Tributes paid to Eastbourne teacher who died aged 103

Margaret Knight, who passed away aged 103 years old SUS-151123-111751001
Margaret Knight, who passed away aged 103 years old SUS-151123-111751001

Tributes have been paid to a former deputy headmistress of an Eastbourne school who has died aged 103 earlier this month.

A well-known figure, Margaret had worked as a PE teacher at Eastbourne High School from 1933 until she retired in 1971.

During World War Two, she was evacuated from Eastbourne with her schoolchildren to avoid the bombing of the town.

Friends of the family have paid tribute to Margaret after she died on Friday November 13.

Family friend Judy Barker said, “She never forced herself or her feelings or beliefs on anyone, but yet her quietness spoke volumes, her love of people generally was delightful, and I think all of us who knew her well will each have our own private area of sorrow and gratitude for having been close to her. A lady in a million indeed.  I personally will never forget her.”

Pauline Kennard said, “[She was] an amazing lady who will be remembered by so many people in so many different ways. I remember how much she did for the residents at Abbeyfield; transporting them to church or to hospital appointments.”

Margaret who lived in Alfriston was also a regular volunteer with the Eastbourne Samaritans.

Ralph Homer, Trustee and former Director of Eastbourne Samaritans said, “Her unfailing support was crucial and, over the years, her sound judgement, good humour and, above all, humanity made her a wonderful colleague. She was loved and respected by everyone.”

A passionate sportswoman, Margaret played Hockey for Sussex and represented the South of England. She also played for the South Saxons, a hockey team based in Hastings.

Later in life she became a keen bowls player playing at greens in Eastbourne and elsewhere in East Sussex.

A thanksgiving service for Margaret will be held at Thanksgiving Service at 2pm at St Andrews Church in Alfriston this Friday (November 27).

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