John William Runtz

Male 1926 - 2008  (82 years)


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  • Name John William Runtz  [1
    Born 11 Jan 1926 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Feb 2008 
    Person ID I0066  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2019 

    Father John Cyril Munro Runtz,   b. 22 Dec 1895,   d. 1970  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Lilian Monica Pericho,   b. 1894,   d. 1968  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 4 Jun 1924 
    Family ID F057  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Yvonne,   b. Private 
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F062  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Address by Brian ****** on 16 February 2008



      John Runtz

      A warm welcome to you all.

      It is my privilege, as his friend and as President of the Old Georgians' Association, to say a few words about John, who we are remembering here today in the chapel of St George's college where he was a pupil, as were his brothers - Jimmy and Peter - Fr Anthony of the Josephite Community here and in the USA and for a time Parish Priest of Addlestone.

      The St George's link is a very strong one, for the boys' Father, Jack , was also an Old Georgian and President of the Association.

      He it was who stood sponsor for me at my Confirmation in the old, homely and welcoming Chapel of those days.

      John left St George's in1943 and immediately enlisted in RAF, where he was selected for Pilot training. But the supply, after years of shortage, outstripped demand so he re-mustered as an Air Gunner, reaching the rank of Sergeant.

      Being Air Crew, with the Brevet, was a coveted mark of distinction in those days and remains so.

      The coming of Peace enabled him to pick up his sporting career and he was soon playing for Rosslyn Park, a notable First Class Club, and for Surrey in the Championship .He achieved eminence in the game as known and respected player, with many favourable Press reports, something perhaps not fully understood in these days of Professionalism. Later he was Captain of the Esher Club.

      He was a significant presence at St George's in my time here and he played each year in the Old Georgians' Rugby Match against the College. How proud we were to be on the same field as him and how encouraging he was to us all. We could well appreciate his skill and flair. The match had status when he played.

      When Boxing was reintroduced for a time he was our instructor, an admirable one - so light on his feet and so quick. But he watched over us and made sure that nobody was ever severely hurt. Skill was the thing. At other times he was seen to effect on the Cricket and Hockey fields

      More recently my wife and I were very pleased to welcome him for meals to our home in Addlestone. Many were the good talks we had of other days and their happenings.

      We spoke of things which are important and which bring happy memories.

      And so, we are gathered to recall him in memory in the Chapel of St George's, a place which meant a lot to him and where he figured prominently and where wandering s and uncertainties fall away. We call him to mind and think of him in our prayers, for which purpose we are here, together with Yvonne, today.

  • Sources 
    1. [S001547] Gurl.ftw.
      Date of Import: Jun 3, 2001



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