Denton a village in South Norfolk, England

William Pickard 1933 – 2001

From the Parish News – March 2001

It was with great sadness that we heard of the very sudden and unexpected death of William Pickard, late of the Round House, Denton, aged 68 years. He died at home shortly after returning from a teaching class.

William who was born in East Anglia, near Saffron Walden, spent most of his life teaching in this area. As a teacher his main subject was mathematics, but such was his remarkable intellect that ne was equally conversant on a wide variety of subjects such as literature, theology or computer technology. After retiring from teaching he moved to Denton and started a small printing business, he soon became a familiar figure in the village when the knowledge of his printing skills became apparent. In particular his contribution and expertise in the printing of the Parish Magazine were especially appreciated; his generous services to the community and acts of kindness will be remembered with gratitude by many of us. He was a stalwart Christian who worshipped regularly at Denton Church and was a much valued member of the Benefice Choir.

Those who were privileged to know this somewhat retiring man will greatly miss his keen intellect, his rare and unique personality and his loyal friendship. An unworldly person, yet a most successful and dedicated teacher who conveyed an infectious enthusiasm to his audience Many would agree that discussion with William was always an enrichment he possessed unique qualities and memories of this remarkable man will stay precious to all those who had the good fortune to have known him. His last appointment was 'Tutor of Computer Studies' at Otley College; the comments from the staff at his death were "William was a gentleman, a true treasure and a valued and wonderful tutor. We shall all miss him tremendously."

Our sympathies extend to his mother Phoebe, also to his former wife and his cousin Patrick Young who shared a home with him in more recent years. Phoebe herself an author and artist passed her literary abilities to William. He was a devoted son, he did good things and he will be sadly missed.

The beautifully conducted service by Revd Ian Bentley was highlighted by the Rector's memorable address, and the whole occasion bore ample testament to the esteem and affection shown by those who loved him.

"And into that gate they shall enter, and in that house they shall dwell, where there shall be no cloud nor sun, no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light, no noise nor silence but one equal music, no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession, no foes nor friends, but one equal communion and identity, no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity."

John Donne, 1572-1631

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