Kindly man and passionate teacher

Date: Monday 14th May 2018
Arthur Catterall
Arthur Catterall

A WARM-hearted gentleman and passionate teacher, Arthur Catterall, has died, aged 83.

Born in Heaton, Lancashire, in 1934, to Emily and Harry, Mr Catterall lived with his family in Bolton. He had two sisters, Cynthia Altham, of Leicester, and Janet Harrison, who lives in the south of France.

After leaving school, Mr Catterall attended the University of Liverpool, where he studied chemistry before training to be a teacher. His first teaching post was at Audenshaw Grammar School, Manchester.

He met his future wife, Jean, at church and the couple courted for eight years before marrying at St Paul’s, Astley Bridge, Bolton. They were married for 56 years. The newlyweds moved to Penrith in 1961 when Mr Catterall was offered a job as a chemistry teacher at the town’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. He was promoted to head of chemistry and was a valued member of staff there for more than 30 years, until retirement.

Passionate about his subject, Mr Catterall continued to tutor in his retirement and was still teaching chemistry until just a few weeks ago.

Mr and Mrs Catterall had three children — Gillian Relph, of Yanwath, Jayne White, of Whitland, South Wales, and Helen Clayton, of Kettering, Northamptonshire.

In his younger years, Mr Catterall played for Penrith Cricket Club in the first, second and third teams and, at one point, was captain. After he finished playing, he would regularly spectate at the Penrith ground.

Having a keen interest in sport, he was a member of Penrith Golf Club and continued to play until earlier this year. He also liked rugby, and was a supporter of Liverpool Football Club which he enjoyed watching on television.

A dedicated churchgoer, Mr Catterall was a churchwarden at Penrith’s St Andrew’s Church when he first moved to the town and also spent time helping with sidesman duties.

Another of his loves was classical music, especially opera. He liked to attend concerts and also live screenings at Penrith’s Alhambra Cinema.

Mr Catterall’s family said he would be remembered as a gentle family man who was passionate about his work. He is survived by wife Jean, three children and eight grandchildren.