Tribute to dedicated former teacher Ken

A DEDICATED and popular retired lecturer passed away at Conquest Hospital on February 6, aged 86.

Kenneth Schofield was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, moving to Hastings in 1966 to take up a position as a construction lecturer at the Hastings College of Further Education, now known as Sussex Coast College.

He grew up during the war and served in the Royal Artillery and then went on to become a surveyor.

But Ken anticipated the property slump of the late 1960s and decided to retrain in construction at Huddersfield Polytechnic.

As a lecturer at Hastings College, Ken, a dedicated and skilled teacher, quickly rose through the ranks to become an award-winning principal lecturer who was popular with his students.

Ken loved his job and was well respected by his students who frequently recognised him about town.

Ken’s son, Keith Schofield said: “When my father was living in a cottage in Battle and his garage roof was leaking, one of his ex-students came to fix it. His ex-student was now in his 60s and my father had taught him all those years before, so it shows that it all comes back.”

Ken was also the beloved husband of Freda, whom he met at a dance in Rochdale Town Hall. And the couple married in 1952, moving to Hastings in the 1960s where they brought up their son Keith.

Over the years, the couple lived in Amherst Gardens, Sedlescombe Gardens and Gresham Way, and after Keith retired from Hastings College they moved to Battle and Ken joined Hastings Opera.

The couple worked together at Battle Antiques for 15 years, enjoying the friendly community of the town.

Married for 54 years, Freda passed away in 2006 and Kenneth continued to live in Battle, volunteering at Battle Museum.

Keith added: “My father was great with people; great at engaging with them.” A funeral service attended by family and friends and was held on February 19 at Hastings Crematorium.