Stu­dents hon­our late head­mas­ter

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

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

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