A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode
To download Richard Barton’s Eulogy given at the Funeral of Brian Torode, please press the link below:
I was a pupil at Elmfield Junior School, Cheltenham, in the early – mid ’80s, and have very fond memories of Mr Torode. He always had a smile and and encouraging word for everyone. I clearly remember his love of our school plays and listening to the school choir with great pride.
I also remember how he led school assemblies, singing loudly, along with us children, to hymns such as ‘Keep Me Travelling along With You’, ‘Morning Has Broken’ and ‘Lord Of The Dance’. (Years later I would choose this as one of the hymns to be sung at my wedding).
A vivid memory I have, is of one of the school fetes when I won the fancy dress competition. Mr Torode couldn’t recognise me under the disguise of my costume, but still presented me with the 2nd place prize – swimming tickets for the local swimming baths. I was absolutely thrilled to have won them.
Mr Torode was always firm but fair, as head teacher. I think that’s how anyone who knew him at Elmfield, would remember him. There were certain situations which I can remember him handling with sensitivity and tact. Some would have been very challenging. The safety and well-being of the pupils was Mr Torode’s priority, along with giving us the best learning opportunities, and experiences. He obviously loved music and art, and all of us pupils we were given the chance to express ourselves. It didn’t matter about social or ethnic background. Everyone was treated equally, and given the same opportunities. Mr Torode was energetic and motivating, leading us all by great example. He had a kind word for everyone, and he made us laugh too. His sense of humour was brilliant. He was such a wonderful man, and I was very sad to hear of his passing. I however feel that Mr Torode’s faith would have kept him strong, and I am not surprised to hear of his bravery towards the end of his full and enriched life. I am very grateful, and feel very lucky that Mr Torode was my head teacher, and I will always remember him with love and admiration.
What a wonderful tribute you have written and thank you for taking the time to contribute it. Did you take part in ‘Saints Alive’? I remember he particularly enjoyed producing it. Kindest regards Richard
it is a total pleasure to give my memories of Mr Torode. Sadly I didn’t take part in Saints Alive, but I do remember some of our magical nativity plays which Mr Torode always greatly enjoyed. I didn’t realise that he had become Canon at Gloucester Cathedral! That’s so lovely to hear. I was leading a Sunday Club (school) in South Wales for a few years, (which I may return to), and I do so wish that I’d got in touch with him, to arrange a visit to the Cathedral with the Sunday Club children! Thank you for sharing your memories too, and what wonderful photos! 🙂
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