78-year-old says he loved “every minute” of working here and will miss seeing
the pupils whom he has ferried to their homes, train stations, airports, doctor’s
appointments and dentists for decades. He was very touched the other day to
have received a homemade card made and signed by all the pupils he used to take
home on the minibus. That said minibus is now called Hywel in his honour!
He has left
his mark over the years when carrying out repairs and upgrades, as the estates
team keeps coming across his name while stripping out walls and doors, he has
noted the date on the back of the plasterboard and other materials, and even
giving a name check to his own children and their ages at the time.
Mr. Andrew Russell said it was an “honour” to say goodbye to Hywel and he paid
this heartfelt tribute:
“It is with a heavy heart that
we bid farewell to our beloved maintenance/estates team member, Hywel, who has
been an integral part of our school community for nearly half a century.
“Throughout his tenure here,
he has shown unwavering commitment, dedication, and professionalism in ensuring
that our school is a safe and functional environment for our students and staff
to thrive in. His tireless efforts have contributed to the smooth operation of
our facilities and the overall success of our school.
has not only been an outstanding employee but also a valuable member of our
school family. He has always been approachable, friendly, and willing to
lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He's been an excellent role model
to our students, inspiring them with his work ethic and dedication.
say goodbye, we want to express our gratitude for his exceptional service to
our community. We will miss his presence, his humour, his lengthy stories and
fond memories and his very positive attitude. His legacy will live on in the
fabric of the buildings (his signature behind every newly erected partition
over the past 50 years) and in the memories of all the Old Davideans and staff
who love him dearly.
you for everything Hywel. With all our love to you, Linda and Mark.”