Cliff Broad (1946-1951)



It was with very great sadness that we heard, not only of Cliff’s passing on 8th July 2010, but also that his wife, Pat, had died just a few weeks earlier.

After leaving school at sixteen, Cliff joined a shipping company as a junior clerk and rose rapidly through the ranks to become Managing Director. He was a talented footballer and, in his first season with OCFC (1958/59), helped the 3rd XI win the LOB Minor Cup – the Club’s first trophy. He subsequently went on to play, briefly, for Alec Godfrey’s 1st XI and remained a lifelong Arsenal supporter. Until illness intervened, Cliff was a regular attendee at the Annual Dinner, which he greatly enjoyed. His speech, in 1993, proposing the toast to the School and staff, is still remembered as one of the best heard at those functions.

Cliff’s cheerful, down to earth nature will be greatly missed by his many friends as witnessed by the large gathering at his funeral and, afterwards, at the Redlibbets Golf Club, near Sevenoaks. The Club was represented by the Chairman, the Secretary and Pam Ives, Phil Cowley, Bill Rogers and George Palmer. Our sincere condolences have gone to Cliff’s loving family at their doubly sad loss. A further tribute follows.