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Obituaries

Bart Harrington

BARI HARRINGTON, who died on 20 December, was born in Cardiff in 1918, of Irish parents, the youngest of six children and the only boy.

Bart attended the parish school until he was eight, then to the age of 18 he attended St Illtyd's College then under the direction of the De La Salle Brothers: for two consecutive years he was school captain. He was always deeply grateful to the brothers and the college for the education they gave him. While still at school, he joined the Society of St Vincent de Paul, and was quietly proud to be associated with its self-effacing apostolate of Catholic action.

From St Illtyd's, he went to St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, to train as a teacher. After joining the supply teachers' list, he taught in various schools in the city. He also joined the Territorial Army, and was thus one of the first to be mobilised upon the outbreak of World War Two. After initial service in Penarth, he was commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps. He trained with his men in various parts of Scotland and England, before service, following DDay, in France, Belgium and Germany.

In 1945, he married Joan Rigby, whom he had met when stationed in Bradford, Yorkshire. When they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last December, he said how impossible it was to begin to express the joy and happiness she had brought into his life.

After de-mobilisation in 1946, he returned to teaching and his life-long love, Catholic Education. He taught, first in Cardiff, and then at St Anne's, Bradford, before appointment as head of St Joseph's school, Otley. In 1952 he moved to Halifax, to be head of the new St Malachy's Junior School. Under his leadership the school acquired and developed an enviable reputation for both its religious and academic life.

In 1964/5, Bart Harrington undertook further studies at the University of Leeds and in 1966 he was appointed to Notre Dame College of Education in Liverpool where he later became Director of Professional Studies, seeking to impart education and professional skills to trainee teachers.

He retired in 1980, just before the amalgamation with Christ's College, but his work for Catholic Education did not end there, for he was then able to devote more time to the Catholic press. He had written for, and promoted, the Catholic Herald for many years. He became the Education Correspondent of The Universe, and in more recent years contributed to the newly re-established Catholic Times. The knowledge and expertise which he acquired over many years was often sought and respected right up until his death.

He is survived by his wife and their four children.




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