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Mr Robert Furniss Riding FCIB (OS 1958)

Stockport Grammar School was saddened to receive notice of the death of Old Stopfordian, Mr Robert Furniss Riding (OS 1958), on the 11th May 2022, aged 82 after a long illness.  The school was notified by Old Stopfordian, Mr David Morgan (OS 1959).

Mr Riding attended Stockport Grammar School between 1947 and 1958, before gaining a scholarship to read Chemistry at Christ Church College, Oxford University.

He was President of the Island Trust trustees, a charity that for almost 50 years has provided life-enhancing, residential and day-sailing activities for young people with special needs, disabilities, and those experiencing hardship and deprivation.  As well as supporting the Island Trust, Mr Riding was also a Stockport Grammar School Shaa Society Member, for which the school remains very thankful.  Mr Riding noted:

I am a Shaa Society member – it’s extremely well worthwhile as it enables kids who have ability to benefit from an SGS education regardless of whether their parents can pay.

Outside of his charitable endeavours, Mr Riding had a high-flying career in banking, starting his professional life a Williams Deacon’s Bank.  He later became Finance Director at Williams & Glyn’s Bank and then a Director of the former Royal Bank of Scotland as Group Treasurer before retiring.

Mr Riding was also Former Chairman of Conister Trust, Manx Classic Car Club, President of the Manx Motor Racing Club and classic car enthusiast.

You can read more about Mr Riding’s life in Issue 8 of the Old Stops’ Review here.

Mr Riding’s funeral will be held at 2.00pm on Monday 13th June 2022 at Bride Parish Church, Bride, Isle of Man IM7 4AT.  Donations to RNLI Ramsey.  Further enquiries to Corkhill and Callow Funeral Directors, 7 Dale Street, Ramsey. 813114.