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Gilly Gale (Gibbs) 1954-2023

We were sad to learn that Gilly Gale, Class of 1973, died in November 2023, aged 69. She leaves her husband Terry, five stepchildren, seven grandchildren, her sister Carol and niece Lucy.

Terry and Gilly were teenage sweethearts, having met at Esher Youth Club in the late Sixties. After four years together they parted when she went off to teacher training college in Oxfordshire.

Gilly spent many years teaching Biology, before retraining as a Media Resources Officer. She worked first at Cardinal Vaughan and then King’s College School, becoming a technical whiz long before many people knew what technology was, and earning huge respect and enduring friendships.

Three decades after they were first together, Terry and Gilly found each other again via Friends Reunited and had 20 years of family life together in a home they adored. They shared a love of travel and after the children had grown up, bought a motor home to explore the UK and further afield.

Gilly was an inveterate collector and constructed ingenious storage systems to house her ever-expanding belongings.  She had a passion for gardening and created exuberant displays, drawing on her lifelong interest, knowledge and understanding of the natural world.

She was known for her great sense of humour, her selflessness and empathy, her wise words and her capacious handbags, which contained every essential from lip balm to a monkey wrench!

Gilly is greatly loved and much missed by all who knew her. If you’d like to contact her husband Terry, we will pass on correspondence sent to

If you are logged into your Holles Connect account, you can see a photo of Gilly and her school friends. Gilly is in the front row second from the right, next to the girl in sunglasses.

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