My father Bryan Cozens who was an old
Pricean 1944 -51 sadly passed away peacefully in his sleep from
Coronary Heart Disease on Saturday 16th February. We had recently
had a lovely family meal to celebrate his 80th Birthday.
He had such fond memories of his time at Prices
School where, as well as studying Physics and Maths, he was very
involved in all things sporting: Hockey Captain I think, County
Hockey, Football, Cricket, he loved it all. He continued his love of
sport by Playing Hockey for Harrow. His spoke avidly about his
Christmas meals with the Old Priceans at the RAF club in London and
relished renewing acquaintances.
Daddy did 2 years military service
in the canal zone, Egypt and Suez canal, in the Signals as an
engineer and found the skills learnt invaluable when he we to work
for British Telecom as a general manager in Peterborough (where he
met my mother Jean at the local Badminton Club), then on to London.
He was Controller of Operator Services for the London region, a
board level role and also did a lot of work on the International
Telecommunications side travelling all over the world which he loved
and being one a group of 10 involved in the transmission of the
first man on the moon amongst other work with NASA.
back row: Wadey, Purkiss, Dimmock, Byng, Devlin, Rudling. Seated: Byng, Gregory, Cozens, ROJ, Turner, White, Nobes.
And a CC Field Day from L to R: Stone, Jarmain, Nobes, Devlin, Brown ("Bull" not D). About the same date.
I shall do my best to be at Bryan's funeral. I played in the 1st XI hockey and cricket with him, and was given one or two chances to open the innings with him, but he made runs and stayed there, and I didn't! He was a regular 1st XI soccer player, and occasionally I was promoted from captaining the 2nd XI to join him. He was very difficult to beat at table-tennis. He was a fine and reliable chap, and I'm pretty sure he would have made a better Head Boy than I did, but he gave me great support. (His only faults were that, although he was a Gosport boy, he was in the science sixth and was not in School House.) He was a great cyclist, and would have cycled round the world given half a chance. He was master of the Provincial bus timetables, a battered, much-used copy of which he kept in his pocket. He was very knowledgeable indeed about Big Bands, and introduced us to Stan Kenton et al courtesy of Miss Jewel who invited us to talk about the music of which we had knowledge - "Buzzy" was one of the very few capable of doing that..
I was not surprised to read his daughter's account of the things he did to help people - just what one would have expected. It was a delight to see him again at the OP Christmas lunches in recent years.
I attach, for the second time in a few months, a photo of the 1951 Hockey XI. Bryan is on ROJ's right hand. (Previously I'd sent it re Keith Devlin, who left us just before Christmas.) If I can find it quickly, I'll send later as another att a poem, written c 50/51 in which he features.