David Jenkinson

24th April 2014

Tributes have been paid to David Jenkinson, who died on 4th April 2014 aged 89. He was a pupil at Ermysted’s and then a member of staff from 1953 to 1989.

David Jenkinson, 20 February 1925 – 4 April 2014

davidjenkinsonThe Ermysted’s archives show that David Jenkinson began his long association with our school when he joined as a pupil in form iib from Salterforth Primary School on 10th September 1936. Born 20th February 1925, he was the son of James R Jenkinson who farmed at Far Hey, Barnoldswick. Originally placed in Ermysted House, David transferred to Craven House when it was introduced for Barnoldswick scholars in 1938. He remained a scholar at EGS until 25th July 1941, having passed his School Certificate, to persue a career in cabinet making.

He joined the staff in September 1953 and retired after 36 years dedicated and sterling service in the Summer of 1989. What a conincidence that having retired the same day as Wally Evans they should die within a few days of each other almost 25 years later. David regularly attended the Old Boys Dinner and more than once was pressed into service as organist to lead the singing. He was always embarrassed but graciously thankful for the attention he received from the numerous Old Boys who sought his company on those special evenings.

The following is an extract from the Chronicles of Summer 1989 on David’s retirement written by his teaching colleague, Doug Grant:

“David Jenkinson returned to EGS in September 1953, initially as a workshop technician, then as a teacher and finally as Head of Craft, Design & Technology.  Light Engineering was his speciality and many craftsmen received a sound grounding in both theory and practice.  But David remained to be convinced that the multi-skill, multi-media subject of Design and Technology provided a superior introduction to the single, traditional discipline, rigorously schooled.

jenkinsonsWe will remember him as a man of great sympathy and quiet determination, as generous with his time as he was with his knowledge; as generous in lending his books as he was with his advice to the tyro D.I.Y. man struggling with a recalcitrant table in Megalithic-revival style.  And David was always there to act as relief organist in assembly; to police School House drive on Cross Country day;  to do the same on the balcony at the swimming gala when others often found excuses;  to tell a Historian what a foundry actually is, quite apart from what foundries had once been.

We shall miss him more that we yet know.  The quietest, rarest and best type of Yorkshireman; I can hear him mumbling “Soothern roobbish!”

So I’d best stop.  Vale DJ.”

Memorial service for ‘Jenks’

- All are welcome at a memorial service for David on Saturday 7th June 2014 at 2pm at Holy Trinity Church in Barnoldswick.

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