The attached tribute to Ted given by Dick Young at last week’s funeral
Ted Pryor HGS 1952-1987
I first met Ted when I joined his department at Harvey G S in 1964 and we worked harmoniously together until his retirement in 1987. He was a very good teacher, excellent Head of Department popular with both boys and colleagues: his ready wit endeared him to many and his contribution to the mickey-taking in the staffroom at the end of the lunch time when we all gathered together was always very amusing. As NAT Thomas wrote in the latest the Harvey history: he had a fine line in repartee.
When I first arrived I still played tennis and Ted and I had a number of games together, but I soon realised that he was much better than I was so I took up golf. Many years later when HE had taken up golf we had a game at Cirencester Golf Club and although my handicap was much lower than his he beat me by playing to his limitations.Not very far but straight down the middle and onto the green. 2 nil to Ted.
We went on day trips to France and later to Chambery when the exchange was established. I well remember the first time we went. 3.15 ferry from Folkestone, train to Paris, from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de Lyon with 30 or so third formers-year nine to the younger ones here- on the Metro- no risk assessment then- arriving in Chambery at 6.30 the next morning.We saw all the boys off with their host families and passed the day recovering. We stayed in a hotel that night before moving into a student hostel run by nuns. We had an early dinner and took to our beds at about 8. Ted was not at all pleased to be woken to receive phone call an hour later from a parent whose son had rung home to say he was not happy with his correspondent’s behaviour. We thought we had sorted that out the next day but things didn’t improve and the French boy stayed with another family when the Chambery group came to Folkestone.
However our visits to Chambery were very pleasant for we didn’t see the boys except for one day when all went on an excursion together. Ted and I would usually set out each day to walk the area armed with some excellent bread and local cheese with the all-important plastic container full of Cotes du Rhone, followed in the evening by a meal in one of the many restaurants in the town with of course a glass or two of red wine.
As you all know Ted was an ardent Francophile and he amused us greatly when recounting a day trip to Boulogne with his late wife Pat. Apparently Pat left her gloves in the restaurant where they had lunch and Ted went back and made his way past the customers queuing to get in. He was stopped by a large Englishman who said: Who are you pushing you four-eyed flipping old Frog? – or words to that effect. Ted explained that he was saying excuse me in French whereupon the man turned to his friend and said “Now he’s trying to be flipping clever!!” When Pat and Ted got back on the ferry at the end of their day in France, Pat said “Let’s go into the bar and we might find your new friend.”
That Ted was held in high regard by his pupils was evident in the many tweets received by Phil Harding when he had passed on the sad news. Here a few of them:
• An excellent teacher with a great sense of humour.
• Good memories of French and the French exchange trips.
• What an amazing innings. Shows the good life that goes with being a teacher at HGS.
• I never learned a word of French, but I liked every lesson and he was very patient.
And the one I liked best;
• Form master, French teacher and took me and my year to Chambery for an exchange. Great teacher and nice man. Easy to distract with French car registration numbers and wine labels. R.I.P.
A good man, a good friend and a good colleague.