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Published Date: 17 January 2002
TRIBUTES have been paid to Syresham villager Dr Philip Pettit, who has died aged 69.
Mr Pettit, the
parish council chairman, died suddenly on January 7. He leaves his wife Mary,
children Ruth, Lois and Dorcas and five grandchildren.
Mr Pettit was born in Syresham and attended Brackley s Magdalen College School before studying at Magdalen College in Oxford.
He started his teaching career at Wellingborough Grammar School and later went to Nigeria where he worked as a headteacher, helping rebuild the school following the Civil War in the late 1960s.
He then worked at Maidstone Grammar School for 20 years before retiring in 1992.
Francis James, a
friend of the family, said Mr Pettit had taken an active role in the village as
chairman of the parish council, and previously as a district councillor. He also
stood for Parliament in 1964 for the Liberal party.
Mr James added: "He was a very good man who loved the countryside. He will be very sadly missed."
The former beekeeper was also a member of Brackley Historical Society.
A funeral service was held at the Wesleyan Reform Chapel in Syresham on Tuesday.