LETTERS From Graham Weeks, Lake:
I READ with sad loss the passing of Mr (Taffy) Thomas (CP, 20-09-13), but also have fond memories of a really great teacher and character.
I did not notice the article but instead spotted the beaming smile on the picture, perhaps the hair had changed from a sandy colour to grey, but that happens to us all, with the passing of time.
I was in his science class at the Fairway School from 1960 to 1963 and somehow he managed to get me a good result in my O-level. But I have two lasting memories.
In the 1960 class there were two Grahams. Mr Thomas had previously taught a George Weeks at Cowes Technical College and I immediately became known as George, a name which is still used even to this day by a very close circle of friends from those days.
The other is a school trip to Llangollen for a week, just three weeks before the start of O-levels in 1963. We were in a cafe in Betws-y-Coed and rather cheekily we left the bill for teas for him and Mr Morgan to pick up.
Back on the coach, we were chastised but with that all-familiar beaming smile.
The Island has lost a true gent with his passing and I, for one, will always remember him when my nickname is used.