‘Gerry’ Crossley

Former Head of Geography at Caistor Grammar School Gerry Crossley. EMN-150527-180450001
Former Head of Geography at Caistor Grammar School Gerry Crossley. EMN-150527-180450001

Tributes have been paid to ‘Gerry’ Crossley, former long-serving teacher at Caistor Grammar School, who has died after a short illness. He was 77.

Born in 1938, Mr Crossley was educated in the Barnsley area of South Yorkshire. After National Service in Northumberland, he trained as a teacher and took a post at Marton Camp School in Cheshire, where he met his wife Jean. They were married in 1970 and lived in Yorkshire before arriving at Caistor Grammar School.

Mr Crossley was Housemaster of Casterby House at a time in the 1970s and 80s when the school had over 80 boarders. After leaving boarding he lived in Chichester Drive in Caistor and continued as Head of Geography at the school. He gained a reputation for excellence both in the high academic standards he achieved for pupils and also in the way his Geography Quiz team consistently won the Lincolnshire Geographical Association annual quiz. Gerry and Jean Crossley took overseas holidays every summer in which they loved to get to the heart of the local communities in China, Africa and America where they visited.

Headmaster of Caistor Grammar School Roger Hale paid this tribute: “Despite the fact that Gerry Crossley retired from Caistor Grammar School nearly 19 years ago, he is still well remembered as a dedicated and very committed Head of Geography and Boarding House Master.

“I remember him with affection as a very long-serving and dedicated teacher.

“He was part of a group of teachers who served the School for much of their careers. He will be sadly missed”.

Mr Crossley’s funeral at Caistor Parish Church was conducted by the Rev Canon Ian Robinson. Former students Sarah Harbour (nee Farquhar) and Rosemary Thompson (nee Baldock) gave readings there, and Alison Betts (nee Warren) at the committal which followed at Grimsby Crematorium. In his address at the church service the Rev Canon Robinson said: “Gerry was a generous and conscientious man. As a teacher he was meticulous in his preparation.”