rpp logo

Jack Passmore RIP – Enigmatic & inspirational teacher

Former Head of Science and physics teacher in the 1970/80s, Jack Passmore, has died at his home in Marburg, Germany, after a lengthy and difficut illness on Thursday 8th October 2015 at the age of 80.

He was born in Port Talbot in 1935 and was a keen rugby enthusiast who took charge of the Senior boys rugby and used his knowledge and wit to organise and drive his team onto great things. As a teacher and a manager he always saw the fun in anything but was always incredibly well organised and focused. His physics lessons were notorious for his slow delivery and enthusiasm on some modern advances in physics. He was a real task master who drove all his students to aim for excellence and should they fail he would issue many additional corrections to his regular tests and issue essays on abstract topics such as ‘life and times of a donkey’s tail’ or ‘my life as a ping pong ball’!

He never shouted or got angry but always spoke with calm authority and you could always hear a pin drop in his lessons.  He was forthright in his views but always listened to others views even if he disagreed.

Many of his ex students remember him fondly and recall that not only did he teach physics but many other essential skills and a philosophy to get them through life.

He retired early from teaching in 1990 and left for Germany where he embarked on, perhaps, the happiest chapter of his life with his new wife, Karin, whom he met whilst she was working as a language assistant at school. Together they adopted two children and set up a highly successful language college.

Jack was a passionate and gifted teacher and a most caring parent. He will be sadly missed by all those that had the good fortune to know him.