Posted on 13th February 2024
We were saddened to learn of the death last month of Harry Greenway who was the Association’s first, long-standing President until 2002.
Harry was a Conservative politician who was elected MP for Ealing North in 1979. He defeated the Labour candidate for Ealing North, Hilary Benn in both the 1983 and 1987 general elections and finally lost his seat to Labour in 1997.
During the 1960’s Harry was a schoolteacher of English and sport, later becoming the Head House Master of Telford House at Sir William Collins Secondary School for Boys, a large comprehensive school of 1,200 boys. He introduced several new sports to the school including horse riding, which was Harry’s main passion. He later became Deputy Headmaster of Sedgehill Secondary School between 1972 and 1979, a very large comprehensive school with about 2,200 pupils.
In the equestrian world, in addition to being President of the ABRS, Harry was a trustee of the BHS and also chaired a number of committees where his dynamic and determined approach benefitted all concerned.
Throughout his career, Harry was passionate about riding and kept his family’s pony at the school of our current President, Julian who recalls the large number of pupils Harry brought riding to the school. Julian’s mother, Suzanne was Godmother to one of Harry’s daughters, Evy and a strong friendship existed between the two families. Julian recalls the professional approach to all that Harry undertook throughout his career and, above all, the impressive speeches he made, most often without notes or preparation of any kind.
Harry is remembered as a charismatic, committed and hard-working individual whom we were fortunate to have as the Association’s first President. Our thoughts are with Harry’s family at this time.
Harry’s funeral will take place at midday on 8th March at St Stephen’s Church, Rochester Row, Westminster.
Article courtesy of Julian Marczak