Tribute to Peter Townend

25-10-2007: A former teacher at Exmouth Community College, who spent two decades as head of modern languages and was instrumental in the changeover from grammar school to comprehensive, has died at the age of 79.

25-10-2007: A former teacher at Exmouth Community College, who spent two decades as head of modern languages and was instrumental in the changeover from grammar school to comprehensive, has died at the age of 79.

Grandfather-of-four Peter Townend died at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on Wednesday, October 17, following a fight against a blood infection.

Born in Manchester, he moved to Exmouth when he was appointed in 1967 to the community college, where he helped prepare staff for the change to the comprehensive system that followed 12 months later.

Married to wife Jeanne in 1956, the couple, who had two children Liz, and Michael, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last year.

Peter dedicated much of his time to community projects - working with the Samaritans and training to become a Citizens' Advice Bureau adviser after his retirement.

He also kept up his interest in education by working as a governor at Littleham Primary School. For the last 20 years of his life, he was involved with the Quakers, both locally and on a national level.

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Said friend and former colleague Rodney Dingle: "During his time at the college, he earned the respect and affection of colleagues and pupils.

"He was a man of great wit.

"He had a selfless determination to contribute to society and the happiness of his friends.

"His grandchildren were an enormous source of pride, delight and fun for him. He will be much missed.

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