Soham Grammarians - Brian Malcolm Lane 1937-2017
|Brian Malcolm Lane died aged 80 on 22nd May 2018. He was part of
the 1948 entry at Soham Grammar School. He had made a successful
career of his hobby, photography, and there are numerous photos
taken by him on the SGS and EHS websites. In recent years he had
been resident at the Cambridge Manor Care Home. Our condolences went
to his widow Beth and the family.
Brian's funeral was at 10.30am on Thursday 15th June 2017 at
March Crematorium. If desired donations were offered in his memory
for Children United!
The photo is of Brian at our 2008 Reunion.
In Loving Memory
Brian Malcolm Lane
10th May 1937 - 22nd May 2017
Thursday 15th June 2017 at 10.30pm
Order of Service
led by Reverend John Sansom
Entry Music: Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Hymn: Amazing Grace
Reading: verses from 1 Corinthians 15
Prayers and The Lord's Prayer
Hymn: Morning Has Broken
Commendation & Farewell: Final Prayer: Blessing
Exit Music: We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
In this service and as you gather together afterwards, we
remember Brian and the life he lived when he was fit and well.
We give thanks for all that he meant and he will remain in
your hearts and minds as the husband, father, grandfather,
friend or colleague he was.
Brian was born in 1937 at the family home in Hills Lane. Aged
only two weeks, Brian moved to West End. His parents were
Walter and Gladys; there were three children - Brian, Russell
and Janet (who sadly died in 2014). Brian remained in Ely all
his life. He went to Silver Street School and then Soham
His consuming interest started while he was at school and
remained with him all his life - photography. He took his
first photo when he was five years old. At school he recorded
school events, Sports Days and so on. When only 12 years old
he was the official photographer for a wedding. At 16 years
old he opened his own studio, becoming well known for his
portraiture especially of children. As a freelance
photographer he provided pictures for the Evening News
and Ely Standard. He also did work for Standens
Agricultural Engineering, providing photographs of their
machinery for displays and catalogues .
But it was because of his speciality - wedding photography, he
must have done hundreds - that Brian met Beth. Her parents had
provided materials for his sister Janet who was marrying Colin
Tucker. Janet had become friendly with Beth due to her many
visits to Beth's father's shop. Brian took the photos round to
show them and the rest, as they say, is history. Brian and
Beth married in 1962. They had Belinda, Tim and Chris.
Brian's two great interests were cameras and cars. He was the
first person in Cambridgeshire to own a Mini and was proud of
his open top Ford Escort. He was also good at repairing cars
and would always stop and help other motorists. Tim remembers
how he Brian helped him to maintain his motorbikes.
Brian had a large collection of Leica equipment and was always
on the lookout for more. He repaired cameras for other people
and started a camera club at Centre E. He was known as 'Mr
One of Brian's hidden talents was story-telling to his
children and their friends at birthday parties. He was also
kind and caring and good with the elderly.
Brian with his grandaughter
His open top Ford Escort
The Lanes and Soham
Brian SG48 and his elder
brother Russell SG46 the sons of Walter Lane, a gents outfitters manager
in Ely and a keen amateur photographer.
Their cousins Roger
Lane SG49 and Rex
Lane SG43 were the sons of Walter's brother Archie Lane,
always called Arch.
The last of the SGS Lanes still with us is now Roger's son Philip SG70.
Brian was always the
photographer at events and as stated in his eulogy a significant part of
what is preserved on the SG and EHS websites is based on photos that he
took. Of the photographer himself there is little, and his long period of
illness took him from our sight before his time.
When Brian came to Soham
Grammar School in 1948 he was in Form
Brian, from the
1949 School Photo
Brian, from the
1952 School Photo
Petty SG57 includes Brian and Walter Lane in his Fading
Images - Cambridgeshire Photographers pages and provides
a link to a few of Brian's photos.
you have further appreciations or photos to add to this page on Brian,
the website editor.
School images from the SG website: other images via Beth Lane
page update 5 Dec 2019