A large congregation attended the funeral service at SS Peter and Paul’s Church on December 5 for George Francis Plant, who was a teacher at Hartismere School for more than 30 years.
Mr Plant was born in Eyke and after completing his national service, he began teacher training at Culham College, Oxford, and then took up a post at Eye Modern School (now Hartismere School). He became a popular and well-respected teacher, being appointed head of the English department in 1968. Mr Plant took singing lessons, passing several examinations, and became a talented tenor in Eye Bach Choir. In 1990 George decided to take early retirement, suffering a slight stroke, but carried on as a supply teacher and also did some private tutoring. With more spare time he became more committed to the community and especially Eye Church, assisting with fundraising activities, helping out as a sever during church services and being involved with the annual art exhibition.
In tribute Lisa Magennis, great niece, said George regularly visited his family until his illness worsened and he was admitted to hospital, and eventually to the Depperhaugh nursing home in Hoxne, where he passed peacefully away on November 14, aged 77. She described George as a learned, much-talented man whose work was done and the chapter ended. “He can rest now knowing he made a difference. He will be sadly missed by his family and close friends but never forgotten,” she said.
The Rector, Fr Guy Sumpter, officiated, a reading was given by Christine Bird, and the organist was Colin Bartlett. Interment followed at Eye Cemetery, and a reception was held at Eye Bowls Club.