Tributes to sporty science teacher

Arthur Lambourn who taught at Woolbrook School for 30 years.

Arthur Lambourn who taught at Woolbrook School for 30 years. - Credit: Archant

Tributes have poured in for a retired Sidmouth teacher who has died.

Arthur Lambourn taught science for 30 years at Woolbrook School, which later became Sidmouth College.

He died on Saturday, August 1, at the age of 87.

The keen sportsman enjoyed playing rugby, football, and in later life, golf.

In his memory, Honiton Golf Club flew its flag at half mast.


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Former pupils turned to Facebook to leave tributes to the teacher.

Arthur’s daughter, Ruth Daly, said the family have been touched by messages from former pupils on social media. She said: “I was never in his class when he was teaching, but I get the image that he was firm but fair. He would have a laugh with those that were there to have a laugh with - but if they messed around he would be firm.

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“He would be supporting the students on sports days and many people remember him playing Fagin in Oliver. The staff often got involved in school plays - it is the funny things that stick in people’s minds.”

Arthur grew up in Manchester and originally taught PE before moving to Sidmouth with his wife, Cicely, in 1959.

Ruth said the couple cycled around East Devon looking for their perfect family home - before choosing a property in Primley Gardens.

Arthur moved to Gittisham Hill House in Honiton after being diagnosed with dementia.

Ruth praised the staff for their ‘fantastic care’.

She said: “Right up until he died, he still recognised all of us, which is lucky for us.

“It is hard when they do not recognise you, but he was always pleased to see us.”

Arthur is survived by his four children and eight grandchildren.

The family says anyone who knew Arthur is welcome to join them for his service at St Peter’s Chapel, at Exeter Crematorium, on Friday, August 28, at 2pm or at the Buckerell Lodge on Topsham Road, Exeter.

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