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Dedicated Oxford teacher was admired and respected
A TEACHER who worked at schools across Oxford for more than 30 years has died aged 84.
Herman “David” Munday was deputy headteacher at Blackbird Leys County Primary School and Bayswater Middle School and a teacher at New Marston County Primary School.
He was yesterday praised as special and dedicated by former pupils and colleagues.
A 40-year resident of Wharton Road, Headington, he was from a family of teachers. His mother Ivy, father Herman and sister Ruth all taught in Oxford, and Mr Munday told the Oxford Mail in 1987: “We must have done 100 years between us.”
Last night Mr Munday’s son Richard, 54, paid tribute to his father.
He said: “He was much loved within our family and we have been staggered by the messages we have seen on Facebook.
“There have been some amazing tributes.
“We are told he was admired and respected at the schools where he taught.
“Teaching was a lot of fun for him and he loved all the camaraderie with pupils and staff.”
A grandfather-of-six, Mr Munday retired in 1987. He had taken his first job at New Marston in 1951.
In 1959 he was the first deputy head of the new primary school in Blackbird Leys and he later moved to Bayswater in 1974.
He kept detailed records of his teaching days, frequently recalling in minute detail past experiences with pupils, and was a regular contributor to this newspaper’s Memory Lane supplement.
Mr Munday was also a religious man and a member of the Collinwood Road United Reformed Church for some five decades.
At one point he was also its archivist.
His wife Sheila passed away in 1996. Mr Munday moved to St Andrew’s Care Home in Headington, in 2013, where his sister and only surviving sibling, Ruth, 82, is also a resident.
There, he would often see old pupils visiting relatives and spoke fondly of his school days, said carer Linda Hadland.
She said: “He was a proper gentleman and a lovely man, never miserable.
“He used to talk about his school days all the time and was always showing us photos.
“People who were ex-pupils would often visit here and they always said he was a wonderful teacher.
“I never heard a bad word said about him.” Mr Munday passed away on April 23, following a period of illness.
A funeral will take place at Collinwood Road United Reformed Church next Thursday at 12.45pm.
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