The Chapel at Framlingham College was packed on Friday 27th September for a service of thanksgiving for Major General Jack Dye who died aged 93 earlier in the year. Over 450 guests attended including his widow Jean and over 40 family members, The Lord Lieutenant and Lady Tollemache, a number of Deputy Lieutenants of Suffolk, many representatives of the Royal Anglian Regiment, current and former Governors of Framlingham College and many friends and colleagues. The service was led by chaplains from the Regiment and the College and moving tributes were given by Andrew Fane, Chairman of Governors, the Revd. Canon William Sayer and General Dye’s grandson Christopher Pattinson, a former College pupil. His great granddaughter Annabel Pattinson sang a moving solo of ‘God be in my head’ and the College Chamber Choir sang Purcell’s ‘Thou knowest Lord’.
Jack Dye was born in Great Yarmouth and served in the Royal Norfolk Regiment taking part with distinction in the D-Day landings in June 1944 and in Aden in 1964. He was the GOC Eastern District from 1969 to 1971 and Colonel Commandant of the Queen’s Division from 1970 to 1974. After leaving the army he became a Governor of Framlingham College for 38 years and attended Governors’ meetings right up until his death. He was Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk from 1983 to 1994 and enjoyed farming strawberries and asparagus and ran two shoots until the end of his life. ‘He was a truly remarkable man, having shown great bravery in his Army career, and a great ability to bring out the best in everyone and was held in great affection by all who knew him ‘ said Paul Taylor, Headmaster of Framlingham College. ‘The number of guests who attended the service is a testament to Jack’s popularity and although he is sadly missed so many have benefited from his wisdom, kind nature and advice and we shall remain eternally grateful for all that he did throughout his long life for the Regiment, Framlingham College and the County of Suffolk’.
Below: Major General Dye unveiling a plaque in January 2013 in memory of a former Headmaster of Framlingham College.