Seaford College mourns the death of Joscelyn Johnson

Joscelyn Johnson and former headmaster Toby Mullins prepare to cut the ribbon to officially open the new hockey pavilion in memory of Canon Charles Johnson, at Seaford College in 2005
Joscelyn Johnson and former headmaster Toby Mullins prepare to cut the ribbon to officially open the new hockey pavilion in memory of Canon Charles Johnson, at Seaford College in 2005

JOSCELYN Johnson – the linchpin of community life at Seaford College for more than 70 years – has died at the age of 93.

Joscelyn died peacefully at home with her four daughters, Su, Jane, Sally and Anne round her bedside.

She joined the school’s academic staff in 1944 at its wartime home in Worthing where she met Charles Johnson, Seaford College’s headmaster for more than 46 years.

They moved the school with 75 boys to its present home at Lavington Park in the Easter holidays of 1946.

They did this with the help of the prefects, who were also the ushers at their wedding in the College Chapel on April 8, 1946.

Joscelyn had a first-class teaching degree, not only teaching many Seafordians but also all her daughters until the age of eleven.

She was a county swimming champion and also a fine pianist and organist.

She continued to take an active role in the school throughout her life.

In her 80s she wrote the history of Seaford, a guide to the school chapel and even a collection of family stories for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Tributes have poured in from past and current students and members of the community who have described her as a ‘wonderful person’ a ‘great lady’ and ‘inspirational’.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” said headmaster John Green.

“Joscelyn was truly a remarkable lady who will be greatly missed by us all.”

The funeral service and celebration of her remarkable life will be held on Sunday, November 2, at 2pm in the chapel at Seaford College where Joscelyn had worshipped for more than six decades.

The service will be followed by tea in the Mansion House.

Seaford College Chapel was central to Joscelyn’s life and donations in her memory will be put toward the repairs to the chapel roof.

Anyone who would like to donate should make out cheques to Seaford College (Chapel Fund) or contact: Angela Thornley at athornley@seaford.org or call 01798867870

The funeral directors is W Bryder & Sons at The Gables, Upperton Road, Tillington.