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Patrick ‘really made a difference to his pupils’

A FORMER teacher who worked in Hillingdon for more than 30 years has died.

A FORMER teacher who worked in Hillingdon for more than 30 years has died.

Patrick Edwards was head of drama and taught English at Abbotsfield School, in Clifton Gardens. He began teaching there in the 1960s, retiring in the mid-1990s.

Before he was a teacher, Mr Edwards, who was born in Brentford in 1927 and grew up in Chiswick, served in the RAF, where he trained in what later proved to be his calling.

During his time at Abbotsfield, he was a popular teacher and wrote plays, including a musical, for school performances.

His former wife, Carol Daniel, with whom he had remained friends, said: “I have had some lovely letters from old pupils who say he has really made a difference to their lives.

“He loved teaching.”

After retirement, Mr Edwards moved from Ruislip to Wales, where Ms Daniel also lived. He died aged 87 in Crosfield House, a nursing home in Powys, on July 27.

In later life he suffered a stroke, which affected his speech.

Donations in his memory are being used to train a speech therapist in Romania through a charity that Ms Daniel set up and Mr Edwards heavily supported.

He leaves a daughter, Danielle, son Lance, and six grandchildren.

A requiem mass was held at the Church of St Francis of Assisi, in Rhayader, Wales, on Friday last week, followed by cremation at Aberystwyth Crematorium.

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