Students honour late headmaster
MY heartfelt thank you to former Jardee School students for your beautiful tribute in The West Australian on September 14 to my husband Eddie (Arthur Edward Nelson), who passed away on September 6, 2017.
My husband taught at Jardee School from 1957-1963 and the tribute read “We had no shoes and we had no money, but we had a fantastic headmaster and teacher in Mr Nelson. You gave us the very best start to our young lives. Never forgotten.”
A surprise reunion was held in May 1981 at the Townhouse Restaurant in Perth, which was decorated in Jardee School colours, photos and other memorabilia like the school bell and the ‘Nelson Touch’ (Eddie’s cane which was never used in 40 years of teaching).
A painting of the Jardee School by Kim Allen, husband of former student Janice Hollington, was presented to Eddie and this painting took pride of place at his funeral service.
Many years ago, after watching the movie Goodbye Mr Chips, my husband stated “If I achieve a goal in my lifetime equal to that I would have done my job well”.
After reading your tribute I believe he succeeded.
Thank you John and the Jardee students.
Ailsa Nelson, Rivervale