Ipswich: Tributes paid to former Chantry High School teacher

Former Chantry teacher Allin Prosser

Former Chantry teacher Allin Prosser - Credit: Contributed

A former Chantry teacher who taught at the school for 35 years has died.

Allin Prosser, who was 76, taught maths, woodwork and information technology to thousands of pupils during his career.

Mr Prosser, who died on June 6, joined Chantry Secondary Modern in 1966 at the age of 30. It was only his second teaching position and one he enjoyed until his retirement in 2001.

Mr Prosser engaged students, teaching them new skills and increasing their self-confidence.

His daughter, Annette Prosser, said he took time to involve teens in any subject he thought may inspire them.

“Dad was interested in helping young people discover their strengths and move forward,” she said. “He was often telling us how he’d bumped into someone he used to teach, and what they’d done with their lives.”

For several years Mr Prosser ran adult education classes in information technology for Suffolk College.

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A big rugby fan, he played as a youth and during his National Service in North Wales, and continued to do so during the 1960s and 1970s, joining up with Ipswich Rugby Club and later representing Suffolk.

Following his retirement from Chantry in 2001, Mr Prosser spent several years as a volunteer at Belstead Special School. He continued at the school until 2010 when he was diagnosed with a terminal lung condition. The family would like to invite any former pupils or staff who would like to remember Mr Prosser to his funeral service, which will be held at 3pm on Wednesday, June 19 at Seven Hills Crematorium in Nacton Road, Ipswich.

Ms Prosser said: “Teaching was an enormous part of his life, and we’d like to celebrate that with those who felt he made a difference to them, however small.”

Along with his daughter, Mr Prosser leaves son, Gareth, and two grandchildren.

The family has requested no flowers, but donations can be made payable to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust, and sent c/o East of England Co-operative Funeral Service, 47 St Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 2JL.

Do you remember Mr Prosser? Send your tributes to Star Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.