Sadly he has died today aged 91. A great age when all is said and done. He was much loved though and his humour, talent and wit will be missed by many.
The St Trinian's girls had their first outings as spindly characters in Searle cartoons of 1941. They caught the imagination of audiences and the first St Trinian film, The Belles of St Trinian's, was released in 1954.
For this hockey playing, beret wearing school girl of the early sixties St Trinians were simply fabulous. They epitomised just what a rebellious school girl hoped to be. And more.
The BBC tribute to Searle shows just what a talented man Searle was. For many though he will remain famous for his ghastly creation, the girls of St Trinians.
Ronald, "passed away peacefully in his sleep" in a hospital in France. RIP