Tributes to former school sailing master

Douglas Perrin who died after his yacht capsized on August 13
Douglas Perrin who died after his yacht capsized on August 13

A former Bloxham school teacher whose greatest love was teaching sailing to the pupils has drowned in a yachting accident.

Douglas Perrin, 66, who worked at Bloxham School between 2003-2009 teaching Politics, History and English as a Foreign Language, was sailing off the coast near his home in County Cork with two friends on August 13 when their boat was hit by high winds. It is believed Mr Perrin’s two friends were able to swim to safety on a small island.

Mr Perrin, who moved to County Cork three years ago to retire with his wife Judith, 60, had been assistant housemaster in Wilson House, coached rugby and led the school’s sailing club with Mark Skevington, who still works there.

Father Michael Price, deputy head, pastoral, who taught with Mr Perrin said: “I remember Douglas as a wonderful gentleman; kind, courteous and considerate at all times with a bright and engaging sense of humour.

“He was a quietly spiritual man who lived out his faith through care of others. At school he cared for all, but especially for students from abroad whom he taught and looked after with great kindness.

“After his retirement Douglas volunteered to teach in Zanzibar and then to serve in the Christian community on Iona.”

“All his friends here are devastated by the news of his death, and we are remembering his wife Judith in our thoughts and prayers,” he added.

Paul Sanderson, headmaster, added: “While I did not know or serve with Douglas, it is clear from the reaction of those who did that he was hugely well respected and very much loved.”

Whilst at the school, Mr Perrin lived in Brickle Lane, Bloxham, with his wife Judith, who taught at Headington.