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Brian Pilkington

BRIAN PILKINGTON Brian Pilkington passed away suddenly on 2nd September 2020, aged 83 years. The dearly beloved husband of Sheila, much loved dad of Susan and Jill, a dear father-in-law of Paul and David and a devoted and proud grandad of Caitlin, Eleanor, George, Harry and Eva. Much loved by all. The funeral service and committal will take place at the East Lancashire Crematorium, Radcliffe on Friday 18th September at 12.30 pm. Due to current restrictions, attendance at the service will be by invitation only. Donations in lieu of flowers are being received for the benefit of the Multiple System Atrophy Trust. Donations may be forwarded along with all enquiries to Paul Williams Independent Funeral Directors 215 Bury New Road, Whitefield, M45 8GW Tel 0161 796 6018

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  • Gaz Hornbysays...

    Pilk has left us For me, and I am sure for many others who he taught, the death of Brian Pilkington, Physics teacher at Heywood Grammar (HGS) and later Heywood Senior High School for many years, is reflected by the Maori saying, “‘kua hinga te kauri o te wao nui a Tāne’ (the kauri has fallen in the sacred forest of Tāne), which signifies the loss of someone of great stature and respect, whose contribution has been massive and far-reaching. This for me is very apt when thinking of Brian. Pilk was a larger that life figure, in actuality and figuratively. He was totally authentic, genuine, and had a great sense of humour. He taught me for all seven years I was at HGS and after university I came back and taught alongside him for two terms before leaving to teach in New Zealand. I never did teacher training so all I had to guide me as a young teacher in New Zealand was what I had learned from Brian. He had shown me how to relate to kids and how to explain and check for understanding of what I was teaching. He had shown me how to be natural, confident and caring in how I taught. It served me well as a teacher and throughout the rest of my career in Education. My thoughts are with Brian’s wife Sheila, his children and grandchildren in coping with his loss. I hope it is some comfort knowing just how many people’s lives he influenced through his teaching and how many of us look back with appreciation and affection at what Brian did for us. Emeritus Professor of Education, Garry Hornby, now living in Barbados
  • __newsquest__Michael O Haresays...

    Brian and I were colleagues at Chadderton Grammar School, he was a brilliant teacher, it was a real pleasure to work with him, I can honestly say I learnt a lot from him, he was a gentleman in every sense of the word, Mike O Hare.
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