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Colin Silk

1910 - 2003

Former school teacher who enjoyed every aspect of life

From the Sussex Express, May 30th 2003

ORMER Lewes County Grammar School for Boys teacher Colin Silk died on Wednesday last week, aged 92. The eldest of seven children, he went to Monmouth School where he excelled academically and athletically. From there he won a scholarahip to Jesus College, Oxford, to read English Literature. With the enthusiasm of the true scholar he decided to follow a career in teaching, first at Cranbrook School and then from 1939 to 1975 at the Lewes County Grammar School for Boys (later Priory School). There he taught English and rugby football with equal skill and passion, ending his career as head of the English Department. He ran the under-15 county rugby team for many years.

Colin Silk ... familiar figure cycling in Lewes Colin's love of Shakespeare was legendary and it was communicated to all those exposed to his enthusiasm, whether at school or at The Lewes Little Theatre, where he memorably directed Macbeth, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, The Tempest, Othello and The Winter's Tale. He was actively involved in the Theatre Club almost since its inception. At`one stage he was chairman of the committee and enjoyed every aspect of the club from actimg to polishing the foyer floor and making the coffee.

He was a familiarly eccentric figure cycling around Lewes with his army rucksack on his back, often causing alarm with his erratic swerves due to his eagerness to salute some friend passing by. He loved to be outdoors. Walking on the Downs, in the Lake District or in the Alps, usually with members of the family, remained an intense pleasure until the last few years of his life.

His family were his joy. In his beloved wife Beryl he found the ideal foil and all his children grew to share his enthusiasms. Both daughters, Judith and Amanda, followed him into the teaching profession and his son Nick became a GP. Colin was also lucky to be able to spend so much time with his 11 devoted grandchildren and to begin to get to know some of his eight great-grandchildren.

A Service to Celebrate the Life of

Colin Edward Baily Silk

1910 - 2003

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