Dr Eric Stefanuti

Eric Stefanuti (KES 1944-53); died 6 June 2006

Eric's grandparents migrated from Italy at the turn of the century. His father, who was born in Sheffield, attended KES.

At school, Eric was captain of tennis (possibly the first holder of this post). From KES he went to Sheffield University Medical School, graduating M.B., Ch.B. in 1959. After pre-registration house jobs in Sheffield, he spent periods in general practice in the Potteries and Rotherham. However, it had always been his aim to return to Sheffield, and he was successful in obtaining a single-handed practice in Ecclesall Road (though not without opposition from some people who thought that, with his name, he must be a foreigner!).

Sadly, his later years were marred by declining health, which led to his retirement at the age of 56. A keen tennis player and golfer, in retirement he became a skilled artist, embroiderer, silversmith and jewellery maker, and learned to play the piano. At the time of his death he was vice-president (and president-elect) of the Sheffield University Association.

Supported by his strong religious faith, he faced his illness, and its inevitable outcome, with exemplary courage and determination, which never wavered. His funeral service at St Marie's R.C. Cathedral drew a large congregation of friends and colleagues. Throughout his long illness he was cared for devotedly by his wife Gudrun, who survives him with their two daughters and five grandchildren. His sister, Eve, is married to another distinguished Old Edwardian, Norman Adsetts.

Ian Bronks (KES 46-53 + Sheffield University Medical School)

Eric was also a keen scout at KES, and there is a photo of him as a Patrol Leader. There are various mentions of him in the records - see
list1 and list2.