Wife's tribute to teacher swept away by floodsBy Hugh Fort
July 04, 2012
The wife of a teacher who first brought computer studies to Sandhurst School has paid tribute to her “gentle and caring” husband after he died in a flood.
Michael Ellis, 66, died on Thursday, June 28, after getting caught in a fast-flowing stream in Bitterley, Shropshire.
An extensive search was carried out by fire crews and police, which eventually led to him being found, but emergency services staff could not save him.
His wife Judith, who he met while teaching in Sandhurst in 1973, said: “He was a gentle, caring man, quiet and quite shy, with a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humour. He was the most wonderful husband.
“He was truly my other half and I don’t know how I can be without him. We married in 1973. At the time we were both teaching in Sandhurst and he was leading Scouts and I was Guide leader, so it was natural for us to work together.
“He set challenging activities for my Guides at camp and this continued after we moved to Shropshire. He supported me in everything I did, encouraging me to take a bigger part in international guiding and accompanying me on visits to Cyprus, Kenya and Canada.”
Originally from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Mr Ellis studied mathematics at The University of Hull, before training to be a teacher in Leicester. He taught at Sandhurst School, where in 1972, he introduced computer studies to the curriculum.