Bryan Cozens 1944-51
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.
President Patrick Nobes writes:
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.