Tributes paid to popular St Crispin's teacher Mervyn BlissBy Laura Herbert
September 17, 2012
Tributes have been paid to a former art teacher at a Wokingham secondary school.
Past and present pupils and staff at St Crispin’s School have been remembering popular teacher Mervyn Bliss, who died last month following an illness.
Mr Bliss trained as a teacher in the 1970s at the then Bulmershe College in Woodley, before launching his career in Birmingham.
Susan Richards, science teacher at St Crispin’s School and friend of Mr Bliss, said: “He was always approachable and willing to help.
“It was through his encouragement that I developed my strong interest in art and sculpture.
“He was a perfect gentleman.”
Mr Bliss later joined the London Road secondary as an art teacher in 1972, and taught drawing and painting within the art department.
A spokeswoman for the school said: “In later years he developed an interest in ICT and was one of the first members of staff to develop the ICT department.
“Merv was also an active member of the pastoral team and worked as a head of year.”
Mr Bliss remained a teacher at the school for 37 years, before retiring in 2009.
Debbie Milam, a learning support assistant at the school, remembers Mr Bliss teaching her pottery and art when she joined St Crispin’s in 1972.
Mrs Milam’s three children were also taught by Mr Bliss between 2003 and 2010.
She said: “I was not very artistic but Mr Bliss always gave me encouragement and praise for my efforts. He always had a friendly approach and had a great sense of humour – a great man who will be sadly missed.”
More than 50 messages of condolence have been left by past and present pupils on the school’s page on social networking site Facebook.
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