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LEIGHTON, Ken (Class of 1953)

You are warmly welcomed to leave a message below, share your memories, and celebrate the life of Ken Leighton who we sadly lost in 2021

LEIGHTON, Ken (Class of 1953)

  

This obituary was provided by Ken's son.

Mr W K Leighton (Ken).  

Born in Manchester in 1935, and educated at Cheadle Hulme School and subsequently Edinburgh University where he gained a degree in Biology, Ken went on to teach biology at Loddon School in Norfolk.  After a few years as a housemaster at Brighton College, where he also taught biology and geography, Ken then gained a Deputy Headship at a British Forces Education Service Boys School in Hamm, in the then West Germany.  It was during this time that Ken lost his first wife Margery to a tragic rockfall accident whilst walking in the Swiss Alps.

As the British Forces education footprint in Germany reduced and schools amalgamated Ken became Headteacher of a combined school, where he also met his 2nd wife Vicky, before spending further time at Prince Rupert School again in Germany in a small town called Rinteln.  After over 11 years in Germany Ken returned to the UK to take up a Headship at Elmbridge School in Essex, before retiring in 1994 with Vicky to North Thoresby, in Lincolnshire. 

Having had a rich and fulfilled retirement, Ken never truly recovered from the loss of Vicky on 1 July 2020, and on 2 August 2021 Ken tragically, but peacefully, passed away.  He is survived by his children, Mr Mark Leighton, Mrs Penny Christou and Lieutenant Colonel Paul Leighton MBE.

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