Memorial service held for former Rydal Penrhos teacher Harry Stanley.
20th May 2016

A memorial service has been held to commemorate the life of a former Colwyn Bay teacher.

Harry Stanley, who began teaching at Rydal Penrhos in 1962, passed away on in January and a service was held in his honour at the Memorial Hall on Saturday, May 7.

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

More than 60 people attended the service, including his widow Mary and a host of staff and former pupils.

Members of Abergele Golf Club and the Rotary Club of Colwyn Bay, two other local institutions that Harry had been keenly involved with, were also in attendance.

The service was led by the Rev’d Nick Sissons, chaplain at Rydal Penrhos, with former head Peter Watkinson and golf club chair Eric Kennedy leading the tributes.

Rev’d Sissons, said: “Each of the gentlemen remembered Harry with great warmth and affection and each to some degree unveiled a part of his life hitherto unknown to many others present, with the result that we all went away with a much rounder idea of the man, encouraged by the genuine love and admiration in which he was held by everyone.

“Harry’s legacy at Rydal Penrhos 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.”

Following the service guests were invited to the school’s Richards Room, where they could enjoy light refreshments and look at the archives.

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