James Hatley, Class of 1945

1929 – 2019

Jim was born in Chelsea in 1929. His family moved to Putney in 1939 but their home was bombed and the family was eventually rehoused in Roehampton. Jim was given a scholarship to City of London School at a time when the School had been evacuated to Marlborough. He was conscripted at the age of 18 and after serving in the army, Jim joined The British Tabulating Machine Company, which made business calculators in 1949. The company became ICL. Jim was then an Area Sales Manager at a company competing with IBM and was present at the birth of today’s computers. Later, he took various senior positions within the company in the UK, Canada and America until he retired at the age of 58.

Jim supported the Walton & Weybridge Amateur Operatic Society throughout his life, serving on the committee, appearing in almost every production and directing 15 shows. He was a National Operatic & Dramatic Association Representative and reviewed many societies in the southern area. Jim was involved in the Society for over 70 years and in 2008 he received a 60-year service award. Jim was made the President in 2013 and remained so until he died.

Jim passed away suddenly at the age of 90 on his birthday. He will be greatly missed by his wife Eileen, daughter Nicola, son Julian, stepson Darryl and granddaughter Freya and all his friends.

James Frederick Edwin Hatley, Class of 1945,