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Tribute to Keighley Technical College lecturer Norman Perigo
A man who worked as a lecturer at the former Keighley Technical College has died aged 82.
Norman Perigo, who was living in Sutton but was born in Keighley, died of heart failure in Airedale Hospital.
He grew up in Stockbridge and Riddlesden and began work as an office apprentice at Hattersley’s loom makers in 1946. After completing his National Service in the army, he initially returned to Hattersley’s, before pursuing his career in textile sales for Chemstand, based in Manchester.
He married Kathleen in 1954, a union that lasted more than 58 years. The couple had two sons, Geoffrey and Graham.
Geoffrey said that during the 1960s, his father’s favourite pastime was watching Keighley’s rugby league team play at Lawkholme Lane.
He added many people would have known his father from his 26 years of lecturing at Keighley Technical College. At that time, Mr Perigo was the second longest serving member of staff, at first lecturing on textiles then re-training to teach business studies.
He took early retirement in 1987 but continued coaching students in maths on an occasional basis.
Geoffrey added: “His main interest at this time was renovating a run-down cottage, which when completed, was something to be proud of. DIY was something he was active in, and he was still able to get onto a house roof at 77 years of age!
“He was a very proud man – he upheld high standards. He was sad to see the textiles decline because he’d been brought up in this industry.”
Mr Perigo’s funeral service takes place tomorrow at 12.15pm in Oakworth Cemetery chapel.