Anthony Clough AKC
Curate with a love of travelling and nature
Anthony Clough has died at the age of 83. He had a rich and varied life in which his love of the church and nature took him across the world.
After attending Sherborne School, Anthony undertook National Service with the Northamptonshire Regiment, and was stationed for a year in Hong Kong. He then returned to the UK, graduating from King’s in Theology, Philosophy and Ethics in 1960. He was ordained into the Anglican Church of England and served as curate in the Derbyshire parish of Melbourne from 1961–64, where he then took the National Certificate of Agriculture at the Derbyshire Farm Institute. Combining both interests, he then moved to India, where he spent four years as a priest in the Anglican Church of India in Madhya Pradesh and established a diocesan farm.
In 1969, Anthony’s life took a different turn. He moved to Africa, working first for OK Bazaars in Johannesburg, one of the oldest retail shops in South Africa, and then as a teacher of horticulture at Salesian High School, Manzini, Swaziland. After a short spell in Germany, he returned to South Africa and was to spend the rest of his life in the horticulture industry, working again for OK Bazaars in Randburg, where he managed their gardening department, and then for various nurseries in management and buying roles.
Anthony retired in 1992, but continued to work in landscaping and garden design, such was his love of the natural world. He was a skilled pen and ink and watercolour artist and enjoyed both the natural wonders and history of South Africa, where he remained for the rest of his life.
He is survived by his widow Renée, and by Martin Fröhlich, his son by Irmgard, his late first wife.