Family pay tribute to former teacher

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THE FAMILY of a former Priory School teacher who passed away aged 84 have paid tribute to a “loving and caring” father.

Ted Parkinson, who was also heavily involved with the 14th Worksop St Anne’s Scouts, died after his kidneys failed.

He also suffered from leukaemia in the last months of his life.

A trained joiner, he taught metalwork at the Worksop secondary school in 1957, and retired from teaching 27 years later.

His son Robert, also a teacher, said: “We’ve received numerous letters from people who have known him over the years.”

“His attention to detail was legendary, he was a very happy teacher and was very proud that people would come back to him and say ‘you taught me’. He was a great believer in practical skills.”

Just two years ago, Ted was awarded with a medal for his national service as a Bevin boy, trained at Creswell, aged 18.

Robert, who has two children with wife Helen, recalled times when they would go away camping together as a family.

“He would do everything from the cooking, maintenance, you name it.”

“When he died, it turned out we had taken the nurse at the hospital, her husband and two children on camp with us. It’s very comforting.”

Ted was also heavily involved with the Priory Church, where Robert said he was in charge of the fixtures and restored the bell in the tower, in 1974.

“He would point things out and say ‘I put those railings up’, they are in memory of my mum and the other side are in memory of my brother.”

Ted married Muriel in 1949 and they stayed together for almost 54 years, until she passed away in 2003. They had another son, Edward, who died in 1998.

Helen said: “He had a pit in his garage and he was immaculately organised, everything was sorted and had its place.”

“In his later life, he made dolls houses, he put tiles on the roof, fitted carpets, even put lights inside of them.”

“Both his granddaughters have one.”

He was grandfather to Sarah, David, Elizabeth and William, and great-grandfather to Oliver. A service will be held at Sherwood Crematorium, in Ollerton, on Thursday 28th at 3pm, followed by a service at the Priory.