Tributes paid to former Rydal Penrhos master Harry Stanley
21st January 2016

Tributes have been paid to a former Colwyn Bay school master who died last week.

Harry Stanley, who began teaching at Rydal Penrhos in 1962, passed away on Tuesday, January 5.

Originally from Oxford, Mr Stanley moved to the North Wales area after studying at Loughborough College and completing his National Service.

Rev’d Nick Sissons, chaplain at Rydal Penrhos, said: “He taught generations of students the skills of woodworking and also passed on the benefit of his talents to members of staff in the days before people popped out to IKEA to buy their bookcases. 

“His workshop was not limited to wooden products and one former colleague recalls that when he arrived at the school he discovered that Harry had just completed a student project to build a working hovercraft the size of a car.”

Former pupils took to social media site Facebook to leave tributes to Mr Stanley, who was also in-charge of the Tennis programme at Rydal Penrhos for many years.

Martin Simmons said: “It was his inspiration and passion for D&T that put me on my road as an Art, Design and Technology teacher. You will be greatly missed by so many of us.”

Another former pupil, Karen Sherrington, added: “Energetic, entertaining, deep knowledge of his subject and an irritable patience as we trailed round after him asking his advice on which wood to use for fruit bowls and spice racks.

“Also a great raconteur with a pin sharp memory on our tour of the school with him a couple of years back. He will be missed.”

After his retirement Mr Stanley spent a great deal of time at Abergele Golf Course. However, he continued his close links with the school and as a long standing member of Colwyn Bay Rotary Club he also helped out with mock interviews for sixth formers prior to their university interviews.

“Harry’s legacy at Rydal Penrhos School can be seen today not only in the many items of furniture which still grace the premises and in the Design Technology building on Combermere Rd, which he and his colleague Rick Maple ensured was completed, but also and especially in the memories of those who benefitted for many decades from his knowledge and wisdom and care,” added Mr Sissons.


Tributes have been paid to former Rydal Penrhos master Harry Stanley who died last week.

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