|7 Sep 2020
We are sorry to learn that Ian Havelock-Stevens (G 52-57) passed away at home peacefully on Friday 4 Sept 2020 aged 82 years.
His family have kindly supplied the following obituary.
Ian was born in 1938 in Singapore but his family fled to Australia three years later after the Japanese - siding with Germany- launched a suprise attack. In 1946, with the war over, the family returned to Singapore. At the age of nine, Ian and his brother Allan were sent back to England, first to prep school, before arriving at Bradfield. Ian found the separation from his family hard but threw himself into sport where he proved to be a great sportsman, winning awards for swimming, fencing and athletics. He was a great sports lover all his life - rugby, cricket, Wimbledon - nothing made him more pleased than when England won something, and he could feel proud of his country.
Aged 18, having scraped together a few exams he embarked on two years' National Service as an officer. Ians' being the last intake before the scheme was scrapped. So altghough his brother Allan went straight from Bradfield to train as an officer at Sandhurst, Ian's future was to be in business. He became a trainee insurance salesman - and the best thing about his new job was that it came with a brand new mini!
During the sixities Ian joined the territorial army as a Captain. He was a very dedicated reservist and made some lifelong friendships in the Royal Hampshire Regiment. In retirement he regularily went to talks at military museums and read widely about history.
In 1980, Ian took the brave decision to strike out on his own, this was the beginning of 'Marketing Matters', a truely innovative company. Sadly, the stress of this role resulted in Ian having an heart attack in 1990. After his recovery he went to work for Teachers Assurance, as their marketing manager.
Ian retired aged 66. He'd had his ups and downs, but could look back on a very successful business life. It was during his later life that he became quite involved with Bradfield again, regularily attending concerts and functions, avidly reading the school magazine, and getting back in touch with school pals. It was Ian's idea of setting up regional OB lunches, which led to the formation of the Hampshire regional lunch held annually in Winchester. This lunch has proved to be very well supported by Old Bradfieldians of all ages, and as a result similar regional lunches are also now held in many locations around the country, as well as one in Edinburgh.
Ian loved Bradfield and spoke at the Centenary Remembrance Service in Nov 2018 (pictured above) and in memory of his brother Allan Havelock-Stevens (G 54-58) whose name is recorded on the Bradfield War Memorial.
Ian always put the needs of others before his own, He was gracious to everyone he met and was the ultimate family man, a father figure to many and will be greartly missed by all that new him.