OBITUARY OF W A LYNSKEY.
Obituary written anonymously shortly after his death.
It was with real sorrow that the staff and pupils learned of the death of Mr. W. A. Lynskey on 21st January 1960. After a serious operation, he had been absent for some months and we all hoped on seeing him again that he would recover his strength and be able to enjoy a well earned retirement.
He came to St. Joseph's in 1949 after may years teaching at Cotton College, North Staffs and St. Bede's College Manchester. Although a disciplinarian of the 'old school', he soon endeared himself to Prep - not least to those pupils whom he prepared with such tender care for their first Holy Communion. His colleagues learnt to appreciate his keen sense of humour, his kindliness and most of all his unfailing courtesy - qualities which will make him as much missed by his colleagues in the staff room as by pupils in Prep.
We offer our deep sympathy to his two sisters and his brother.
May he rest in peace.
This obit is rather thin. Can anybody add anything?
Ray Wood adds:
Lynskey was in my opinion an excellent teacher and many of the prep boys owe it to him for getting through the 11+. In addition to Maths and English he gave us a good grounding in Geography, History and Nature Study. He had a prosthetic leg hence one of his nicknames 'Pegleg'. On cold days in Winter the prep huts were freezing and he allowed us to wear top coats scarves and caps in class. He regularly gave us the Latin and Greek derivations of words and introduced us to many classic poems and stories. He attended St. Cuthbert's Church and lived on Lytham Road with his sisters who kept a sweet shop.
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