Former Writtle College vice-principal has died

Former Writtle College vice-principal John Turner OBE has died, aged 71.

He worked at the college from 1961-2001, becoming vice-principal in 1967 and being awarded the OBE in 1996. He was the "last of the old school and a great character", said long-standing friend, HW writer Peter Seabrook. He added: "Many students who passed through the college are indebted to him." Former colleague Mike Hall said: "He was genuinely the most professional and supportive person. He was in every respect supportive and helpful to young staff and students. He was passionate about agricultural and horticultural education and was involved in bodies including the Rural Community Council Essex, Writtle Old Students' Association and was chief executive of the Shuttleworth Trust." A thanksgiving service will be held at Writtle Parish Church in October.


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