Hugh died peacefully in his sleep on the 9th May 2022. He had been battling numerous ailments for the past few years and fought to the very end. He was a loving husband to Jaye, devoted father and stepfather to Rupert, Giles, Lucy, Vicky and Katie and a doting grandfather to his 12 grandchildren!
Hugh was the founding chairman of Farnham rugby club – one of his great passions and one of his proudest achievements. He had many different business ventures, which included: manufacturing food containers for the army; Managing Director of a PLC specialising in tea estates in India and Malawi; a successful Property Development Company, which has been running for over 35 years; Golf Club Development where he engineered the takeover of a PLC in the short space of 4 years, finally ending up with a substantial portfolio of clubs when he sold his stake in 2001.
Hugh was a governor from 1990 – 1999 after he discovered the school for his daughter, Vicky. During his time, he was involved in the refurbishment of many areas of the school, most of which are still in use today.
This included the renovation of the headmasters house, modernising the science school, adapting existing buildings for the junior school and his biggest project was to build and project manage the performing arts centre, now known as The Aldridge Theatre. This last project he was personally involved with and was extremely pleased when it won a national prize for the best school architecture that year.
The headmaster at the time, Peter DeVoil, recalls his contribution;
‘Hugh was a firm believer in the ethos of the school, he admitted that he was not an expert on education, but always listened carefully to any ideas or proposals that I or others came up with, asked intelligent questions and made helpful suggestions. The school as it is today owes much to his vision, his contribution and his commitment.’
Hugh’s last great project was the discovery and the creation, along with a couple of close colleagues, in the development of a piece of scrubland in Grenada in the West Indies into a beautiful beachfront complex. It was here where, for the last 20 years, he would annually migrate from the cold and damp English winter for the warmth of the Caribbean. Many a video call would be conducted with him permanently tanned, sipping on a Carib beer, if only to make you feel more jealous!
He loved life and everyone who knew him will remember his amazing stories, told with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, as they were often quite rude! He always had a song, limerick or joke to hand and was one of the most positive, caring and charismatic of people. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew and loved him.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the dedication of the hardworking and extremely caring staff at Southampton General Hospital.