We mark the passing of Humphrey Lyttelton, most distinguished of the descendants of the 4th Baron Lyttelton (1817–1876), chairman the Canterbury Association and after whom the principal port of the province is named.
Grandson of the 6th Baron Lyttelton and son of the Hon George William Lyttelton (1883-1962), Humph was the cousin of Lord Cobham, Governor General of New Zealand (1957-1962).
Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton, trumpeter, clarinettist, bandleader, broadcaster, writer, journalist and calligrapher: born Eton, Berkshire 23 May 1921; cartoonist, Daily Mail 1949-53; chairman, I’m Sorry I Haven’t Clue 1972-2008; married 1948 Pat Braithwaite (one daughter; marriage dissolved 1952), 1952 Jill Richardson (died 2006; two sons, one daughter); died Barnet, Hertfordshire 25 April 2008.
Quote: "As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from desiccation.”