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Mr. Frank Webster [Head of Physics, PGS]

(23/12/2011) I have just received this message from Stephen Webster, "Bad news unfortunately. My father, Frank Webster, who was head of Physics at that time,passed away peacefully on Wed 21st Dec 2011 at 2.20 pm in Blackpool Victoria Hospital aged 83.

A long and faithful servant to PGS,whose devotion to his lads, as he called them, the school and education was immeasurable. He will be sadly missed by his family and anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him".


Thanks for the speedy-but-sad news about Mr. Webster’s passing. Although I did not like Physics while at PGS, I remember Mr. Webster quite clearly, and how he obviously tried to make Physics more “palatable”, even for pupils such as me. Little did I know in those days that Physics would become a significant part of my post-secondary education “en route” to my becoming a professional chemist as a career, during which time, I even grew to like/enjoy physics! I can credit Mr. Webster for a significant amount of that change. Sincerely-but-sadly, Don Jasper, MRSC, (Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry).

What a real gent, he made physics interesting and understandable, the world is a poorer place without him. John Wilson

I was saddened to hear of the death of Frank ' Twank ' Webster. A great teacher who I will remember for his technique with the ruler. High pressure and Low pressure !!! I'm sure many pupils will remember that from days gone by. My sincere Condolences.
All the very best. David Duncan. PGSOB.

A few words from me about Frank Webster. First, along with Fred Webster and Willie Watts, these three were/are my school science education. I owe them all a great deal. Frank Webster for his teaching of course but also his honesty in telling us where his own limits were. When there was new physics he thought we ought to know about, he sent us off to the nearby College where they had better equipment and someone he thought could also teach us something. Also, a generous and regular companion at hockey when we were later in the school. Very sorry to hear the news, but also good to be reminded every now and again about why we are where we are.
Professor Andrew J. Parker, MA, PhD, ScD, FSB. Dept Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

Very sad to hear the news of Mr Webster. I have great memories of him. One of the best. The world was a better place for him being in it. Adrian Ward

The recent death of Frank Webster brought a lot of memories flooding back. I still have a vivid image in my mind of the Physics lab at PGS and where I used to sit. Mr Webster was a teacher who always gave me decent comments in my report book despite me struggling with the subject. "A good terms work" and "Must keep up the good work". Thanks for that Frank. Ian Thorogood

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