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George Edwin Moody

15 Jun 2023
Written by Cait Spencer

George Edwin Moody

1934-2022. BGS 1945-1953

From the Chronicle:

  • Dec 1952 Second Prefect and Captain of Fox’s (Red House)
  • Dec 1951 Awarded one of The Henley Evans Prize for Verse Speaking
  • Jul 1953 School Concert – ‘G E Moody and M Frost played a duet for two flutes by Ricci, ..’
  • Dec 1953 Awarded one of The Chairman’s Prizes for Verse Speaking, and The Philip Garlick Prize for the Best Debater, and the H.G. Robinson Prize for Music

Obituary privided by Tony Stirratt (OB 1952)

George Edwin Moody came to BGS having won a scholarship from his junior school in Flax Bourton. He was involved in most sides of school life becoming Second Prefect, appearing regularly in school plays and verse-speaking competitions and playing for the School at both hockey and cricket as a cunning right arm leg-spinner.

Having completed his National Service with a commission in West Africa, he duly went to Exeter College, Oxford reading Modem History. The time already spent in Africa drew him back there and he joined the Colonial Service in pre-Independence Tanzania. His years as both a district officer and resident magistrate in Dodoma with Valerie and his young family were immensely happy. Perforce after independence he had to return to UK to start a new career as a lawyer taking his articles in Wellington Somerset.

George became a partner the year after qualifying and all seemed set fair until in 1973, his wife, Valerie died of a cerebral hemorrhage in the garden of his home. A few years later, his second wife, Barbara brought with her the six children of her first marriage to join George's three, Tina, Richard, and James. With that number of children to raise, both George and Barbara established the best organised and happiest of homes for his enlarged family; great fortune that George had originally bought a home with plenty of room to spare!

Unfortunately, George's life was struck down with further tragedies, his younger son, James died when only 29 years of age, like his mother, he was a victim of a cerebral hemorrhage. His second wife, Barbara sadly died from leukemia in 2011.

George continued to live a full life in Wellington even after retirement, having been clerk to the Governors of Wellington School for 25 years as part of his legal duties. He later became the first chairman of the Foundation aimed at securing the future of this School.

George particularly loved his golf and remained highly competitive to the end. Like his life, it was always played to the full, accepting the challenges, loving the social side, never happier than when surrounded by his family, friends and the colleagues made throughout his long and fulfilling life. His values remained the same for ever - a most honourable, just and honest man who continually praised the teaching he received at his School.

The wretched dementia which finally struck him down meant that he could no longer remain in his beloved home. To the end however, he still enjoyed the company, the stories and the laughter which had been very much part of his entire life.

Tony Stirratt

Information found online

George Edwin Moody passed away peacefully at Chelston Gardens, West Buckland Road, Wellington, on 12th September 2022 aged 88 years. George was a loved and respected local solicitor, Rotarian, golfer, and clerk to the governors of Wellington School and will be sadly missed by his family and friends. A funeral service will be held at St John's Church Wellington at 1.30 on Thursday 29th September followed by a committal service at Taunton Deane Crematorium. Donations in memory of George for the Rotary Club, Wellington may be left at the crematorium in the provided donation box or made online through the Quantock Funeral Services website or forwarded to: Quantock Funeral Services, 10 Fore Street, Taunton. TA21 8AQ Tel 01823 661138.

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