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Family's tributes as school's first headmaster dies aged 89

John Greenfield, who was at Light Hall School in Solihull between 1963 and 1983, died at his home on July 17 after battling skin cancer.

The first headteacher at Light Hall School John Greenfield passed away at he age of 89.
The first headteacher at Light Hall School John Greenfield passed away at he age of 89.

The first headmaster of Light Hall School in Solihull has died at the age of 89.

John Greenfield, who was at the school between 1963 and 1983, died at his home on July 17 after battling skin cancer.

A memorial service for the former RAF corporal will be held at St James Church, in Shirley, on Monday.

Mr Greenfield’s daughter Clare Greenfield described her father as ‘a true English gentleman.’

“He was a thoughtful, selfless and kind man,” she said.

“He had good values and was held in the very highest regard. I can remember the day he retired from Light Hall, I just couldn’t believe the amount of cards and gifts he received – he was very well thought of.

“Even after he retired, old pupils would come up to him while we were shopping and he would always remember their names.”

Mr Greenfield was appointed head of Light Hall High School for Boys in September 1963 and witnessed many changes at the school.

At that time he joined, the new school was still being built and was far from completion when 96 boys were admitted in January 1964.

Girls were admitted in September 1967 into what then became Light Hall Secondary School.

A final transformation happened in September 1972 when Solihull abandoned the Eleven Plus examination and embarked on a policy of comprehensive education, which saw Mr Greenfield being appointed chairman of the borough’s curriculum committee.

He was also a founder member of the Solihull branch of the National Association of Headmasters and president.

Mr Greenfield married Edna, who passed away in 2008. The couple are survived by two children and four grandchildren.

All are welcome to attend Monday’s memorial service, which starts at 2.15pm, followed by a committal at Robin Hood Crematorium at 3.30pm.

 

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