Sad News about Tony Gill (1966 PGS Leaver)

Ian Williams has contacted the website with tragic news about Tony Gill, “Trevor, just heard from Sue, Tony Gill’s partner. “Ian its Sue Tonys partner. I have bad news for you l’m afraid. My beloved Tony passed away @12.15 on Sat 5th Nov in Whiston Hospital. He had been there a week with multiple problems including pneumonia, a large blood clot near the lung & Atrial Fibrillation. He had a cardiac arrest in A&E the Sat before but the hospital though wonderful couldn’t save him.He died peacefully in my arms with his family around him. My lovely kind sweet man has gone lan & l am heart broken! The funeral is yet to be finalised but l shall let you know tho realise you wont be there. Our address should you wish to send a card is 3, Bembridge Close Widnes WA8 9AA.Best wishes Sue.X”

Ian added his own tribute, “Tony and I came from Longview CP to Prescot together and were close friends. In the first year it was the custom for the second and third years to “twat” the Newts with school rulers on the calves. But sadly for tradition, Tony and I were bigger than most second years, and shall we say, broke the tradition, not just for ourselves but for our other contemporaries. And when it came to our second year, In a continuing upsurge of righteousness, we stopped others from continuing the practice. I think we finished it for good in fact.  He was a great character, larger than life whose operating name was “Boris” because he two extra incisor teeth grew out above the originals for a while! He kept the name long after he lost the teeth!
It was Tony who introduced me to the Prescotian after I had moved to New York. I cannot attend the funeral, but will make a point of raising a glass or two in his honour“.

An appeal about E.F. “Joe” Kirk

The Prescotian has received an unusual request about former PGS music master, Mr. E.F.Kirk.

“I am not an alumni but getting in touch as I’m involved in a new Choral Singing Project exploring the work of Nigerian Composer Fela Sowande. We are only 5 weeks into our choral project and Two of the songs the choir is currently learning “Come Out and Dance” and “The Wedding Song” were written by E. Fielding Kirk! A bit of google research has led me to your website.

This is the link to our website http://transculturalvisions.com/singing-cultures-home/about-singing-cultures/
and the Facebook Page for our project https://www.facebook.com/singingcultures/

I’m sure our project seems a far cry from Edward Fielding Kirk’s days as Music Teacher at Prescot (I’ve been amused by some of the postings about him and now aware that he was quite attached to his slipper!). However, I would be grateful for any leads that might provide with more insight into his life and music.

Best Wishes,
Bilkis Malek”

Any help would be most appreciated.

German Assistant, Claus Hertel

stock-vector-tradition.jpgIf you remember your language assistants, you may be pleased to know that Claus Hertel from the early seventies has contacted the website. Claus writes,

 “I had the pleasure to work at PGS both for boys and girls as a Foreign Language Assistant for the German language during the terms of 1970/71. I was in the middle of my university education. That year was one of the most exciting and rich years getting to know so much about Lancs/Merseyside people and PGS students and staff in particular.Dropping names like Tom Carty, Des Roberts I still have my memories of these PGS days and all the students trying hard to obtain some direct German language input. I still hope they liked working in small groups and conversing about everyday topics of the time.
Anyway, perhaps my contribution could encourage other FLAs (French, Spanish, German) to contribute to your fine Prescotian webzine.My then colleage on the French language side was Serge Dumonteil.
Kind regards
Claus Hertel, H�xter, Germany
I would be happy for any responses”

For Claus’ e-mail security, I have put his details in the teachers page in the Find-a-Friend Database.

Chair of our Foundation Governors

JS91358611Des Roberts has forwarded the sad news of  the death of Eddie O’Hara. “It is with great sadness that I report the decease of our respected Chairman , Eddie O’Hara. He died on Saturday and I have spoken with the family. They will send me further details ,which I shall pass on in due course.

Eddie has served the community in outstanding fashion , not the least as Chair of our Foundation Governors. Indeed he was Chair of the full Governing body of Prescot Grammar School.

As Secretary I have received from him much advice and friendly support over many years , indeed on a weekly basis , and I know we will all feel the loss of his presence and words of wisdom .

With deep regret, Des Roberts, Trustee / Secretary”.

See Liverpool Echo Obituary here >>>>>

John Weekes ~ An Appeal

weekes.jpgThe Prescotian received an e-mail from  Robert Leighton, a former pupil of High Wycombe Royal Grammar School about former PGS Headmaster, Mr. J.C.S.Weekes.

“I’m writing in the hope of finding further information about John C. Weekes who I believe was head master at Prescot Grammar School.  He had been a significant teacher of mine in the 1960s at High Wycombe Royal Grammar School. Any information would be appreciated”.

The Prescotian replied, “I believe John Weekes is living in the West Country but is something of a recluse. We have tried various routes to contact him but to no avail. I am sorry that I can not help you further but wish you luck in your search. John Weekes was a very considerate man as I found out when my mother died when I had just started the upper sixth at PGS and i would love to be able to thank him personally as a more rounded ad ult than the gangley drip of a 17 year old!”

Robert has replied, “I’m in my sixties now, and John has come to my mind many times throughout my life. In an age where schooling was somewhat harsher and certainly less personal that it is today, John stood out, as you say, as a man of great compassion, who was willing to reach out, and go further.

Even at the time I knew it, but didn’t have the completeness of character to thank him. I glad to hear that, as far as you know, he’s still alive. If you ever do hear more information on his whereabouts please feel free to pass it on. Somehow I have a feeling there are probably many like us who feel a sense of debt to this man”.