Yesterday brought sad news, once again, that a very special teacher at school, had passed away. Tony Ward had suffered a stroke whilst on a field trip on the 21st March and spent his remaining days in hospital, surrounded by family and friends.
He appeared to rally, then falter, rally and then pneumonia set in. His passing was peaceful and no doubt he was secure in the knowledge that he was well loved by all who had the privilege to know him.
He was fit, running and excercising at a high level, but his passion was for teaching. He had high expectations, but the 15+ hours a day ensured that students achieved, often above and beyond.
He had a wicked sense of humour, a wonderful home, many friends and inspired so many. He taught my three children, and they are saddened by the news.
I could eulogise for longer and many ex students have posted fantastic tributes to the legend of Tony.
Suffice to say he will be hugely missed by the school community: I don’t think we are fully aware of how much yet.
He was a true gentleman, a fellow Scot, and, as in the song, I’m unsure as to ‘when will we see yer like again!’