We have received news from Paul Harper that David Smith passed away peacefully last night (15 March). He left school in 1960 and just turned 77 last Friday. Paul said he, Melvyn Oughton and David regularly met in Manchester over the past few years.
Our thoughts go to David’s family and friends during this sad time.
Yesterday former staff and pupils attended a Memorial Service for Morag Clark at Scarisbrick New Road Baptist Church in Southport. Morag’s nephew Robin Scott was also present with his wife Liz.
Led by Elizabeth Rothwell, there were a number of speeches and a slideshow which included photos of Morag in her younger years and several taken during her time at Birkdale School.
Robin recounted some of Morag’s early years with the family. Two ex-pupils, Victoria Haynes (nee Sefton) and David Walker, gave their own tributes to Miss Clark. Victoria’s father, Chris Sefton, talked about meeting Miss Clark for the first time and how reassuring she had been about his daughter attending the school.
Elizabeth gave an overview of Morag’s work at Birkdale School and around the world. So many things were learnt from this, including the moment Morag met Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Extracts from the numerous messages received from professionals in different countries were read out.
Thanks were given to the minister of the Baptist Church for allowing his church to be used for the service. Tea and coffee was served afterwards, which gave people a chance to catch-up and chat. It was nice to see among the ex-staff Mrs Janet Mulcahy (nee Morris) and her mother Mrs Morris, Mrs Margaret Dutton (nee Crowley), Miss Angela Baron, and Miss Baldwin.
Particular thanks must go to Elizabeth Rothwell for organising this lovely Memorial Service.
A condensed form of the speeches with some photos will be put online in due course for everyone to see.
News has just been received that Maureen Howe (nee Walters) passed away on Tuesday. She was known by many as ‘Little Moe’. She was involved with Southport Centre for the Deaf for many years as Treasurer of the Tuesday Morning Club until her health worsened in 2014.
RIP Little Moe.
Update 17.07.19: Many people attended Maureen’s funeral at Southport Crematorium today, including about 10 members of Southport Centre for the Deaf, some of whom are ex-pupils of the school.
We have received the sad news Miss Morag Clark passed away this morning. She had been ill for some time. Miss Clark had celebrated her 90th birthday on 19 March.
Miss Clark started teaching at our school in 1956, and was Deputy Principal for many years. She became Principal in 1976 following Mr Furness’ retirement. When Miss Clark took early retirement in 1986, she became the Overseas Adviser to a programme for hearing-impaired children at Anadolu University in Turkey. Since then, she has run workshops and overseen similar projects in many countries, including Canada, Ecuador, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and South Africa. Read more about her life and career here.
Update 14.04.19: There will be a private family funeral at the Crematorium followed immediately by a Memorial Service open to all on Saturday, 4 May at 11.45am at Hereford Baptist Church, Commercial Road, Hereford, HR1 2BP.
The family have requested family flowers only but donations if wished can be made to DELTA. Please send either to the Funeral Directors, Dawe Brothers at 115 Westfaling Street, Hereford, HR4 0JE, or directly to DELTA at 83 Sherwin Road, Nottingham, NG7 2FB.
We have also learnt today that ex-pupil Andrew Carter passed away earlier this month. Andrew left our school in 1984.
Our thoughts go out to family and friends of both Miss Clark and Andrew.
We have received an email from Phil Lightburn informing us the sad news Derek Lightburn passed away suddenly yesterday morning (1 March). Phil said Derek loved the Reunions and often talked about everyone with warmth.
Update 13.03.18: Derek’s funeral has been arranged for Thursday 29 March 10.00am at Landican Cemetary, Arrowe Park Road, Arrowe Park, CH49 5LW.