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    • #1115
      C.A. Hale
      Participant

      We have heard today that Peter Andrew Bilton sadly died in the early hours this morning.
      Peter, who taught Biology at the School and College from 1953 to 1989 was suffering from terminal cancer.

    • #1116
      The Head Boy
      Keymaster

      Peter’s funeral will be at 10.30 on Friday 27th May at St Bene’t’s Church, Bene’t Street (followed by private cremation).
      No flowers by request but donations to Mencap.

    • #1118
      D.W. Pinney
      Participant

      I would like to leave my condolences. Peter was an excellent teacher with an immense gift for teaching Biology and inspiring individual pupils. I developed a love of Biology and later taught Biology in Kenya and Derbyshire. I also remember his laughter and him contributing to the success of 7th Cambridge Scout Troop summer camps. Peter – rest in peace!

    • #1119
      C.R. Highmore
      Participant

      I shall always remember ‘Isiah’ [a fond nickname given to him for the way he held his head on one side] for his excellent teaching, understanding and sense of humour. A sad loss.

    • #1121
      R.P. George
      Participant

      RIP Pablo Bilton. Fondly remembered. With Ted Holden, made Biology one of the most interesting and favourite subjects on the curriculum.

    • #1122
      L Zietara
      Participant

      I was privileged to be taught Botany by him in 1954/55. He and Ted Holden made a formidable team. Peter was a remarkable human being and a great teacher with a great sense of humour who was an inspiration to those he taught. I have so many fond memories of him.

    • #1123
      Alec Sandison
      Participant

      We’ll miss you Pablo. We didn’t get you fixed up with Jim Lowey’s daughter on the first ever school trip to Paris in 1958 but we did manage some swordfights in Biology using pickled worms while you pretended you hadn’t seen what was going on. I’ll miss our occasional lunches at the Green Man. RIP.

    • #1124
      N.R. Hitch
      Participant

      Pablo RIP. Fondly remembered for your kindness and friendliness as well as the great Biology team formed with Ted Holden. I always remember your reaction when first meeting our family Golden Retriever – “What a big dog!”

    • #1126
      Paul Green
      Participant

      Peter was one of the largest influences on my life. Together with Ted Holden, I was fortunate enough to be taught botany and zoology at A level by these guys from 1970 to 1972, and that set the course for the rest of my life teaching, researching, and more lately environmental advocacy in the US. Happy to have spent the best part of a day with Peter, Ted, and friends in February 2016 at the Green Man and John Hotchkiss’s flat. Peter, you will remain an inspiration of how influential a teacher can be in a young person’s life.

    • #1127
      The Head Boy
      Keymaster

      Chris Bowden writes to add: “I am based in India, Peter never actually taught me (I joined 6th form in 1976-78), but despite this, his cheery, sincere and caring attitude and awareness of who was who was exceptional and significantly helped me feel part of the school”

    • #1128
      The Head Boy
      Keymaster

      Sue Griffiths says: “A genuinely lovely gentleman, who it was a privilege to know. I can
      picture Mr Bilton bringing Biology alive as I sat in his class. Mr
      Bilton used to whistle in the corridor, only to be rebuked by the
      Head. I remember his smile as he caught my eye. Our class was
      invited to Mr Bilton’s house one evening and we feasted on
      delicacies such as home made kipper pate. I still have the recipe
      that he copied out for me. There was a warmth about Mr Bilton that
      made you feel special and valued. I will never forget him. God bless
      you Mr Bilton and thank you. x

    • #1252
      Phil Johnson
      Participant

      This may seem somewhat late; I have not just heard, but I thought that I would add to the comments. “Pablo” left us almost 2 years ago, he is missed at the annual dinners and I find that I think of him often. He, like many others of the staff at CHSB, but probably far more than most, left a quite indelible mark on those who were fortunate enough to know him.

      Another distant “thank you” for all that you gave to us…

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