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David Beresford

(Staff 1967-94)
15 Sep 2022

David was born on 4th May 1938.  Unfortunately, he was born with a club left foot.  The surgeon at Ipswich Hospital decided to try a new technique to rectify this.  It was the first time that he had tried it but luckily, the operation was such a success that David was able to play rugby, hockey, and later golf.  He still had one leg shorter than the other and one foot smaller but he managed to overcome these problems with determination.  

When he was 8 David went to Ipswich School till 18. During that time he was a prefect, Head of House, Troop leader of the CCF & a Queen's Scout.  He proudly marched past the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle with the other Queen's Scouts. 

In December 1955, the Sixth Form held their school dance and invited girls from Ipswich High School to attend.  It was a fateful evening because there was a lady's invitation announced & Barbara asked David to dance, the rest is history.

He went on to Queen Mary College London to read Physics & Maths.  He played hockey for the college & thoroughly enjoyed being in London with Barbara going to lots of theatres & shows.  In August 1961 they were married in Ipswich.  After graduation, David taught physics & Maths at the City of London school for boys. He always said that a lot of them were more clever than him!

Suzanne was born followed by Guy and after four years David felt that they should leave London and secured a post as Head of Physics at Wrekin College.  It was a long way from the sea but David assured Barbara it would only be for three years. Fifty years later they were still here!

David was quickly promoted to Head of Tudor House for 15 years. He is remembered as a vibrant, energetic man who swept around school with his gown following in the slipstream and was fondly known as Batman.  From all the lovely cards & emails the family has received & appreciated, it has become evident that he left a huge legacy at Wrekin to many people whether they were colleagues or pupils.  The boys liked the end-of-year meal in the tent on the Tudor Lawn, Barbara always wondered how 18 came for cricket wins when she thought teams were 11!  He then became the Second Master. Colleagues have said how supportive he was, always ready to listen & advise & someone they could trust. 

When he retired in 1994 he and Barbara moved to Shifnal. In due course, five lovely grandchildren were born plus a great-grandson, he adored them all. David went to evening classes where he studied garden design and then went on to redesign their garden. He continued with his positive energy and zest for life to help in the Shifnal Scene by joining the Shifnal Society, becoming a Governor at Idsall School, crime prevention, and treasurer for the Seniors at Shifnal Golf Club. 

From writing all this it appears he had a wonderful influence not only on the lives of the ones he taught but later too.  He was always willing and he helped so many with that smile and the twinkle in those blue eyes.  He was a lovely man, a life well lived.

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