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