Romford school pays tribute after deputy headteacher David Torn dies
PUBLISHED: 12:29 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:29 02 August 2018
St Edward's Church of England Academy
A headteacher has paid tribute to the school's "much-loved" deputy headteacher who has sadly died.
Headteacher of St Edward’s Church of England Academy, Eastern Avenue West, Romford, Jodie Hassan, posted a message on the school’s website yesterday about David Torn’s passing.
She said: “It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I write with sad news regarding the tragic passing of David Torn.
“Dave was a much-loved member of the St Edward’s family.
“Dave is looked upon by colleagues, parents and members of the community as a dear friend.
“In a very short space of time, I too have grown to love and respect Dave.
“He had an infectious sense of humour that I know we will all miss every day.
“I have been inundated with messages of support and tributes from our kind-hearted community, many from former students who were taught by Dave.
“All have remarked on how Dave made a difference to their education at St Edward’s and also their career choices thereafter. “Many of Dave’s protégés were inspired by him to follow careers in teaching, history and politics.
“One of his former students recalled one of Dave’s favourite sayings – ‘Good teachers light candles in dark places’ before saying that Dave ‘lit those candles everywhere’.
“This is something that I know that anyone who knew Dave would agree on.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave’s family at this very difficult time.”