Family pays loving tribute to former headteacher, 83

Published date: 18 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Flintshire headteacher.

Family members and former colleagues have paid tribute to former Golftyn CP head Ronald Kelsall, who died on December 9 aged 83 after a long battle with illness.

Mr Kelsall served as head teacher of Golftyn CP in Connah’s Quay for 21 years and opened the school when it was constructed in 1970.

Prior to that, Mr Kelsall, who enjoyed 59 years of marriage to wife Thelma,had been a deputy head at Sandycroft Primary School during a teaching career that spanned over 40 years.

His son Graham said his father was passionate about his family, teaching and most of all, music.

He said: “Dad was a natural musician, he was the organist at St John’s church in Flint for a long, long time.

“All his ex-pupils remembered him for his music, Dad loved his music.”

Graham added that during his father’s musical career, he had worked alongside the musician, Paul Mealor who went on to secure acclaim when his music was performed at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

Alongside his music, Graham said his father was a proud member of the Labour Party and a true family man.

“Dad loved his music but he was a great family man as well, he’d do anything for us.

He would always try and do the best for his family, even if he wasn’t a DIY man.

“He doted on his five grandchildren.”

But it was his father’s teaching career that would be remembered most by the community, Graham said.

“He had a huge effect on the community, the amount of pupils who came through his schools were vast.

“His headship of Golftyn CP was a great memory he had. It was one of the greatest achievements of his life.

“People would be amazed of how proud he was of everyone at the school.”

A spokesman from Mr Kelsall’s former school, Golftyn CP said: “Staff were always amazed by Mr Kelsall’s musical talent and his dedication to the school and our pupils.

“He will be sadly missed.”

Mr Kelsall’s funeral will take place tomorrow at St John’s United Reformed Church, Flint at 11am, followed by an interment at Kelsterton Cemetery, Connah’s Quay.

Mr Kelsall’s family have requested that any donations be made to St John’s United Reformed Church and Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

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