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St Peter's 13-18

Malcolm R Wroe

Rise 1958 – 1963

Died 22 July 2014, aged 69

Malcolm was born in Nuneaton in 1945, the son of a pharmacist. Whilst living as a boarder at St Peter’s School he became a chorister at York Minster. He carried a passion for music and signing throughout his whole life and even went on to study singing at the Royal College of Music.

After taking on a variety of temp jobs in London, he became a stage manager in the West End for hit productions such as ‘Noises Off”, ‘Allo Allo!’ and ‘Evita’. His job allowed him to mingle backstage with the likes of Tim Rice and Elaine Page.

In 1980 Malcolm met Ann and they were married a year later. During a Neighbourhood Watch meeting in the early ‘90s Malcolm volunteered to set up a youth club at Queen’s Crescent Community Centre. Its sole purpose was to provide a place for young people to meet, play and study.

At the same time Malcolm was facing a very difficult personal challenge; he had just been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer and was supposed to be taking it easy. After his initial diagnosis he was given just six weeks to live. Incredibly Malcolm lived for a further 23 years, battling his disease with unfailing cheerfulness.

Malcolm was awarded a Camden Good Citizen Award in 2001 as well as an Ambition Silver Award for voluntary service to young people. He is survived by his wife Ann and their three sons Simon, Pip and Tom.