Moving service is tribute to well loved teacher
A MEMORIAL service was held in honour of Beech Hall School teacher Richard Davis, 59, who died in March.
The service, at St Peter’s Church, Prestbury was for staff, pupils and parents to remember the teacher they described as ‘remarkable’ and ‘influential’.
The emotional event included readings by guests, with hymns, prayers, poems and musical recitals.
Contributions also included a piece from Year 10 pupil Milly Lea, which she concluded by saying: “I didn’t know Mr Davis but wish I had.”
Music was provided by year six junior head girl Daisy Hopkinson and year 11 pupil Katie Farley, who sang, and year nine pupil Brad Monroe, who performed a version of Chopin’s Nocturne.
Year 11 head girl Seona Wynn-Griffiths and year 11 pupil Fraser Bradbury told of their own experiences with Mr Davis and year nine pupils shared their memories of him, including his penchant for accents and TV’s Blackadder.
Maths teacher Cathy Jay talked about the rivalry between houses and Mr Davis’ intellectual prowess in quizzes.
The service concluded with head boy, Joe Hulson, sharing lines from a poem: “I wish you could have known your value to the world, to have acknowledged it, to have believed it. Thank you teacher.”
Headteacher James Allen said: “Mr Davis was a fantastic and inspirational teacher who will be missed by all who knew him.
“The tributes to him were truly heartfelt and pulled on everyone’s heartstrings.
“There were laughs as we looked back at fond memories of him and he would’ve been touched to hear the amazing things everyone said about him.
“It was a great service, necessary to remember a great man.”