Max Matthews (4 Feb 1927 - 25 Dec 2018)

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Exeter Crematorium St Peter's Chapel Topsham Road Exeter EX2 6EU
25th Jan 2019

In loving memory of Maxwell Terence Matthews (Max) who sadly passed away on 25th December 2018

Denise Ledger donated £15 in memory of Max

Amazing colleague and mentor for my first teaching job. RIP Max

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Bob Wigmore wrote

RIP Sir, many thanks for all the good memories of my time at Vincent Thompson.

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Kevin Blaker wrote

Best Teacher , R.I.P.

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Sandra Barrett wrote

Max Matthews passed away on Christmas Day at the grand old age of nearly 92! Max taught at Vincent Thompson and St Luke’s High School from 1953 until he retired in the late 80’s but then returned as a supply teacher for many years.
He had fairly good health just difficult for the last three years. His son Guy, let Bob Brewer (former teacher at Vincent Thompson) know about Max and asked him to let staff and ex pupils know, hence Bob contacted me.

Max Matthew’s funeral is being held at the Crematorium in Exeter 1.30pm on Friday 25th January. All friends, ex staff and ex pupils are welcome to attend.

Max was an amazing teacher and inspirational to both staff and pupils. His main subject PE but he also taught Human Biology and some Geography lessons. He taught with reason and conviction plus had a sense of humour but his discipline was fair and immediate - he knew how to manage youngsters and their behaviour. A well respected member of staff who was inspirational to me and a role model when I started as a newly qualified teacher at Vincent Thompson.

Max qualified as a teacher in 1949 and continued until he retired. He taught cricket and was involved in organising Duke of Edinburgh Awards for pupils over many years. He also coached basket ball and football for Exeter and Devon Leagues.

Written by Sandra Barrett formerly known as Sandra Wheeler teacher at Vincent Thompson and St Luke’s High Schoo

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Mandi Waller (nee Chatfield) wrote

A brilliant teacher who brought fun and energy to his lessons. A lovely man who I have fond memories of...( I still remember him catching us all out in human biology!) Rest in Peace Mr Matthews xx

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  • Thank you Mandi and I’ll pass this onto his son Guy.

    Posted by Sandra on 16/01/2019 Report abuse
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Geoff Walpole wrote

Dear Max. I have many fond memories of my school days at Vincent Thompson and a lot of those centre around you. Always a kind and understanding teacher, a tough task master but fair and straight with a sense of humour that always got results particularly on those brilliant school trips to Switzerland and Austria. Thank you for all you did for me Max. You were the best. A legend. Rest in peace.

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Andrew Plance wrote

Many fond memories of Max-a teaching legend in Exeter. Many generations of ex pupils have reason to be grateful for his tireless efforts on their behalf.

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  • Andrew are you coming to the funeral?

    Posted by Sandra on 16/01/2019 Report abuse
  • He was a fabulous teacher thank you, I only wish now I could find Miss Nina Rowe maths Teacher from Vincent Thompson

    Posted by Rob on 25/04/2020 Report abuse
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