8th October, 2014
Passing of Danny Porjes
It is with deep sadness that we ask you to inform the Wittinghame family of the
death of Danny Porjes who passed away last week aged 70. Danny attended school from 1959 to 1963.
Danny was a very special person. Always a true gentleman, he was kind, warm-
hearted and totally lovable. A loving husband, an exemplary father ,a dotting
grandfather and the very best friend one can hope for.
He leaves behind a grieving wife, Bina (
) his daughters Karin and Michelle , grand children and families and dozens of
truly broken hearted friends.
He will be greatly missed.
May his soul rest in peace.
Although we have never met, please accept my sincerest
condolences. I remember Danny from Whittingehame, playing
the piano. To this day, I marvel at the talent. I always
wished I could do the same!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Baruch Dayan HaEmet
Nora and I were devastated
when we got the call from Isaac this morning. We cherish the
memory of Dan's smile, warmth, musical talent and long lasting
We will miss him terribly. When you attend the Yom Kippur and
other services, please include him in your prayers, DAN BEN HANS
May you rest in peace, dear
Jack & Nora
What a shock. Handsome Danny who always looked in top form --
suntanned and dedicated to his Friday tennis game -- is gone.
Last I saw him, he looked the perfect picture of a healthy
Israeli, benefiting from the country's lovely weather and all
that it has to offer. With his beautiful and adoring wife at
his side and two stunning daughters, he had it all.
There are two things I'll
always remember about Danny:
First, was his handsome
French movie actor looks, always wearing his tie with a slightly
open collar, as if making a statement of defiance to English
convention and setting his own personal style. And that goes
back to the early 1960s, when we were still in our mid teens.
Second, was his amazing
musical talent. Having never been formally tutored in music,
he'd sit by his piano (or keyboard) and produce the most magical
of melodies, composed right there on the spot, for our listening
pleasure. What an innate talent.
And now he is gone, not yet 70 years of age. I will all miss
him terribly. Dearest Bina, my thoughts and prayers are
with you and the family.
Itzahak just informed me that -Unfortunately and with deepest
regret and sadness our beloved friend Danny Porges past away a
few hours ago. His wonderful wife Bina took care of our dear
friend to the last moment with all the love possible.
We shall treasure our
memories with Danny and shall always remember him with our love.
Baruch Dayan HaEmet
I am in total shock, with the sad news of loosing so prematurely
another of the "Jewels of the Crown"!
Dany was like a brother to me, as I met him at the same time I
met Edgard, while living in Paris in May 1968.-1971 We made an
immediate bond and became best of friends. He used to share an
apartment with Edgard in gorgeous Paris at that time, and it was
like the "odd couple", Dany so organized and meticulous in every
thing and Edgard a little bit messy in comparison with Mr.
Perfection", Afterwards my Edgard learned from his room mate,
and became also Mr. Perfection #2"...
We shared lots of happy
anecdotes during the revolution of '68 in Paris, and later on
when I met his better half Bina, one of my closest friends, we
became quite attached to each other. He will always be
remembered with his good looks, so elegant, and so romantic
every time he sat down in his piano to delight his guests with
his musical talent.
Bina my dear, be strong, and just think that we have our two
angels looking after us from up above!
Wish I would be there
next to you to hug you and give you my support and warm
friendship in this hard moment.
May he rest in peace, much love
I'm so, so sorry. I just heard the devastating news this moment
. I don't even know what to say.
Danny was such a
wonderful friend to Joe and such a good guy. He Always had a
smile on his face and a showed true love to all his family and
We shall always treasure
the good times we had together and may his memory be a source of
comfort to you and your family at this most difficult time .
Michele and Joseph Romano
16th August, 2014
Passing of Chaim Henry Gehl
It is with
sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Chaim Henry Gehl (1957-1962),
brother of Zorach Gehl. Chaim was one of the first five members who
started our Whittingehame Club and became our second chairman.
Chaim participated in the activities of the club and attended most of the reunions . He had
a wonderful personality and was loved by everyone.
Chaim sadly passed away 15/08/2014 in Israel after being in a coma for 2 weeks.
10th August, 2014
I am please to inform you that several weeks ago, three memorial park
benches in memory of our beloved teacher, Ella Smith, were unveiled in
the central park of Carmarthen, Wales — Ella and Eldon’s home since the
closure of our beloved Whittingehame College. Below you’ll find several
photographs of the benches and the plaque that adorns each bench. The
1921 — 2014
David’s, Brighton and Carmarthen
By Her Grateful Pupils From
Eldon and his family were present at the inaugurating ceremony and to
quote Eldon and Betty: “the benches are marvelous.” Eldon and the
family are extremely pleased and they thank all Whittingehamian for
their concern and kindness.
The benches were
funded by several (about 10) of your fellow Whittingehamians. We did
not launch a school-wide fundraising campaign because of time
constraints and our desire to save such an effort for the Whittingehame
Memorial project, which will follow.
If you wish to
donate funds in memory of Ella, the family suggests a contribution to
the Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund at the Macmillan Cancer Support.
Below you’ll find a document on the Fund and how to contribute to it.
Please make sure that your donations specify the Ella Owen Smith
Memorial Fund and the name of the MCS executive in charge of the
account, Ms. Jackie Phillips. Once the contributions are in place, MCS
and the Smith family will decide how to commemorate Ella’s memory. For
those of you in the US, note that your contributions are tax deductible
(under Section 501.c3), if you make your contributions thru the American
Friends of Macmillan (see attachment). Otherwise, please use the
attached donation form and mail your contribution directly to the MCS
Now that the
commemoration of our beloved teacher is complete, we can turn our
attention to the Whittingehame Memorial project, where we can
memorialize all departed teachers and pupils. This is a substantially
more complicated project, and thus it requires careful and professional
analysis and execution. Idle, and impatient, calls to ‘let’s decide
and move with it’ will likely doom the project. As we proceed, we
should consider such issues as: cost, fit-for-purpose, on-going
maintenance, perpetuity, etc. I’ll try to find time and put my thoughts
in an email in the coming weeks, but I will NOT coordinate this effort
and will leave it to others to take it from here.
The Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund
Confidential May 2014
Thank you so much for getting in touch with Macmillan Cancer Support. We are sorry to hear about your teacher, Ella Owen Smith, and it a lovely gesture that you are considering honouring her with a gift to Macmillan. We are grateful to you for thinking of us in this manner and have set up the Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund in her name.
Supporting people affected by cancer is a wonderful way to pay tribute to someone special like Mrs Owen Smith. Below you can see how you can make a contribution, based on your location and what might be the best means for you.
All gifts will be restricted to the Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund, and spent in consultation and agreement with her family.
We look forward to hearing from you and thank you.
How to make a gift
For all gifts, please note somewhere on the correspondence that the gift/s should be attributed to:
- The Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund and,
- Please also use my name, Jackie Phillips, as a reference. That way, we can track donations easily.
For ALL donations regardless of your location, you can:
- Use the donation form attached. If you choose to give in your own currency, please be aware that the figure received may fluctuate slightly as we will convert it into sterling.
- Transfer funds directly to our account:
A/c Number 27114767
Sort Code 56-00-33
National Westminster Bank Plc
27-29 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AY
A/C Name Macmillan Cancer Support
- Call our Fundraising Support Centre on 00 44 (0) 300 1000 200, and we can take a credit or debit card payment over the phone. Our lines are open 9am – 5pm GMT, Monday to Friday.
- Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’ in pounds sterling or in your local currency to our head office, at Macmillan Cancer Support, 89
Albert Embankment, London SE1 7UQ. Please note, bank charges may be deducted from your donation when using this method, so the other two options are the most cost-effective for us.
Confidential May 2014
For UK dwellers only, you can:
- Go to our website and give at:
For US dwellers who would like to take advantage of 501c3:
The American Friends of Macmillan was formed in 1991 as the US affiliate of Macmillan to support its charitable programmes.
American Friends of Macmillan operates in a manner typical of American Friends organisations. It is fully qualified as a public charity described in section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. Accordingly, amounts contributed to it are deductible for US tax purposes. It may devote funds received by it to any purpose consistent with its charitable objects, as dictated by its Board of Directors.
People wanting to contribute funds in support of Macmillan but also wishing a US income tax deduction often make their donation to the Friends with a request that the Friends provide support to Macmillan.
Should you wish to make a donation in this way, you can send a cheque in dollars to the
‘American Friends of Macmillan Cancer Support’, who are based in the US - for the attention of Jerry McCoy. He will process the gift and you will receive any 501c3 benefits, as
applicable. Once the funds are received by AFMCS, Macmillan are notified and we will then
‘apply’ for the funds via grant proposal. The funds are then transferred to our UK account.
Please send donations to: Jerry Mc Coy
American Friends of Macmillan Cancer Support
1720 N Street Nw
Washington, District Of Columbia 20036
Alternatively you can donate online via here
Please note Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund and Jackie Phillips on correspondence to
We do have an off-shore account for any donors who might wish to avail of this. This is a much more rigorous process, and we would be happy to provide further detail separately as required.
I hope this is helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you again.
020 7840 4830
Confidential May 2014
12th February, 2014
Ella (DOB 20.11.21) died last night (11.2.14). She loved you all.
My Dear Eldon
I was deeply upset by the sad news of the loss of your dear sweet
Ella. She was a wonderful woman and while you said she loved us all
you must know that we all loved her dearly too and I know I speak
for all Whitniks when I say a little bit of our lives has passed
on. I remember you had not been married too long when I arrived at
the school in 1951 so your marriage was indeed a very long and happy
one, more than many of us have been able to achieve. It is quite
curious because for the last week or so I have been getting
increasingly concerned that we haven't had one of your emails for
quite a while and I was rather nervous about writing for fear of
what I might hear. Now all is clear and my worst fears have been
You know Eldon that on occasions like this it is customary to wish
the bereaved a long life and that wish was never more sincerely
meant than it is now. We all wish you a long life for, apart from
the deep affection in which you are held by us all, you represent
the last link with our happy days spent at Whittingehame.
I woke up this morning to the shocking news of Ella’s passing. It
was difficult to comprehend and absorb, because it was only a couple
of months ago that we talked on the phone and she sounded her old
self. But I am not the only one. Ella was loved and admired by
each and every Whittingehamian and the sad news has reverberated
around the world. Emails of the sorrowful event have circled the
globe many times, all pouring love and fond memories for our dear
Eldon, I know how much Ella
meant to you over these many decades you have spent together. I
cannot even imagine the loss you now feel. But if it a small
consolation, you are in the thoughts and prayers of all of us. And
all of us are standing ready to help you in any way we can. Please
be strong, we are all standing shoulder to shoulder with you.
Finally Eldon, please accept my
deep and truly heartfelt condolences on this monumental loss.
I have only just now received Nisky's email.
I would like to join in, with my own condolences to you, for your
irreparable loss of dear Ella.
Nisky has expressed beautifully
what all of us feel, and there is little we can add to that.
I have wonderful memories of
Ella, who was my teacher when I came to England, at the age of 8.
She taught me English, and many other things, but above all she
taught me good values for life.
May your wonderful memories of her console you during these
difficult days. We, her pupils, all feel like orphans.
May her soul rest in peace.
With love, edward
It is with a heavy heart that I convey my condolences. Ella was an
integral part of our formative years, and will not be forgotten.
We prey for her soul to rest in peace.
I was deeply grieved at the news that Ella had passed away.
When I first arrived at Whittingehame, in 1947, she was only 26
years old, but seemed to a 14 years old new arrival at the school,
a distant and untuchable pillar of authority. How wrong could one
be. Ella proved to be kind, loving and considerate and rediated
warmth, as such I shall always keep her in my memory.
I am sending you my deepest
condolences at the sad loss of Ella, and appreciate the deep sorrow
which you and your family feel.
I am very sorry to hear the loss of a very great person as Ella.
she rest in Peace.
Condoences to you and the family
I have received the EMail from Alan Bobroff and like him I was
concerned that I had not heard from you . I enjoyed receiving
regular E Mails from you and I know that you were very interested
in receiving my news especially about Penny and I and the work we
are doing in Uganda.
I cannot add to the excellent words Alan Bobroff has written and
to add my many happy memories I have of you and Ella
We just heard the sad news of the passing of Ella and would like to
offer our sincerest condolences. It was always a pleasure to see
her at the reunions and the joy she displayed when meeting all the
old boys. She will be greatly missed.
Wishing you a long life,
Louis and Tilly Mandel
Jill and I are writing to express our sorrow at the sad loss
of Ella and to extend our sympathy to you and your family.
Words uttered by your friends will have
little meaning and cannot begin to penetrate the depths of
sadness and loss that you are feeling right now. We have
both suffered the departure of a loved spouse and know that
you will put on a brave face in public, but the real
grieving you will do when you are alone. And no-one can
share that with you. You just struggle to do the day-to-day
things and get by the best you can.
Your real friends will give you space and let
you settle into your new life at your own pace. Those that
break from you were never true friends and you can part from
them with out any sorrow. Take it slowly and gain your own
inner strength before you venture into the World again. You
have too much to offer in the way of ability and knowledge
to hide away for ever.
We wish you a long life and may this loss be
the last sorrow you suffer
With our love and best wishes
Mervyn and Jill
Mervyn D Cole
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of dear Ella.
She was a gentle, intelligent person, and respected
by all of us. I’d the pleasure of being one of her students and have
very strong memories of her. She’ll be missed by all of us
Whitts, but her memory will stay with us forever.
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. May her soul
rest in peace.
Please let us know if she had a favorite charity so
that we can make a donation in her name.
Dear Eldon ( Mr.Smith).
This is a very sad day for the entire Whittingehame family, our
hearts and souls cry for you and Ella, she was a wonderful person.
We are with you.
Haim and Aitana
My dear Eldon
I am so sorry for your loss. Ella's loss is ours as well. I remember
her fondly. She was a patient and thoughtful teacher and part mother
to all of us. May your healing process begin as soon as possible
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just
know that you are very close in every thoughts and prayers.
May the peace that comes from the memories of love
shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your
loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this
We share your grief in this time of bereavement with
deepest sympathy and condolence.
Rosemary & Ilan Reisner
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss
of dear Ella. May the peace that comes from the memories of love
shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
My deepest sympathies and condolences.
Marc V. Schnur
My heart felt condolences to you
and family on the passing away of Ella. She will be missed by all of
I was realy sorry to hear of the passing of Ella. I remember her as
a gentle loving lady who was a blessing to many of us whittingham
I will remember you in my prayers that you may know God's shalom
peace and strength as you grieve her loss in your private moments.
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Ella.
She was pinnacle to all of our development and she will be in our
Sending you my deepest condolences and we are with you every step of
the way in the grieving process. We wish for your strength.
So sad to hear of the loss of Ella.
I remember her of course as Miss Tudor when she taught me English
in 1946 . All my letters home were dictated by her. They started
"Dear Mum and Dad , I am well and happy at school...and ended
"please send a tuck parcel"
She new what I wanted!
She also was very good at keeping your Welsh temper down !.
Fond memories keep flooding back like her role in JBRs Eastern
River and all the other dramatic roles she played.
Tempus fugit and we are seeing the passing of time gradually
catching up with us all.(I am 75 this week)
sweet bird of youth.
Much love to you and Betty Wyn and all your family at this very sad
moment in your lives.
Thinking of you
and I just heard of Ella’s passing. We
want you to know friends and pupils who love you surround you.
thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.
and Iris Kula
I was so sad to hear of Ella's passing. My earliest memory of Ella
was on my arrival at Whittinghame aged 5, sixty-one years ago. Ella
showed me many kindnesses and will forever be a part of my early
childhood memories and my thirteen years at Whittinghame. I shall
always remember her fondly.
know you will miss your soul mate enormously. My thoughts are with
you. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Ariella and I were greatly saddened by the news of Ella`s passing.
both have wonderful memories of her, especially I ,as en ex pupil of
her soul rest in peace.
are with you in our thoughts.
I am very
sorry to hear the sad news. I hope you and your family are doing
fine. She was a great lady and we shall all miss her.
am very saddened to hear of the loss of our very dear ella....she
was the most wonderful special woman...
may she rest in
peace...god bless her...
hope to see you
jaqui e safra
Our sincere Condolences. Words are not sufficient when you loose
your lifes loving companion. A person who has shared the wonder of
lifes journey with you. Those of us blessed in this way always know
a terrible price will be paid at this moment of parting. Bless your
memories and hope for a final reunion.
Life the greatest
gift of all.
Lee and Kate Balch
It is with great sadness that Nora and I heard of the passing of
your beloved wife and soul mate Ella. She was was my
We are looking back warmly on your visits to New York. It was an
honor welcoming you to our home for the first Whittnik get-together
We cherish the memory of her smiling face while holding and playing
with our baby son Isaac twenty six years ago. Her charm,
warmth and smile will remain with us forever.
May she rest in peace and may G-D comfort you in your sorrow.
We all share your loss and grief.
In Ella's memory and your honor, we are starting a fruit tree
orchard in Israel in recognition of your dedication and contribution
to our success.
We invite our friends the Whittniks to join us.
Nora and Jack Abraham
It was with great sadness we received the news of the passing of
dear Ella. You were both stalwart's of Whittingehame and
played a major part in not only my life but of all the boys who's
life you touched.
Please accept my sincere condolences at this sad time.