14 September 2007
R.I.P Mr O'Rourke
Did you ever have a teacher who really left an impact on you? Mr Rodney O'Rourke was one of those teachers for me. He was Senior Master of English at my school. He was a great teacher and a great person. At the time I left school at 15, I thought he was quite old. I realise now he must have only been 31!!! His nickname was "Sergeant" (from Sergeant O'Rourke - F Troop). He was firm, but fair in his dealings with students. I just read in the local paper today that he died this week at the age of 66. I know he only recently retired and I am so sorry to hear of his sudden passing. He had gone on to achieve quite a high position within the Education Department. I ran into him some years ago in the street and he was interested to know how and who I was now, and all about my children. I am sorry he didn't have much time to enjoy his retirement. R.I.P Rodney O'Rourke. I hope you are having a beer with my Dear Dad (also a teacher and colleague of Mr O'Rourke's).
Me in 1971 (B Class -now called Grade 10)