September 7, 2016, at 3:05pm
It is with great sadness we bring you the news that Malcolm Bussey has passed away, a much loved member of staff between 1963 and 2005, Malcolm was Housemaster of West Deyne from 1971 to 1986 and more recently was OU Secretary for many years until Richard Boston took over in 2005. Malcolm is survived by his wife Michele whom he married just before joining the School, and three children Neale (WB 78), Michael (LH 80) and Tracey (Fd 83).
During his years at the School Malcolm taught chemistry, PE, and perhaps most memorably he spent ten years as Head of Rugby, passing on his experience and his famous side-step to the 1st XV.
A full obituary will be written in due course but in the meantime here is the tribute written by David Gaine when Malcolm retired from his OU role in 2005, entitled ‘Our Malc: the Nineteenth Hole’.
“Malcolm Bussey was inextricably involved with the School since he appeared as a wee chappie in 1963, newly wed, and full of Yorkshire ebullience. After a short time we knew most of the details of an already illustrious Rugby career: I have personally been escorted to the actual site of many of his finest tries. He was, it must be said, awesome, able to run the entire length of the Leicester 1 without a single member of the 1st XV laying a hand on him (though one or two 20 stone South Africans and Australians managed it, apparently), and capable of demonstrating ‘the Majesty of the Drop’ (his words) from the half-way line.
His sense of humour, and his capacity for simultaneous self-deprecation and self-appreciation, were a heady mixture. I was lucky enough hugely to enjoy several tours as his assistant coach, most memorably the Colts tour to Bussey-land (Yorkshire and beyond) where his reservation of rooms for us all in the luxury Manor House Hotel, Saltburn on Sea (prop: E.E, Sampson, Mrs), resulted in Symington (5’5” high and round) and Hudson (6” high) having to share a bed in a room the size of a West Deyne study with three others, and Our Malc and I similarly had to share a bed!
Malcolm became Housemaster of ‘The Deyne’, as he always called it, at the tender age of 30, and his old boys look back on those days with affection and regard. He taught Chemistry extraordinarily well, and though never a day went by without his saying ‘it’s a hard life’, he took to all he did with the ease of a duck to water.
Malc was one of those people without whom life would be less fun, and among his many qualities is his absolute loyalty to his friends, of which I am proud to be one.”
Rest in Peace Malcolm, and our sincere condolences to his family and friends.