1911 - 2009

As Vincent Charles Arthur Giardelli, he was born at 5 Fentiman Road, Lambeth, London on 11 April 1911, son of Vinsenzo Giardelli (1843-1931), a secretary, who was born at Milan, Italy, and his wife Elizabeth, who was born at Hackney, London in 1863. His childhood was spent mostly in Abinger, Surrey, and Streatham and was educated at Alleyn's school, Dulwich, and went up to Hertford College, Oxford in 1930 to read French and Italian. He found time to attend classes at the Ruskin School of Art, and become college captain of soccer and president of an Oxford music club. He married his first wife at Romford, Essex in 1937, Phillis E Berry and they had two children Judith and Lawrence. In 1939, a secondary school teacher of French & Italian, living at 8 Limes Road, Folkestone, Kent with his wife Phyllis E. (born 12 March 1911) and was teaching French and English at Harvey grammar school, in Folkestone. He met the artists Cedric Morris [q.v.] and Heinz Koppel (1919-1980) and encouraged to become a professional artist, attending Morris's East Anglian School of Painting at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk. In the late 1940s the family settled in Pendine, Carmarthenshire, where he taught art history for the Workers' Educational Association and later, music at Cyfarthfa Castle grammar school and they established a guesthouse and a school for foreign students. He died on 2 November 2009.