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Sean Francis Day-Lewis (M 38-49)

It is with sadness that the Club announces the death of Sean Day-Lewis at the age of 90 on 8th June 2022. He died peacefully at home in Colyton, Devon. A private funeral took place at Whimple on July 1st. A Memorial concert will take place later this year.


Son of author and poet Cecil Day-Lewis and brother of Nicholas Charles Day-Lewis (Junior House 42-42), Sean joined the Junior House as a Day Boy at the age of 7 in 1938 and left Allhallows in 1949, making him, as he remarked in his timely article 'The Long Day' which appeared in the OH Magazine 2021 (pp24-25) as probably the boy who spent the most time at Allhallows, Rousdon.


From the Junior House Sean moved to Middlemist where he became a House Prefect in 1948. He was a member of the XX Club and Dramatic Society. He won his 2nd XI Cricket Colours in 1947-48 and his 2nd XI Hockey Colours in 1946-48-49.


The Club can do no better than to refer members to Sean's article 'The Long Day' where he tells of his time at Allhallows and the poignant poem that his father wrote for him in the 1960's, 'Walking Away'.


The Club extends its sincere condolences to Sean's widow, Anna, his sons, Keelin and Finian, grandsons, family and friends. 


"I have had worse partings, but none that so

Gnaws at my mind still.  Perhaps it is roughly

Saying what God alone could perfectly show - 

How selfhood begins with a walking away,

And love is proved in the letting go."