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St Mary’s remembers Michael Ellis, who gave 38 years of dedicated service to the College

 

Michael Ellis

 

The College is in mourning following the sudden death of our esteemed colleague and friend, Michael Ellis, who passed away on 29th November 2013, aged 54, having completed almost 38 years of dedicated service.

 

He spent his entire working life in the employment of St Mary’s. Appointed by the Dominican Sisters in 1975 at the age of sixteen, his post as technician in the Art Department was one that he loved and to which he brought a unique blend of talents and expertise. He possessed an innate understanding of tools and materials, making him an insightful craftsperson and one who could build almost anything. His reputation for helping and supporting students with accompanying good humour preceded him, renowned for always going above and beyond what was required of him. The refrain, “Just ask Michael”, resounded daily. He gave his time to students and staff wholeheartedly, and he did this throughout his career.

 

Michael is fondly remembered as a courteous gentleman, a loving husband and committed Dad, a highly knowledgeable and always efficient technician and an extremely loyal person to both students and staff. Working in an institution that prepares students to teach children, he set a fine example for almost forty years, as evidenced by the number of former students who attended his funeral.

 

The loss to his family and to St Mary’s – and to future students who will unfortunately never know him – is great. His familiar hand wave as he cycled into work each morning is sadly gone, and his banter now lies heavy on our hearts, but his memory and presence will live on.