Mr Patrick Bunce
Retired Vice Chairman of Governors
9TH MAY 1949 - 24TH JANUARY 2017
As Head of St Thomas More Catholic School I was extremely honoured to have been asked to talk about Mr Bunce, and his lifetime of service to our school, at his funeral on Thursday 16th February.
The Bunce family and St Thomas More Catholic School go back a long way; Bridget and Pat actually met as former students of Venerable Francis Leveson, one of the two schools that merged to become St Thomas More.
Mr Bunce’s children, Mark and Claire both attended the school. Bridget gave over thirty years of loyal service supporting art and food technology, adding that she enjoyed every day. And now we have Mr Bunce’s son-in-law, Ian, working in the RE Department.
Mr Bunce first stared working with the school as a Police Liaison Officer, giving assemblies to students and chats to keep them out of trouble, or indeed get them back on the right path. He supported extra-curricular activities including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and residential stays at More House.
In the 1980s he started work with the PTA, became Chair of the PTA in 1989, and also joined the governoring body. Pat then served as Vice Chair of Governors for over twenty years. During this time he was involved in disciplinary panels, fundraising, reviews and appointments of staff, including my own when I was appointed as Deputy Head.
The governors described him as ‘loyal, dependable and with a great sense of humour’. They also added that he was always about twenty-five to thirty minutes early for every meeting!
What I remember about Mr Bunce was what a lovely, kind and selfless man he was. We were so lucky to have him as a supporter and friend of our school and for a lifetime of service we are eternally grateful.
Monday 27th February
School will be closed to students on Monday 27th February due to staff training, except for the following students:
Year 9 - those students invited by the Head of English Miss Davies.
Year 11 - whole year group.
Year 12/13 - as requested.
Buses will run as normal. Food will be available from the canteen. Full uniforms must be worn.