Edward ‘Ted’ S Portlock

St Peter's School

Edward ‘Ted’ S Portlock

Rise 1950 – 1956

Died August 2014, aged 82

Ted was born in Hereford on 10 March 1937 and schooled at St Peter’s where he became Head Boy in his final year. It was at St Peter’s that he first became involved with two passions that would stay with him throughout his life – rowing, where he competed for the school boat club, and aviation where he flow Tiger Moths as a schoolboy air force cadet.

Ted completed his national service in Canada as part of the RAF Flying Training Programme. After this he read Land Economy at Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he was once again active for the college boat club, forging a link that was never severed. After graduating he continued to return to Emmanuel at least once a year to coach the college’s crews for the ‘bumps’ races each spring.

After university he followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Forestry Commission where he spent most of his working life on the land agency side of the business. Ted’s job took him all over the UK, from Scotland to Hampshire, to Suffolk, to Cheshire and finally to South Wales. Once in Cheshire in 1980 he never moved the family home away from Chester, choosing instead to commute to South Wales on a weekly basis.

In Chester he returned to competitive rowing, becoming part of a successful veteran’s squad at Royal Chester Rowing Club, winning many trophies in the process. Whist working away during the week in South Wales during the early 1990s he met Lorna and when a shoulder injury led to early retirement from the Forestry Commission, Lorna relocated to Chester where they lived a very happy life, finally marrying in November 2012.

Ted continued to be involved with rowing, returning to Cambridge to coach at Emmanuel College and he was a regular attender at Henley Royal Regatta until the last few years when a debilitating back injury curtailed his mobility. However he was always able to muster the energy to get to his favourite place of all – the pub! He was never happier than when he had a pint in his hand and took great pride in having been one of the earliest members of CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale).

Ted is survived by his wife Lorna, sons Nick and Chris, and step daughters Jackie and Clare.