Tributes paid to former Furze Platt PE teacher

Tributes paid to former Furze Platt PE teacher

Lucy Golding

Tributes paid to former Furze Platt PE teacher

A former head of PE at Furze Platt Senior School in Maidenhead has passed away aged 78.

Father-of-three and grandfather-of-nine Kenneth Williams was a valuable member of staff at the school in Furze Platt Road for 35 years.

Kenneth, who lived in Guards Club Road, joined Furze Platt in 1963 and is remembered particularly for his early days at the school when he worked tirelessly to build up its fine sporting tradition.

Earning himself a reputation for being firm but fair he encouraged youngsters from the school to play tough fixtures against local secondary and grammar schools.

He also organised the annual school ski trip to Mallnitz in Austria for 25 years.

Kenneth was an active member of Maidenhead Rugby Club and played in their veterans team for many years.

Born in Blackwood, South Wales in 1935, Kenneth's wartime childhood in the Welsh valleys gave rise to a myriad of mischievous adventures.

He would later recall these adventures to friends and colleagues and always with a twinkle in his eye.

Brother to Lyndon, David and Diane, Kenneth completed National Service as a radar analyst and a stint as a draftsman but it was Ken’s athleticism that led him towards a career in physical education.

He married Jean in 1959 but they later divorced in 1990.

Outside of school hours, Ken acquired a uniquely eccentric motor boat and enjoyed sailing up and down the Thames with friends and family.

His chaotic adventures earned him the nickname ‘Captain Ken’.

Ex-member of Furze Platt PE staff James Nalty, said: "Ken took me under his wing and helped me to become a better teacher and a better man."

Kenneth fought cancer bravely for over a year and passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 15 with his beloved partner Janet by his side.

The funeral will be at 2pm on Thursday, May 30 at Slough Crematorium in Stoke Road.

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