Rest in Peace: Stan Eddy, Loyal Old Boy

On September 12th, 2014, posted in: Alumni, Archive, News by

Wynberg Boys' High School Mourns the Passing of Stan Eddy

Wynberg Boys’ High School mourns the passing of Stan Eddy; Mr Stan Eddy, pictured with his youngest son Neil, then WBHS Head Boy, at Founders’ Day 1987

A requiem mass will be held on Tuesday 16 September, 11h00, at St Pius X Catholic Church in Plumstead.

Every now and again someone comes along about whom one can truly say was a Wynberg Man.

Stan Eddy gave new meaning to the word ‘loyalty’.  His first loyalty was to his family whom he served and supported without reservation. He loved them all and was immensely proud of their many achievements.

He brought these same attributes to his old school. He served the Old Boys Union for many years – first as an office bearer and latterly as the Union’s Trustee. In all his roles, he sought no grace or favour, but fearlessly challenged issues, even holy ones, if he felt the outcome warranted it. He was always driven by what he felt was the best for the Union and for the thousands of Old Boys he represented.

He showed the same loyalty to the school when he retired by volunteering to assist in fee collection  – where he showed his true character. On one hand, there was the commitment to the school to collect the fees diligently, but on the other hand was his compassion for struggling parents.

One of the first letters of congratulation I received on being appointed Headmaster was from Stan Eddy. Until overtaken by illness, he and his wife Joan were faithful and loyal supporters of every Prize-giving, every Valedictory, every Founders Day.  We would always be able to bank on certain non-negotiables. He would be the first to arrive; he would be wearing his Old Boy’s blazer; he would give a word of positive encouragement afterwards.

One of my many endearing images of Wynberg, is Stan Eddy standing in his ubiquitous blazer behind the goal posts at school rugby games. Whatever the score, he would never have a negative word to say about anyone on the field.   Tolerant of human foibles, he always displayed  a remarkable knack of seeing the best in everyone.

He was more than a Wynberg Man – he was a Wynberg Gentleman. Unfailingly considerate, always courteous, insistent on the correct ethos – he was an example to all of us who love this great school.

We pass on our sincere condolences to his family – especially Neil who has been a member of our teaching staff for a number of years.

We will miss our talisman.

Keith Richardson