In loving memory

Here we remember our colleagues and former employees who have sadly passed away. Our deepest condolences to their families and friends and everyone who knew and worked with them.

The University offers a range of support services and we encourage colleagues who feel they need support to get in touch for help. Please visit our wellbeing web pages where you will find details of Health Assured, the free, independent, confidential staff advisory line and counselling service, support from the University’s Chaplaincy Centre and other wellbeing resources. You can also speak to your line manager or your HR manager for support.

We understand that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a difficult time for everyone and that losing a member of our University community during this time will be particularly distressing.

We're closely following the latest advice and guidance issued by the UK government, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We will continue to take all appropriate and necessary steps, as required by the official advice, to keep our community safe. Our top priority is always the health and safety of students, staff and those who make up our wider community across the globe. Please visit our coronavirus web pages for up-to-date information and support.

Please note that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the current advice from the Government is that only members of a deceased person’s household or close family members should attend funerals.


Graham Sykes

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Graham Sykes passed away on 23 June 2020 at the age of 63.

Graham joined the University in September 1980 as an Administrative Assistant in the Academic Staffing Section of the Academic Secretary's Office. Between 1985 and 1988 he served as a Senior Administrative Officer in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, before taking on the role of Assistant Registrar, a position he held in different areas of the University until 2003.

Between 2003 and 2009, Graham was the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Manager in the Office of Corporate Partnerships, and from 2009 until his retirement in 2014, he was a Research Strategies Manager in Research Services.

A private cremation will be held at Huddersfield Crematorium on Monday 6 July at 2.30pm. In order that family and friends can participate in the proceedings, the service will also be streamed online at

The following details will be required to log in to the online service:
Username: Yazu9029
Password: 809121

Donations welcome to Kirkwood Hospice, c/o Radcliffe Funeral Service, 16 Westgate, Honley, Holmfirth, HD9 6AA and can be made online here.

Professor Sir Paul Anthony Bramley FRCS, FDSRCS

Paul Bramley died peacefully on Sunday 7 June 2020, aged 97, having had a long and distinguished life during which he rose to the very top of his profession.

Paul was Professor of Dental Surgery at the University of Sheffield, 1969-88, and Dean of the School of Clinical Dentistry, 1972-75. He was a member of the Royal Commission on the NHS, 1976-79, and served as Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery in the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), 1980-83.

In 1984, Paul’s service to Dentistry was recognised by a knighthood and in 1988 he received the prestigious Colyer Gold Medal from the RCS’s Faculty of Dental Surgery. He became National President of the British Dental Association, 1988-89. He was an external examiner to the RCS, dental professional bodies and many universities at home and abroad. He received honorary degrees from Birmingham, Sheffield (1994) and the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand. He published extensively in professional journals and jointly authored (with J Norman) in 1989 a definitive book on the Temporomandibular Joint.

He was kind and generous and his abiding interest was in others rather than himself. Many a former student and others have said how he generously mentored and guided them in their careers. A fitting tribute to a modest man of considerable achievements.

You can read a full obituary from Sir Paul's family here.

Professor Ron Johnston

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Professor Ron Johnston died on 29 May 2020 at the age of 79. Ron was Professor of Geography at the University between 1974 and 1992, and served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor between 1989 and 1992, having previously been Head of the Department of Geography.

Professor Johnston went on from Sheffield to become Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex and then took up a Research Chair in Geography at the University of Bristol. He was awarded a Doctor of Letters here at the University in 2002, and was appointed OBE in 2011 for services to scholarship.

Dr Kirill Mackenzie

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Dr Kirill Mackenzie sadly passed away on Saturday 2 May 2020.

Kirill was a Reader in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and had worked at the University since August 1989.

Kirill's funeral will take place on Saturday 6 June 2020 at Grenoside Crematorium. Flowers are welcome.

David Maddison

It is with profound sadness that we inform you that David Maddison, Photographic Assistant and Field Storeman in the Department of Geography from December 1970 to January 2012, has sadly passed away.

David's line manager said: "David helped run the photographic suite in Geography developing films, producing slides for lectures and enlarging images for books and journal articles. When photography went digital and the photographic suite was no longer needed he took on the responsibility of looking after the Geography Field equipment store maintaining equipment and helping people ready their equipment for fieldwork. He will be remembered as a quiet unassuming man who was ever ready to help colleagues."

Evan Fuller

Evan was the Water Compliance Manager in the Engineering & Maintenance Section of Estates and Facilities Management (EFM). He began working for the University in October 2013.

Evan passed away on Wednesday 11 March 2020, aged 66.

Gwen Smith

Gwen was the University's Institute of Education Librarian from 1952 to 1983.

Gwen's funeral was held at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, at 2.45pm on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

Marian Tylecote

Marian was a tutor and research assistant in the Department of Landscape from 2003 to 2015.

She sadly passed away on 15 February 2020.

Marian's funeral will be held at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, at 12 noon on Thursday 12 March 2020.

No flowers please; donations to Sheffield Wildlife Trust.


Bryan Coates

Bryan was based in the Department of Geography from 1 October 1958 to 30 September 1989 and was a Senior Lecturer at the time of his retirement. He also served as the Dean of Social Sciences from 1 September 1988 to 30 September 1989.

Bryan passed away on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

A celebration of life service will be held at Banner Cross Methodist Church. No flowers please. If wished, donations payable to Ben's Centre may be sent to Jason Heath, John and Heath and Sons, Earsham St, S4 7LS or online at

Dr Michael Dietrich

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics from 1992 until 2013.

Mike passed away on Thursday 10 October 2019.

Mike's funeral was held on Monday 4 November at 11.15am at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Sheffield.

Siobhan Kilgarriff (Mike’s wife) would like to thank all those who sent such wonderful messages to Mike before he died. He heard and appreciated them all. Siobhan is also grateful for all the condolences she had received from Mike’s colleagues since he died.

Anthony Sampson

Department of Economics (1966 until 1989).

Anthony passed away aged 77 on Sunday 29 September 2019.

The funeral was held at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Thursday 24 October at 11.15am.

No flowers please. Any donations to Parkinsons UK.

Dr Christine Sprigg

Lecturer in Occupational Psychology. 

A member of staff between 1995-1998 and 2002-2019 at the Institute of Work Psychology, and Sheffield University Management School.

Christine passed away 2 September 2019.

Her funeral was held at St Luke’s Church, Blackbrook Road, Lodgemoor at 10am on Saturday 21 September 2019.

Read a tribute to Christine

Emeritus Professor Bill Anderson

Professor Anderson joined the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering in the early 70s and retired to Cornwall in 2005. He was Head of Department from 1996 to 2001.

Professor John Page

Professor of Building Science from 1960 to 1984.

John passed away aged 94 on Saturday 3 August 2019.

The funeral was held on Thursday 15 August 2019 at 10.15am at Hampden Chapel, Chilterns Crematorium, Whielden Lane, Amersham, HP7 0ND.

Sandra Harding

Secretary/PA in the Department of Biomedical Science from 1997 until her retirement in 2013.

Sandra passed away on Sunday 4 August 2019.

Her funeral was held on Monday 19 August 2019 at 11.45am at Rotherham Crematorium, and then to the Earl of Strafford in Hooton Roberts, Rotherham.