John Handcock CVO DL (SH1944-47) has died
09 February 2021
Sadly John Handcock passed away on 11 January aged 90. With excerpts from The Daily Telegraph obituary, John was one of Windsor’s most prominent citizens, longtime Secretary of the Prince Philip Trust Fund for the Royal Borough, Captain of the Lay Stewards at St George’s Chapel, and hailed as an institution who probably knew more about Windsor than anyone. The Handcock dynasty has strong links with Aldenham including John's two sons, David Handcock (SHE1976-80) and Jonathan Handcock (SHE1979-83); his brother, Michael Handcock (SHE1945-50) married the sister of John’s close school friend, Richard Thwaites(SHO1944-49). John’s two nephews are Roger Handcock (SHE1975-80) and Trevor Handcock (SHE1979-84). Gaining an LLB at King’s College, London John became a solicitor, later senior partner at Lovegrove & Eliot, the oldest legal firm in Windsor. He was president of the Berks & Oxon Incorporated Law Society, chairman of the Bucks & Oxon Professional Council and a director of the Solicitors’ Benevolent Association. He was president of the Windsor & Eton Operatic Society.John was instrumental in the planting of an oak tree in Windsor Great Park for the diamond wedding of the Queen and Prince Philip, and the commissioning of two stained glass windows in Windsor Guildhall to mark the Diamond Jubilee. He helped Sir Kit Aston, mayor of Windsor, with the town’s 1977 Silver Jubilee celebrations, one event of which was a rally of 600 Rolls-Royce motor cars, representing every model made. From an unexpected profit of £35,000, the Prince Philip Trust was established, John drawing up its constitution. This was launched with a banquet at the Windsor Guildhall, attended by the Duke of Edinburgh.John was appointed a deputy lieutenant of the Royal County in 1986 and retired with a CVO in 2002.His association with St George’s Chapel went back to 1957, and when Dean Robin Woods created the Lay Stewards in 1966, John was a founding member; he was later captain, between 1992 and 2010, and played a prominent part in many services.Over the years, John attended many OA events and kept in touch regularly with the OA Office and often his wife, Peggy, wrote or called on John's behalf in order to impart news or ask for information. In 2014, he organised a 70th Anniversary reunion lunch for his contemporaries in School House. He will be missed. An obituary and tributes to John will appear in the next OA Review.James James-CrookPresident, OA Society & Governor, The Aldenham FoundationPicture taken at the OA Lunch in Kent, 2014.