It is with great sadness that we need to announce the death of Andrew Clifton, a former teacher of English and Media, who retired in 1999 on ill health grounds. His brother, Peter Clifton has informed us he died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday 27th February in his flat in Conington village. He would have been aged 60 years in May.
After retiring from the College, Andrew could be seen regularly walking up and down the old A1, returning from his visits to the local charity shops seeking out yet another bargain vinyl record or CD to add to his collection. Andrew was passionate about literature and music and many students will fondly remember a quiet, reserved man having a real passion for loud rock music. He even encouraged students to form rock bands and enter regional and national competitions. He also organised some of the bands to get into a recording studio and cut a record on vinyl to be sold. I am sure some former students must still have a copy. Unfortunately the records never made the Top Ten charts or Top of the Pops, (Andrew never did like the term Pop Music)!
His brother discovered a diary, where Andrew had written about the happy days he spent at the college and the fondness he had for his colleagues. He also loved sharing his passion and interest in rock music with the students; something he missed when he retired. We will all miss the unique contribution Andrew made to the life of the College and will cherish the fond memories we have of listening to rock music bands on the College stage.
We have been informed by the family that the funeral will be held at Hereford Crematorium on Friday 14th at 2.15pm. Donations will go to the Papworth hospital in memory of Andrew, because they did much to help manage his sleeping disorder.
Please contact the College for a forwarding address should you wish to send a card of condolence.
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