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Teacher with the gift to write dies

PUBLISHED: 04:04 20 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:40 03 March 2010

A MUCH-LOVED Framlingham College schoolmaster and author has died at the age of 89.

Leslie Gillett, from Framlingham, who was known as Bob, taught English at the college for 30 years and remained in and around the town he loved with his late wife Margery after he retired.

A MUCH-LOVED Framlingham College schoolmaster and author has died at the age of 89.

Leslie Gillett, from Framlingham, who was known as Bob, taught English at the college for 30 years and remained in and around the town he loved with his late wife Margery after he retired.

He was brought up in Harrow and attended the town's John Lyon School. He went on to read English literature and language, philosophy and Latin at King's College, London.

In 1940, Mr Gillett was called up to serve in the RAF and worked mainly in intelligence. He was mentioned in despatches for meritorious conduct while stationed in Africa.

After he was demobbed in 1945, Mr Gillett joined Newport Grammar School in Essex, moving to Framlingham College in 1947 and teaching there until 1977.

Mr Gillett wrote a fictional novel, The Apprentice, and two works about the college – Framlingham College, The Second Sixty Years and Remembered Days, The Enduring Fellowship of Old Framlinghamians – and was made an honorary Old Framlinghamian.

A memorial service for Mr Gillett will be held at Framlingham College Chapel on September 27 at 2pm. Refreshments will be available afterwards in Paul's Court.

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