Tributes paid to former West Norfolk college principal

Mark Havery on his retirement in 1983: Pictures Archant

Mark Havery on his retirement in 1983: Pictures Archant - Credit: Archant

Tributes have been paid to a former principal of the College of West Anglia, who has died aged 91.

Mark Havery was principal of what was then known as Norfolk College of Arts And Technology between 1973 and 1983.

Born in Newcastle, he was a lifelong Newcastle United fan and loved his sport with football and cricket his favourites.

His son Paul Havery said: 'Dad had a lot of friends who are still in the King's Lynn area.

'He started off as vice principal at the college in 1970 and become principal in 1973.

'He was a typical Geordie and a good Tyneside guy. He had a great interest in people, and his main passion in life was people. I think that's why he went to the college. He had originally been a civil engineer.

'Dad was also a great Rotarian in King's Lynn, and my mother, Dorothy was in the Inner Wheel, which is the female equivalent. He had also been a lay preacher in the Methodist church.'

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The family lived in Castle Rising Road in South Wootton until 1985 when they returned to the north east, following his retirement. Mrs Havery died in 2011, and Mr Havery went into the Grange Lea care home in Ponteland, near Newcastle, early in 2015.

During the second world war he served in the aircraft research department in Farnborough. His job as a civil engineer later took him overseas to west Africa, and he also worked at Kettering Technical College and Highbury Technical College at Portsmouth.

His funeral is on Wednesday, January 13, at West Road Crematorium in Newcastle at 1.30pm. It will be followed by a service at Ponteland Methodist church at 2.15pm. Mr Havery leaves three sons, Donald, John and Paul.