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TRIBUTES PAID: Former Longfield Primary School headteacher passes away

 Published on: 4th May 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

A former headteacher of Longfield Primary School has sadly passed away at the age of 96 after a battle with coronavirus.

William Brignell, known as Bill, was the school’s headteacher for over 25 years after he initially began his career in education just after the Second World War.

Bill was born in Tottenham on July 14 in 1923 and is survived through his four children, all of whom have continued his legacy and have a career in education.

Current Longfield Primary School headteacher, Pam Virdee, paid tribute to Bill, who continued to have a connection with the school long after he left.

She said: “We are deeply saddened to hear that Mr Brignell has passed away and would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

 “As a former Headteacher of Longfield Primary School, his connection with us was very strong and everlasting.  I have had messages of sympathy from his ex-pupils who went on to become parents of Longfield and remember him fondly.

 “He was also widely known in Harrow as his daughters Diane Crocker and Rhonomie Brignell-Barker became teachers and Rhonomie was a teacher at Longfield.

“He will always be remembered for his kindness, his jolly attitude, which was infectious, his smile and making others laugh. He possessed a warmness that easily engulfed anyone in his presence and he forever wanted the best for all in his care.

 “I often saw him riding past the school on his bike and he would always look back and give us a big wave and a massive grin.”

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