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A.J. R. PARKER (Crowden 1957 – 1961)

Jeremy, who sadly died on January 3rd 2016 aged 72, arrived at Cranbrook in the Spring of 1957 when he became a boarder in Crowden. He was a model student pursuing a wide range of activities in sports (notably as a speedy left wing on the hockey field) and the CCF, on the stage and as a high profile member of various Sixth Form Clubs.

Contemporaries of his younger brother Nigel (C 1964) remember Jeremy as having been “a kind and considerate senior who never used his status to his own advantage; a guy of real modesty and humanity; a good egg and a benign influence”. 

After Cranbrook, he went up to Oxford University, to St Peter’s College to read French and Medieval Languages. He joined the University Boxing Club and after winning his bout in the annual Town versus Gown contest, despite the fact he had not boxed since the age of 13, he won his Blue and fought at Featherweight at the Oxford Town Hall. A year later he was again selected to represent the University, winning his second Blue at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge. He might have won a third but instead he chose to take a year out at Grenoble University to improve his French. He retained throughout his life an uncanny ability to drop into the local dialect, be he in Normandy, the Cote d’Azur or the Haute Savoie. One time, in a bar in St Jean de Luz, the barman mistook him for a Basque.

 His successful business career found him located in the north of England on two separate occasions before returning to his roots in Kent.  He and his wife of 47 years, Annie, lived in Sandhurst, Goudhurst and most recently in Cranbrook, just two doors up from the old Crowden House.

 Jeremy took great delight in his family; two daughters Kate (H 1991) and Charlotte (A 1996) went to Cranbrook and his son, Ben, was at neighbouring Sutton Valence.