Heath Old Boys Association


Obituaries


Eric (Biddy) Jewsbury Taylor: [Heath 1930–1968]

Eric taught English at the school for nearly forty years until he retired in 1968. Much loved and fondly remembered, his funeral took place in Bristol and his widow was very touched by the fact that two old boys of the school attended. She has received several letters from old boys and says,

The letters from the old boys have been a great comfort to me. Now I know Eric will live on in many hearts and his teaching may help many lives.

First appeared in Newsletter dated

Maud Arvilla Taylor: –2003

Maud Taylor, née Berry, was born in Bristol but moved to Halifax when she was a child. She married Eric Taylor at St Jude’s Church in 1942 and the couple, throughout their years at Heath, lived on Ventnor Terrace, Manor Drive, where generations of Heathens were always made welcome.

Mrs Taylor taught at various primary schools in Halifax, but during World War II, taught at Heath, taking over her husband’s timetable and winning the affection of her pupils. Mrs Taylor was a stalwart of the Halifax Choral Society for more than 30 years, and was also involved with the National Council of Women. The funeral was held in Bristol on 15th November. H.B.O.A. sends its condolences to any surviving relatives.

First appeared in Newsletter dated

Geoffrey Whiteley: [Heath 1934–1943]

We are sorry to report the death, in April 2014, of Geoffrey Whiteley, aged 88. From Heath, Geoffrey went to Durham University. He subsequently taught English at Sowerby Bridge Grammar School for his entire career. In his retirement Geoffrey wrote poetry and had three volumes of Parish Poems published, the first in 1999, the second the following year and the third in 2004. In 2007 he unveiled Twenty More Parish Poems.

He always showed an interest in the Old Boys and attended several dinners in the 1980s.