‘Dedicated’ teacher dies

A HEADTEACHER has paid tribute to his predecessor, who has died at the age of 81.

A funeral service for Peter Lowe, who died suddenly at home in Church Road, Newton, earlier this month will be held at St Mary’s Church in Boxford on Monday.

Mr Lowe was the headteacher of Boxford Primary School for 20 years and Rob Giles, the current headteacher, said he would be greatly missed by everyone.

“Peter was in school recently talking to our children about the history of the school and the many memories he had of working here,” said Mr Giles. “I know that the children thoroughly enjoyed listening to him.”

Mr Giles said it was due to the former head’s “dedication and determination” that the school was extended, including the current main school hall.

He added: “One of my overriding memories is his description of why he had been at Boxford for over 20 years.

“He simply said that when you drive into school each morning, and take the time to look left and then right across the landscape, you will see why I have been here so long. I quickly realised what he meant.

“Since then, I have had the pleasure to meet Peter on many occasions as he dropped off and collected his grandson, Ben, and I always looked forward to our discussions and hearing his memories of the time he spent as headteacher.”

Mr Lowe leaves a wife, Margaret, and two daughters.

His funeral service is at 2pm, followed by a private cremation. Donations in his memory are being made to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and the Royal Association for Deaf people.