Ex-Grove school teacher dies aged 79 from cancer

Bryan Fulton-Hart
Bryan Fulton-Hart

A TEACHER who taught at The Grove in St Leonards for more than 25 years has died.

Bryan Fulton-Hart passed away aged 79 after suffering from prostate cancer.

He joined the school in 1971 after leaving Eastbourne Training College teaching English and Religious Studies and two years later became Head of Careers.

He initiated work experience into previously unchartered territory such as London Zoo, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury as well as dance studios, hospitals, construction, office work, retail and the Armed Forces.

Mr Fulton-Hart, of Richmond Avenue, Bexhill, who has three daughters - Marissa, Taryn and Romaine - was born in Leeds in 1934. The family moved south in 1945 ending up in Southend.

The eldest of seven children, he left school in 1949 and entered a Jesuit seminary at Mark Cross near Tunbridge Wells with the intention of becoming a priest, but realised after a year that it was not to be his vocation. He then joined the Grenadier Guards being stationed in both London and Windsor till he was seconded to Horse Guards in Whitehall where he met his future wife Rosemary who was PA to The Commanding General.

They married in 1956 and he next was stationed in Cyprus on the outbreak of the Suez crisis. The ex-teacher, who died on June 6, joined the BBC in 1960 as a script writer for schools broadcasts and editing schools publications. His widow said: “Bryan’s passion in life was to help students on the right career path which he did for 26 years. He would be so proud that more than 2,000 have visited his tribute page on the Hastings and St Leonards Observer online site, lit candles and left messages.”