A HEADTEACHER has paid tribute to one of her school’s “greatest servants”.
Wilfred Jones, who died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on February 9, aged 91, taught at Rhosddu Primary School for almost 40 years.
In total his association with the school spanned more than six decades.
He served as acting head teacher during the summer term of 1976-77, leading into the school’s centenary year in 1977-78.
Having attended the school as a pupil – starting in September 1921 – Mr Jones had a distinguished career with the primary school, teaching there as an unpaid trainee in 1939, before returning in 1946 after serving with the armed forces during the Second World War.
He remained as a teacher at the school until his retirement in the early 1980s.
Marion Young, who has been headteacher at Rhosddu Primary since 2011, led the tributes.
She said: “Mr Jones is still fondly remembered by past pupils and members of staff past and present.
“He was a much-loved, cherished and valued teacher whose committment to Rhosddu and the education of the village’s young people has contributed greatly to the area we know today.
“Rhosddu has a strong tradition for generations attending the school and Mr Jones’ lifespan at the school reflects that.
“When I began at the school in the 1980s there were many staff who were very fond of Mr Jones and he will be remembered as one of the school’s greatest servants.
“I know everyone in Rhosddu is most grateful for the contribution made by Mr Jones to the school.”
In Rhosddu Primary School’s History published in 1977 to celebrate the school’s centenary, Mr Jones wrote: “I have seen many educational changes during my career – the majority for the better – and the pupils who have come through Rhosddu have been first class citizens who are proud of their school.”
Mr Jones’ funeral will take place at Rhosddu Methodist Chapel, Colliery Road, on Thursday, February 20, at 10am.