Farewell to ‘loved and respected’ retired teacher

Former Sheffield head teacher John James Postlethwaite, known as Jim, who died aged 91 on January 23, 2015
Former Sheffield head teacher John James Postlethwaite, known as Jim, who died aged 91 on January 23, 2015

A former headteacher who guided thousands of Sheffield pupils through their education over two decades has died aged 91.

John Postlethwaite – known as Jim – was headteacher of Waltheof School, Manor, from 1960 to 1980. He lived at Abbey Lane, Woodseats, and was active in his community.

Mr Postlethwaite served as chairman of the Rivelin and District Scouts Association, chairman of the Sheffield Schools Athletics Association, chairman of the local Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and a football referee.

He was also a member of the Dore and Totley golf club for more than 50 years.

During the Second World War, Mr Postlethwaite served abroad with the RAF.

He died last Friday and leaves Catherine, his wife of almost 66 years, and their daughter, Susan Mary.

Catherine said her husband was ‘well-loved and respected’. His funeral service will be on Monday at the Mother of God Church, Abbeydale Road, at 12.30pm.