St Davids College

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'Mr O's' funeral takes place on Friday

Published: 15.04.2024 ( a month ago )

Mr O’Leary was an adored husband of Heather, a devoted father to Michelle, Matthew, Aiden and Molly, and grandfather to Chloe, Dominic and Leon

He spent 37 years teaching at St David’s College and he’ll never be forgotten, and the school will not be quite the same again.

Our Headmaster, Mr Andy Russell, said: “A dedicated Design and Technology teacher who devoted 37 years of service to shaping minds and nurturing creativity.

“At 67, his legacy is immeasurable, marked by countless projects, innovations, and most importantly, lives touched.

“Martin was not just an educator but a mentor, a guide, and an inspiration to many. “His passion for teaching and unwavering commitment to students’ success has left an indelible mark on our school and on the hearts of all who had the privilege of walking through his classroom door.

“As we mourn this profound loss, we also celebrate a remarkable life dedicated to education and the empowerment of young minds.”

Mr O’Leary has helped countless young people to become architects, Product Designers and engineers. He was a hugely enthusiastic about encouraging girls to go into traditionally male dominated careers such as engineering. Always inspirational, he also had a brilliantly, dry sense of humour.

A current Year 13 DT pupil said: “We always looked forward to Mr O’Leary’s lessons, as he very often had us in stitches and he always helped us when we struggled and he always had a suggestion how to improve our designs.

“I wish he could see our A’level projects, as I think he’d be impressed to see how far we have come, we all miss him.”

Tea and coffee will be served at St Paul’s Church Hall following the funeral service for all who attend. The school has also organised a wake for Old Davideans and staff at the St George’s Hotel, Llandudno. Here, we can share memories and stories of our much loved “Mr O”. Martin’s family will be attending a small private wake elsewhere after his committal at the crematorium.