Kevin Murphy-O'Connor

Kevin, seen here on the far right, with his three brothers, Brendan, Declan and Finbar.

We received the following sad news from Finbar Murphy-O'Connor who was a teacher at Wimbledon College from 1971 - 1977.

My brother Kevin died suddenly on Saturday 11 July 2020, aged 88, after an aorta aneurysm in Hove, Brighton.

Many Old Wimbledonians will remember Kevin as a keen follower of Wimbledon College and the Old Boys being a stalwart of the Old Dowegian, particularly in their sporting ties.

There will be a Requiem Mass in Hove on Monday 27 July 2020 at 11:30 am.

It will take place at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Brighton:

The Church of the Sacred Heart

39 Norton Road



The mass will be live streamed at

There is limited capacity, so please inform his brother Finbar by phone on 01273 706484 or email if you are planning to attend.

Paul Layet RIP

It is with sadness that we have received the news that Paul Layet passed away on the 20th May aged 72.

Paul went to the College from St. Cecilias primary school and was at the College from 1960 - 1966. He attended the class of 66 reunion lunch last July.

At the College he was an excellent all-round sports man and he captained the Rugby Seconds and the Cricket Firsts. He was a very pleasant and likeable boy at the College and in life. He captained the Old Boys rugby team but suffered an injury that kept him from playing for most of the season.

He had been battling prostate cancer in recent years. His funeral is in June and his wife, Elizabeth plans to hold a memorial service at a later date if possible.

The Times published his obituary on 27 May.

The funeral page can be found here should anyone wish to make a charitable donation in memory of Paul or add a message to the Book of Remembrance.

Times Obituary for Paul Layet

RIP Justin Daurat

We are very saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of Old Boy Justin Daurat, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in April.

Justin attended Wimbledon College between 1991 and 1993 and played over 100 games for the Old Wimbledonians Football Club between 1995 and 2010, also managing the 3rd team for a period.

‘Jae’ was a very popular member of the club whose passion for music was as big as his Love of football. Many locals may recognise him from his regular stints as karaoke compare or talented singer at the Raynes Park Tavern.

Unfortunately we have very few other details. Please however keep those he has left behind in your prayers.

Damian Woodward

Chairman Old Wimbledonians FC

Bryan Snalune

The OWA are sad to announce the passing of Bryan Snalune a few days ago. No further details are known.

Bryan taught at the College for many years ending up as Deputy Headmaster. He became an integral part of the OWCC for much of that time. He was a very canny quickish off-spin bowler who used his height to get loads of bounce. He was a Captain’s dream in tight situations because he was difficult to score off and could keep an end quiet for many overs. He was no mug with the bat either.

Above all he was a delight to have in the team with a wry sense of humour and laughter was never far away wherever he was.

In his career after leaving the College he became Headmaster at Bishop Thomas Grant in Streatham Hill and subsequently went on to higher realms in the educational establishment.

May he rest in peace.

Thanks to all of you for your messages of condolence, these have been passed on to his wife. There will be a private cremation soon and a Memorial Service in due course.

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