16 March 2017
Dear Old Citizens
It is with real sadness that I have to announce the death of Barry Darling, our Deputy Facilities Manager who retired just over a year ago.
Some of you will remember him well, and will know just how much he did for the School over the twenty years that he served here. He was appointed Head Porter at CLS in 1996 and then Deputy Facilities Manager in 2005. He came to us from service in the RAF, something of which he was very proud, reaching the rank of NCO Flight Sergeant
Barry was hugely involved in many aspects of school life; managing the School Keepers, putting CalFix together, and overseeing external lettings, amongst other things. He helped to organise the many entertainments we run, whether the Prefects’ dinner, JCC events or the refreshments provided for School concerts and plays. He used to take great pleasure in finding a theme for these; bread and gruel for Oliver Twist or more exotic drinks for Cabaret. The punch he served after the Christmas Carol Service at the Temple Church was legendary. He was a mainstay of the Friends of CLS, providing help and advice in hosting their events as well.
Barry’s most public role was the organisation of our Prize Giving at Guildhall. This was an event he planned every year with meticulous care. He could always be seen standing by, with all the organisation and efficiency instilled in him by his RAF background. Most recently he worked with the production team for the latest James Bond movie when scenes from Spectre were filmed in the underpass below the School. He will be very sadly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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