Sunday, 2 November 2014

Bill Rainforth RIP 1931-2014

Richard Mant brings sad news - "Bill Rainforth passed away this week.  The funeral is at Bletchingly Church, at 2.00 pm on Monday, November 10th, with a reception afterwards at Bletchingly Golf Club.

I knew Bill well: he interviewed me, together with Arthur Jewitt and Bill Patterson, when I applied for the post of History teacher at Purley GS. I then worked with him when we were both appointed House Masters and again when we were both appointed Heads of Year.  He was a clever man and witty.  When he was Deputy Head, we always enjoyed his subtle review of a colleague’s career at Purley when that person was moving on to another post elsewhere. Bill was full of common sense, with both feet firmly on the ground, and he was a good man to turn to for advice. He understood the twists and turns of life and, furthermore, he understood the workings of the teaching profession. He was very supportive if one needed help and he was a great steadying influence at Purley, for both staff and boys alike. 

I hope to be at the funeral and perhaps some OPs will be present too."

Here is Bill at the Reunion in 2007

1 comment:

Martin Everett said...

Bill also gave up his summer Saturday mornings to umpire our truly awful Third XI cricket matches in 1967, driving us in the school coach to away matches . He was one of a new breed of teachers who spoke to you " man to man" instead of treating his pupils as members of an inferior species. A good guy.

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