NEVILLE PACKETT (OA) M.B.E., K. St. J., J.P., M.A., F.R.S.A., F.R.G.S, F.B.I.B.A., A.C.I.I.
We are sorry to report that Neville Packett passed away peacefully at Burley Hall Nursing Home on Friday 8th April 2013 at the age of 91. Neville attended Ashville from 1932 to 1939.
Neville was a former managing director of insurance brokers Sydney Packett & Sons now based in Shipley, which was founded in Bradford by his father Sydney in 1920.
He was a Bradford magistrate; he was also St John Ambulance county commander for West and South Yorkshire, a Freeman of the City of London, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a past master of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen of London.
He remained a great friend of the college and served as a governor from April 1970 until his retirement in 1996 after which he was an Honorary Governor until 2002. During this time he served as Chair of the House Committee, overseeing the ongoing financial health of the school and was instrumental in guiding through many of the changes in the 1980s. A generous benefactor, he provided on his retirement the display cabinets from the Soothill Foyer.
He was a larger than life character, an inveterate traveller and marvellous raconteur and will be sadly missed.