Mr. George Parrott, Science 1957-63
died 25th January, 1964

Soham Grammarian Summer 1957

We welcome Mr Parrott who took over Mr Webb's duties at the beginning of this term. Mr Parrott comes to us after fourteen years' experience of teaching in other schools; we hope that his stay with us will be a long and happy one. As an athletics enthusiast, he has already given a great stimulus to the school's would-be Bannisters who have been training after school under his expert guidance.

Soham Grammarian Summer 1963

Mr Parrott goes to Huntingdon Secondary Modern School as Head of the Mathematics Department.

Mr Parrott's departure will be felt in all sorts of practical ways: he has been generous with his help in such varied activities as swimming, athletics, stage-lighting and - not least - car maintenance for the less mechanically minded members of the Staff.

Soham Grammarian Spring 1964

Mr Parrott was a sick man when he left us last July but the news of his death on January 25th was a great shock to all who knew him. During his six years at Soham Mr. Parrott impressed us all by his energy, buoyant optimism and the personal interest which he took in so many school activities.

He was responsible for Athletics and Swimming and the success of the School dramatic productions owed much to the efficiency of the stage lighting devised and constructed by him. With his wife and daughter he shared a love of good music and his enthusiasm for Civil Defence initiated the formation of the highly successful School C.D. Unit.

Mr Parrott contributed much to the life of the School and to village life outside it, but he will be most remembered for his personal qualities. His generosity in helping others was unbounded and he was never happier than when assisting his friends in solving their electrical or motoring problems. He was a man of great courage and high moral principles whose Christian faith remained with him to the end. Although his death at the early age of 43 leaves the community much poorer, the rich memories of a great personality will last for many years to come.

from the 1960 School photo

unidentifed press cutting: via Mrs Armitage

Schoolmaster Dies Suddenly

Mr George Parrott, until last year a master at Soham Grammar School and latterly senior mathematics master at Huntingdon Secondary Modern School, died on Saturday at his home, [in Hartford].

His death came after a long illness, at the age of 43. A man of many interests, Mr Parrott was a Flight-Lieut navigator in the RAF during the second world war. He taught mathematics and science at Soham, and was also responsible for athletics and swimming at the Grammar School from 1957 until last July.

A devout churchman, he was a sidesman and member of the Parochial Church Council of Fordham Parish Church.

Keenly interested in sport, he was treasurer of Fordham Sports Association and captain and secretary of the village cricket club. He was an umpire for the Eastern Counties Hockey Umpires Association.

Mr Parrott was greatly concerned with civil defence, his interest initiating the formation of the highly successful CD unit at Soham Grammar School. While in the district, he was a post warden at Fordham, and he afterwards became a member of Hunts. Civil Defence.

With his wife and daughter, Lesley, he shared a love of good music.

[Among the mourners at the creamtion service in Cambridge, conducted by the Rev RJ Cole (Vicar of Fordham) were Mr CJ Ford (deputy headmaster, Soham GS, also representing Mr E Armitage, headmaster), Mr J Makin (Soham GS, also representing Soham Village College PTA) .. Mr R Gray (representing Cambs. CD), Mr R. Granger (representing headquarters, Cambs. CD), Mr C Laycock (representing Soham CD wardens): C[sic] Daly (Soham GS captain), I Chambers and PJ Smith (representing boys of Soham GS) ..

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