts of some of the Club men who knew him.

RMO Andy Holdsworth writes:

I very fondly remember when I first met Stuart due to his, I believe winning, joke master story. This was at the Returners dinner in 2004, Stuart told this fantastic story about how Peter had made Stuart and others go for a run, I can't really describe the story in words to do it any justice but remember Stuart telling the story with great gusto, actions and everything else with the entire room in fits of laughter. Although the evening ended in 'interesting' circumstances on the mound, circumstances that saw both Stuart and myself giving statements the next day to the nice young chaps in blue whilst feeling a little hungover, I will always remember him for making so many people laugh while he himself kept a straight face.

Our thoughts and sympathies are obviously with Stuart and his family at present and I completely agree with the other gentlemen. It is very sad news when any member passes and he will be remembered by all those he knew for what he did for the club and those in it both past and present.

Glenn Parkinson - 86 writes:

Devastated to hear this news. I first met Stuart when I was elected to Chairman of the 16 Club in the early 80s at a time of extreme upheaval and uncertainty. He provided myself and my colleagues with the belief to rebuild the Club in college which undoubtedly allows us to be in continued existence today. My sympathy to his family at this sad time.

Stu Tilley - 73 writes:

As Glenn notes, without Stuart the Club and Returners would almost certainly have ended in the 80's. A great character with a wicked sense of humour, I will remember him as an organiser - especially of parties when he and Louise lived in Oxford! He will be greatly missed.

Somewhat longer thougts from Richard Jopling