Goodbye to a great man
Thirty-eight years is a long time to dedicate to one school. But as former History and Language Arts teacher Anthony Trotty Trotman bade farewell to the Princess Margaret Secondary School today, he seemed to have no regrets about his tenure, though cut short by illness.
Acting Principal Wayne Willock noted that he was not lucky enough to have served at the school with Trotman, but he was a man with a great sense of humour, who never raised his voice and who, though ill, was never too sick to interact with teachers at the school.
The principal said they had hoped Trotman would return to active duty once recovered, but it seemed his illness had dashed hopes of such.
Senior Education Officer Gertrude Welch recalled being at the school with Trotman, remembering him as a soft teacher during his first term at the Princess Margaret School, but by the second year had toughened up that no one referred to him as soft anymore.
Trotman was appointed to the school on September 1, 1977 and served as head of the English Department and Senior Teacher, in addition to being an avid sportsman and ballroom and latin dancer.
“The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Management holds you in high esteem,” Welch said, congratulating the retiree on his years of service and contribution to the school.
“Firm but fair”, was how member of the Board of Management John Goddard recalled Trotman’s service to the school, noting that he had high standards of discipline and a drive for perfection that should be emulated by all teachers in the service.
“Trotty’s example was important and we are hoping that that example will have touched so many people, both teachers and students, that they in turn will follow,” the Board member stated.
Teacher Cheryl Linton referred to him as a friend and mentor, who, when she entered the service, was always there to give instruction to her and others at the school.
She recalled his love of the English language and his keen interest and assistance with crossword puzzles which the teachers loved to do in their spare time.
Trotman, who was chauffered into the school and given the honour of inspecting the cadet corps, later expressed his gratitude for the honour while recounting some of his fondest memories of the institution.
He told the students in particular to be proud of their school and never allow anyone to make them feel like they should not be and in fact, he urged them to declare themselves proud Princess Margaret students wherever life might take them.
The retiring teacher made presentations to cadet members who had been promoted and was as well presented himself with a number of prizes and mementoes on his retirement. (LB)