JAMES (JAMIE) LIN­TON, FE­BRU­ARY 28, 1942 – DIED MAY 16, 2012.

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left him – he was a tal­ented pi­ano and ham­mond or­gan player and a mem­ber of band The Good News that fea­tured on tele­vi­sion.

Lin­ton be­gan his teach­ing ca­reer at Palmer­ston North Boys’ High and then spent more than 25 years teach­ing math­e­mat­ics at Tawa Col­lege. He was one of the school’s most well-known and colour­ful teach­ers.

For­mer re­me­dial stu­dent An­drew Shann re­mem­bers his for­mer – and favourite – teacher well.

He cred­its Lin­ton as one of the driv­ing forces that took him to academia.

‘‘He had in­cred­i­ble abil­ity; by the third term at Tawa I was prac­ti­cally at the top of the class.’’

Jamie’s son David said his fa­ther fit­ted plenty into his 70 years, from bungy jump­ing to pho­tog­ra­phy to fly­ing planes, ‘‘not to men­tion his huge pas­sion to fix things that he be­lieved to be un­just: he had an ex­treme sense of right and wrong’’.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from teach­ing in the 1990s, he was a bus driver in the years be­fore his death.

His wife Pamela died in 2010.

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