Tributes to city headteacher
Thorney Abbey was packed as dozens of people paid tribute to a popular Peterborough headteacher who taught at the same school for 23 years.
Philip Williams was in charge at William Law primary school in Werrington for more than two decades between 1987 and 2010.
The father of two died a few days short of his 68 th birthday on August 18 after a battle with cancer.
A memorial service was held at Thorney Abbey yesterday, attended by family, friends and former colleagues and pupils.
Philip was appointed Head designate at William Law school in early 1987 and over saw the completion of the building and appointment of all the original staff at the school. The school expanded rapidly in size into a three form entry school, which at that time was the largest in Peterborough.
A statement from his family said: “As well as making a point of knowing all pupils personally Philip was passionate in his belief that all children deserved an all-round education.
“His own love for singing and running impacted the school through the exceptional quality music and sport provision provided.
“He always inspired all children to do their best and be proud of their achievements.”
Previously Philip hadbeen Head at Peakirk cum Glinton Primary School.
Peterborough City Council leader, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and University and Communications and Glinton councillor John Holdich said: “I first met him when he was head teacher in Glinton. He was a great head teacher for that school - he moved to William Law, and made that into a really good school. A lot of young people have a lot to be thankful for thanks to Philip.”
Philip, who was born in the Welsh Valleys, also sang in Peterborough Male Voice Choir. He was a member of Thorney Running Club and served as a lay Reader at the parish churches of Thorney and Newborough, taking, assisting and preaching in services up to the week before his death.
Philip leaves behind his wifeKathie, daughtersBethan and Rebecca, and grandsons Isaac and Lewis.
A page has been set up to raise money for Thorney Abbey in his memory.
People can visit www.justgiving.com/philipwilliamsmemorial to donate.
The service at Thorney Abbey and, inset, Philip Williams (