In loving memory of the late Gary Phillips who sadly passed away on 25th October 2014
REMEMBERING GARY - brief history
Gary was a South London lad from a working class family: he grew up in Brixton and as a child played on bombsites. His father was a sheet metal worker and something of an ‘absent father’ it seems – spending his non-working time in the pub. His mother was a cleaner – Gary always casually dropped into conversations that one of the other cleaners his mum worked with was Michael Caine’s mum!
He was the youngest of three boys by at least 15 years – another story he told was that one of his older brothers was a bank robber and knew the Krays!
Gary took O levels, left school and went into the print at the London Evening News. On leaving the print he became a youth theatre worker at Oval House – which always leads to another of Gary’s favourite anecdotes about Pierce Brosnan.
Determined to study further and driven by a genuine thirst and enthusiasm for knowledge, he took A levels in maths and physics at night school and gained a place as a mature student on the BA in Social Science at Kingston Polytechnic, where he studied from 1973–1976. During this time he met Tony Sutton, Jan’s brother). It wasn’t until several years later when he first met Jan that he realised what a strange coincidence this was.