On Monday 18 December ex pupils and colleagues and indeed the village said their farewells to the very highly respected Peter Ward (or was that Daggle). Chris Ward’s reflections on her husband follow:
‘As a teacher at Bartholomew School for over 30 years, English and drama became a major part of his life and his gifts in this area led him to stage and take part in many plays and musicals during that time.
‘After his retirement at the age of 58 we were lucky enough to travel to so many interesting places such as China Russia Canada and America. We became heavily involved in bowls, both of us serving as President of the South Oxford Bowls Club. Pete became Chairman of the Eynsham Day Centre and his gentlemanly ways won the ladies over.
‘That was until his mind became to fail as Alzheimer’s set in, a wicked illness and it was very difficult to witness such a brilliant mind slowly fail and die. But I’m happy to say with your kind donations after the service we have been able to send over £835 to The Alzheimer’s Society. Thank you all for your kind words and cards.
Ray Evans spoke for many at the thanksgiving service. ‘As a teacher at Bartholomew School for more than 30 years children showed him the greatest respect, enjoying his fine example of living in a school with high standards which set them up for life. They could have no better teacher. He was their friend and so many pupils valued that friendship as they went out into the world. To Peter, life was a challenge, always setting himself new goals and striving to achieve them. His fulfilled life is an inspiration. What a pleasure it has been for Jill and I to know such a wonderful person, who has contributed so much to the tapestry and rhythm of life. Peter was a loving husband to Chris, a proud father of Nick and Clifford, a devoted grandfather to Jack, Greg, and Louis and a dear friend to so many. Peter will be sadly missed. We cherish so many happy memories.’