Forster, Neil Milward

Forster, Neil Milward

Brother of D.M.Forster (Star 1933-38) and O.G.Forster (Star 1939-44) and cousin of E.A.C. Haes (Star 1942-48). Neil was House Prefect, School Prefect, House Captain and School Captain.

The following obituary was received from T B Rucker, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire:

“Following a two year up and down bout with cancer which he bore stoically, Neil passed away quietly after a short stay at the Moore Cottage Hospital in mid November at the age of 79. A well known resident of the Village for the past 18 years, Neil will be remembered locally as a loyal companion, raconteur of note, avid gardener, history buff and challenging golfer. An unassuming man, few locally would have more than a vague suspicion of his outstanding achievements preceding retirement.
Educated at Hurstpierpoint, Neil was Head of School, showing both academic and sporting promise at an early stage. Following National service in the Royal Navy below decks he went up to Pembroke College, Cambridge to read economics and law where he also excelled in field sports. Neil won Blues in hockey and represented the College in both rugby and tennis. While still at Cambridge, Neil was selected to play hockey for England, and subsequently played forward in the side that represented Great Britain at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, winning a total of 15 international caps between 1951 and 1958.

A quote from the Hockey Association catches much of the man. ‘Forster was a renowned chatter-upper on the field, the despair of opponents and a generation of umpires, but always the most pleasant of companions after a game.’

Consistent with a love of the sea, Neil joined Clan Line Steamers in 1952 after coming down from Cambridge. He was seconded to India as Chairman of Shipping Conferences in 1963, returning in 1967 as part of the rapidly growing British and Commonwealth Group which Neil served as Group Managing Director from 1982 until retirement. In his years with B&C, Neil was a valued Director of many companies, both in the UK and abroad, with interests in activities ranging across shipping, airlines, hotels, property, insurance, broking and banking. A polymath of the City board room, he earned many valued, long standing personal friendships in his business career.

Neil first met Bar while at Cambridge. As an old salt, Neil would not disagree with the observation that ‘.. .the most important part of a ship is below the water line.’ They traveled widely in retirement. He is survived by Bar, three children and nine grandchildren.”

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